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International consultant to develop ECD operational guidance & integrated ECD action plan, 11 months, Khartoum, Sudan

Khartoum (Sudan)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Khartoum (Sudan)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Nutrition
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-26

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Unicef is looking for an international consultant to lead the development of an ECD action plan and operational guidance and support the strengthening of ECD programming in Sudan through the integration of key ECD related interventions within the available health and nutrition platforms.

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, Hope

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan's children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan's, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan's school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan's 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

The ECD consultancy aims to achieve the following objectives:

1.         Develop a comprehensive ECD Situation Analysis in line with the new guidance on New Generation Situation Analysis and based on a desk review of:

  1. Existing and available policies, strategies, frameworks, and programmatic documents on ECD in Sudan
  2. Existing relevant ECD programmes, services and stakeholders in Sudan with identification of gaps and opportunities
  3. Relevant UNICEF global and regional strategies and programmatic documents.

2.         Guide the establishment and strengthening of a multi-sectoral ECD coordination mechanism which will support the development and implementation of the ECD programme.

3.         Lead on developing the ECD programme theory of change and integrated multisectoral ECD action plan, including an M&E Framework and costing, in coherence with the global ECD Programme guidance and Nurturing Care Framework.

4.         Provide recommendations on how to strengthen the application of ECD related interventions within the available health and nutrition platforms including into wasting treatment and prevention services with focus on IYCF and growth monitoring interventions and develop related operational guidelines.

5.         Develop specific training content based on the identified country needs and by combining both the care for child development and caring for caregivers’ packages.

6.         Strengthen capacities of UNICEF health and nutrition staff and government at national and sub-national level to enable them to scale-up of the ECD related interventions.

7.         Develop an article which documents the Sudan country office experience in ECD programming to date.

To view the full description of expected deliverables and terms click the link below:

Download File Terms of Reference_ECD Consultant, 11 months, Khartoum, Sudan.pdf

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in in health, nutrition, public Health, or social studies/policies development.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in the field of early childhood development (ECD) in multi-sectoral context and in health and nutrition interventions in particular.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Early childhood development (ECD) & experienced in developing its related strategies, guidelines & frameworks.
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult working conditions.
  • Experience working within the humanitarian and development contexts
  • Established excellence in written communication, including the preparation of easy to understand capacity building materials.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Ability to ensure effective communication, (Fluency in Arabic language is an asset).

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...

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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

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.

* Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

* 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.

No Fee


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