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NATIONAL MEDIA RESEARCH CONSULTANT - NOC

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT


UNICEF Nigeria is undertaking significant research on the situation of children and adolescents in Nigeria. Thus, we are seeking the technical support of a media research consultant that can provide knowledge, research and analysis on adolescent and children's representation in Nigerian media.

The relationship between children and the media is enshrined in Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which states that every child has the right to access to information and material from a diversity of national and international sources, especially those aimed at the promotion of his or her social, spiritual, and moral well-being and physical and mental health. While news media and traditional print media are only a part of the full media spectrum, they are key in providing information and entertainment to citizens and shaping people's opinions. In November 1999 and in commemoration of the 10 year anniversary launch of the CRC by the UN General Assembly, young people involved in media projects, media professionals and child-rights experts gathered in Oslo, Norway to discuss the role the media can play in developing children's rights throughout the world. From their discussions emerged the Oslo Challenge which among other things is a call to action to meet national obligations set out under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to report regularly to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on policies and actions aimed at fulfilling Articles 12, 13 and 17.

It is against this background and as part of UNICEF's effort to provide information that can shape programme, policies and plans on children's wellbeing in Nigeria that the Social Policy and Gender Equality unit seeks a Consultant to assess how children and adolescents are portrayed in Nigerian media.

The Consultant would therefore work in collaboration with the UNICEF Social Policy and Gender Equality team to establish the existence or the lack of a rights-based approach to representation of children or reporting on children and adolescent issues in the media.

Assignment
Under the guidance of the Chief, Social Policy and Gender Equality unit, the consultant will provide research, analytical support and knowledge generation to UNICEF's work by monitoring how children and adolescents are represented in Nigerian media. The consultant will answer the following questions based on a review of a variety of sources, including television, radio and traditional print media in official and indigenous languages:

How are they (children and adolescents) portrayed in the media?
Are they adequately represented?
Is there diversity in representation? (e.g are the poor, those living with disabilities, in institutions, ethnic minorities, those who work and live on the streets, are in conflict with the law, affected by HIV, affected by violence represented?)
If the voices of children and adolescents appear, is the media representation positive?
How often is the section targeted at children & adolescents in traditional print media published?
Is information presented in an age appropriate and sensitive manner?
Are there differences across sub-regions in the context of child & adolescent representation in media?
Are journalists aware of child's rights and the media?
The consultant will interact with the UNICEF team in Abuja on a regular basis to provide updates and receive feedback, as well as deliver on the assignment within atotal period of one month. Tasks
Expected Deliverables
A well-written and high quality research document presenting a true and factual representation of children and adolescents' portrayal in Nigerian media.

QUALIFICATIONS OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences
At least 7 years of experience either working in the media, research documentation and report writing specialized in working with and for children.
Knowledge of current developments and practices in communication including traditional media, digital media, indigenous media, community organization and participation.
Knowledge of the work of UNICEF and children's rights and rights based approach would be an asset
Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
Good computer skills including and various office applications.
Knowledge of at least two major local languages in Nigeria
Knowledge of CRC and familiarity with the principles for ethical reporting on children
Local knowledge and understanding of cultural, social and economic conditions in Nigeria

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC FINANCE & CHILDREN CONSULTANT-P4

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Purpose of the Consultancy: to assess public investment in children and their families in Kaduna State.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:
Develop a system at state and MDA level to track resources invested in children by calculating the share of these expenditures in the State budget.
Advise and support MDAs and secretariat to track and analyze budgets and expenditures
Support the secretariat to build their capacity and prepare a report for executive council submission
Describe the quality and efficiency of social expenditures benefitting families and children exploring the balance between capital, recurrent, wage, and non-wage expenditures as well as the type of program being financed in each sector.
Compare the level and trends of expenditures affecting children with existing estimates of required investments with the costed State Development Plan.

ASSIGNMENT TASKS
Full time technical assistance to support the work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
Technical training provided to desk officers at relevant state ministries, departments and agencies in Kaduna.
Designing and preparation of the quarterly reporting template for the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
Identifying budget lines for investment in the four groups (Children, Women, Elderly, and persons living with disabilities) and strengthening capacity for the analysis of efficiency equity, and impact of investment in the 4 groups.
A detailed end of consultancy report outlining activities carried out, achievements and recommendations

Expected Deliverables
A well-designed quarterly reporting template.
Identified budget lines for investment in children, women, elderly and those living with disabilities in Kaduna State
A detailed report on Kaduna state describing next steps and providing guidance to the inter-ministerial committee

QUALIFICATIONS OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
The international consultant should have at least 10 years of working experience, and an advanced degree (at least MA/MSc) in Economics, Public Policy, Development Studies, Public Finance, or similar disciplines. Publications in peer reviewed journals is also required.

TO APPLY
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NATIONAL MEDIA RESEARCH CONSULTANT - NOC
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC FINANCE & CHILDREN CONSULTANT-P4

DUE DATE: 17 March, 2017

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