Consultant – Under 3 Childcare Services, UNICEF Thailand Country Office in Bangkok, Thailand

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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 fulfilling 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 better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

    How can you make a difference?

The Education Section, UNICEF Thailand Country Office (TCO) is seeking a part-time international expert specializing in childcare economics, policy analysis, and gender to come on board as part of its ongoing work in expanding affordable and quality childcare services for children below three.

Work Assignment:

The consultant will provide overall technical leadership and a policy steer on the planned mixed-method research to assess demand and supply of childcare services (including assessing the feasibility of spatial mapping and forecasting) and accompanying policies measures for children below three years, in Thailand. In particular, the key work assignments are to:

1. Provide technical support for commissioning of the research, including development of the terms of reference, review of proposals, and documentation and submission of recommendation of awarding of the contract as per established UNICEF business processes.

2. Manage and coordinate the research (external and internal) from inception to finalization; and facilitate and ensure quality assurance of all deliverables including technical input into questionnaire development, data collection and analysis, qualitative consultations, knowledge products (briefings, presentations, and other materials).

3. Map, develop, and facilitate a stakeholder engagement strategy to: 3.1. Host dialogues/disseminate findings etc and promote ownership of findings and actions to accompany the research; &

3.2. Work with the research team to identify new/existing policy levers and suggest policy proposals to expand affordable and quality childcare services for below three, for example on the role of public investments and public-private partnerships to fill service gaps, improving quality through strengthened standards and promotion of jobs and competencies of caregivers, and gender and childcare services among others.

End Product(s):

The selected candidate is expected to work as part of a team and deliver the following deliverables over the term of the contract to the satisfaction of the Chief of Education:

Deliverable 1: Research organization successfully identified based on development of TOR through a consultative process, review of technical proposals received, and drafted recommendation in line with UNICEF business processes.

Deliverable 2: Research contract effectively managed – from inception to completion – and all outputs quality assured in a timely manner.

Deliverable 3: Stakeholder engagement map and strategy developed; and key identified engagement events (minimum of 3) facilitated to disseminate/discuss and promote ownership of findings as per the research timeline.

Deliverable 4: Three issue briefs on key policy levers of change based on global evidence and localized focus group discussions with relevant agencies developed. These could include but are not limited to role of public investments and public-private partnerships to fill gaps, improving quality through strengthened standards and promotion of jobs and competencies of caregivers, and gender and childcare services.

Duration of Contract: 60 working days during 11 month-period, tentative start tentative start 1 August 2022 or earlier.

Official Travel Involved: Maximum of three visits (up to one week) to Thailand; and should be planned to coincide with major milestones, for example data collection and initial and final dissemination and include other planned key stakeholder engagements, and the presence in the UNICEF office will be guided by UNICEF work modalities.

Work Schedule:

DELIVERABLE

ACTIVITIES

WORKING DAYS

(60 total)

TENTATIVE

TIMEFRAME

Deliverable 1: Research organization successfully identified

  • Develop draft terms of Reference through a consultative process
  • Finalize terms of reference

5 days

1 August – 31

Aug 2022

  • Review of technical proposals as part of a team
  • Draft recommendation for award of contract

5 days

1 Sep – 30 Sep

2022

Deliverable 2: Research contract effectively managed and outputs quality assured

  • Liaise with the research contractor as per agreed mechanisms on a regular basis
  • Provide internal monthly updates
  • Quality assurance of all research outputs from inception to completion; and facilitate a broader internal review.

21 days (average of three days a month)

1 October 2022

– 30 April 2023

Deliverable 3: Stakeholder engagement map and strategy developed and executed

  • Develop stakeholder map and engagement strategy

6 days

Oct – Dec 2022

  • Facilitate, in partnership with research agency, the sharing of the research tools and findings with key stakeholders as and when agreed upon.

5 days

1 October 2022

– 30 April 2023

Deliverable 4: Three issue briefs on key policy levers of change in Thailand developed

  • Scope, review, and curate global evidence on key policy issues of relevance to Thailand as agreed.
  • Conduct focus group discussions and key informant interviews to contextualize the global evidence for Thailand.
  • Draft the issue briefs to accompany the research findings and recommendations.

18 days (average of 6 days per issue brief)

Jan – 30 June 2023

Working Location****: The consultant will work remotely in his/her own premises with participating in hybrid meetings and consultations as needed and will regularly report to the supervisor.

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

  • PhD or equivalent degree in the social sciences (economics, public policy, public administration, education, sociology, and/or other relevant disciplines) with a strong focus on economics and policy analysis.
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional knowledge and experience working on early childhood care and education services in middle-income and high-income contexts with a focus on economics of childcare, policy analysis, and gender.
  • Demonstrate experience and skills in managing and conducting mixed-method research and the production of clear deliverables including written reports and policy advise to a wide range of stakeholders, including government.
  • Ability to operate under strict time limits, work independently and as a part of a team, and maintaining high level of professionalism
  • Experience in coordination with government and development partners would be preferred.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills; and ability to be tactful, exercise discretion, be a self-starter and demonstrate good judgement.
  • Meet and aligned with UNICEF core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, &Sustainability

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, to share a link to a writing sample as part of your application including full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 22 June 2022****. P11 Form.doc

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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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.

Remarks:

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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