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Consultancy - Children and Digital Technology - Office of Research Innocenti, Florence, Italy

Florence (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Florence (United States of America)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Design (digital, product, graphics or visual design)
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-24

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The objective of this Consultancy is to work with the Disrupting Harm research teams to support the finalization of the national reports for Disrupting Harm and the presentation to in-country partners and Government ministries.

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.

How can you make a difference?

1. Background

Digital technology is a key driver of change and underpins the realization of several Sustainable Development Goals. Access to digital technology can be an important enabler for young people to develop the skills and literacies necessary to achieve learning objectives and to prepare for an increasingly digitalized economy. At the same time, internet access may compound existing risks to children that, unless managed, could undermine their well-being.

In order to develop appropriate policy and program responses, UNICEF and other child rights organizations need robust evidence on how children use the internet, including the many opportunities the internet affords them and the risks they may face online.

Since 2019, UNICEF is engaged in a multi-country multi-methods research project called Disrupting Harm, implemented jointly with ECPAT International and INTERPOL. Under the Disrupting Harm project, UNICEF and partners have collected extensive evidence on the nature and extent of online child sexual exploitation and abuse, and how the national child protection systems are responding to these crimes.

Disrupting Harm is currently in its final stage where the research teams are writing up 13 national reports – one for each Disrupting Harm project country. 

There is a need to urgently recruit an individual consultant to support on the analysis and write-up of the Disrupting Harm national reports.

2. Objective(s)

 The objective of this assignment is to work with the Disrupting Harm research teams to support the finalization of the national reports for Disrupting Harm and the presentation to in-country partners and Government ministries.

Primarily, the task is focused on interpreting quantitative data collected by UNICEF, engage in triangulation of quantitative/qualitative data from other research activities conducted by ECPAT and INTERPOL, interpret the data, then synthesize and write it up using the existing Disrupting Harm report template.

3. Specific activities to be completed to achieve the objectives:

  1. Work with research teams from UNICEF, ECPAT and INTERPOL to support analysis and the write-up of Disrupting Harm national reports. This includes contributing to data analysis, interpretation, data synthesis and writing.
  2. Support presentations to in-country partner consultations as needed, with UNICEF/ECPAT/INTERPOL local offices and Government ministries.

4.  Qualifications and/or special knowledge/experience required and desirable for undertaking the assignment:
The candidate should have:
• Advanced university degree in a related field, PhD considered an asset.
• At least 4 years of relevant professional experience
• A strong publication record, with demonstrated ability to both analyze and interpret complex data sets and to write up research findings with succinctness and clarity. Experience writing for public or policy audiences considered a strong asset.
• Experience working on topics related to digital technology and/or child sexual abuse considered a strong asset.
• Experience working directly with Disrupting Harm data is considered a strong asset.
• Excellent English report writing skills.

5. Duration of the consultancy
The assignment will be carried out from November 16, 2022 – April 29, 2022 (5,5 months).

6. Supervision and work arrangements
The consultant will liaise with the Research Manager (Digital Technology & Children) at UNICEF Innocenti who has the primary responsibility for the oversight of the digital research programme. The consultancy will take place remotely.

7. Special instructions
The intellectual property rights of this work rest with UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti. The consultant may only publish on the data separately following written agreement with UNICEF.

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.

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.

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 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. See General Terms & Conditions  General Terms & Conditions for Consultants and Individual Contractors.docx 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.

Depending on the type and length of contract, consultants may be eligible to receive Paid Time Off (PTO) credit at the rate of one- and one-half days (1.5 days) for each full month of service, to be credited on the last calendar day of the month, and up to 17 days for a maximum of 11.5 months contract. 

Payment of professional fees 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 but not limited to lump sum travel, visa, health insurance 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

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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