National Consultant on Child Protection, Belarus

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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, care

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF Belarus will contract a consultant to support office programme priorities in the field of violence against children and the childcare/de-institutionalization process, with particular attention to integrated assistance for families with children with disabilities and children U3.

Full TOR is attached here TOR consultancy for CP_Nov 2021 final adv.pdf

Key Tasks:

Under direct supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist and in close collaboration with other relevant programme section chiefs, the consultant will support UNICEF Country Office in the following:

  1. Provide technical expertise to support integrated assistance to families with children aimed to strengthen families capacities to prevent institutionalisation or enable reunification (de-institutionalisation):
  • Support policy dialogue with key stakeholders to promote the right of the child to live in a supportive family environment at national and regional levels;
  • Support child protection section in management of project implementation on prevention of institutionalisation and de-institutionalisation of children, with particular attention to children U3 and children with disabilities;
  • Support the CP section in strengthening MOE and MLSP agencies’ capacities to provide integrated social service responses to families with children;
  • Contribute to COVID response to address the needs of children in residential care institutions;
  • Contribute to awareness raising activities focused at promotion of the right of the child with disability to live in a supportive family environment.
  1. Provide technical expertise to protect the right of the child to be protected from all forms of violence
  • The consultant will support the office or the CP Officer in building alliances between key government stakeholders, IT companies, and mobile operators on promoting cyber safety for kids;
  • Support implementation of child’s local initiative on counteracting bullying and cyber bullying;
  • Support activities aimed at raising awareness on bullying and cyber bullying;
  • Support the child protection section to strengthen capacity of National Child helpline as a referral pathway with engagement of key stake holders;
  • Support development of information materials on cyber safety;
  1. Provide technical expertise to CP section:
  • Support in preparing programme and donor reports, and other reporting requirements in the office
  • Contribute to UNICEF inputs for development of State National programmes and strategic documents and UNICEF’s annual work plans with profile ministries
  • Contribute to development of project proposals on thematic issues


The work will be reported through monthly progress reports, with tasks agreed ahead of time with the supervisor. Pending the requirements of the programme section, the consultant will be asked to contribute to the programme strategies and implementation which will result in deliverables such as:

  • Providing technical expertise to support office’s programme on integrated assistance to families, with particular attention to children with disabilities and children U3, as well as protection children from all types of violence
  • Drafting of concept papers, recommendations, internal strategic documents and action plans
  • Written contributions to gap and causality analysis concerning mentioned spheres, draft narrative reports and other project related documents
  • Technical support with implementing partners and other partners/stakeholders in designing and implementing project interventions in the child protection sphere
  • Technical contributions to varying reports (e.g. donor reports, annual reports), proposals and other strategic documents
  • Participation in facilitation of workshops, training sessions, study tours and other key meetings within the child protection programme
  • Other deliverables as required


Payments will be carried out in US Dollars through a bank transfer to the contractor account upon provision of invoices and based on satisfactory and timely completion of the deliverables.

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

Education: • University degree in social work, law, psychology or sociology

Experience: • At least 5 years of professional experience in key child protection issues such as de-institutionalization, social work, protection from violence, child's rights and related fields at the national and/or international levels. • Strong knowledge of the national legislation relevant to child protection issues, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international standards on children; • Profound understanding and knowledge of best practices and intersectoral approaches to DI of children in the region with special focus on children U3 and CWD; • Experience of facilitation of the national dialogue on formulating a multidisciplinary vision of DI; • Strong analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills; • Experience in cooperation and interaction with government bodies, parliamentarians, think-tanks and non-governmental organizations. • Experience in partnership with international organizations: EU, UN, OHCHR and other. • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization; • Experience in project management is desirable.

Language Requirements: • Fluency both in written and spoken English and Russian. • Belarusian is an advantage.

Functional competencies: • Strong management, coordination and facilitation skills; • Ability to work in team and meet deadlines; • Ability to collect, analyze and systematize received information; • Good report writing skills; • Strong communication skills (oral and written); • Results oriented, flexible and problem solving skills; • Ability to cope with pressure and setbacks; • Excellent computer skills.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.


The interested contractor should submit by December 10, 2021 18.00 the following documentation: 1) Technical proposal (CV); 2) Financial proposal (with the indication of daily rates); 3) Work experience.

Criteria for the selection: 1) Relevant experience; 2) Availability to perform the ToR requirements and meet deadlines.

All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should submit their applications in English on-line by closing date 10 December 2021 by 18.00 to be eligible for consideration. The deadline is extended till 9 January 2022.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


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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