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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-24

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CONSULTANT ROSTER - Technical Assistance in the Preparation of Country Programmes for the UNICEF in Europe & Central Asia region

Geneva (Switzerland)

The UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Region is seeking to establish a Roster of qualified consultants to provide technical assistance in the preparation of Country Programmes.

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, Results

UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) seeks to establish a Roster of country programme development experts. Becoming a Pre-qualified Consultant in the UNICEF Roster is a one-off standard application that opens the door for potentially multiple assignments within a three year period. Over the three year period, UNICEF will make extensive use of the roster, this is therefore a unique opportunity for any interested and qualified consultant to submit one single application and if pre-qualified and entered onto the Roster may be immediately considered for any future assignments by UNICEF in the relevant area of expertise.

Background

During the period 2019 - 2021, UNICEF and its partners will develop new five-year country programmes for approximately 16 countries in Europe and Central Asia. The planning process requires extensive consultation with governments and other development partners, including UN-agencies, funds and programmes. In addition, country programmes will need to comply with quality standards, including having clear Theories of Change that describe process required for delivering the results that should be achieved for girls, boys and adolescents in each of the countries.

As part of its process for planning and design of its country programmes, UNICEF requires the preparation of theories of change for its programmes and the preparation of Programme Strategy Notes that describe the logic behind the theories of changes and the strategic choices made by UNICEF is addressing its value added in the fulfilment of child rights in the countries in Europe and Central Asia. These planning processes need to comply with quality standards as outlined in UNICEF global and regional programming guidance.

The programming process is generally consisting of a number of steps, including: (a) capacity building of country office staff in management for results, including on how to create good quality theories of change; (b) Developing an analysis on the situation of children and adolescents, with emphasis on identification of underlying causes and bottlenecks that prevent girls and boys from exercising their rights; (c) reviewing strategic plans and strategic of the country government and regional and global entities, including the UNICEF and other UN-organisations; d) Preparing theories of change for those themes where UNICEF has identified it has a comparative advantage in delivering results at scale; e) Preparing Programme Strategy Notes explaining the theories of change and the resources required to deliver the results as foreseen; f) Preparing the draft UNICEF Country Programme Document that will be the formal basis of cooperation of UNICEF with the country and that also defines the contribution of UNICEF to the results of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the UNICEF strategic plan results and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the role of support and technical guidance functions, the UNICEF regional office for Europe and Central Asia works each year with each UNICEF country office in the process of development of their programme documents.

The planning processes are primarily driven by the UNICEF country offices, with technical assistance from the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. For this technical assistance and for quality assurance purposes of the programming documents, the regional office for Europe and Central Asia is pre-identifying qualified and interested consultants that could be deployed to countries in the region for support to the country programming process. Interested consultants should have knowledge and experience in results based management, including the preparation of theories of change. Moreover, interested consultants should be able to facilitate an inclusive programming process and when needed contribute to the formulation of programming documents, including the country programme document.

How can you make a difference?

The consultant will provide technical assistance to country offices in one or more of the following tasks, using the latest UNICEF guidance for content and quality:

  1. Review national data and analysis of the situation of children and adolescents that UNICEF and other stakeholders have developed ahead the preparation process of the programming documents. 
  2. Conduct a process of facilitation with UNICEF staff and potentially with external stakeholders for the identification of the main barriers and bottlenecks that prevent children from exercising their rights.
  3. Facilitate a process of identification of UNICEF and its comparative advantages for delivering results at scale and that could become the scope of the new UNICEF country programme.
  4. Prepare or support the preparation of theories of change for each of the identified priority themes for the new UNICEF country programme, using a rights and gender lens and incorporating a risk informed programming approach
  5. Prepare or support the preparation of draft programme strategy notes (in English language), based on the evidence and the prioritization and using a consultative approach within the UNICEF country office and with the UNICEF regional office and where needed other partners
  6. Prepare or support the preparation of the draft UNICEF country programme document and the accompanying integrated results and resources framework and also the costed evaluation plan
  7. Develop other task and requirements that will be agreed with the CO, in close consultation with the regional office, including the draft Country Programme Management Plan.

Deliverables

Depending on the country, the consultant may be requested to work on one or more of the following deliverables, using UNICEF programme policies and guidance for content and quality:

  • Facilitation of UNICEF country programme planning processes at country level
  • Draft Theories of Change and results and indicator frameworks for components of the country programmes
  • Draft UNICEF Programme Strategy Notes, including theory of change for new country programmes
  • Draft UNICEF country programme documents, including Integrated Results and Resources Frameworks and Costed Evaluation Plans
  • (optional) Draft Country Programme Management Plans

Performance Indicators:

  • Draft Theories of Change comply with technical standards and UNICEF global & regional guidance
  • Draft Programme Strategy Notes comply with technical standards and UNICEF global & regional guidance
  • Draft Country Programme Documents and Integrated Results & Resources Frameworks comply with technical standards and UNICEF global & regional guidance
  • Country Office and Regional Office ratings of quality of technical assistance by the consultant

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

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Development, Economics or any related field.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience
  • Proven track record in results based management, including the preparation of theories of change, or similar (including results and monitoring frameworks).
  • Proven experience in facilitating planning processes, within the UN-context.
  • Proven experience, within UN context, of writing strategic plans, cooperation documents and other documents aimed at disseminating to the broad public.
  • Experience in developing UN Development Assistant Frameworks (UNDAF), Theories of Change, Programme Strategy Notes and/or Country Programme Documents for international or national organisations will be considered as an asset.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong analytical skills to compile and consolidate a variety of inputs and produce technical, concise and easy-to-understand documents. 
  • ICT literate with good experience in managing/using WORD, EXCEL, PowerPoint as well as access to internet. 
  • Proven experience of having worked within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with little supervision.
  • Creativeness and innovation in reporting will be highly appreciated.
  • Availability to travel to countries across Europe and Central Asia.

Language skills:

Fluency required in English (oral and written). Knowledge of Russian language is an asset for the Central Asia countries and Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian language for the Western Balkans region.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity 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

Supervision 

Staff from the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, in close coordination and consultation with country offices, will function as supervisor of the consultant. Regular discussions will be scheduled to analyse progress, based on a detailed workplan with defined milestones and/or deliverables.

Travel

The consultant may need to travel one or more times to countries in Europe and Central Asia for consultation and for co-creating theories of change, programme strategy notes and/or country programme documents along with the UNICEF staff. This may also require facilitation of in-country workshops, including with external stakeholders. Travel expenses will be reimbursed to the consultant.

Estimated duration of the contract and proposal

The duration of the consultancy depends on the specific needs and will be defined for each of the assignments.

Consultant work place

The workplace is home based with possible travel to countries in Europe and Central Asia.

payment schedule, and other charges

Payment schedule: The consultant will be paid against the final products as agreed with the Regional Office, based on the specific terms of reference, and upon satisfactory delivery.   

Other charges: Travel is not to be included in the financial offer. Any costs related to travel will be reimbursed to the consultant based on standard UNICEF arrangements for travel of consultants

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.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are invited to:

  1. complete their UNICEF profile 
  2. attach latest Personal History Form (http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.htm)
  3. submit proposed daily rate (in US Dollar) based on their experience and competence in the area of expertise as per these ToR. Travel cost should not be included.

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.

Remarks:

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

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