National Consultant to abridge the UNICEF Climate Landscape Analysis for Children to inform consultations with external stakeholders, Tbilisi, Georgia

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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.

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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

Climate change, energy access and environmental degradation are equity issues, with children and young people often being the most vulnerable and affected. Climate change threatens children’s survival, development, nutrition, education, and health – all of which are children’s rights and shrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The impacts of climate change are only just beginning and will likely continue to worsen over the lifetime of today’s children and future generations. The decisions made now will have greatest impact on children. Children will also feel these effects longer than adults, making them vital in today’s decisions about climate change responses. Unaddressed, climate change will harm the poorest and most vulnerable children first, hardest, and longest. Action on climate change is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and requires integrated action across social, economic, and environmental spheres. Addressing climate change, energy access and environmental degradation is therefore vital for building a more sustainable future for children.

UNICEF has been engaged all sectors concerning children (health, nutrition, HIV, water and sanitation, child protection, social inclusion, and education, etc.) that are affected in some way by climate change and/or environmental degradation. Fortunately, each stream of UNICEF work also presents opportunities to take action on climate, energy and/or the environment in order to deliver more sustainable results. There are major implications of climate change, lack of energy access and environmental degradation for children and UNICEF has strong potential to strengthen the response to these issues.

UNICEF has made a systematic effort to step up its work on climate, environment and sustainable energy for children. Climate, energy, environment, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) are cross-cutting priorities as well as a dedicated result area in Goal Area 4 - Every child lives in a safe and clean environment. The new Strategic Plan recognizes that climate change and environmental degradation are existential threats to a child’s ability to survive, grow, and thrive and that all levers of the organization need to work together in a coordinated fashion. The new Strategic Plan draws stronger links between responses to climate change with disaster risk reduction as children increasingly need holistic solutions that address both sudden-onset impacts of disasters, including those that are exacerbated by climate change — such as hurricanes and floods — and resilient solutions that promote climate-smart development for the long-term.

Within this context, at the end of 2022 UNICEF Georgia conducted a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC), to examine the baseline situation of climate, energy and environment-related issues affecting children and how they relate to UNICEF’s priorities. The objective of the CLAC, which is an internal working document for the country office, was to generate awareness on dimensions of climate, environment, and energy (CEE) topics and the impacts on children, including from a gender perspective. The report focuses on key CEE topics that affect children in Georgia and on how inequalities exacerbate these impacts. Moreover, the report provides recommendations on how UNICEF Georgia could further incorporate and strengthen work on climate, energy, and environment-related issues in its Country Programme.

Herewith, UNICEF Georgia is seeking a national consultant to review the CLAC report, update the recommendations and turn the report into a concise external document to be shared with relevant stakeholders.

Scope of Work:

The incumbent must review the CLAC report to turn it into an external document targeting a wide range of stakeholders. The final report should inform policy decisions and advocate for action. It should

  • summarize key findings from the internal report (using language fit for a broader audience) with a focus on the most critical climate-related impacts on children.
  • Based on the internal report’s recommendations, propose an action plan for UNICEF.

Expected results and timelines

1) CLAC abridged to 10-15 pages - end of April 2024

2) Presentation of the report prepared including climate action plan - end of May 2024

3) List of stakeholders compiled and invited to the roundtable discussion - 1st week of June 2024

4) Roundtable organized and report with recommendations & action plan presented to stakeholders - last week of June 2024

Duration: from 08.04.2024 to 30.06.2024

Location: Home-based

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

Master’s degree in Climate Science and Environmental Studies, Ecology, or related fields.

At least 2 year’s work experience in similar fields.

Knowledge of climate change and environmental degradation and their impact on health, development, and well-being of children.

Good understanding of vulnerabilities to climate change coupled with knowledge of the local context.

Excellent writing skills both, in Georgian and English.

Good analytical skills.

Good understanding of child rights or any of UNICEF’s main areas of work is considered an asset.

Previous work experience with UN is an asset, in particular in climate-resilient services provision, CEE policies and/or UNICEF climate landscape for children assessments.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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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