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Consultant – Technical Support for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report, UNICEF Thailand

Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Environment
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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The Social Policy Section, UNICEF Thailand Country Office (TCO) is seeking an individual consultant (national) to support updating the child-sensitive SDGs assessment report including the NSO and UNICEF in updating the report through the following activities: 1. Update the description about the national mechanisms and progress so far (including how SDGs are used in the current key policy frameworks) according to the latest official announcements and the current SDG institutional set up. 2. Draft the assessment of the progress of key child-related targets and indicators. • Review the data source (including types of data, such as survey/admin data), data quality, data gaps, trends from the past, data disaggregation, any available projections, policy directions and assessment against international targets by categories (e.g. reversed trend/on track/achieved etc). • Conduct expert interviews under the guidance of NSO/UNICEF to validate the indicators including data sources, analysis and the recommendations for the key thematic areas related to children. • Present the analysis at stakeholder meetings for validation by key stakeholders. 3. Based on (1) and (2), submit the final child-related SDG report, with final chapter on key recommendations and executive summary.

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 fulfil 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, hope

UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office works to ensure the rights of all children in Thailand.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

 

How can you make a difference?

The Social Policy Section, UNICEF Thailand Country Office (TCO) is seeking an individual consultant (national) to support updating the child-sensitive SDGs assessment report including the NSO and UNICEF in updating the report through the following activities:

  1. Update the description about the national mechanisms and progress so far (including how SDGs are used in the current key policy frameworks) according to the latest official announcements and the current SDG institutional set up.
  2. Draft the assessment of the progress of key child-related targets and indicators.
    • Review the data source (including types of data, such as survey/admin data), data quality, data gaps, trends from the past, data disaggregation, any available projections, policy directions and assessment against international targets by categories (e.g. reversed trend/on track/achieved etc).
    • Conduct expert interviews under the guidance of NSO/UNICEF to validate the indicators including data sources, analysis and the recommendations for the key thematic areas related to children.
    • Present the analysis at stakeholder meetings for validation by key stakeholders.
  3. Based on (1) and (2), submit the final child-related SDG report, with final chapter on key recommendations and executive summary.

 

Background

Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the Royal Thai Government has been monitoring the SDG indicators towards their achievement by 2030. UNICEF is committed to supporting member states to develop, collect, analyse and report on SDG indicators related to children and consulting with national authorities on data and estimates used for the purposes of global reporting. In addition to the 17 global SDG indicators for which UNICEF is custodian or co-custodian, UNICEF

supports the collection and reporting of a wide range of other child-related indicators relevant for monitoring progress at national, regional and global levels.

Against this background, the National Statistical Office (NSO) has developed a child-related SDG report with technical support from UNICEF during 2019-2020, in order to understand: (i) the institutional setup at national and sub-national levels to drive the SDGs (ii) analyze the status quo of the child-related SDG indicators and (iii) provide recommendations to further strengthen the child-related SDG monitoring.

Monitoring of the SDGs is a continuous process by 2030, that requires regular updating according to newly released indicators and datasets. The institutional set-up has also made changes in the past year, following the decision at the National Committee on Sustainable Development. Therefore, it is important for UNICEF to revise and update the report with the new national initiatives as well as latest indicators, to continue to provide information on the child-related SDGs.

The report will be developed in close collaboration with government partners.

•  NSO and UNICEF will provide overall directions, select key thematic areas, provide technical inputs/documents required and will review the drafts.

•  NSO will coordinate with NESDC as the co-Secretariat of the sub-committee on SDG monitoring and will provide administrative support for coordination with other counterparts.

•  NSO and UNICEF will identify necessary opportunities for expert interviews and stakeholder meetings to validate the indicators, analysis and recommendations.

 

Work Assignment:

The consultant should work on the following outline of the SDG report.

Content

# of Pages

(approx.)

Work assignments

Executive Summary (Thai and English)

2 pages

  • Consultant to draft after drafting chapter 1-3 are approved
  1. Introduction
  • Current Institutional set-up
  • What has been done already
  • The use of child-related SDGs in key policy frameworks
  • Objectives of the report and why children are important

3 pages

  • Consultant to draft based on inputs from the previous child-related SDG report, official documents and meeting minutes from the National Committee on Sustainable Development, inputs from NSO/NESDC and UNICEF global SDG report
  1. Assessment of the Progress by Goal Areas
  • Select key goals/targets and indicators that relate to children (e.g. poverty, nutrition, ECD, education, VAC, adolescents)
  • For each goal/target and indicator, include analysis on:
    • Data source (e.g. survey/admin data)
    • Data availability/gaps
    • Data quality
    • Trends in the graph
    • Disaggregated data to show inequity
    • Projections where possible
    • Policy directions
    • Assessing Thailand’s status against the international targets in categories (on-track, lagging behind etc)

20 pages

  • Agree on key goals/indicators by UNICEF, NSO and NESDC
  • Consultant to draft the analysis using data and existing policy documents, as long as interviews with experts
  • Consultant to present, to be validated in one multi-stakeholder workshop
  1. Recommendations
  • Overall recommendations on which goals/indicators should be prioritized and further strengthened, based on 2.
  • Recommendations to further improve the statistical data system

2 pages

  • Consultant to draft based on the previous report, expert interviews and inputs from NSO/NESDC/UNICEF
  • To be validated in one multi-stakeholder workshop

Annex

  • List of 44 child-related SDG indicators

 

  • To be provided by NSO

 

End Product(s):

The table below outlines the expected outputs, number of days required and the timeframe.

Expected outputs

Days required

Timeframe

Updated child-related SDGs report in Thai, approved by NSO and UNICEF

15

Draft submitted by 30th August and finalized by 15th September, 2021

Expert interviews to validate indicators/data source and recommendations

6

By 15th August, 2021

Consultative meetings validate indicators/data source and recommendations and finalization of the draft based on the inputs

2

By 15th August, 2021

Executive summary in English and Thai based on approved contents

2

Draft submitted by 30th August and finalized by 15th September and finalized by 15th September, 2021

 

Duration of Contract:  25 working days during the period of 1 July – 15 September 2021.

 

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

  • University degree in Social Science, Social Development, Statistics, public policy, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience to the assignment. Knowledge of child-related SDG indicators considered as a strong asset.
  • Experience of working with officials from the National Statistical office, NESDC and line ministries, as well as academia will be considered as strong asset.
  • Experience in producing reports related to child development will be considered as a strong asset.
  • Proven communication, facilitation, and writing skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and in writing) as well as fluency in written and spoken Thai.
  • Thai nationality.

 

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in THB 17 June 2021.

Download File FORM P11.doc

 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) 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

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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.

Remarks:

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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