Consultancy: CIVIL DOCUMENTATION STUDY - Central African Republic
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the camp management, shelter, education, food security, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.
The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.
The education sector has been severely affected by the crisis affecting CAR since late 2012. Children, particularly girls, have been denied access to school also due to displacement and violence, and schools have been looted, occupied by armies and destroyed. The education system in CAR also faces structural challenges; only 67 per cent of children attended school prior to the latest crisis. In 2009, it was estimated that only 35 per cent of the population was literate. The latest statistics shared by UNICEF and the Education Cluster members estimated that 500,000 children were out of school due to the conflict and displacement.
As a result of the conflict large numbers of community members were forced to flee and many report that were unable to take their documents with them. Those who have been able to return have found that their houses have been burned and looted and personal belonging lost. In addition looting of government buildings has resulted in potentially massive losses of copy birth certificates which will make it very difficult for IDPs and returnees to replace their documents. In order to be able to pass the national test leading to secondary school, children need to show ID cards which, in many cases, have been either lost or never held due to lack of awareness or other traditional and economic reasons. The government has taken steps to facilitate access to documentation such as suspending fees and relaxing procedures to allow children to sit for exams without birth certificates and permit new enrolments without birth certificates. Nevertheless the absence of civil documentation continues to be an obstacle for children’s academic progression and for the attainment of their rights.
The education core competency plans work in close collaboration with ICLA to launch a sensitization campaign at PTA’s level on the importance of birth registration, and at local authorities’ level to facilitate the delivery of birth registration certificate. This may entail facilitating mobile activities in schools by authorized judges for the provision of supplementary judgments.
In addition NRC aims to conduct a study on children’s access to civil documentation and its impact on their retention in school. The findings of this study will be used to advocate for the improvement of children’s civil documentation by the Government of CAR, with the support of UNICEF.
PROFILE SPECIFICATION OF THE CONSULTANT
The ideal consultant or team of consultants to undertake this research will demonstrate the following qualifications, qualities and expertise.
- An advanced degree in Law, Political Science or related social sciences, or a combination of Bachelor degree in any of the specified fields of study plus extensive professional research experience.
- At least 5 years of research experience, either in a reputable firm or as an independent freelance consultant, with particular focus issues linked to civil documentation, Education or any other related legal subjects/fields.
- Previous experience in CAR or any Francophone country with similar context is preferred.
- Knowledge of the Education sector and understanding of the challenges related to promoting, and accessing civil documentation rights
- Clear, professional and effective written English and French capacity.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS
Application Deadline: 17 October 2016
Expected start date: No later than 1 November
Proposals should be submitted by email to David Manan (email@example.com) with the following Subject : “CIVIL DOCUMENTATION STUDY IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC”
and must include the following:
- Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
- Location: Bangui
- Grade: P-3, International Professional
- Emergency Aid
- Closing Date: 2016-10-17