United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Unaccompanied and Separated Children - Child Protection)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF seeks the services of a consultant to support country offices in their ongoing work for unaccompanied and separated children, the adaptation and scale up of key essential interventions for unaccompanied and separated children affected by Covid-19 and related public health containment measures, and emerging needs including Capacity Building and knowledge exchange initiatives, programming to prevent family separation and family tracing, reunification, and interim care arrangements. 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. Consultancy Title: Consultant, Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Humanitarian Situations Section/Division/Duty Station: Child Protection, Programme Division, NYHQ (Home Based) Duration: 11.5 months About UNICEF If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports Child Health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality Basic Education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries. BACKGROUND In 2019, UNICEF and partners responded to 281 humanitarian situations in 96 countries. In line with the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, UNICEF prioritizes prevention of family separation, and where in children’s best interests, swift family reunification. Last year UNICEF supported almost 52,000 children registered as unaccompanied and separated in emergencies with family-based care or reunification with their families or both. Public health control measures intended to reduce transmission of COVID-19 have heightened protection risks and vulnerabilities for children. Family members have been separated due to quarantine requirements, and access to livelihoods, education, social services and support has decreased while hunger and social isolation have increased. These stressors increase the likelihood of family conflicts, violence and civil unrest leading to higher risks of and vulnerability to family separation. Public health measures have affected humanitarian child protection programming for unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) and have required both adaptation of existing interventions and scale up to meet increased needs. In addition to supporting its country teams, UNICEF contributes to the work of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance), its working groups and task forces, including the UASC Task Force and the Child Protection Case Management Task Force to provide unified coherent technically sound guidance. In this context, UNICEF seeks the services of a consultant to support internal and external work on UASC, including those affected by COVID-19 and containment measures. Support needs include capacity building and knowledge exchange initiatives, programming to prevent family separation and family tracing, reunification, and interim care arrangements. The consultant will also support UNICEF’s contributions to relevant Alliance Task Forces. Terms of Reference / Deliverables Under the direction of the Sr. Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will support UNICEF’s Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Team at global level to: •           Contribute to inter-agency coordination mechanisms and delivery of inter-agency Technical Support and capacity building on issues related to unaccompanied and separated children in humanitarian situations, including specific issues related to adapting programming for COVID-19 and prevention of family separation. This may include supporting UNICEF representation at interagency conferences and meetings and other related interagency fora and leading development of or providing comments on reports, standards, guidance, advocacy messages, proposals, training materials and other related documents. •           Support delivery of requested technical guidance to UNICEF COs and ROs, as well as backstopping programmatic interventions, capacity building, and with bilateral engagement on prevention of family separation and response measures for unaccompanied and separated children, including in relation to COVID-19 and public health containment measures. •           Support coordination between UNICEF business units at all levels of the organization and within the CP section, as necessary, to support organization-wide engagement on issues related to prevention of family separation and UASC, including regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. •           Conduct research and Analysis on UNICEF UASC programming interventions, their impact, and gaps and needs that could lead to improvements for children and to increase capacity for UNICEF staff working in humanitarian settings on prevention of family separation and all issues related to UASC. •           Support development of an internal roster of staff with experience in programming for UASC. •           Support development of UNICEF advocacy positions, briefing notes, talking points, communications products, donor report inputs etc., as needed for institutional reporting, section, and senior management. •           Support for data collection, analysis and evidence generation related to UASC, prevention and response. •           Periodic travel to the field for up to 2-3 weeks at a time. Qualifications (1) Education •           Master’s degree in social work, child protection/child welfare, international development, anthropology, psychology, related social sciences. •           Expertise in child protection case management, family tracing and reunification, and interim alternative care, child protection programme management in humanitarian settings. 2) Work experience •           Minimum of 5 years’ experience in child protection, humanitarian programme management, and or international development; experience in humanitarian operations in the field an advantage; •           Minimum of 2 years field experience in identification and documentation of UASC, family tracing and reunification, child protection case management, prevention of family separation, and operation of interim alternative care in emergency settings; •           Demonstrated ability to conduct trainings and explain complicated topics in easy-to-understand terms; •           Experience in data analysis and writing reports and technical guidance •           Experience with coalitions and with relationship management •           Strong oral and written English language writing skills •           Familiarity with human rights and humanitarian law •           Familiarity with CPIMS+ information management system •           French, Arabic, or Spanish language skills 3) Competencies •           Strong communication, organizational, inter-personal and leadership skills •           Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment, with complex projects and deadlines from different stakeholder •           Demonstrable ability to work independently, take initiative, and identify new opportunities and approaches •           Proven distance management skills •           Good judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, tact and discretion. •           Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment. Requirements: -           Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials -           Financial proposal that will include: -           your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html o          travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR. o          Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable. o          Indicate your availability -           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. U.S. Visa information: With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.
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