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National Consultant for the National Alliance to End Child Marriage and FGM/C (Program Coordinator) - Consultancy (11.5 Months) (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) ( Open for Ethiopian Nationals)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Managerial positions
    • Human Rights
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-29

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UNICEF is looking for a seasoned professional to provide overall technical and strategic guidance to the Steering Committee of the National Alliance to end child marriage and FGM/C and lead the secretariat office in its daily operation. If you have the required profile, you are highly encouraged to apply. Taking up this assignment is motivating and rewarding.

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, Safety 


To assist the Steering Committee and the National Alliance in strengthening its coordination role with the aim of systematizing and synergizing the efforts of different stakeholders to end Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.

How can you make a difference?

Specific Tasks

The key assignments of the coordinator are the following: 

  1. Enhanced functionality of the secretariat and the National Alliance
  • Run and manage the daily activities of the secretariat office
  • Initiate, facilitate/coordinate situational analysis in addressing FGM/C and child marriage, the result of which will serve as a source of information to develop intervention plans
  • Prepare Plans and budgets to submit to the Steering Committee (SC) of the Alliance and upon approval follow up their implementation
  • Facilitate the development of strategic plans and other similar undertakings under the leadership of the SC
  • Draft the meeting agenda of the SC and the general assembly under the guidance of the chairs of the SC and timey circulate for all concerned
  • Represent the Alliance in meetings and different forums as delegated and requested by the chair of the SC
  • Prepare and present progress reports to the chairperson of the Alliance and the Steering Committee
  • Draft and review minutes of meetings of the SC and general assembly and share with all concerned bodies upon approval by the SC
  • Follow up timely implementation of action points from the minutes
  • Supervise and support staff working in the secretariat
  • Undertake fundraising for the implementation of the Alliance plan by developing concept-notes for events and interventions and reaching out to members and other organizations for support
  • Organize regular meetings of the alliance steering committee and the general assembly as well as extra-ordinary meetings initiated by the lead agency MoWYC, members or the secretariat
  • Undertake record keeping and documentation of the alliance tasks including minutes of the meetings, proceedings, plan and reports
  • Perform other activities as per the directives of the Chair /Vice Chair of the steering Committee, etc.
  1. Strategic guidance
  • Provide technical advice for strategic and programmatic undertakings of the Alliance
  • Initiate and lead policy and strategy review processes on Ending child marriage and FGM/C in line with new data and evidence
  • Organize strategic and evidence based advocacy events involving different stakeholders
  • Lead key national initiatives including the National roadmap finalization, EDHS further analysis, convening of National Girls’ summit, commemoration of IDG and other internationally recognized dates
  1. Data and Reporting
  • Initiate and lead the national effort towards establishing/ strengthening the MoWYC’s system for administrative data collection, analysis and reporting, including by supporting MoWYC coordinate efforts and data collection from the different sectors
  • Establish a mechanism for sharing regular reports and updates by members and support MoWYC in consolidating evidence and learnings including reports on CM and FGM/C in the country as well as lessons and good practices which should inform and serve as inputs for programming and policy level initiatives
  1. Knowledge management and sharing
  • Ensure that the Alliance is a dynamic structure promoting wide information sharing and encouraging synergy of the different actors’ interventions and geographical areas
  • Support the strengthening of data collection systems, evidence generation and research on harmful practices
  1. Capacity Building and linkage
  • Undertake capacity development needs assessment of members and facilitate interventions in collaboration with members and other partners
  • Assess the capacity of the regional and district level coordination mechanisms on Anti-HTPs, implement structured capacity building interventions, provide on-going technical support, and create reporting linkages with regional coordination mechanisms on agreed indicators and templates
  • Explore capacity building opportunities such as training and experience sharing organized both in country and outside for alliance members and for members of regional coordination mechanisms
  • Engage in internal capacity building for local and regional bureaus of the MoWYC
  1. Enhance scope of the alliance/ Membership expansion
  • Expand the membership base of the alliance by exploring and reaching out to different organizations and sharing information about the role of the alliance
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of members (organizations and individuals)
  • Initiate innovative and participatory approaches within the Alliance to promote adolescents’ participation and engagement (for examples as champions) as well as the mobilization of influencers for advocacy
  • Organize periodical briefing meetings with a broader range of stakeholders to familiarize them with the role of the alliance
  • Map similar coordination mechanisms in various areas related to women and girls’ empowerment as well as other relevant stakeholders and facilitate establishment of strategic partnership or coalition for increased synergy and wider impact
  • Support MoWYC’s convening role to bring different stakeholders including different ministries to collaborate for strengthened results and accountabilities to end HPs.

Expected Deliverable and Time frame



End Products/Deliverables

Time frame 12 months 

  1. Submit quarterly plan

Endorsed plan

December 2018; March, June and September 2019

  1. Enhanced functionality of the secretariat and the alliance through convening regular meetings


Minutes and follow-up actions

Every month and other time for extra-ordinary meetings

  1. Strategic guidance provided


Written feedback and review notes

Every month and as needed

  1. Data and Reporting mechanism put in place

Consolidated reports and system put in place

June and November 2019

  1. Knowledge management and sharing improved


Events reports, emails promoting new knowledge

Every two months

  1. Capacity Building and linkage created

Minutes, reports, reports

Quarterly basis

  1. Enhanced scope of the alliance/ Membership expansion


Updated lists of members, and partnerships/MoU

Quarterly basis


The consultant will be directly recruited by UNICEF Ethiopia and will report to the Social Mobilization Specialist (NOC). The Specialist will have the overall responsibility for managing the work proposed above as well as monitoring and assessing the quality and timeliness of the required deliverables. The Women Mobilization and Participation Enhancement Directorate Director of MOWYC (the Chairperson of the Alliance) will exercise day-to-day supervision over the work of the consultant. The consultancy is for a period of 12 months, starting from 1 December 2018 to 15 November 2019.

Payment Modality and Schedule                                  

  1. The consultant will be recruited by UNICEF Child Protection Section and the National Alliance office/MOWYC.   
  2. The fees for this contract shall paid based on the attainment of the stated deliverables.
  3. Payment will be: Effective every month after the submission of a monthly accomplishment report by the consultant at the end of every month    

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social science, e.g. sociology, political science, gender studies, social anthropology, law, governance, social policy/planning and related fields.
  • A minimum of Seven (7) years of professional experience at both policy and program planning, implementing, coordinating and monitoring and evaluation.  
  • A proven track record in the field of broader gender equality, women's empowerment and preferably experience working on efforts towards the elimination of Harmful Practices. 
  • Experience working with, convening and coordinating multiple stakeholders;
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • The position requires a highly competent and motivated professional who can work across disciplines strategically to influence and manage national processes.


  • Ability to innovate and communicate ideas effectively, establish effective working relations and meet deadlines;
  • Able to work both in a team and with minimum supervision
  • Strong networking skills and interpersonal skills
  • Proactivity and innovative thinking
  • Ability to demonstrate political/cultural sensitivity and work harmoniously with others;
  • Ability to build people's technical capabilities and capacities
  • Deep understanding of Ethiopia’s social and governance issues and familiarity with current government of Ethiopia structure at all levels
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and fluency in English
  • Excellent computer literacy (at least Word, Excel, PowerPoint, emails/Outlook)

Core Competencies

To be successful, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Communication (level II)
  • Working with People (level II)
  • Drive for results (level I)
  • Relating and networking (level II)
  • Applying technical expertise (level II)

Additional Competencies Required

Influencing – Positively influences others, creating acceptance and support for ideas.

Working With Others – Takes responsibility to build and maintain positive relationships and value the opinion of others.

Decision Making – Considers the information that is available, identifies options and makes timely decisions.

Analysis and Use of Information - Makes sense of issues, and uses evidence to evaluate policies, projects and programs. 

Planning and Delivery of Work – Plans and organizes work to meet individual, team and departmental objectives whilst achieving high quality and value for money.

Communication with others - Communicates clearly and concisely, orally and on paper, and clarifies messages using appropriate language.

Drive for Results - Sets high standards for quality of work; monitors and maintains quality of work; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals; focuses on the needs and satisfaction of internal and external partners; accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm.

Leading and Supervising - Provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high calibre; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; sets appropriate standards of behaviour.

Relating and Networking - Easily establishes good relationships with external partners and staff; builds wide and effective networks within Alliance, with external parties; relates well to people at all levels; manages conflict; uses humour appropriately to enhance relationships with others.

Applying Technical Expertise - Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise; develops job knowledge and expertise (theoretical and practical) through continual professional development; demonstrates an understanding of different organizational departments and functions.

Learning and Researching Rapidly learns new tasks and commits information to memory quickly; demonstrates an immediate understanding of newly presented information; gathers comprehensive information to support decision making.

Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Works strategically to realize the Alliance’s goals; sets and develops strategies; identifies and develops positive and compelling visions of the Alliance’s future potential; takes Account of a wide range of issues across, and related to, Alliance.

Coping with Pressure and Setbacks - Maintains a positive outlook at work; works productively in a pressurized environment and in crisis situations; keeps emotions under control during difficult situations; handles criticism well and learns from it; balances the demands of a work life and a personal life.

Entrepreneurial Thinking - Keeps up to date with trends in 0wn work area; identifies opportunities for advancing the Alliances mission; maintains awareness of developments in the structure and politics; demonstrates financial awareness and a concern for cost-effectiveness.

General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics

  1. The consultant will be based in the National Alliance office/MOWYC and work on daily basis with the relevant federal and regional bodies.  
  2. Field trips outside of Addis Ababa will be required as per the work plan.
  3. Daily subsistence allowance will be paid to the consultant based on the number of days he/she will be spending outside of Addis Ababa for the work of the National Alliance and in accordance with the UNICEF Policy and procedure. The payment will be effective based on reimbursement arrangement using a claim form for the dates agreed to by UNICEF prior to the travel.
  4. He/she is not entitled to payment of overtime.  All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
  5. No contract may commence unless it is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.   
  6. The consultant will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget yet provides support to MoWYC in managing the funds received from UNICEF, quality assurance of liquidation documents and physical or narrative reports compiled by MoWYC.
  7. MOWYC as the host of the Alliance secretariat office will provide necessary office supplies and equipment i.e. computer, access to printer, internet
  8. The Form 'Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary' must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section.

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.

The competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, 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.


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