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Consultant- POCSO Act, 2012, Ministry of Women and Child Development

International Development Agency


1. POSITION VACANT: Consultant- POCSO Act, 2012, Ministry of Women and Child Development, International Development Agency, Delhi


Our client is a respected, International Development Agency (IDA), that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development.



Sexual abuse of children remains highly prevalent and is among the serious problems faced by children globally. It has profound consequences on the individual child and his/her family, leading to range of psychosocial and developmental disorders including post-traumatic symptoms, substance abuse, helplessness, aggressive behaviour, eating, learning and personality disorders. An analysis of National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) shows that there were 14,913 cases reported in 2015 under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, which has gone up to 36,022 in 2016. Out of the total reported cases of crimes against children, 37,398 cases (35%) were sexual offences (including POCSO, unnatural offences, buying and selling of girls for prostitution). That means a child had been abused every 15 minutes in the country.


The POCSO Act, 2012 came into force on the November 14, 2012, along with the rules framed thereunder. It is a special law enacted to protect children which defines different forms of sexual abuse, including penetrative and non-penetrative assault, as well as sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interests of the child at every stage of the judicial process by incorporating child-friendly mechanisms for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and speedy trial of offences through appointment of Special Public Prosecutors and designated Special Courts. It deems a sexual assault to be “aggravated” under certain circumstances, such as when the abused child is mentally ill or when the abuse is committed by a person in a position of trust or authority like a family member, police officer, teacher or doctor. However, the implementation of the law needs to be strengthened and ensured across the country. It is a matter of great concern that the conviction rate for POCSO cases were only 29.6% with a huge pendency (89%) in 2016.


In the above context, the Ministry has requested International Development Agency to provide a Consultant who would provide technical support for the overall implementation and monitoring of the POCSO Act 2012 and other preventive initiatives for protection of children from sexual offences.  



The Consultant- Ministry of Women and Child Development will support the ministry in overall implementation and monitoring of the POCSO Act 2012, in coordination with state governments, NCPCR, police, judiciary and other relevant stakeholders like CHILDLINE, mental health service providers, etc. S/he will prepare policy briefs and other relevant documents to facilitate consultations and coordination with different stakeholders from government, development partners, academic institutions and NGO’s dealing with sexual violence against children and develop reporting guidelines on programmes and services provided by different stakeholders to child survivors, as prescribed in the Act and its rules and provide recommendations for improving governance framework (institutional and coordination framework) for the implementation of the POCSO Act.   

Key Deliverables:

(1) Provide support to Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) in reviewing the current status of the implementation of the POCSO Act 2012 in co-ordination with NCPCR, State governments and other stakeholders so as to monitor progress in terms of setting up of special courts, appointment of trained support persons, counsellors and mental health service providers;

(2) Make recommendations regarding what works in terms of reporting, gaps identified and what needs to be done to facilitate efficient reporting on services for children;

(3) Coordinate with other line ministries on policy and legislative issues to ensure preventive and rehabilitative services for child survivors;

(4) Identify capacity building needs of different stakeholders for better implementation of the POCSO Act and develop a plan for capacity building for prevention, response and rehabilitation for children;

(5) Undertake review of secondary literature on child rights, particularly, protection of children from violence and develop policy briefs, concept notes and presentation, as required by the Ministry;

(6) Organize meetings and consultations with different stakeholders;





Post Graduate in Law, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Journalism.


(1) Minimum five years of experience in areas of child protection with focus on project coordination, documentation and report writing;

(2) Experience of working with government officials.


Skills and Competencies:

(1) Proven skills for developing high level project documents, policy briefs and analytical reports;

(2) Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively and listening to others; Ability to correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately; Ability to ask questions to clarify and exhibit interest in having two-way communication;

(3) Tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match audience;

(4) Demonstrable openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Minimum eight days travel in various states.




The CP-MWCD-CP-DL shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.




Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.


Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form, comprising:


(a) Monthly Professional Fees and

(b) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for field travel outside the duty station.



(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process;
(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided.



8. LOCATION: Ministry of Women and Child Development, Shashtri Bhavan, New Delhi


9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2019.






Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 



Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link by or before April 10, 2019.