Consultancy – Child Marriage: Partnership Support and Capacity Development Data and Analytics (D&A)
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.
UNICEF is the lead agency in monitoring the wellbeing of children, with a mandate to support countries in collecting reliable data on children, as well as to track progress against internationally agreed targets including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Child Protection and Development (CPD) team within the Data Analysis and Innovation Unit covers a range of topics, including harmful practices such as child marriage, which is the topical focus of this consultancy. Further to UNICEF’s role as custodian agency monitoring progress towards SDG target 5.3.1 on child marriage, the CPD team will be undertaking several initiatives around the analysis, dissemination and use of data on this topic. This will include the production of national, regional and global reports, the development of a dedicated website on monitoring progress against child marriage, and the development of a set of training packages on the interpretation and use of data on harmful practices.
Terms of Reference / Deliverables
The purpose of this consultancy is to support CPD’s work on these initiatives in two capacities: maintaining and strengthening partnerships with relevant institutions and colleagues, as contributors to and users of these data-driven products and platforms on child marriage; and supporting the development of the training packages at the stages of identifying knowledge gaps and needs, researching learning platforms, and identifying and securing partners with expertise in learning and human-centred design for the development of lessons.
Scope of Work: Under the overall direction of the Senior Adviser, the consultant will accomplish the following objectives:
- Liaise with UNICEF country offices to share data-driven resources on child marriage and identify additional data needs of selected countries (Spotlight initiative)
- Increase visibility of data-driven products through direct communication with key stakeholders, writing newsletters, drafting blog posts, and promoting materials on social media
- Manage beta testing of child marriage website with key stakeholders
- Provide logistical and substantive support in the planning and implementation of SAG consultations, both in-person and remote
- Develop and deploy a survey on knowledge and needs around data on harmful practices among potential training participants
- Research and advise on the required expertise and other characteristics needed for the training implementation team, which will include experts in capacity development/knowledge management to develop lessons for the training, as well as the online learning platform on which to host the virtual trainings
- Develop Terms of Reference based on the needs, budget and vision of the project team
- Provide the project team with logistical and technical support through the recruitment process to identify suitable vendors to complete the projects
- Liaise with DAPM LKE learning team to ensure adequate methodologies and tools for online engagement are developed
- Liaise between vendor and project team and other relevant parties (PD, ICTD, D&A data use team, etc.) to ensure the deliverables meet the expectations of all stakeholders, and that any ad hoc requests from vendors are prioritized and fielded appropriately
- Keep training participants informed and manage troubleshooting
- Successful communication with partners to promote data-driven products, identify data needs and manage inputs to key projects
- Implementation of key activities with partners, including a pre-training survey, website beta testing, and consultations with SAG
- Recommendations on the recruitment of the training implementation team, and support with recruitment
- Timely, accurate and informative regular reporting of project status and recommendations
Note this is a product based consultancy, and payment will be made upon successful completion of the deliverables as outlined below.
- Education: University Master’s degree or higher in social sciences, public policy, international affairs or related field
2) Work experience
- Minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in child protection programming
- Familiarity with UNICEF’s organizational structure and key partners strongly preferred
- Basic familiarity with data used for global monitoring of the wellbeing of children and/or experience working with household survey data preferred
- Familiarity with UNICEF mandate and the Sustainable Development Goals
- Expertise in child marriage strongly preferred
- Proven experience in developing effective communication products and monitoring their performance with key audiences
- Experience developing online training materials strongly preferred
- Excellent project management skills, including managing complex projects and balancing long-term and ad hoc projects simultaneously
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including communication to both technical and non-technical audiences
- Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
- Financial proposal that will include:
- your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html
- Travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
- Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
- Indicate your availability
- Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
- At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
- Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
U.S. Visa information:
With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process
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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 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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
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.
Location: New York, USA
Deadline: Nov 18 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Application link: https://jobs.unicef.org/mob/cw/en-us/job/535963
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