United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Junior Consultant (Research and Conference Support For Child Online Protection)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Child Protection Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an Individual Consultant to undertake research for the preparation of knowledge products for the conference, and support preparations for the conference. 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 better future UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;

  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;

  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, Child Labour and other forms of exploitation; and

  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

How can you make a difference? In East Asia and The Pacific, children and adolescents are among the most active and influential users of technology, enthusiastically engaging with new technology as it evolves, including social media, live streaming apps, and virtual reality games. ICTs provide significant opportunities for children and adolescents to access information, learn, communicate, and for civic engagement opportunities, as well as entertainment. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) also pose unique threats to the safety and wellbeing of children and adolescents, such as online and offline sexual abuse and exploitation, threats of violence, bullying, and infringements of privacy. Children and adolescents, their parents, and teachers need to be made aware of these risks, and children/adolescents (and parents) need to be equipped with knowledge and digital literacy skills to avoid being victimised, to know where to seek help when they or their friends run into problems online, and to avoid becoming perpetrators of online violence themselves. ICTs provide unparalleled platforms to provide children (and caregivers) with the information and skills to protect themselves. Online educational materials need to be contextualised to fit local cultures and languages in the EAP region, and to address country specific social norms that perpetuate the violence experienced online. UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is in the process of organization a regional conference on Child Online Protection. As part of the preparations, EAPRO is developing knowledge products on different aspects of child online protection. The Child Protection Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to undertake research for the preparation of knowledge products for the conference, and support preparations for the conference.  Work Assignment: Under the supervision of the Regional Adviser for Child Protection UNICEF EAPRO, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
  1. Undertake research on key aspects of child online protection in the East Asia Region.

  2. Provide support for the preparation of the Regional Conference on Child Online Protection.

Deliverables: Deliverable 1 (5 days) Research inputs for policy and programmatic guidance on: law and policy frameworks, regulatory frameworks on take down, tools for take down, privacy and Data Protection. Deliverable 2 (14 days) Drafts of a minimum of eight briefs on key aspects of child online protection in the East Asia Pacific Region (e.g. children and internet use, cyberbullying, e-gaming child protection, child sexual abuse and exploitation, sextortion and children etc). Deliverable 3 (5 days) Minimum of eight briefs on key aspects of child online protection in the East Asia Region (e.g. children and internet use, cyberbullying, e-gaming child protection, child sexual abuse and exploitation, sextortion and children, internet of things, data protection and privacy, etc.). Deliverable 4 (18 days) Remote and in country support provided for the preparations for the Regional Conference on Child Online Protection. Deliverable 5 (8 days) A minimum of six briefs on key aspects of child online protection in the Pacific. End Product:
  1. A minimum of eight briefs on key aspects of child online protection in the East Asia.

  2. A minimum of six briefs on key aspects of child online protection in the Pacific.

  3. Comprehensive range of participants representing a range of government and NGO sectors, ICT industry actors and private sector.

Estimated Duration of Contract:  50 working days during 23 December 2019 – 13 March 2020 Official Travel:  Home-based assignment, with travel to Manila, the Philippines to support preparations for and attend the Regional Conference on Child Online Protection during 16-28 February 2020. To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Master’s degree in social sciences, law, Computer Science, technology or relevant discipline

  • Knowledge of child online protection

  • Experience of carrying out research on child online protection

  • Excellent research skills

  • Excellent written skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Fluency in English is required.

Desirable
  • Experience of East Asia and the Pacific Region

  • Experience of working with UNICEF

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, availability, proposed daily professional fee and all-inclusive travel cost and other incidentals to/from Manila, the Philippines in USD by 26 November 2019.  Please note that air tickets under UNICEF shall be re-routable, refundable type (economy class and most direct route).  The consultant will be responsible for own travel insurance, visa fee and terminal expenses.   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.  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.
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