Individual Consultancy: Capoeira as part of an adolescent empowerment programme through psychosocial sports

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Purpose and Objective:

The UNICEF Executive Board approved the new Government of Mozambique - UNICEF Country Programme (CP) 2022-2026 in February 2022. The vision underlying the Theory of Change (ToC) for the UNICEF Mozambique Country Programme Goal Area 3 is that: Every child, including adolescents, is protected from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect, unnecessary family separation and harmful practices.

The overall objective is that girls, boys and adolescents are better protected from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and harmful practices and benefit from the promotion of family-based care, psychosocial support and wellbeing and justice**, including in humanitarian contexts. Goal Area 3 will address violence against boys, girls and women, including a focus on violence in the home and intimate partner violence against women and adolescent girls. Child marriage, family separation and the placement of children in residential care are understood as risk factors for child maltreatment in the home, whereas legal identity and access to justice are regarded as protective factors against child protection violations. Humanitarian response is integrated across Goal Area 3, to contribute in strengthening systems for child protection and to increase resilience through risk-informed programmes and positive social norms. Through the humanitarian response (goal area 4) the child protection system aims to target vulnerable children through a wider child protection programme to avoid stigmatization of vulnerable groups and increase community resilience, this includes unaccompanied and separated children, children who have been associated with armed groups or armed forces, survivors of violence and children in distress from the conflict.

The overall approach to Goal Area 3 is to partner with Government, UN agencies, and civil society and community organizations to strengthen systems to be more inclusive and effective in responding to child protection deprivations and violations, and to scale up prevention strategies and approaches, focusing on early interventions for children at greatest risk, including in humanitarian situations.

UNICEF Child protection Section is looking for a consultant to support and motivate open dialogues to increase awareness on impact of conflict on children, prevention of the grave violations against children, child marriage and early pregnancy ; and promote mental health and well-being of children through a program that focuses on the prevention of violence and encourages inclusion and equality.

Methodology and Technical Approach:

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist in Emergencies leading output 4, based in Cabo Delgado, in close coordination with the child protection specialist leading the output 3 the consultant will provide

  • Capoeira Group Dynamics as an engagement technique to promote trust, working with inclusion, respect and increase in self-esteem in a strong group activity;
  • Capoeira Art and its social, emotional and physical benefits for trauma healing and prevention of violence;
  • Human-centred design approach, questionnaires, and awareness sessions for the discussion of selected topics - using different tools, group, singing, music and rhythm dynamics - and conduct debates;
  • Storytelling sessions and engagement with a book character, providing to young girls a role model (Kioni, Mozambican girl hero), that they can relate to and empower themselves; as well as promote reading and literacy (for girl’s sessions).

Activities and Tasks:

Under the framework of the Child protection strategy and RWP plan, the Consultant will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Capoeira & Literature Program for a total of 150 Children in the 2 selected districts.
  • Evaluation Report at the end of the Implementation and Monitoring period.

Deliverables and Payments****: Payments will be processed upon acceptance of the corresponding deliverable and against an invoice that will refer to the contract reference and deliverable number. Payments will be approved by the Child Protection Manager. The consultancy period spans from beginning of July-end of September 2022.

  • First deliverable, payment of 40% for detailed training plan; purchase of 150 uniforms and training materials
  • Second deliverable, payment of 60% after completion of training and submission of report (including the monitoring) The report should be submitted within 3 weeks after the completion of the training programme.



Number of days

Percentage of payments

Detailed training plan; purchase of 150 uniforms and training materials

Detailed training plan, monitoring tool and materials purchased


-****Human-centred design approach to promote and conduct debates for the discussion of topics and increase awareness on Social Issues (Child Marriage, Early Pregnancy, Violence)

-Group and rhythm dynamics based on Capoeira

-Capoeira Workshops with both Boys and Girls with specific debates separate for girls and boys

-Capoeira Singing and Music

-Fundamentals of the Capoeira Roda and Values of Respect, Sharing, Inclusion and Equality

-Capoeira dynamics for trauma healing and prevention of violence

-Active storytelling, mixing reading and singing with activity and play of traditional Mozambican games and capoeira movements

-Storytelling sessions and engagement with a book character, leader Training (Storytellers) and girl empowerment

Design monitoring tools for the monitoring of impact on MHPSS, learning on the key issues, perception of parents and community members.

1 human interest story

1 overall report including quotes from participants and analysis of monitoring

Capoeira & Literature Program for a total of 150 Children with a focus on adolescent boys and girls in the 2 selected districts.

Analysis report including impact on MHPSS, messages learnt, quotes from participants and 1 human interest story (support of UNICEF C4D team).



Management and Supervision****:

The Child protection consultant will work under the supervision of the Child protection Specialist in Emergencies output 4 lead, based in Pemba in collaboration with the Output 3 lead

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • University degree in Social Science or related area
  • At least 15 years of Capoeira practice, with international recognition of training level, preferable Master level (minimum level: Teacher)
  • At least 10 years of experience working with capoeira or others art/sport in social projects for violence prevention, education and inclusion of children and adolescents in vulnerable or risk contexts.
  • At least 5 years of experience with cultural and capoeira programs that support and promote gender equality and women empowerment.
  • Experience working with capoeira and development projects with NGOs, Agencies or Embassy Programs, reporting qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Experience with storytelling and orality educational skills.
  • Experience in working in Mozambique is preferential.

Specific knowledge, competencies, and skills required:

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills.
  • Strong facilitation and training skills.
  • Solid strategic thinking.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is required.
  • Strong communication skills on how to deliver key messages effectively to different audiences: tailoring languages, tone, style, and format to match audiences particularly children and adolescent.
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and self- management skills.
  • Ability to perform well under pressure.
  • Ability to acknowledge and respect different cultural and religious aspects.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong singing, musical and rhythm skills are required.
  • Experience in both working with diverse ages groups and problem solving is required.
  • Experience in working in remote sites is an asset.


  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) and Portuguese is an asset.


  • University Degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, and Development Studies.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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