RE-ADVERTISEMENT | Home-Based Individual Contractor to support country offices and clusters in the roll-out of the UNICEF AAP strategy (8 months; November 2022 to June 2023) - EMOPS, Geneva

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**This is a re-advertisement in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered.**

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, Hope

As UNICEF, we are strongly committed to putting affected families, children and adolescents at the center of our work, as reflected in the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, in the IASC commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), in the Grand Bargain and wider 2030 Agenda commitments. These are central elements for improving the quality and effectiveness of our humanitarian and development programmes and ensuring affected communities can fulfil their rights to participate and be heard.

Building on existing good practices in country programmes, UNICEF is committed to ensuring that AAP commitments and benchmarks are applied across the entire organization with the necessary technical support and guidance.

Purpose of Activity/Assignment

Under the guidance of the AAP Section Chief, EMOPS Geneva, the consultant will contribute to UNICEF’s commitments to scale up AAP in all its programmes. He/she will support the implementation of the new AAP strategy which has roadmap endorsed in May 2018 by Regional and HQ Directors, contributing to its four strategic objectives:

  • all country offices have AAP integrated into their country plans, with appropriate technical and financial support in place
  • all country programmes are informed by the views, participation and feedback from communities and provide timely information to affected communities
  • collective accountability approaches are championed by UNICEF in all emergency responses
  • a coherent, organization-wide people-centered and inclusive culture is promoted by UNICEF leadership

The consultant will work in close cooperation with other members of the AAP Section, with regional AAP specialists, with members of the AAP Working Group (composed of focal points in all Regional Offices and HQ Divisions) as well as IASC members and other partners involved in the AAP agenda.

Scope of work

A. Scale up AAP globally including provision of country support

  • Provide technical support to country programmes for the implementation of a comprehensive approach to AAP, including the establishment of complaint and feedback mechanisms which informs decision making, in alignment with interagency AAP efforts and with clear links with PSEA.
  • Lead the mainstreaming of AAP in the global programme planning procedures and guidance in close collaboration with the Division of Analysis, Planning and Monitoring, and support country offices in the implementation of such procedures and guidance.
  • Take a leading role in the dissemination of the AAP guidance including through facilitation of webinars, and develop relevant practical tools and guidance based on the needs of country programmes.
  • Support UNICEF-led Clusters/Area of Responsibility of Education, WASH, Nutrition and Child Protection in mainstreaming AAP in their global strategies, trainings, and knowledge sharing as well as through dedicated technical support.
  • Engage with and support the cross-cutting team within the Global Cluster Coordination Section to ensure a coherent approach to country support.
  • Support the development of a corporate solution for complaints and feedback mechanisms for UNICEF in collaboration with ICTD

B. Maintain good inter-agency collaboration

  • Maintain strong collaboration with a range of partners including NGOs, the IFRC, other UN agencies and well as other relevant entities (private sector, religious leaders’ groups, civil society networks) to promote accountability to affected population.
  • Provide advice and guidance to UNICEF partners on AAP approaches.
  • Review country HNOs and HRPs, identify gaps in mainstreaming AAP and make recommendations for mainstreaming AAP into the humanitarian programme cycle.
  • Ensure guidance is made for the completion of the stock take review of AAP in clusters, including recommendations on how to overcome identified gaps in the future.

C. Evidence Generation, Innovation and knowledge management

  • Ensure best AAP practices are identified and disseminated, with particular focus on our work with children.
  • Maintain regular interactions with other Divisions and Offices within UNICEF, particularly with those working on innovation, cash, migration, adolescent and youth engagement.


  • Performs any other duties and responsibilities appropriate to the purpose of consultancy assignment, as assigned by the supervisor.

Estimated Duration of the Contract

8 months (between November 2022 and June 2023)

Individual Contractor's Work Place and Official Travel

The Individual Contractor will be home-based.

Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule

Payment will be made on submission of an invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables. Please indicate a daily fee in your application to undertake this assignment.

The performance of work will be evaluated based on the following indicators:

  • Completion of the work described in the ToRs in a timely manner.
  • Compliance with the established deadlines for submission of deliverables.
  • Quality of deliverables.
  • Demonstration of high standards of work.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have...

  • Advanced university degree in the field of Social Science, Communications, Humanitarian Affairs, Development Studies, or a closely related field.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field, with at least 8 years of professional experience in humanitarian response and/or international development.
  • Programmatic country experience with accountability to affected populations, social accountability, and community engagement (feedback and complaints mechanisms, participation, information provision).
  • Proven experience of the humanitarian system, including collective approaches to AAP and the functioning of the cluster-system highly desirable.
  • Experience in working on inclusion of people living with disability, child and youth participation, GBV and other cross/cutting issues desirable.
  • Preferably work experiences with UNICEF or other UN agency, ideally in a country office.
  • Excellent analytical skills with strong drive for results and capacity to work independently.
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills. Samples of previous work will be required.
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Please include a full CV, a Financial Proposal, and samples of previous work (links or attachments) in your application. Additionally, indicate your availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Applications for part-time consultancy (min. 80%) may also be considered. Please indicate your availability for this assignment in the application.

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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants 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.

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