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Human rights and children: new UNICEF consultancy positions (Feb 2017)


February is the shorter month of the calendar, nevertheless, there are still many open consultancy positions related to human rights protection offered by UNICEF! Over 70 years of mission in favor of the rights of children, 190 target countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development; UNICEF is the world’s largest organization provider of vaccines for developing countries, it supports child health and nutrition, sanitation and good water, quality basic education for all girls and boys, and the protection of children from exploitation, violence, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. Use your talents to save lives and help lives of children, apply!

Executive Assistant, GS-5 Eastern Caribbean
Closing Date: 23 Feb 2017 – ACST

During 2017 UNICEF will launch its 2017-2021 Programme cycle with the governments of Eastern Caribbean countries and the focus will be on three programmatic areas: Education and Lifelong Learning; Safety and Justice for Children (Child Protection) and Social Inclusion. The purpose of this Consultancy is to layout on a required basis, documents, country reports, research findings and communication materials for UNICEF; the aim is to make the office of Eastern Caribbean the leader in knowledge management on children’s issues in the region. If you wish to support UNICEF mission and you have excellent writing skills together with experience in document graphic design you may apply to this position.

Technical Assistance in early childhood intervention, mainly home based
Closing Date: 24 Feb 2017 WEST

In Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), young children with, or at risk of disabilities and/or developmental difficulties constitute one of the most vulnerable and stigmatized groups. In 2012 the UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS launched – as part of the Regional Knowledge and Leadership Agenda (RKLA) – the “Right of Every Young Child to Comprehensive, Health Development and Wellbeing” initiative to address the significant within-region and within-country inequities in the health, development, care and protection of young children. Primary prevention of disabilities and developmental difficulties is promoted through a number of strategies based on promotion and advice on good health and nutrition during pregnancy, young child health and nutrition, prevention of unintentional injuries and abuse. In particular, early identification of young children and families with special needs is a fundamental component of the universal progressive approach adopted in the CEE/CIS region. Due to the increased need in the region for technical support regarding early childhood intervention, the Regional Office requires the services of an ECD/Health expert, to implement a number of tasks. If you are committed in UNICEF values and you are fluent in English and Russian this position may be the right one for you.

Research consultancy on the Effects of Climate Change on Children in the Maldives
Closing Date: 24 Feb 2017 IST

The candidate for this position will conduct a study to provide an overview of the impacts of Climate Change on children in the Maldives and propose recommendations to address climate change-related vulnerabilities and appropriate strategies address the impacts, which may potentially cause hindrances to the achievement of child rights and wellbeing agenda of the country. This is a P-4, P-3 consultancy: the first part will be home-based and the second part will be at the Maldives to conduct specific researches.

International Consultant Education Cluster Information Management Officer
Closing Date: 24 Feb 2017

The Central African Republic (CAR) is slowly recovering from close to three years of insecurity and political instability. With a newly elected government being put in place in March 2016, CAR is hopeful for stability but the situation still remains volatile in several areas of the country where fighting between armed groups. Estimates based on information from the Education Cluster, in February 2014, 65 per cent of schools had ceased functioning: since then the situation has improved but security issues are still the principal obstacles to the return to normal. The Ministry of Education participates actively in Cluster meetings and activities, however there is a need to continue building capacity of its staff and support the development of national systems to plan for, coordinate and support the delivery of Education in Emergency (EiE) activities. The Information Management Officer is a core Cluster Coordination team member. The purpose of this post is to manage the collection, analysis and sharing of information that is important for the Cluster participants to make informed (evidence based) strategic decisions and guide Emergency in Education programming in areas affected by the ongoing crisis. This is a P-2 level consultancy position and fluency in French is required.

Learning Specialist – consultancy position at the Division of Human Resources in US (5 months)
Closing Date: 24 Feb 2017 EST

This project aims to reinforce the internal and external surge capacity of UNICEF; surge capacity in humanitarian context is the ability to scale-up quickly and effectively to meet UNICEF Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies in the areas of nutrition, child protection and education in any given country or territory. The aim of this project is to identify national staff capacity, mapping learning options and strengthening their capacity by undergoing tailored training. Under the general supervision of the Chief, Emergencies and Surge Recruitment Section, the consultant will contribute in the selection and preparation of National Officers for the areas of nutrition, child protection and education.

Consultant for Digital Media Engagement at Barbados (Caribbean Group)
Closing Date: 25 Feb 2017 ACST

Digital media platforms are important tools for UNICEF to raise awareness and expand outreach around children’s rights. In particular, an effective use of digital channels for communication of UNICEF’s key messages, through relevant content, experience and dialogue, allows individuals to connect directly with other individuals or groups; also, it can increase effectiveness of advocacy around key children’s issues and build digital brand engagement and partnerships. According to this, UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area needs to engage an individual consultant to strengthen and energize its digital platforms. Under the guidance and supervision of the Communication Specialist, the Digital Communication Consultant for web and social media will be in charge to strengthen UNICEF Eastern Caribbean’s presence on UNICEF websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, U-Report, YouTube; specifically, the consultant should design, implement and improve UNICEF’s digital plan and digital communication in order to maximize its online presence, and facilitate the engagement with followers in a dynamic, interactive and meaningful way. The consultant can be a firm either an individual: the work can be conducted remotely but a close interaction with the relevant programme and communication teams within the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office will be necessary to understand the sub region’s context and specific programme responses.

Data Visualization Specialist (Consultancy) at Republic of Cameroon
Closing Date: 26 Feb 2017

Even though political stability is well established in Cameroon, the country is facing huge humanitarian emergencies, including an ongoing nutrition crisis in the North and Far North, internal displacement and continued influx of refugees from Central African Republic in the East and Adamawa regions and from Nigeria in the Far North. As a result, Cameroon has been hosting refugees and asylum-seekers from both CAR and Nigeria: in July 2016 the country had more than 324,000 refugees. These emergencies are serious challenges for local administrations and communities, that for this reason need emergency support to meet the basic needs of children from refugee and host communities. Data collection and management through new technologies can help considerably UNICEF’s humanitarian action in Cameroon: the objective of this position is to obtain more and better data to support humanitarian action in favor of Education, Child Protection, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). This consultancy is to set up data visualization platforms for UNICEF Cameroon, reflecting UNICEF’s interventions in 4 regions of Cameroon (Far North, North, East and Adamawa regions), as well as vulnerabilities and needs of children living in these areas. It also includes the creation of interactive maps, charts and factsheets that will support UNICEF’s evidence-based programming, resource mobilization and communication activities, and training of UN staff and partners on data visualization.

Consultancy to strengthen Uganda’s Capacity to provide alternatives to detention
Closing Date: 27 Feb 2017

UNICEF Uganda is looking to hire a consultant on a 22 days assignment to Strengthen Uganda’s Capacity to provide alternatives to detention, including diversion. Through a participatory process led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Development, the consultant will facilitate the finalization of the Statutory Instrument on Diversion for Children in Conflict with the Law. Through an appropriate research methodology and a human rights based approach, the consultancy will provide strategic recommendations to UNICEF and counterparts on how to strengthen and mainstream alternative sentencing and diversion approaches into Uganda’s justice system in general and in particular in the Justice for Children Programme.

Consultancy for Child Protection – Reports writing and editing
Closing Date: 27 Feb 2017

The UNICEF Ethiopia Child Protection Section has collected a number of key donor reports, human interest stories and regional child protection guidance notes and monitoring frameworks that need to be drafted and finalized over the course of 2017 that range across development and humanitarian programming. The purpose of this consultancy is to work on this material and to carry out substantive editing, fact-checking and, in some cases, writing support, for reports, studies, guidance notes, results frameworks, proposals and other documents under development in the UNICEF Ethiopia Child Protection Section. UNICEF is seeking a consultant with experience in child protection programming and results-based management as well as in editing, fact-checking and writing. The services are required for 60 days spread over a six-months period.

Consultancy for the Revision of IMAM service Delivery Package for Afghanistan
Closing Date: 28 Feb 2017

In 2013, the National Nutrition Survey showed that in Afghanistan the rate of acute malnutrition is 9.5%: moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) is 5.5% and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) 4%. Children with SAM are at the greatest risk of mortality and require therapeutic feeding and special care. Nutrition services in Afghanistan are delivered through the Basic Package for Health Services (BPHS) and Essential Package of health services (EPHS), implemented by NGOs- sub contracted by government under the System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT) project. There are other non-BPHS/EPHS partners that also implement nutrition services in areas not reached by BPHS/EPHS for one reason or the other. There are also partners such as WHO, WFP and UNICEF that provide technical, operational and financial support. The nutrition section, UNICEF Afghanistan is seeking a consultant to provide technical support to the ministry of Public Health – Public Nutrition Department (MOPH-PND) in the review of the “Integrated management of acute malnutrition” (IMAM) service delivery package (Guideline/protocol, operational guideline, monitoring tools/formats, job aids, training materials and mentoring guide) including conducting a training of trainers.

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