Remote-/Home-Based Consultancy: Review of cross cutting issues in 2022 HNO and HRP (30 working days between August and September 2022) - Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), Geneva, Switz

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Purpose of the Activity/Assignment

UNICEF has a leading role in integration of cross cutting issues in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC). UNICEF has spearheaded the rollout and implementation of the IASC Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Interventions in Humanitarian Action (the IASC GBV guidelines) since its revision in 2015. As part of the rollout, UNICEF-led clusters and Area of Responsibilities, namely Child Protection, Education, Nutrition and WASH, have made significant efforts to integrate GBV risk mitigation into their work including Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). UNICEF also leads interagency efforts under the UN-FCDO humanitarian Single Business Case to strengthen disability inclusion in HNOs and HRPs, which has involved development of guidance and other resources and has resulted in significant progress since 2018. Furthermore, as part of its efforts to scale up its accountability to affected populations (AAP), UNICEF started supporting UNICEF led clusters back in 2016 onward. This support included the development of guidance, strategic notes, support to helpdesks and countries and reviews of HNO and HRPs. Since 2020 the Global Education Cluster (GEC), co-lead by UNICEF and Save the Children, provides support to Education Clusters to embed child safeguarding, including PSEA of children, and child participation in cluster coordination functions throughout the HPC.

In order to understand the level of integration of cross cutting issues into the HNO and HRP, UNICEF Global Cluster Coordination Section (GCCS) and the GEC have been reviewing the HNO and HRP since 2019. The first review was with AAP, Disability, Gender and GBV, then separate reviews were conducted by different thematic areas in 2020 and 2021. Results over the years have shown varying levels of mainstreaming of different cross cutting issues in the HNOs/HRPs with some countries doing better than others. The results have shown some inconsistencies in how well those issues are mainstreamed in HRPs versus in HNOs, or vice-versa, leaving a question mark on what better can be done to ensure a continuum is followed in mainstreaming of these issues across the entirety of the HPC process.

In 2022, the GCCS is planning once again a comprehensive review, examining how GBV, disability inclusion, AAP, localization, child participation and child safeguarding/PSEA are all reflected in HNOs and HRPs. This comprehensive review will contribute to delivery of support to global and country clusters on integration of cross cutting issues, through a joined-up approach, across the HPC.

The comprehensive review aims to:

  • Identify how cross cutting issues (GBV, disability inclusion, AAP, localization, cash, child participation and child safeguarding/PSEA) are integrated into 2022 HNOs and HRPs, including good practices and gaps based on a pre-identified set of criteria.
  • Test and provide recommendations for improving the set of criteria for reviewing integration of cross cutting issues.
  • Identify common challenges and enabling factors that support integration of cross cutting issues into the HNO/HRP.

Scope of Work

The consultant will conduct the review, using the following methodologies:

Literature review

  • Review all 2022 HNOs and HRPs using the joint criteria and scoring developed for GBV, disability inclusion, AAP, localization, cash, child participation and child safeguarding/PSEA, to identify key strengths, good practice examples and priority areas for further strengthening.
  • Provide feedback on the utility of the criteria provided and make recommendations for improvements.

Key Informant Interviews

  • Based on the findings of the desk review, identify 4 countries for an exploration of the process of HNO/HRP development- criteria for selection of countries will be developed by UNICEF and the consultant and include consideration both of countries with good practices and countries facing challenges with integration of cross cutting issues.
  • Develop an interview schedule based on the findings from the literature review and the purpose of the review.
  • Conduct interviews with key informants in the selected countries to identify challenges and enabling factors that have influenced the integration of cross-cutting issues. Informants could include cluster coordinators, information management officers, Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) members, and other partners focusing on cross cutting issues.

Report writing

  • Produce a comprehensive report and a Power Point Presentation of the review which include key findings and recommendations for strengthening integration of cross cutting issues in the HPC. Recommendations should be produced both for global clusters and country cluster coordination teams.
  • Develop key messages and action points in more practical formats for dissemination among different actors, including national clusters and donors.
  • Maintain and share raw data from the review with project team for transparency purposes.

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks / Milestone******Deliverables / Outputs******Timeline / DeadlineReview all 2022 HNOs and HRPs, in accordance with the criteria for integration of cross cutting issuesScoring, with justification, of each HNO/HRP presented in Excel or other format agreed with the consultant12 working daysFeedback on the utility of criteria for integration of cross cutting issues in HNOs and HRPsRecommendations to UNICEF cross cutting team for refinement of criteria for integration of cross cutting issues1 working daySelect 4 countries for an exploration of the process of HNO/HRP developmentAgreement on country selection, based on criteria developed jointly by consultant and UNICEF cross cutting team1 working dayDevelop an interview schedule for country teams based on the findings of the HNO/HRP review, with questions to contribute to understanding of challenges and enabling factors related to integration of cross cutting issues in HNOs and HRPsInterview schedule1 working dayConduct interviews with country teams in 4 selected countriesNotes from interviews5 working daysDraft report, including with findings from HNO/HRP review and interviews, as well as recommendationsFinal report7 working days (total):

First draft- 4 working days; Revised draft- 2 working days; Final draft- 1 working day

Produce PowerPoint and other agreed materials to communicate key messagesPowerPoint and other agreed materials2 working daysPresentation of findings to GCCSPresentation1 working dayEstimated Duration of the Contract

30 working days (between August and September 2022)

Consultant’s Work Place and Official Travel

The Consultant will be remote-/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 based on 30 working days to undertake this assignment.

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

  • Master's in Humanitarian affairs, social science, international development or related fields.
  • Minimum 10 years progressive experience in one or more of the following areas, including in providing technical advice to international organizations at HQ and country level: AAP, gender equality, disability inclusion, localization, participation and/ or safeguarding in humanitarian action.
  • Ability to process large amounts of information and distill key recommendations for specific audiences.
  • Practical experience of working with Humanitarian Coordination Mechanisms and familiarity with Humanitarian Needs Overviews and Humanitarian Response Plans is desirable.
  • Very good analytical and report writing skills in English.
  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish highly desirable.

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 and Financial Proposal 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.

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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