United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Individual Consultant (Support to Country Programme Document 2022 - 2026 Process)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF Zimbabwe is seeking to hire an innovative Individual Consultant to provide Support to Country Programme Document 2022 - 2026 Process. 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, a champion UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights. The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing Access to Services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable. For more information about UNICEF Zimbabwe please click here You can also access and explore all new UNICEF vacancies and create job alerts via the UNICEF Zimbabwe website link below: https://www.unicef.org/zimbabwe/work-us How can you make a difference? UNICEF Zimbabwe is seeking to hire an innovative Individual Consultant to provide Support to Country Programme Document 2022 - 2026 Process. Consultancy Terms of Reference 


Planned Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)

Consultancy Title

Support to Country Programme Document 2022 - 2026 Process.


Harare (Remote Based)


Support the development of ZCO’s Country Programme Document (2022-2026), including the Coordination of the CPD taskforce and facilitation of key CPD related events i.e. Strategic Moment of Reflection and consultation exercises. .


50 Days

Start and End Dates

1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021


Child of PME

Background and Rationale The current UNICEF Zimbabwe Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016 to 2021 (extended in February 2020) supported the implementation of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset), 2013-2018 and its interim successor the Zimbabwe Transitional Stabilization Programme (2018-2020). The Zimbabwe UNDAF (2016-2020) was also extended to end in 2021. The Government of Zimbabwe is developing a new National Development Strategy (NDS) 2021-2025. While the NDS will begin one year before the new UNSDCF and UNICEF CPD, the rationale for extending both the CPD and UNSDCF was to provide more time for the UN  to understand the developments and results of the new NDS and have more time to ensure alignment to this document. UNICEF Zimbabwe aims to submit of the draft CPD 2022-2026 (TBD) to the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office on 31 March 2021 in order to make a submission to the September 2021 UNICEF Executive Board. As part of the CPD development process, between October 2020 and March 2021, ZCO will undertake a number of internal and external reflection exercises (including the Results Based Management workshops, as well as the Strategic Moment of Reflection) and develop strategic planning documents, such as the Programme Strategy Notes, which feed into the final CPD. ZCO is seeking support from a Strategic Planning Consultant to support the CPD development process. Overall Purpose Support the development of ZCO’s Country Programme Document (2022-2026), including the coordination of the CPD taskforce and facilitation of key CPD related events i.e. Strategic Moment of Reflection and consultation exercises. The Assignment Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative and in close consultation with the Chief of PME, the consultant will support the CPD development process, ensuring that the overall process is efficient and light, participatory and consultative and deeply grounded in evidence and ‘reality’ yet forward looking, strategic, ambitious and in line with UNICEF’s commitment to making a difference for the most vulnerable and left behind. In addition, the Consultant should ensure that the process builds on best practices and follows organizational guidelines and timelines. The consultant will work closely and receive support from ZCO’s CPD Taskforce, led by the Dep Rep/PME Chief. The consultant will:
  1. Support the coordination and oversight of the overall CPD process

  • Support the CPD taskforce to keep oversight of the CPD process, coordinating CPD TF meetings and documenting discussions and actions arising.

  • Oversee the detailed CPD Development Plan and update as required

  1. Support the ongoing development of the Programme Strategy Notes (November to December 2020)

  • Ensure oversight of the development process as per road map

  • Work with sections to ensure strong evidence, analytical approach and logic applied to Design/adaptation of strategies and leading to the medium and long-term vision for the country programme;

  • Support the programme consultations

  • Review the PSNs and provide feedback, including ensuring the PSNs adhere to global guidance and meet global standards

  • Ensure a solid first draft of programme strategy notes for submission to ESARO; support the sections in the incorporation of feedback and comments from the RO and the finalization of the PSNs.

  1. Support the Strategic Moment of Reflection (November 2020), with PME and the CPD taskforce:

  • Develop the concept note and agenda and determine participation

  • Facilitate the SMR process, including facilitating and capturing inputs from key development partners (Donors, NGOs, UN and Government)

  • Ensure the content arising from the discussions is well captured.

  1. Country Programme Document (February to March 2021)

  • Based on the SitAn and discussion papers, the Strategic Process of Reflection and the PSNs, as well as other consultations and notes and feedback, provide a solid first draft of the Country Programme Document, that adheres to global guidance and meets global standards.

  • Incorporate comments from RO and support in finalization of the CPD

Methodology and Scope Work Methodology Given that the CPD development process is happening during the Covid 19 pandemic, with restricted movements and activities, the consultant is expected to enact innovative methods to support the process. Since in the current COVID 19 context face to face meetings may not alays be possible, the consultant is expected to propose remote or innovative ways of working. However, should the situation improve later in the year, allowing for traveling and face to face meetings, the consultant will be required to travel and conduct the work in person. Description of expected deliverables and payment schedule Coordinate CPD taskforce and oversee the CPD micro-plan Meetings and minutes produced

CPD micro-plan regularly updated


Support draft PSN development

High quality draft PSNs are produced


Support the preparation, facilitation and documentation of the Strategic Moment of Reflection

SMR conducted and note for the record produced


Support for PSN finalization after RO feedback

PSNs final draft produced


Develop draft CPD

Draft CPD produced


CPD finalized after RO feedback

Final draft CPD produced


Total days 50 days

Required qualifications, expertise, technical background and experience of the International Consultant
  • Qualifications – Masters or PhD in a programme area related to UNICEF’s work.

  • Employment experience – a minimum of ten years of senior level professional work experience at national and international levels.

  • Language skills: spoken and written fluency in English.

  • Experience in planning and facilitating consultations with large and small groups.

  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s planning processes will be a solid advantage.

For more information refer to attached terms of reference (TOR) Download File Zimbabwe - CPD consultant ToRs .pdf Other Consultancy Costs and Payment Modalities Competitive market rates will apply. If interested and available to undertake the consultancy, please submit your application online and attach the required documents including the technical and an all-inclusive financial proposal (detailing professional fees, DSA, airfare etc where necessary). For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. 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. Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Those who had already applied do not need to re-apply.
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