Consultant Child Protection – Witchcraft, Dakar Regional Office, Senegal (Consultancy)

Consultant Child Protection – Witchcraft, Dakar Regional Office, Senegal (Consultancy)
It is proposed to carry out a desk study that presents and analyses manifestations, effects on children, causes and programmatic responses. The study will be used to inform UNICEF country programmes and partner agencies, the general public and donors about the phenomenon of accusing children of witchcraft. The purpose of this consultancy is to produce a concise, well-researched, well-written, user-friendly and nuanced document.

Using available data and documentation, the study will address the following questions and topics:
What are child witchcraft accusations? Manifestations, definitions, distribution and scale of the phenomenon of witchcraft accusations against children in Africa, with a particular focus on West and Central Africa (include Angola, for which a research study is available). Also consider infanticide and killing of albinos.
Which children are being accused of being witches?
Consider age, gender, family conditions and background, ethnicity, religion, etc.
What are the effects on children?
• Violence and abandonment of children
• Children accused of witchcraft often end on the streets (e.g. 80% of the 20,000 street children in Kinshasa are said to have been accused of being witches).
• In Central Africa Republic BONUCA and the African Commission on human rights reported cases of imprisonment of children accused of witchcraft.
• How are children reacting to these accusations?
• What are the effects on children? Education, health, livelihoods, psycho-social, crime, drugs, etc.
• What coping mechanisms have children developed?
What are the causes and origins of witchcraft accusations against children?
• Why are children being targeted now?
• Compare different explanations and identify patterns of child witchcraft accusations in different countries.
What has been done to respond to the phenomenon of child witchcraft accusations? How effective have these approaches been?
• Research: Any response has to be based on an in-depth understanding of the causes. There are obvious tensions between the belief in witchcraft and human rights. Making assumptions and simply vilifying either the families who accuse their children of witchcraft or the charismatic churches who exploit these beliefs prevents the development of effective strategies
• Prevention among parents, families and communities, authorities, traditional leaders and churches
• Early intervention: identify vulnerable and at risk families and children and reduce the risk of witchcraft accusations by providing support in social protection, health, education.
• Protection of children accused of witchcraft: working with families and communities and providing comprehensive care.
• Normative response: legislation and law enforcement, regulation of churches.

Advanced degree in social science, preferably in sociology or anthropology.
At least ten years relevant professional and research experience.
Highly developed social science analytical skills.
Experienced in preparing clear and concise reports.
Good understanding of issues related to social change and child protection in Africa.
Good knowledge of Africa and especially West and Central Africa.
Excellent writing skills.
Able to work independently and to meet deadlines.
Fluent in English and French.

Fee: US$ 500/per day
Duration : 25 days

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications with duly completed UN Personal History Form (available at, a detailed curriculum vitae in English and a Candidate Self Assessment form to, by 3 July 2009.


One Response to “Consultant Child Protection – Witchcraft, Dakar Regional Office, Senegal (Consultancy)”

  1. Fraurdy Says:

    hi. great article!

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