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Individual Consultancy: Project Coordinator (Nationals of Guyana only) 539960

Georgetown (Guyana)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Georgetown (Guyana)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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To support UNICEF’s Lifelong Learning / Education Programme and contribute to a well-planned and coordinated integrated approach for implementing safe and healthy learning and living ECD and dormitory environments in migrant and host communities in Guyana’s hinterland and selected coastal areas in Guyana.

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, a safe and healthy learning environment.

The Lifelong Learning Programme focuses on the critical concepts of healthy children, school readiness, active participation and optimum performance within developmental benchmarks in various formal and informal safe and protective learning environments.  It facilitates seamless programming from early childhood through middle childhood and adolescence.   It is aimed at “improved education and developmental outcomes and equitable and inclusive learning environments across the life cycle for the most disadvantaged boys, girls and adolescents including in emergencies by 2021”. Its main strategy sets out to close the inequity gap.
Guyana is grappling with the realities and challenges of climate change to ensure safe and resilient service provision for its children and their parents and especially for the families living in the hinterland. The debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continual arrival of Venezuelan and Brazilian migrants exacerbated by unsupervised border controls in host communities, further threaten the coping mechanisms  of the  Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Health (MoH, )the Ministry of Human Services & Social Security (MoHSSS) and the  Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs), the sub-national arm of the  Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), to cope with the demands of communities. .  Lock downs, closure of schools and other learning spaces and social services have negative impacts on young children’s optimum development, participation and performance.   These stressors affect livelihoods; parents’ ability to cope with family demands and have increased the family members’ vulnerabilities to increased domestic and gender- based violence.  There is urgent need to respond to the unique needs of these marginalised community groups with special attention being paid to young children and adolescent boys and girls and women.
The project partnership between the Canada High Commission and UNICEF amin at promoting safe and healthy learning and living environment to migrant and host communities in Guyana’s hinterland:  Making Early Childhood Development  Programming ,  School Dormitories  and communities resilient to climate change. This  presents many opportunities for responding to the survival and development needs of the young child and the adolescent  and their parents as well as to amplify the cross-cutting issues necessary for all round development in safe and protective spaces. The project is guided by 2 objectives to promote safe and healthy learning and living environments in migrant and host communities in Guyana’s hinterland and selected coastal areas in Guyana namely:

• Early Childhood Development (ECD) in safe, secure environments in Guyana’s hinterland and selected coastal locations to ensure that all girls/boys < 4 years and their parents have access to quality early childhood development programming  
• Safe, secure, healthy learning environments for secondary school adolescent boys and girls living in dormitories in Guyana’s hinterland, through system strengthening and    gender responsive programming for healthy lifestyles

All aspects of nurturing care positioned under the ECD components and strategies for Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (CAHN), positioned in Safe and Secure learning and living environments are addressed in this project.  The project’s objectives and their planned results aim to address the equity gaps for safe and healthy learning and living environments most evident in migrant and host communities in the hinterland and selected coastal areas in Guyana.   This project demands critical and creative thinking, innovative strategies and sound technical support for conceptualizing, implementing and monitoring across the decentralized health and education systems in the country. 
To be an advocate for every child, you should have the below:
• Knowledge and experience in clarity of understanding and conceptualization of ECD and adolescent health programming
• Knowledge and experience of a good understanding of equity issues in ECD, health education and adolescent development programming. 
• Proven analytical skills and experiences lending to the ability to identify and evaluate best practices and innovative approaches to be utilized by the project
• Experience working with a Development Agency
• Knowledge of the workings of the decentralized system in Guyana
• Good communication skills and ability to work with all partners with minimum supervision
•  Strong organizational, writing and presentation skills
• Must be a Guyanese national living in the country.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's 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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Please access the complete ToR here: Download File Terms of Reference for Project Coordinator.pdf

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.



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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