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Consultant to Improving the Nutrition and Health Services of Children in the Early Childhood Development Programme Consultancy

Pretoria (South Africa)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Nutrition
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-14

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To develop tools and capacity building materials to empower Early Childhood Development practitioners with knowledge and skills to enable them to implement the package of services outlined in the Nutrition Guidelines for Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme.

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, Training

Background and Justification

The task includes the development of capacity building materials and toolkit for the ECD programme based on the nutrition guidelines for ECD programme targeted at ECD Practitioners and other staff members. Capacity building materials will include a training manual, PowerPoint presentation and job aids for effective implementation of the training package. the training manual will be based on the existing materials from UNICEF and National Department of Health (NDOH). The ECD Toolkit will include SOPs, menus, posters, recipes based on the nutrition guidelines for ECD programme. Copy-editing, design, and layout of the produced materials will adhere to the following standards:

Artwork: Illustrations/Photos: Artwork will be required for the cover page of the training manual and other tools. Photos may be used for the cover page of the training manual and the Toolkits.  When photos are used in the documents, the following guidelines must be followed: Use of age appropriate photos, depicting the diversity and demographics of South Africa; Photos shall be obtained from either the UNICEF photo bank or National Department of Health (NDOH) or any other acceptable stock photo/image database; and All photos/images shall be subject to UNICEF’s prior approval.

Design and layout requirements: Design and layout of documents in accordance with UNICEF and NDOH requirements which will include branding and use of artwork.

 Look and feel: UNICEF and NDOH must approve the “look and feel” before the service provider finalizes the materials. In the case where none of the initial “look and feel” samples is acceptable, the service provider shall, after discussion with UNICEF, provide additional “look and feel” samples for a final decision.

Formats: The service provider will provide the final products, via electronic communication (email) and using Dropbox or similar large file transfer systems, which shall include the following: Original version of graphically designed material; All artwork used in high resolution; Print- ready version of the document in PDF (high resolution); PDF versions for website and electronic distribution (low resolution); Detailed print specifications; and One printed hard copy of each of the tools ( training manual, and one sample of each of the toolkit materials).

All the existing materials and toolkits will be provided to the service provider. 


How can you make a difference?

Work Assignment Overview




Estimate Budget

Inception Report with a training manual framework, and ECD Toolkit

Inception Report

 5 days


Develop training manual targeted to ECD practitioners and Food Handlers

Draft training manual

10 days


Design and develop ECD Toolkit

Draft ECD toolkit

 5 days


Copy-editing, layout, and design of the training manual and the ECD Toolkit

Copy-edited training manual and ECD Toolkit

11 days


Submission and approval of the materials


Final Training manual 

Final ECD Toolkit

 1 day
















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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
    • At least 5 years of professional work experience in the development of toolkits and capacity building materials in health and nutrition related subjects.
    • Excellent writing skills
    • High-level copy-editing, design, and layout of professional publications
    • Results driven; able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and with minimum supervision.
    • Ability to work under tight schedule, respond to multiple demands including within a changing environment. Innovative and resourceful mindset to make solutions work in adverse conditions.

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.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Nutrition, Medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences and Other relevant field 




To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

[1] Costs indicated are estimated. Final rate shall follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. Consultants will be asked to stipulate all-inclusive fees, including lump sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.


Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant










How to Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link:  by 14 May 2021.

This notice will also appear on,, UN Job List, UN Jobs

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in ZAR) to undertake the terms of reference above

(including admin cost if applicable).  

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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