Consultant - Legal Framework Vacancy at Save the Children Nigeria
Posted: 23/Feb/2018

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We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Consultant - Legal Framework on the Protection of Education from Attack


Job Summary

  • Recruitment of a national consultant for the review of the legal framework on the protection of education from attack and contextual proposal of an improved framework on securing schools and universities during Crises and Armed Conflicts.

Context and Purpose
As part of its efforts to disseminate and operationalize the Guidelines on the Protection of Schools and Universities from Military use during armed conflicts, the Education in Emergencies Working Group Nigeria (EiEWGN) seeks to recruit a national consultant to examine the Nigerian legal framework and policies on the protection of education and put in place a proposal for an improved framework adapted to the context of access to education during crises and armed conflicts. 

The national consultant will collect relevant and reliable data on existing laws and policies in Nigeria to accompany the process of integrating the Guidelines into national policies and in all necessary and possible operational frameworks.

Main Responsibilities of the Consultancy

  • Based in Abuja, under the direct supervision of the EiEWGN, the main responsibilities of the national consultant would be to ensure the legal review with regard to the Nigerian laws and policies in relation to the operationalization of the Guidelines for the Protection of Education and the Safe Schools Declaration under the funding from Save the Children’s Schools as Zones of Peace (SZOP) Project.
  • He / she will work closely with various state and non-state actors working on education, child protection and security.

The Specific Objectives of the Consultancy

  • Conduct consultations and workshops to review the state of the Nigerian legislation (federal, state & local) with regard to the protection of schools and universities during crises and armed conflicts;
  • Identify existing legal gaps or gaps in the protection of schools and universities during crises and armed conflicts and in relation to the risk mapping developed for Nigeria;
  • Analyze potential community response mechanisms in place to attacks against schools and universities;
  • Work with the Education and Child Protection Working Groups and various civil society actors at national and state levels to inform the development of best practices for operationalization or contextualization and support implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration Guidelines.

Expected results of the Consultancy

  • An inventory of the legal framework on the protection of schools and universities in Nigeria is drawn up and analyzed;
  • A coherent analysis of the existing legal texts in relation to the operationalization of the Safe Schools Declaration Guidelines is established;
  • A report on the strengths and weaknesses of the Nigerian legal framework in relation to the protection of schools and universities against the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) Guidelines;
  • A report on the existence of community protection response mechanisms to attacks against schools, universities and the educational system,
  • The outline of the preliminary draft of the priority legal texts relating to the protection of schools and universities is described;
  • The draft of a relevant legal framework in support of the operationalization of the Guidelines for the Protection of Schools and Universities and on the Safe Schools Declaration is produced and validated;
  • A dissemination of the legal review findings and
  • The final report is produced and shared.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • To have a good knowledge of the management of threats against education in situation of crises, conflicts and post conflict in Nigeria,
  • Capacity to communicate effectively and write national reports, and experience in consultation with local, national and international actors;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Ability to communicate and work under pressure in a multicultural environment,
  • Respect for diversity related to culture, sex, religion, race, nationality, age, etc.;
  • Demonstrate values of integrity and respect for the rights of the child;
  • University Degree, at least Master's Degree in Public Law or any other recognized equivalent degree relevant to the subject;
  • Have at least ten years of proven experience in development/ humanitarian sector, monitoring and implementation of legal texts in the field of the legal and institutional framework or any other related field;
  • Experience in education and child protection is an advantage.

Duration of the Consultancy
The proposed duration of this consultancy for all services is ONE month. The services will have to start in March 19th, 2018. The consultant must propose in her/his offer a work schedule including the details of the activities, the deadlines for the realization of the key activities, the deadlines for the delivery of the products of the consultancy, the main stages and approvals to obtain from the EiEWGN as shown below:

  • Document review, (2 days);
  • Tool preparation and primary data collection, (5 days);
  • Analysis (strengths and weaknesses, coherence of texts, classification options and declassification, requalification, etc.) of the legal framework for the protection of schools and universities in Nigeria followed by the submission of an analysis report of the legal framework; (10 days)
  • Proposal for an improved national legal framework on the protection of schools and universities in the Nigeria and identify related legal texts to be elaborated or revised, (3 days),
  • Propose outlines of the draft priority legal texts and develop a programme for validation and dissemination,, (5 days)
  • Consolidation, finalization and filing of the interim report, (3 days)
  • Final report (2 days);

Documents to include in the Proposal Submission
Consultant with the required qualifications must submit the following documents / information to demonstrate their qualifications:

A Financial Proposal:

  • The financial proposal provides for a lump sum payment and specifies the payment terms based on precise and measurable products / deliverables (qualitative and quantitative) even if payments can be made in installments or at one time at full contract completion and denominated in Nigerian Naira.
  • In order to facilitate the comparison of financial offers by the requesting service, it is recommended that applicants provide a breakdown of this lump sum.
  • The consultant must indicate / detail in their financial proposals the fees according to the number of working days envisaged.

Application Closing Date
7th March, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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