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[consultant]HFSS Support to ECA/LAC desk (Haiti crisis), New York, EMOPS, 6 months (office-based)

New York City

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Humanitarian Field Support Section is looking for a consutlant to support the UNICEF Haiti Coutry Oiffce to scale up the emergency responses. Under the supervision of the ECA/LAC lead desk lead, the consultant will provide technical support to the ECA/LAC desk to support Haiti L3 crisis.

Start Date: July 1st 2023

End Date: December 31st 2023

Modality: Office based

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  

The situation in Haiti is devastating and deteriorating at alarming speed particularly sin ce March 2023: Over 44% of the population (5.2 million people) need humanitarian assistance and protection; 42% (4.9 million) are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity; severe acute malnutrition is as high as 5% in some areas of the capital and over 187K cholera cases have been reported since the beginning of the epidemic last October. 

The crisis in Haiti is first and foremost a protection crisis, with systematic killings, kidnappings, sexual violence, and other threats with: According to BINUH, since the beginning of the year, at least 1,446 people have been killed, 600 in April alone, over 300 have been injured and 277 persons were kidnapped by gangs. The resurgence of violence in January 2023 also led to the closure and/or destruction of an important number of schools and health facilities in the capital. Abuses committed against the population, especially women and children, include the recruitment of children by gangs and attacks on women  

Armed groups in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince is estimated at around 300 and control roughly 70% of the capital, and now some parts of the Artibonite region, affecting the lives of over 1.5 million people.  

Considering the above, UNICEF’s activated Scale-Up Corporate Emergency Activation Procedure (CEAP) for Haiti at L3 level in line with the IASC 3 months system-wide scale-up activation. UNICEF produced a tailored scale-up plan with key benchmarks including (for a 3 to 6 months period) also factoring the role given by the IASC to UNICEF ED to implement a 6 month high level advocacy role for Haiti : (i) scaling up our programmes in the capital, particularly in WASH, Nutrition and Protection, with an emphasis on the access component; (ii) putting a greater focus on HR needs, namely for WASH, Child Protection and Nutrition, reprofiling our office, and on national staff duty of care; (iii) strengthening coordination in sectors where UNICEF has a global commitment; (iv) and high-level advocacy with key member states and greater resource mobilization (v) build national capacities (vi) Develop and roll out a national communication and community engagement strategy and (vii) enhance preparedness. In addition, HCT have been developed and integrate specific UNICEF accountabilities on sector and cluster coordination.

How can you make a difference? 

Under the supervision of the ECA/LAC desk lead, the consultant will provide technical support to the ECA/LAC desk to support Haiti L3 crisis.

Key Deliverables:

Work Assignments Overview Deliverables/Outputs
Identify enablers and bottlenecks of the agreed benchmarks conducive or constraining UNICEF scale response in Haiti Literature reviewed of the UNICEF benchmarks, namely operationalization of UNICEF strategies to scale up, staffing and advocacy strategies
Document the scale up delivery and field response modalities including partnerships, supplies and staffing structures Produce a report documenting UNICEF programme scale up strategies and coverage
Provide guidance of how UNICEF is meeting IASC coordination accountabilities and the level of adequacy of the coordination structure in Haiti Analysis based on consultations with CO and GCCS the coordination architecture against IASC standards
Support the necessary linkage between the interagency advocacy strategies with UNICEF initiatives and identify contributions and deviations Review the implementation of the humanitarian country team advocacy and national communication strategies (RO & DGCA)
Visualize different levels of information to advise Haiti support team with course of action Ad hoc Information management products (with maps)
Provide guidance of how UNICEF is meeting Human Ressources scale up and alignment / nexus with mid and long term needs in Haiti Analyse HR needs in consultations with DHR, including surge coordination and sequencing with mid- and long-term recruitments including HQ and RO deployments and office structure

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, public administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.
  • A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in program/project development, emergency preparedness, research and analysis, and/or monitoring and evaluation.
    Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to collect and analyse data in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Direct experience in, and/or familiarity with, UNICEF emergency operations is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. 


Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system;

Financial proposal that will include:

  1. Your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference
  2. Indicate your availability
  3. Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory 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.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

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


To view our competency framework, please visit  here


UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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