United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Writer for Health Annual Results Report and ARR Brochures - Health Section)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The purpose of the consultancy is to coordinate the production of and write The Health Annual Results Report for 2020, as part of the Goal Area 1 report, in line with the guidelines and timeframe provided by UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division and Programme Division and ‘2020 highlights’ brochures for use in resource mobilization and advocacy. 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: Writer for Health Annual Results Report and ARR brochures (Home-based) Section/Division/Duty Station: Health Section/Programme Division/NYHQ Duration: 60 days over a 5-month period 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. BACKGROUND UNICEF crystallized and clearly articulated its key priorities for the next four years and for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) era, in documents such as the Strategy for Health, 2016-2030; Health Systems Strengthening Approach, Nutrition and WASH strategies and most recently the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 and its Mid-Term Review. The UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy also underwrites a forward-looking approach to Child Health in the SDG era, and the Operational Framework for this Strategy should inform the planned implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme activities in the forthcoming period. The most recent Global Conference on Primary Health Care on 25-26 October 2018 in Astana, recommitted to strengthening primary health care (PHC) as the most inclusive, effective and efficient approach to enhance people’s physical and mental health, as well as social well-being, and that PHC is a cornerstone of a sustainable health system for universal health coverage (UHC) and SDG3 Global Action Plan. These agreements and developments at global level serve to guide UNICEF’s health programmes at country, regional and global level. The consultancy is home-based. However, the consultant should be available online during New York work hours. Terms of Reference / Deliverables The purpose of the consultancy is to coordinate the production of and write:
  1. The Health Annual Results Report for 2020, as part of the Goal Area 1 report, in line with the guidelines and timeframe provided by UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division and Programme Division

  2.  ‘2020 highlights’ brochures for use in resource mobilization and advocacy

Under the supervision of the Sr. Programme Manager (Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Reporting) and with the guidance of the Deputy Director, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
  • Coordinate the production of the Annual Results Report (compile UNICEF staff inputs and other materials and draft, copy-edit and fact-check the overall report) and ‘2020 highlights’ brochures;

  • In addition to pulling from relevant information that will be provided such as Country Office Annual Reports and Strategic Plan indicator data, liaise and conduct consultations (by phone, skype, or email, as required) with key UNICEF staff and others (as required) to gather relevant information, to complete the Report for 2020, with a focus on 2020 results capturing overall trends in this Strategic Plan, disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and UNICEF’s response;

  • Prepare first draft, subsequent drafts and final version* of the Annual Results Report; including fact-checking and proof-reading (including after the report goes to the designer); highlight the overall global and regional outcomes and the successes/challenges in key indicators for 2020;

  • Highlight selected investments made that were strategic and created bigger results in 2020;

  • Propose and develop stories of the impact of UNICEF’s work in 2020 that links to a broader change;

  • As part of the report, develop 4-6 longer/more in-depth case studies of UNICEF’s Health Programme Support to countries as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, including measures to ensure continuity of essential health services, and strengthening primary health care.

  • Make recommendations for future reports

*NB: Number and date of draft submissions required is subject to change pending forthcoming guidance and adjustments to timeline.  Qualifications (1) Education
  • Advanced university degree in public health, social sciences or other related field, preferably with some specialized training in development studies;

2) Work experience
  • At least 10 years of Senior-Level professional work experience in a relevant field;

  • Previous results report writing experience, particularly with UNICEF producing global reports an asset;

  • Previous experience in writing Global Health reports

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, of publication standard;

  • Previous experience in copy-editing and fact-checking;

  • Familiarity with the UN and UNICEF programmes.

  • Strong knowledge in programming and relevant technical fields (policy Analysis, statistical analysis or other social science discipline);

  • Good knowledge of national programming principles, INGOs and NGO networks, and a strong knowledge partnership principle in development work;

  • Knowledgeable in Results-based Management and results oriented approach to project implementation;

  • High level proficiency in standard Computer Software SharePoint, Microsoft word and Excel;

  • Persistence in follow up, tact and diplomacy to work with international personnel;

  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines;

 3) Competencies
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment.

  • Drive for results to ensure all deadlines are met

  • Ability to produce high quality material

  • Ability to think strategically

  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11)

  • Upload copy of academic credentials

  • Updated CV

  • Portfolio of work samples [Global reports, especially those related to Health/UN/UNICEF]

  • Financial proposal that will include your daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html

  • 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.

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, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds 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.
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