Consultant on the UNICEF Europe Strategy - EU internal policies (Part time over 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, hope

The UNICEF Office for Relations with EU institutions in Brussels manages UNICEF’s relationship with European Union Institutions (namely the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European External Action Service and the European Parliament) to expand political space for children. This is done through evidence-based policy advocacy, to mobilize and to leverage EU resources for children and for UNICEF, and to provide support and guidance to Country and Regional Offices for the effective management of EU-funded programmes. The Brussels Office coordinates UNICEF’s global interactions with EU institutions effectively, strategically and with a focus on results. Within the UNICEF Office in Brussels, the Advocacy and Policy Section leads on mainstreaming child rights into EU policy and practice, including child participation and mobilizing resources for children.

UNICEF has recently developed a Partnership Strategy in and with Europe with the vision that by 2030, one billion of the most vulnerable children in the world benefit from UNICEF’s engagement in and with Europe, thanks to UNICEF´s role as the authoritative thought leader, advocate, convener and partner of choice for and with children at country, regional and global levels. This will be achieved by a more integrated approach in Europe.

The UNICEF Office for Relations with EU institutions in Brussels is coordinating efforts and contributions within UNICEF to ensure a comprehensive and coherent approach in our partnership in and with Europe. We are engaging with UNICEF’s National Committees (NatComs) in Europe, UNICEF Country Offices within the EU as well as with UNICEF divisions. Special attention will be given to advocacy opportunities within EU internal policies and instruments that would contribute to UNICEF´s Global Advocacy Priorities, namely: tackle the learning crisis; vaccine affordability, availability and equity; protect the mental health of children; and to increase access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene while addressing climate change. It will also look at other key advocacy priorities relevant to the European context such as migration and child poverty.

Additionally, efforts are undergoing to harmonize our collective advocacy approach towards strengthening and elevating UNICEF and child rights global and regional agenda through the development of Joint Engagement Plans (JEP) between NatComs, and UNICEF (Public Partnerships and Public Fundraising Partnerships divisions). The JEP will be an integrated part of the overall Joint Strategic Planning (JSP) process.

How can you make a difference?

The consultant will advise and work closely with the UNICEF Office for Relations with EU institutions in Brussels (PPD-Brussels) and with the Advocacy team of the UNICEF Division on Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) to support UNICEF National Committees in Europe to implement European components of their advocacy work. The consultant will also map and advise on EU advocacy opportunities relevant for UNICEF National Committees in Europe.

The consultancy is at P.4 level ( ).

Expected results and duties:

  1. Strategic advice to incorporate the vision of UNICEF´s Partnership Strategy in Europe in the 2022 planning processes of the European UNICEF National Committees

As part of the Joint Strategic Planning (JSP) process for the period of 2022-2025, provide advice on European components of the JEP planning process, including a short methodology and direct support in the JEP discussions and implementation.

Duties & Tasks (by Jan 2022),

  • Review existing UNICEF guidance and documents for JEP and propose a rapid methodology for incorporating the Europe Partnership Strategy lens during the upcoming JEP processes for 2022 in collaboration with PPD and PFP for the European NatComs.
  • Participate in the JEP processes of European NatComs to provide inputs, contribute to the discussions and support consistency across JEPS in collaboration to UBO colleagues.
  • Develop a workplan for 2022 for UNICEF´s Brussels office support and engagement with European NatComs to implement the EU components of the JEPs.
  • Based on the experience of the 2022 JEP process, make recommendations for strengthening harmonization and incorporation of the Europe lens in the JEP and JSP processes.
  1. Technical support to European National Committees on advocacy opportunities in the internal EU agenda under UNICEF´s global advocacy prioritie

Coordinate inputs and draft internal advocacy briefs tailored to the needs of European National Committees on specific topics contributing to the Global Advocacy Priorities and other key advocacy priorities relevant to the European context such as migration and child poverty.

Duties & Tasks (by Dec 2021)

  • Review UNICEF global advocacy priorities, strategy and related documents and NatComs advocacy priorities, to identify joint advocacy opportunities.
  • Gather intelligence on EU internal agenda processes, events, strategies and policies relevant to UNICEF advocacy priorities in Europe and communicate key findings to National Committees and Country Offices in Europe.
  • Identify and coordinate common PPD and NatComs priorities and then explore advocacy opportunities for those priorities in relation to EU internal policies and instruments (e.g. Resilience and Recovery Facility, European Social Fund, etc).
  • Support the co-creation of advocacy strategies, in which several NatComs and different other parts of the organization work together to achieve results.
  • Draft internal advocacy briefs tailored to the needs of the NatComs to support their advocacy on specific issues, with contributions and expertise from UNICEF colleagues. E.g. influencing national plans of the Resilience and Recovery Facility for better outcomes for children. Those advocacy briefs could be a suitable deliverable in the JEP when agreed between NatCom, UBO, PFP and PPD HQ.
  • Support National Committees for the implementation of European elements of their domestic, regional and global advocacy work included in JSPs (including JEP).
  • Coordinate clearance process from key stakeholders.
  1. Identify mechanisms and capacity required to sustain this teamed-up collaboration in the future

Map out capacity required and identify potential mechanisms to ensure this teamed-up approach is sustainable and continued, including financial and human resources needs.

Duties & Tasks (by end January 2022)

  • Explore non-ODA resource mobilization opportunities from EU instruments that would be relevant and accessible to UNICEF NatComs for their domestic programming
  • Building on opportunities in the EU Agenda and taking into account UNICEF´s priorities, advise on what and how these could be shaped to further progress on child rights agenda.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in relevant area. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 10 of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in planning and advocacy processes, with proven success in influencing the EU internal agenda
  • Experience with UN work required and familiarity with UNICEF a very strong asset.
  • Expertise on human rights, child rights, youth engagement.
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills in English and another UN language (working knowledge of French and/or Spanish an asset).
  • Experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder projects the national or regional level
  • Knowledge of the EU institutions and process.
  • Ability to work independently and under tight deadline.

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.

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.


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.

Duty Station: flexible

The consultant should work in a European time zone, with a maximum of three trips to Brussels depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Reporting and location

The consultant will report to the Senior Adviser on Policy at UNICEF Office for Relations with EU institutions in Brussels with matrix management by the Advocacy Manager acting as EU Focal point in PFP in UNICEF PFP.


Up to 100 working days within the period between the 1 October 2021 and the 28 February 2022.


Applicants are requested to indicate a daily fee in US Dollars and the cost of a trip to Brussels of less of 48h.

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