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Consultancy Title: Consultancy – Consultant to facilitating the implementation of the new CFCI Guidance Note

Section/Division/Duty Station: Social Policy and Social Protection - Programme Group - NYHQ

Duration: 2 January 2024 – 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 globally mandated to promote the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF has steadily been expanding its work at subnational level and with local governments over the past two decades. The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI), which is currently implemented in more than 40 countries, is one of the platforms for engaging in partnership with subnational and local governments.

The new CFCI guidance launched in 2023 introduced a clear framework and criteria for the implementation of the Child Friendly Cities. The implementing countries (Country Offices and National Committees) requested additional technical assistance and advice, including new tools and approaches to enable them to better meet the CFCI criteria and ensure scalability and sustainability of the initiative, adequate brand management and risk averse approach to partnerships with local governments and other stakeholders.

As currently SPSP PG HQ is relying on PFP funding for this contract and PFP has not made sufficient funding available to cover all planned activities, some deliverables are planned to be completed only if additional resources will become available in 2024.

Scope of Work:

The main scope of this consultancy is to enhance the CFCI network by supporting the development of a set of tools, enhancing the knowledge sharing and knowledge exchange within and outside of the network through organizing internal and external events and meetings related to CFCI, and by facilitating the development of key documents supporting the implementation of the initiative globally.

Terms of Reference / Key Deliverables:

  • TA mission to Andorra completed and report with recommendations submitted to Andorra NC, PFP and PGLT HICs team

By 31 January 2024

  • Summary report (with TABLE) on all TA requirements for CFCI support from the National Committees as a follow up of the JSP deep dive process

By 28 February 2024

  • Report on alignment of Country Offices and National Committees’ with 2021 CFCI review recommendations

By 15 March2024

  • 4 CFCI online network meetings organized including documentation, (agendas and presentations developed for each meeting). Action points developed and shared with all participants

By 31 January 2024

By 31 May 2024

By 31 August 2024

By 31 December 2024

  • Development of an EU Child Participation Funding Proposal is facilitated with National Committees and submitted to EU

By 30 March 2024

  • ToRs, workplan and expected deliverables developed for CFCI working group on sustainability and scalability. WG established and functioning

    By 30 March 2024 and 3 meetings by 31 December 2024

  • Development of an EU Child Participation Funding Proposal is facilitated with National Committees and submitted to EU

    By 30 April 2024

  • Concept note developed for a global CFCI technical network meeting

  • List of participants in consultation with stakeholders
  • Agenda and main presentations (PPT) developed
  • 1 CFCI network in-person meeting organized
  • CFCI Partnership document and strategy developed
  • CFCI Communication and visibility strategy developed

By 31 October 2024

  • Develop and validate new tools and approach for sustainability and scalability.

By 20 October 2024

  • Funding mechanism is put in place to financially support CFCI and local governance programming

By 30 November 2024

  • 10 Webinars are organized:
  1. Exchange of good practices/examples from CFCI municipalities (3 webinars)
  2. Exchanges on fundraising strategies and approaches
  3. Exchanges on sustainability & scalability of the CFCI
  4. Socialization of additional M&E tools
  5. Subnational budgeting and financing (2 webinars)
  6. Child participation (2 webinars)

By 31 December 2024



  • Masters degree in public administration, public policy, development studies, social sciences or closely related field.

Work experience:

  • At least 7 (seven) years of professional experience in project management of development programme or project in/with public administration and/or international organization


  • Knowledge and understanding of child rights and human rights approach to programming. Experience with child rights programme implementation is strongly desired.
  • Experience and understanding of knowledge management approaches, fundraising and advocacy approaches is essential.
  • Country experience in different context preferably in high- income countries is an asset


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.

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