Consultancy, Senior Researcher for a Situational Analysis of Children, UAE, Gulf Area Office, 6 months

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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, a fair chance

United Arab Emirates has strong and solid achievements in the field of child rights. In 2017, the UAE launched two national strategies, the National Strategy for Motherhood and Childhood, and the Strategic Plan for children with disabilities (CWD) after the Cabinet office of UAE adopted them in 22 March 2017. Both strategies were prepared by Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC) and UNICEF Gulf Area Office (GAO). The development of the strategies had been informed by international standards including the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In addition, they are fully aligned with UAE’s VISION 2021 and with the UAE Child Rights Law “Wadeema Law”.

The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC) and UNICEF Gulf Area Office (GAO) published last Situation Analysis of Children in 2010. Following which, GAO conducted snapshot analysis in 2018 for internal use during the development of new program document (2019-2023).

To further strengthen anlysis of the situation of chidren in the country in 2020, SCMC decided to conduct a new SitAn. UNICEF will provide technical support in conducting the research. A senior researcher is being brought on board to support the SCMC and partners to conduct the study. The SitAn will be undertaken by a local institution.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Chief Child Protection in GAO and in cooperation and coordination with Sheikha Fatima Research Center for Childhood and Motherhood, SCMC, and the team leader, the consultant will be responsible for the following based on the Approach provided in the TOR's attached, the consultant is expected:

  1. Review all relevant data sources and prepare a SitAn inception report which summarises (i) methodology; (ii) availability of data sources, clustered by thematic focus areas; (iii) information gap analysis; and, (iv) schedule of activities…etc.

Deliverable1: Draft inception report (May 15, 2021)

Deliverable2: Final inception report (June 5, 2021)

  1. Conduct various analyses and producing research papers, according to methodology agreed in conceptual and analysis framework

Deliverable3: Draft SitAn report and background papers (July 15, 2021)

  1. Participate and Contribute to the validation workshops of the situation analysis findings through participatory causality analysis, role pattern analysis and capacity gap analysis with a cross section of stakeholders through consultation processes (at least 3 workshops)

Deliverable4: Workshop validation reports (August 01, 2021)

  1. Compile and Producte the final draft report of the situation analysis report according to an agreed format

Deliverable5: Final SitAn Report and Summary Report (September 25, 2021)

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

  • Economics/Statistics or related fields relevant for the assignment;
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in research;
  • Institutional knowledge of the UN and UNICEF;
  • Excellent facilitation and coordination skills;
  • Knowledge and Demonstrated experience with Human Rights Based Approach to Programming (HRBAP);
  • Sound understanding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Proven experience in writing analytical papers on children’s issues;
  • Familiarity with UAE’s current national development priorities and challenges;
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
  • All applicants who applied for the first advert need to apply again and due consideration will be given,

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this assignment are thinks and act strategically, Work collaboratively with others, and manages ambiguity and complexity.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

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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