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Consultancy: Technical Writer and Workshop Support for Civil Registration in Humanitarian Settings, Child Protection Section, PD - NYHQ, Requisition #515743

New York City (United States of America)

Under the overall supervision of the Social Welfare and Justice Team, in close collaboration with focal points in the UNICEF West and Central Africa and East and Southern Africa Regional offices, the consultant will support the preparations and planning for the upcoming Workshop on Civil Registration in Humanitarian Settings which will take place in Dakar, Senegal in November of 2018. This work will be in support of the BR4MNCH project and UNICEF's mission and objectives in the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan in an effort to help inform evidence based policy interventions for increasing civil registration in countries as part of the humanitarian and development nexus.

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Background & Rationale

The right for every child to be registered at birth and to be recognized as a person before the law (legal identity) is prescribed in several human rights conventions including the Convention on the Rights of the Child which underpins UNICEF’s work around birth registration and legal identity. Increasing the rate of birth registration – and reaching even the most marginalized and excluded children - is a strategic priority for UNICEF and embedded as one of the three core child protection impact indicators of the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

With many African countries struggling to have complete and universal registration coverage, provision of civil registration services becomes even more of a challenge in emergency settings, leading to both short and long-term consequences. Across the continent, millions of children remain unregistered at birth and in most of Africa, mortality statistics systems do not exist or are largely incomplete. Restoring registration activities and clearing backlogs after emergencies are often complex and costly requiring specific legal and policy provisions. Despite the multiple challenges maintaining basic registration services is of utmost importance for the realization of human rights, effective state and peace building and for good governance.  At the 3rd Conference of African Ministers in charge of CRVS, the resolution was passed: “to prepare guidelines and recommendations for maintaining and managing civil registration in conflict and emergency situations as well as in special circumstances by making use of experiences from countries having gone through such situations” as presented. At the global level, on 17 January 2018, the UN Executive Committee, during its meeting on reduction and prevention of statelessness, noted the larger development landscape on dimensions of legal identity and made the following decision  ‘to convene UN entities to develop, in collaboration with the World Bank Group, a common approach to the broader issue of functional registration and legal identity, taking into account the importance of birth registration in preventing statelessness, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and the overall vision of leaving no one behind.’

UNICEF supports member states to uphold the rights of children, including to ensure that every child is registered at birth, acquires a nationality, and that all children, including migrant children, have access to justice, quality of care and are protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. Having a birth certificate to prove the age of a child is central to protecting them from child rights violations such as child labour, being detained or tried adults in the justice system, forcible conscription in armed forces, child marriage, trafficking and sexual exploitation and the prevention of statelessness. A birth certificate is also proof of location of birth and family ties and can support reunification of unaccompanied and separated children and promote safe migration and facilitate repatriation. In effect, birth certificates are a ‘passport to protection’ for every child.

Purpose

Under the overall supervision of the Social Welfare and Justice Team, in close collaboration with focal points in the UNICEF West and Central Africa and East and Southern Africa Regional offices, the consultant will support the preparations and planning for the upcoming Workshop on Civil Registration in Humanitarian Settings which will take place in Dakar, Senegal in November of 2018. This work will be in support of the BR4MNCH project and UNICEF's mission and objectives in the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan in an effort to help inform evidence based policy interventions for increasing civil registration in countries as part of the humanitarian and development nexus.  

  • The consultant will develop 4 technical briefs on civil registration in the humanitarian context to be used to inform the discussions and develop key recommendations during the workshop.
  • The consultant will also be responsible for helping plan the workshop and draft the workshop report with key recommendations.
  • Based on the briefs and discussions of the workshop, the consultant will develop 4 full working papers/peer-review publications or academic journal supplements in collaboration with key stakeholders and technical experts as part of UNICEF’s working paper/peer-review publication series on identity.

 Expected results:

  • Coordination and support in the preparations of the Workshop on Civil Registration in Humanitarian Settings in Dakar, Senegal in November, 2018.
  • Take meeting minutes in French/English and provide additional support during the workshop as requested
  • Draft 4 issue briefs to be used to inform the discussion during the workshop’s parallel sessions to inform the full working papers/peer-review publications.
    • Issue Brief: Civil Registration in the Context of Migration
    • Issue Brief: Civil Registration to Prevent Statelessness
    • Issue Brief: Functional Registration and Biometrics
    • Issue Brief: Civil Registration to Prevent Child Labour
  • Final meeting report for the Workshop on Civil Registration in Humanitarian Settings
    • Functional vs legal identity in humanitarian context
    • Innovative solutions for identity in humanitarian context
    • Legal frameworks for prevention, response and resilient identity systems 
    • Country examples of good practices
    • Recommended actions
  • Full working papers/peer-review publications with key recommendations based on the workshop:
    • Working paper/peer-review publication: Civil Registration in the Context of Migration
    • Working paper/peer-review publication: Civil Registration to Prevent Statelessness
    • Working paper/peer-review publication: Functional Registration and Biometrics
    • Working paper/peer-review publication: Civil Registration to Prevent Child Labour

Duty Station:  Remote Based with some travel to NYHQ

Timeframe:
Start date: 24 September 2018           
End date: 23 August 2019

Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field such as law, policy, or statistics is required. A focus on civil law, international, human rights, health, migration, labour, or humanitarian law is an asset.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required
  • Previous work experience in civil registration, population/vital statistics, health, migration, stateless or refugee populations is an asset.
  • International work experience in the context of law, civil registration or migration is an asset
  • Familiarity or previous work experience with UNICEF is an asset
  • Fluency in French and English is required.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

Remarks

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Translations and Languages
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-10

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