National consultant to support the development of the Child Guarantee National Action Plan in Greece, Remote ( 2 months)
Application deadline 1 year ago: Friday 21 Jan 2022 at 21:55 UTCOpen application form
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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,
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. As part of its efforts to provide all children with an equitable chance in life, UNICEF works to identify, monitor, and effectively address the underlying causes of child poverty and deprivation.
Despite the strength of the European economy and a tradition of investment in the welfare of the most vulnerable citizens, nearly one-quarter of Europe’s children remained at risk of poverty and social exclusion as of 2018. Poverty and deprivation in childhood can have lifelong detrimental impacts, undermining an individual’s health, educational attainment, income earning capacity, and social connection, and contributing to an increased risk of exposure to violence, among others. The EU has long recognized the need to address entrenched issues of child poverty and social exclusion, including through a call by the European Parliament for a Child Guarantee to reduce inequalities. As families, societies, and governments around the world struggle to cope with the devastating impacts of COVID-19, which are expected to result in significant economic contraction, employment impacts, and a likely increase in poverty, these efforts have taken on a new urgency.
To test the European Child Guarantee in practice, the Commission has partnered with UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) to pilot the Child Guarantee in seven Member States through July 2022. Four (Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Italy) are developing and testing for scalability, evidence-based models of services and interventions focused on ensuring access to services for the most disadvantaged children, with a focus on the four target groups: children with disabilities, children in precarious family situations, children residing in institutions and refugee and migrant children. Along with three other Member States (Germany, Lithuania and Spain) they are also planning their interventions in relation to the Child Guarantee objectives using nationally available policy and programme information, culminating in the development of “deep dives” which are designed to inform the National Action Plans.
On 14 June 2021 the Council of the European Union unanimously adopted the Recommendation Establishing a European Child Guarantee. According to this recommendation, the Member States are expected to develop national action plans on how to implement the Guarantee within 9 months.
How can you make a difference?
The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical support to the Government of Greece in developing the Child Guarantee National Action Plan (CGNAP), as required by the Council Recommendation establishing the European Child Guarantee. The CGNAP will aim to implement the Council Recommendation establishing the European Child Guarantee, while also ensuring that they are adapted to national, regional and local contexts.
The individual consultant will work closely with the Child Guarantee UNICEF Focal Point in Greece and the respective team members involved. The consultant will regularly coordinate with UNICEF ECARO and contribute to the learning process deriving from the 7 pilot countries of Phase III of the EUCG. The individual consultant will provide technical inputs to the CGNAP development process and content to support national stakeholders, through close coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and with the Child Guarantee National Coordinator, to develop the CGNAP. In particular, the consultant will ensure that the CGNAP address the needs of children in need; particularly the exacerbated vulnerabilities of those having hindered or no access to public services (health, education). GNAP will be informed by the findings and recommendations of the Deep Dive Analysis of existing policies, programmes and previous interventions at local level, and will be developed in a consultative process with all involved stakeholders.
The consultant will:
- Provide technical support to the working group tasked with the development of the CGNAP, provide inputs into the drafts of the CGNAP.
- Support relevant national stakeholders to implement an effective planning process for the development of the CGNAP, in line with national legal and normative framework and in the spirit of the Council Recommendation for the establishing of the European Child Guarantee.
- Facilitate effective engagement of different relevant stakeholders, in particular through the mechanism/platform established by the government to develop the CGNAP and with the Child Guarantee National Coordinator.
- Ensure that the CGNAP takes into account needs of the most disadvantaged children and the enabling policy framework.
- In cooperation with UNICEF team in Greece, advocate for the CGNAP to include the evidence-based and -informed models of services and interventions tested as part of Phase III of the Child Guarantee in Greece, with the view to ensure their institutional and financial sustainability at the district or local level and support scaling up at the national level.
- In collaboration with UNICEF country and regional level monitoring and evaluation specialists, provide clear quantitative and qualitative indicators aligned with the results of the Deep Dive Analysis and of the services and interventions piloted in the country.
- In collaboration with UNICEF country and regional level social policy specialists, provide technical support to ensure that the CGNAP is adequately costed and budgeted, taking into account the country existing fiscal space, requirements of the European Child Guarantee and other European funding instrument and has a clear timeline.
- Document the process of the CGNAP development and provide periodic updates on the progress of the CGNAP development to UNICEF through agreed tools and processes, including regular inputs into communication and reporting materials regarding the CGNAP development.
- Coordinate with UNICEF ECARO in a systematic way to ensure that lessons learned are documented and shared with other EU Child Guarantee pilot countries.
- Support the wider mapping of additional national policy frameworks and action plans in relation to children and their alignment with the recently adopted EU Child Rights Strategy and make required recommendations, including on monitoring indicators and methodologies.
Work Assignment Overview:
In collaboration with UNICEF country office and regional level social policy specialists, provide technical support to ensure that the CGNAP is effectively finalised reflecting the priorities of the EU Child Guarantee, has a clear timeline, monitoring and evaluation framework and it is adequately costed and budgeted.
Monthly updates/reports in English on the progress of the CGNAP development process, including clear documentation of UNICEF technical inputs.
Feb, March, Apr. 2022
Drafting and finalizing the CGNAP, including the draft monitoring and evaluation framework and budget.
Validation of the CGNAP with key stakeholders.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University degree (Master’s level) in Social Policy, Social Sciences, Economics, Law or a similar field.
Proven experience of a minimum of 5 years in supporting inter-ministerial social policy making processes, public administration, including stakeholder consultations, research, monitoring and reporting.
• A deep understanding of the context, policy, and process for child poverty and social exclusion reduction at the national and subnational levels in Greece is a strong asset.
• Previous engagement with and demonstrated understanding of the EU Child Guarantee development process, or other similar policy development processes in relation to child rights, will be an advantage.
• Greece (native-level fluency) and English required.
F****or 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.
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
The said Consultant will be contracted directly by UNICEF and report to the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist.
The consultant will be home-based.
All UNICEF rules and regulations related to travel of Consultants/ Individual Contractors apply.
IT Equipment may be provided to the consultant, upon availability, to carry out the deliverables. Interested applicants are expected to have already the necessary IT equipment (lap top, mobile phone).
Timeframe and Payment Schedule
Candidates are asked to indicate their required all-inclusive fees for the services to be provided. The final rate will be communicated to the candidate upon recommendation by the selection panel.
Payment schedule: Payment will be made on a monthly basis, based on agreed deliverables and a submission of monthly progress reports to UNICEF by the consultant, upon approval by the direct supervisor. Monthly progress reports will be brief, produced in English and summarize key activities, achievements and challenges faced during the reporting period, priorities for the next reporting period, highlighting any support needs from or recommendations for UNICEF.
Deadlines regarding the deliverables are subject to revision depending on the date of recruitment.
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are invited to:
a. complete their UNICEF profile
b. attach latest CV and Motivation Letter (http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.htm))
c. Indicate a monthly fee for the aforementioned deliverables (Full time deployment)
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
- 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.
- All regulations for Consultants and Individual Contractors, including General Terms and Conditions, do apply for this contract. 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.
- 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.