Consultancy – Child Reintegration Consultant Req
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Vacancy Announcement: Consultant
Consultancy Title: Consultancy – Child Reintegration Consultant
Section/Division/Duty Station: Child Protection Section - Programme Group - NYHQ
Duration: 1 December 2023 – 31 December 2024
Home/ office Based: REMOTE
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. 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.
Purpose of Activity/ Assignment:
UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and supports governments, communities, families and children to fulfill and enable every child’s right to live from violence and exploitation. UNICEF supports the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goals 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), and 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions).
In 2023, UNICEF responded to hundreds of new and ongoing humanitarian situations, including situations of armed conflict. In line with UNICEF Strategic Plans 2022-2025 and the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs), UNICEF leverages its long-standing comparative advantages, including having a field presence before, during and after conflict to deliver multisectoral support and harnessing its network of partners, including governments, civil society, communities and the private sector. UNICEF prioritizes prevention of recruitment and use of children by armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG), separation of children from armed forces and groups, and provision of immediate services for the care and protection of children after their release and during reintegration within their families and communities. During 2023, globally UNICEF supported more than 12,000 children who had exited armed forces or groups with protection, care, family tracing, reunification, and reintegration support.
In relation to CAAFAG, in addition to supporting its country teams, UNICEF contributes to the work of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance), its working groups and task forces, including the Task Force on Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG TF), which UNICEF co-leads. UNICEF also co-leads the Paris Principles Steering Group and the Global Coalition for Reintegration of Child Soldiers.
In August 2023 UNICEF concluded the first phase of development of a Global Initiative on Child Reintegration (GICR). The overall vision for the Global Initiative on Child Reintegration is to improve the quality and accessibility of child reintegration programmes in conflict and post conflict settings globally, with a focus on addressing the specific needs of CAAFAG, and of other children at risk of recruitment, using sustainable, multi-sectoral, gender-sensitive and contextualized approaches. A programme framework including a joint theory of change and programme measurement framework applicable across the humanitarian, development and peace nexus for the GICR has been developed including to support design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of reintegration programmes for children associated with armed forces and armed groups, to support research and learning, as well as advocacy.
This initiative builds on strong inter agency existing platforms and collaboration and the engagement with relevant actors and agencies cross the HDPN including NGOs, UN entities and government. Having reached this stage, with the agreement and support of the participating entities, UNICEF will lead a second phase of the development of the project to establish implementation structures and agreements to capitalize and operationalize the initiative.
UNICEF seeks the services of an experienced consultant to support UNICEF Child Protection in Humanitarian Action to support delivery of technical assistance to country and regional offices and to support development of the next phase of the GICR.
Scope of Work:
- Consultancy planning and reporting
- Support Coordination for the Global Initiative on Child Reintegration (GICR)
- Elaborate Implementation Modalities for the GICR in consultation with the Steering Group
- Support Delivery of Technical Support to Country and Regional Offices
- Support consolidation of learning on CAAFAG programming from CO results reporting and other evidence sources
Terms of Reference / Key Deliverables:
- Final detailed Work Plan for consultancy By 31 December 2023
- End of Consultancy Report By 31 December 2024
- Develop and Finalize Terms of Reference for the GICR Steering Group in consultation with partners By 31 January 2024
- Agenda, Meeting Minutes capturing progress, constraints, objectives and action points By 28 Feb 2024 By 20 April 2024 By 30 June 2024 By 31 Aug 2024 By 31 October 2024
- Develop a rolling workplan for the GICR for approval by the Steering Group By 28 Feb 2024
- Develop and Finalize Terms of Reference for any Advisory Committees to the Steering Group in consultation with partners By 31 March 2024
- Agenda, presentations, minutes with progress, constraints, objectives, and action points By 20 April 2024 By 30 June 2024 By 31 August 2024 By 31 October 2024 By 31 December 2024
- Develop and finalize partnership arrangement for GICR including consultation with Steering Group Members, relevant UNICEF business units By 30 April 2024
- Develop and finalize Operations plan for GICR including consultation with Steering Group Members, relevant UNICEF business units By 30 June 2024
- Develop and finalize resource mobilization strategy for GICR including consultation with Steering Group Members, relevant UNICEF business units By 31 May 2024
- Develop and finalize information package and talking points for donor engagement By 31 July 2024
- Develop and finalize a preliminary global advocacy strategy for the GICR. By 31 May 2024
- Elaborate two key components of the advocacy strategy for implementation. By 31 July 2024
- 3 adapted results frameworks to be delivered. By 30 September 2024
- Identify partners and develop joint concept note for priority research and learning activities for the GICR By 30 April 2024
- Elaborate and initiate implementation of two key components of the research and learning activities. By 31 August 2024
- Review and provide technical inputs to at least 4 CO/RO documents on release, reintegration of CAAFAG
At least 4 documents timing based on need By 31 Jan 2024 By 30 May 2024 By 31 Aug 2024 By 30 Nov 2024
- Technical support mission to countries in need
Up to 3 missions based on need
(Travel paid for by CO)
- Draft of Analytical report on 2023 CAAFAG results By 31 March 2024
- Masters degree/ Social work, child protection /child welfare, international development, anthropology, psychology, law, human rights, related social sciences.
- English - mandatory
- French – highly preferred
- Minimum 7 years experience in child protection, humanitarian programme management, and or international development; experience in humanitarian operations in the field an advantage;
- Minimum of 4 years field experience working with CAAFAG;
- Demonstrated experience with programme management, planning, monitoring, and programme frameworks, preferably in child protection
- Strong communication, organizational, inter-personal and leadership, and strategic thinking skills;
- Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment, with complex projects and deadlines from different stakeholders;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, and identify new opportunities and approaches;
- Experience in data analysis and report writing;
- Experience with coalitions, coordination and relationship management;
- Strong oral and written English language skills are required, French language is highly preferred.
Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and
- Upload copy of academic credentials
- Financial proposal that will include/ reflect:
- the costs per each deliverable and the total lump-sum for the whole assignment (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference.
- 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 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
Remarks: Individuals engaged under a consultancy 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. Consultants 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.