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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Panama City
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-19

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INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR FOR CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT # PAN 19-IC-004

Panama City (Panama)

UNICEF Panama Country Office (PCO) is in the process of expanding actions involving private sector and civil society to enhance impact on children and adolescents. Under the supervision of the Partnership Specialist, the Panama CO requires to support of a volunteering coordinator to develop and implement volunteering activities as well as to consolidate and escalate the successful strategies.

INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR FOR CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT PAN# 19-IC-004

Background:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantage and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. 

Millions of people all over the world support UNICEF and our cause. They raise money, the campaign, and, in some countries, they volunteer to help children in myriad ways. There is an opportunity to build on this force for good and go to another level of enagement with a committed group of volunteer supporters. A volunteer force would vastly extend UNICEF's reach and help broaden and transform UNICEF itself. 

Volunteers are uniquely able to help UNICEF:

  • Create a stronger connection, better communication, and more accountability between UNICEF and the communities it serves;
  • foster vibrant discussion, debate, and sharing of information about child well-being in the places where UNICEF operates, and
  • grow our presence and reach in the places where we work, thus enhancing the impact of prgrannatic interventions and making our brand even more powerful and our voice for child rights more potent.

UNICEF Panama Country Office (PCO) is in the process of expanding actions involving private sector and civil society to enhance impact on children and adolescents. Under the supervision of the Partnership Specialist, the Panama CO requires the support of a volunteering coordinator to develop and implement volunteering activities as well as to consolidate and escalate the successful strategies. 

Objective: 

  • Contribute to the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities in Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships with a focus on Volunteering, networks and partnerships for promoting child rights and to support the country office to build and/or expand relations with key promoting child rights and to support the country office to build and/or expand relations with key national structures such as policy markers from central and decentralized governments, civil society organizations and social networks as well as the private sector.
  • Provide professional technical assistance and support for the design, planning and implementation, management and evaluation of volunteer projects, knowledge management strategies, services and products, data analysis and progress reporting, in support of achievement of Country Programme expected results.
  • Provide technical assistance and support for the design, planning and implementation of the Volunteer Projects, to leverage more voluntary initiatives for the fulfillment of children's rights.

Duration:

Individual cotractor for period of 11.5 months.

Intelectual property: 

All content developed is property of UNICEF Panama.

Work modality:

Regular work schedule of UNCIEF Panama Country Office.

Methodology:

  1. Conceptualize, design and implement volunteer initiatives with government and CSOs with the aim of furthering Child Rights and Child Participation.
  2. As part of the UNICEF Volunteer Initiative, create new opportunities of engagement with existing government institutions that support volunteering.
  3. As part of the UNICEF Volunteer Initiative, work with CO teamsto develop integrated strategies for engagement opportunities. Maximize existing points of contact with UNICEF audiences and to broaden the spectrum of opportunities for volunteers to participate in the UNICEF mission/mandate.
  4. Monitor and document ongoing volunteer projects and explore new opportunities for future engagement with volunteers.
  5. Under the supervision of the Chief, manage the budget and implementation of volunteer projects.
  6. Using the UNDAP framework, support UNICEF contribution to UNDAP priorities for identified key result areas by leveraging strategic partnerships to achieve results for children.
  7. Conceptualize, design and implement partnerships with selected private sector companies and corporative with the aim of futhering Child Rights and Child Participation.
  8. In partnership with government agencies, explore further opportunities in private sector enagagement and corporate social responsibility.
  9. Explore opportunities with and engage in partnerships with government and quasi government institutions for furthering child rights including fund raising for UNICEF projects.
  10. Undertake on-going field visits to UNICEF project sites to support monitoring of effectiveness, efficacy, impact and sustainbility of volunteer and other project activities, including private sector partnerships.
  11. Within already-existing national framework, support capacity-building efforts to strengthen capacity of key child rights-focused partner at all levels of society to ensure better programming and national planning for all children at schools and community levels, including capacity building of volunteers at central and community level.
  12. Analyze and evaluate data on partnerships and volunteer initiatives to ensure achievement of objectives and/or take corrective action when necessary to meet project and Programme objectives.
  13. Coordinate all activities regarding strategic partnerships and volunteer initiative within UNICEF Office.
  14. Develop strategic partnerships with key national and decentralized level players including Parliamentarians, national government officials, civil society organizations, Faith-based Organizations, community-based organizations and other development partners to achieve country programme goals and for their participation in/and support to implementation of the Country Programme.
  15. Document best practices, lessons learned and success stories.

Products:

Contractor will prepare a monthly activity report wich will include the work and the achievements based on a work plan previously agreed with the supervisor.

Payment conditions:

  • Payment upon delivery of product (as stated in the product section) approved by supervisor. To issue the payment, and invoice must be presented. 
  • Payments will be issued to hte contractor´s bank account 15 days upon reception of the invoice. 

Penalties on failure to comply or deliver:

Payments are subject to the effective performance of the assigned duties based on the contracted agreements and full satisfaction from UNICEF.

Selection criteria:

Two proposals must be submitted separately, attach these two proposals through the platform, if they do not come separately or if the technical and economic proposals are not included, they are automatically disqualified for not meeting the selection criteria. 

Technical proposal (70%):

  • Academic Degree:
    • Advanced University degree in the social/behavioral sciences (comunication, marketing, public health), international relations or in related technical field. Knowledge in HRBA, Results-based management, Child Rights, gender issues, child participation and strategic partnerships an asset.
  • Required experience:
    • Five (5) years practical professional work experience in programme design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation related to networking and partnerships for child rights.
    • Work experience related to advocacy, communication, social mobilization and partnerships, including proven experience of working with government and civil society groups.
    • Field work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency situations is an asset.
  • Language proficiency:
    • Fluency in English ad Spanish required. Knowledge of Frensh is an asset.
  • Other required skills:
    • Work experience with other UN system agencies and/or other international organizations will be valued.

Economic proposal (30%):

  • Include economic proposal based on the methodology indicated above; see product section.
    • Project management skilss are an asset.

Trips:

Possible trips to the hinterland of Panama to meet potential partners might be required.

Itinerary: To be defined.

Amount: Based on UNICEF Policy.

Note:

Contractor is required to complete the security courses in the following link: https://trip.dss.un.org/dssweb/UNDSSRegistration/tabid/104/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fdssweb%2f

Prior to travelling, the contractor must provide the travel information (flights, transportation, accommodation, etc.). In case contractor needs to travel by plane, he/she is required to travel via UNICEF approved airlines. 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, regardless of gender, nationality, religion and ethnicity, including people with disabilities, to apply as part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero tolerance policy regarding conduct that is incompatible with the purposes and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to the strict principles of child protection. Therefore, all selected candidates will be subject to rigorous references and background checks, and are expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Only pre-selected candidates will be connected and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

 

 

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