Consultancy – Qualitative Researcher (GRASSP), Office of Research Innocenti, Florence, Italy - Remote Based (7 Months) REQ

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, education...

The UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti (UNICEF Innocenti) undertakes high quality research contributing to evidence-informed policy making by UNICEF and its partners. Researchers of UNICEF Innocenti’s Social and Economic Policy (SEP) are engaged in a research programme studying the gender dimensions of social protection (the GRASSP research programme) which includes a programmatic-focus (GRASSP research stream 2) and a systemic focus (GRASSP research stream 3). The Research stream 3 includes a case study in Ethiopia aimed at understanding the institutionalization of gender within Ethiopia social protection system.

Objectives of the consultancy

The main objective of this consultancy is to support the GRASSP Research stream 3 Ethiopia Case study.

How can you make a difference?

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Social Policy Specialist and coordinate with the GRASSP RS3 Team research members.

The consultancy will include supporting the implementation of a political economy analysis/qualitative research. The areas of activities are specified as follows:

  1. Contribute to the research protocol and instruments development;
  2. Coordinate data collection, conduct key informant interviews, transcribe and translate them;
  3. Contribute to the data analysis and to the writing of the report.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Master in social sciences, education, public/social policy, public health or related field;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in conducting qualitative research;
  • Demonstrated working experience in Ethiopia and knowledge of Ethiopia’s social, economic and political context;
  • Experience with fieldwork and qualitative data collection;
  • Experience in the transcription of interviews;
  • Experience in qualitative data analysis,
  • Ability to organize own work and to carry out a research project with limited supervision according to deadlines;
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.

Desirable skills

  • Ability to speak and write fluently in Amharic;
  • Experience with key informant interviews with senior policy makers;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Ethiopia’s social protection system;
  • Substantive knowledge and publication record in one or more of the following areas: social protection programmes and systems, gender.
  • Experience with qualitative analysis software.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

  • Build and maintain partnerships
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Think and act strategically
  • Nurture, lead and manage people
  • Innovate and embrace change
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Manage ambiguity and complexity

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.


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


Please indicate your ability, availability and financial proposal (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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.

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