International Individual Consultancy: Health technical inputs in the Assessment of Climate and Environmental Impacts on Children, UNICEF Vientiane, Laos

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Application deadline 6 months ago: Thursday 28 Jul 2022 at 10:00 UTC

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Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

The assessment will be undertaken through literature review, available data and information, desk-based analysis and stakeholder and expert consultations. Note that a national consultant (or consultancy) will be engaged by UNICEF to support SIWI and the Consultant in data collection, consultations and validation. The final reports are expected to be endorsed jointly by UNICEF and Government.

The assignment will include the following key tasks:

1. Assessment of Education impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on

children in Lao PDR, including consideration of region, income groups, minority ethnic

groups, disability, gender, age and other factors that may influence the impact in accordance with the proposed SIWI Approach, potentially including use and adaptation of existing climate and socio-economic impact assessment and model outputs, scenario tools,

stakeholder consultations and climate vulnerability and risk indices. Also including:

1.1. Inputs into impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on child multidimensional poverty (nutrition, WASH, health, education, protection and shelter) in Lao PDR over the past decade (based on the available data)

1.2. Inputs into projected impacts of climate change and environmental degradation onchild multi-dimensional poverty (nutrition, WASH, health, education, protection and shelter) in Lao PDR under future climate scenarios over the short, mid and long-term

2. Assessment of projected impacts of key national and sectoral climate mitigation, adaptation and environmental policies and programmes on children in Lao PDR, including:

2.1. Both positive co-benefits and adverse side-effects of selected policies and measures, especially on inequality

2.2. Impact analysis with disaggregation by region, age, gender, disability, income groups, minority ethnic groups (where relevant)

3. Recommendation for Child-Sensitive Climate and Environmental Actions to mitigate

potential Education impacts on children in accordance with the proposed SIWI Approach,

including prioritization:

3.1. Propose prioritized Child-sensitive measures to reduce exposure and vulnerability of children, especially those most marginalized to climate change to be considered in climate adaptation policies such as the NAP

3.2. Measures to improve equality and equity outcomes of key climate mitigation and

adaptation policies and programmes

4. Engage in a multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary process. Coordinate with key

stakeholders to ensure their inputs are considered in the development and finalization of the study outputs to facilitate ownership of the report conclusions and recommendations

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

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • A Master's Degree in Public Health, International Development, Social Sciences or related technical field
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience at the national and international level in public health
  • Proven experience with national governments and undertaking research projects to provide strategic recommendations
  • Previous experience working in the UN is an advantage
  • Previous experience working in South-East Asia and specifically Lao ODR is an advantage knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrated extensive understanding of principles, approaches associated with sanitation social mobilization approaches
  • Demonstrated capacity to work across all stakeholders and with national governments to undertake research projects and to provide strategic recommendations


  • Fluency in English, including excellent written and verbal English communications skills
  • Knowledge of Lao or ethnic languages in Lao PDR an advantage

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to:

  • Letter of Interest (cover letter)
  • CV or Resume
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available) or if unavailable copies of relevant past work produced by the consultant
  • Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including travel and accommodation cost for this assignment as per work assignment

The deadline for applications is 28 July 2022

Assessment Criteria:

A two-stage procedure shall be utilized in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Applications shall therefore contain the following required documentation:

1. Technical Proposal, including a cover letter, updated CV, and copies of 2 relevant evaluations performed earlier by the consultant or copies of relevant past work produced by the consultant.

2. Financial Proposal: Lump-sum offer with the cost breakdown: Consultancy fee, living allowance, medical insurance covering medical evacuation for the whole duration of the assignment, and travel costs to Vientiane (economy class). The travel (if involved) shall be based on the most direct and economy fare.

No financial information should be contained in the technical proposal.

For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:

a) Technical Qualification (max. 100 points) weight 70%

  • A Master's Degree in Public Health, Environment, International Development, Climate, Social Sciences, Programme Management or related technical field with strong development experience (25 points)
  • Experience at the national and international level in sanitation and development, undertaking research projects to provide strategic recommendations, including UN and geographical experience (40 points)
  • Knowledge of principles, approaches associated with sanitation social mobilization approaches (15 points)
  • Quality of past work based on evaluations of past work or copies of relevant work (20 points)

b) Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30 %

  • The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
  • The applicants should provide medical insurance covering medical evacuation for the whole duration of the assignment as part of the financial proposal submission.

The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview and/or reference checks.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

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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