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Consultant - Senior Manual Development, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) - Geneva, Switzerland/Remote Based

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Remote | Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-21

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Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the UN global fund dedicated to addressing systemic change to sustainably improve the delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises. Launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, ECW became fully operational in 2017.

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, education . . .

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the UN global fund dedicated to addressing systemic change to sustainably improve the delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises. Launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, ECW became fully operational in 2017.
ECW employs three funding modalities: a First Emergency Response (FER) window to rapidly support a sudden-onset emergency or an escalation of an existing crisis; a Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP) window, offering predictable financing for protracted crises and which fosters joint programming to address the humanitarian-development nexus; and an Acceleration Facility (AF) the goal of which is to “make targeted investments in global and regional public goods in order to improve education preparedness, planning and response in sudden-onset and protracted crises" (ECW Strategic Plan 2018-2022).

How can you make a difference?

In response to the recommendations from the 2021 evaluation of the MYRP funding window and to further improve the overall quality of the MYRPs, ECW plans to bring together its portfolio of guidance, best practice, templates and quality assurance information into one single, comprehensive MYRP Manual. This will involve both amalgamating and editing existing documentation, and writing new content as needed. The main output will be a high quality, standardized and consistent package that brings together all documents relevant to the development and the implementation of a MYRP.

ECW is therefore hiring a senior consultant to lead the process of developing the MYRP Manual. The senior consultant will ensure that the MYRP Manual:

  • Meets the needs of all stakeholders with a role in developing and implementing MYRPs;

  • Is developed consultatively, drawing on relevant experience and expertise from members of the ECW Secretariat as well as external stakeholders;

  • Is internally consistent, and consistent with wider ECW strategies, commitments and plans;

  • Addresses the recommendations from the MYRP evaluation and the ECW management response;

  • Reflects all the latest research and evidence;

  • Is presented in a clear, coherent, accessible, user-friendly, easily updatable and navigable manner,  with references to external standards and strategies where needed.


Scope of Work: 

  1. The senior consultant will spearhead the development and delivery of a high-quality MYRP Manual. The MYRP Manual will bring together and expand on existing MYRP-related guidance and templates based on the latest evidence and evaluation recommendations, and also fill gaps in existing documentation, adding new guidance/best practice/instructions where needed. The MYRP Manual will act as a consistent, standardized, single package of guidance for the development and implementation of MYRPs, whilst clearly highlighting specific guidance on core issues such as gender equality, disability inclusion, and other key priorities.

  2. The MYRP Manual will include guidance, documentation and best practice related to the following:

    Roles and responsibilities: A clear articulation of the various roles and responsibilities involved in developing, drafting, consulting on, quality assuring, approving and implementing MYRPs. This includes the roles and responsibilities of the ECW Secretariat, External Review Panel, Executive Committee, and MYRP country leads, as well as in-country bodies including the relevant coordination platforms, governance bodies, grantees, and subgrantees.

    Timeframe: A clear description of the timeframe, including mandatory and recommended milestones in the development, drafting, quality assurance, approval and implementation of a MYRP. This will include consultation with the ECW Secretariat on appropriate timeframes and how these might be adjusted, considering trade-offs between speed and completeness.

    Templates: A comprehensive, quality assured package of templates relevant to developing, quality assuring and implementing a MYRP. This includes (but is not limited to), for example, templates for narrative applications, results frameworks, risk matrices, budgets, etc.

    Governance and conflict of interest mitigation: Easy-to-navigate explanations of mandatory processes and features of MYRP-related governance bodies, and examples of best practice.

    Grantee selection processes:  Easy-to-navigate explanations of mandatory processes and features of MYRP-related grantee selection, and examples of best practice.

    Standard operating procedures: Updating and bringing together all MYRP-related standard operating procedures. This will include updates to the guidance and tools related to specific thematic priorities, including (but not limited to) protection, gender, disability, health, MHPSS, and refugee inclusion, as well new guidance on programming at the humanitarian-development nexus, localization and accountability to affected populations.
  1. Delivery of the above will in some cases involve updating or re-presenting existing documentation, and in some cases involve developing entirely new documentation. In developing new materials and revising and updating existing materials, the senior consultant will be guided by the recommendations of recent evaluations of ECW work. For example, the recent MYRP evaluation management response makes a number of recommendations related to how MYRP guidance can be strengthened to further improve applications, templates, and guidance for partners. The senior consultant should therefore be guided by recommendations in:

-           The MYRP evaluation and management response

-           The FER evaluation and management response

-           The capacity development framework and capacity development action plan

These evaluations have identified key areas for improvement in existing MYRP documentation, guidance, strategies, and templates, which the consultant should address as far as possible through the development of the MYRP Manual.

The senior consultant should also draw on external research, evidence and best practice where required, and link to external standards and guidance throughout the MYRP Manual where relevant.

The senior consultant is expected to:

    1. Conduct a desk review of existing documentation, and identify gaps and areas requiring redrafting/revising. This review will be based on 1) available evaluations and ECW management responses, 2) consultations with ECW Secretariat staff and 3) consultations with external stakeholders, such as donor representatives, ERP members, MYRP country teams, ETRG members and GRG members. The consultant will deliver a plan of work for approval of the ECW Secretariat, before developing a first draft of the MYRP Manual.

    2. Write the first draft of the MYRP Manual (including both newly drafted elements and edited versions of existing documentation); the second and final drafts;

    3. Develop, in addition to the MYRP Manual, , a series of presentations summarizing the content of the MYRP Manual, to be used by ECW Secretariat staff during meetings with country teams. These will include thematic presentations as needed (gender equality, disability inclusion, MHPSS, refugee inclusion, etc.).


Work Assignment Overview





Estimated Budget

Undertake desk review and develop overall workplan and approach for assignment


20 days


Develop first draft of the MYRP Manual

MYRP Manual 1st draft

80 days


Develop second draft of the MYRP Manual

MYRP Manual 2nd draft

10 days


Develop final draft of the MYRP Manual

MYRP Manual final draft including associated presentations

10 days



To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in a relevant field, including education, international development, humanitarian action, gender studies, social work, sociology, psychology, public health and political economy.

  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience in the humanitarian and/or development fields, preferably in education in emergency and protracted crisis contexts.

  • Demonstrable experience in developing high quality manuals/toolkits on sound education in emergencies planning and programming. 

  • Proven understanding of programme management and/or fund management in the humanitarian-development nexus, with a focus on education in emergency and protracted crisis settings.

  • Proven experience in gender mainstreaming in humanitarian response.

  • Proven understanding of the latest research, evidence and best practice related to the delivery of development and humanitarian programming.

  • Demonstrated track record of writing education-focused planning documents, guidance documents or strategy through a participatory process involving stakeholders at multiple levels.

  • Outstanding communication, coordination, facilitation and negotiation skills, both verbally and in writing.

  • Experience working in the education sector in developing and crisis-affected countries highly preferred.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

Duty Station

Remote Based 


120 days


This is a home based consultancy.  Should “mission travel” be required, UNICEF will manage and pay for travel via Travel Authorization.  However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites:  Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, the Basic and Advanced Security in the Field Trainings, Travel Visa, and liability waiver. The consultant/individual contractor is responsible for arranging his/her own travel and submit invoices to UNICEF for payment as part of the contract.


UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the consultant’s service. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrollment in a health/accident plan prior to starting his/her work.

How to apply: 

Please complete your profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system. Please provide (attach) a Personal History Form (P-11) highlighting previous engagements which meet the qualification criteria described above. Personal History Form (P11) can be downloaded from:

Please indicate your ability, availability and financial proposal (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.

Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Note: in order to strengthen its commitment to diversity, gender equality, and inclusion across its work, ECW strongly encourages female candidates to apply as well as candidates from the Global South, and candidates with disabilities.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).


To view our competency framework, please visit here.


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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