Consultancy: End-of-Year Reporting assignment, Iraq (60 days international remote consultancy)

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Purpose of Activity/Assignment: End-of-Year reporting is an important instrument for accountability and monitoring of ongoing performance. It enables each Country Office (CO) to regularly assess its programmatic and operational achievements, the strengths, and weaknesses of its approaches, and share learning and innovations that will inform corrective actions and scale-up, as needed. It provides an opportunity for UNICEF to collectively analyze performance, document results and value-addition of its contribution to results for the most disadvantaged children and women, in the context of UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs), national priorities, UNICEF’s Strategic Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals.

End-of-year reports and assessments include, inter alia, narrative assessments of progress for all active Outcomes and Outputs, Summary Narrative, End-Year Situation Reports (SitReps) and Consolidated Emergency Reports (CERs). End-of-year assessments of progress against planned results reported in the Results Assessment Module (RAM) are a primary source of information for the Executive Director’s Annual Report of the Strategic Plan and multiple other reports as well as resource mobilization efforts at the country, regional and global levels.

Scope of Work: Under the supervision of the Resource Mobilization (RM) Manager and in close collaboration with the Reports Specialist, the End-of-Year Reporting (EYR) Consultant will draft, edit and provide quality assurance for the RAM outcome and output analytical statements, the End-of-Year Summary Narrative, the End-of-Year SitReps and the CERs (including, but not limited to, related two pagers and case studies). The EYR Consultant will gather and analyse information ensuring quality of results-based reporting, strength of analysis, link to results and attention to UNICEF reporting priorities (e.g., gender, disability, evidence, partnerships, attribution of results, etc.) and submitting relevant deliverables as per EY global timelines and guidance.

The EYR Consultant will also provide RM support, as required, and conceive, draft and revise all materials for a donor event package; these will include, among others, briefings, power point presentations, and speaker notes.

Tasks/Milestone/ Deliverables/Outputs/ Timeline 1. Donor event package on annual results is produced (8 days) - Outlines for all materials required for the donor event are developed under the supervision of the RM Manager and in close collaboration with the Comms team. - Key priorities to focus on for the donor event are identified in coordination with CO. - Data and results are collected and compiled, in coordination with the Reports Specialist, based on annual review meetings/power point presentation/reports, HAC appeals - 1 brief with key results, partnerships, challenges and way forward per outcome plus 1 overview are developed. - Power Point presentation(s) and speaker notes for Power Point presentation(s) for donor event are developed (number and duration to be confirmed). - All materials for donor event are finalized based on Rep/RM Manager feedback. - A7C for press release/ Media FAQs is supported

2. COAR narrative reporting components are drafted and submitted as per EY global and regional timeline and guidance (20 days) - HQ and MENARO’s reporting guidelines, including gender or other specialized guidelines for 2022, are reviewed and a reporting timeline is developed accordingly. - Based on materials provided by the Reports Specialist, RAM outcome and output analytical statements are drafted and submitted as per global timelines and guidance. Quality of results-based reporting, strength of analysis, link to results and attention to UNICEF reporting priorities (e.g., gender, disability, evidence, partnerships, attribution of results etc.) is assured. - RAM reporting components are aligned with other reporting deliverables (SitReps, CSIs, donor event materials). - RAM statements and additional materials collected through Reports Specialist are sued to draft the End-of-Year Summary Narrative.

3. End-of-Year Summary Narrative is drafted and submitted as per EY global and regional timelines and guidance. - Following high-level review by senior management, initial submission to RO of all narrative reporting components is prepared for upload by Reports Specialist. - Following feedback received from RO and HQ, queries to sections, to be communicated via the Reports Specialist, are developed. - All responses are integrated, and the final package is compiled for upload by the Reports Specialist. - The final uploaded text is proofread before official submission. End-Year Humanitarian Reports are submitted on time as per global and regional guidelines - In coordination with the Reports Specialist, the CER texts is drafted/revised with particular attention to strength of analysis, links to results and role of thematic funding. - CERs are aligned with other reporting components (e.g., COAR, SitReps, SMQs and donor event materials). - Executive summary is drafted. - In collaboration with the Reports Specialist, Human Interest Stories (HISs) and case studies are identified, compiled, reviewed and re-drafted. - Query documents are developed, in collaboration with the Reports Specialist, for sections to fill out. - Narrative components of non-thematic two-pagers are revised and edited. - Where possible/appropriate, data visualizations for case studies and other sections of the CERs are prepared. - Revise entire CER package based on CO feedback (up to two revision) and compile deliverable components for final submission.

4. External Annual Report is drafted (10 days) - An external annual report of approximately 30 pages is drafted and revised, based on feedback from CO. - Outline and ‘voice’ of report is proposed and agreed. - Public-facing annual report is written drawing on COAR materials, human interest stories and innovations from 2022. - Highlights, visualizations and infographics are identified. - In collaboration with the Reports Specialist, additional information - including human interest stories, innovation cases, financial information, partnerships lists, Rep foreword, etc. - is collected. - The final text is revised based on feedback received (up to 2 revisions). - Coordinate with designer on layout and presentation. - Final text is proofread prior to publication

Duration of the assignment: 60 days

Travel: This is a remote consultancy

Recruitment qualifications: - Advanced degree in international relations, political science, communications, international development/development studies, or another relevant technical field - A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public affairs, programme management, resource mobilization, external/donor relations, or other relevant area. - Relevant experience in a UN system, especially UNICEF, other international development agency or organization is considered as an asset. - Experience in donor relations and donor reporting is a strong asset. - English fluency and strong oral and written communication skills.

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Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed 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. Candidates must submit an all-inclusive fee for the assignment.

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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