United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Peacebuilding and Emergency International Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Peacebuilding and Emergency Consultant, based in South Darfur, will lead on peacebuilding, risk reduction measures, emergency preparedness and response. 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. Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan's children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan's school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudans' 18 states. How can you make a difference The Peacebuilding and Emergency Consultant, based in South Darfur, will lead on peacebuilding, risk reduction measures, emergency preparedness and response.  Basic objectives of consultancy 1.1.             Provide technical leadership and guidance on peacebuilding and the strengthening of social cohesion to UNICEF and partners 1.2.             Lead, and develop capacity in risk reduction, preparedness and humanitarian response work in support of sector teams in South and East Darfur (and other Darfur States as needed). 1.3.             Develop the Emergency Preparedness Plan for the Darfur Region. 1.4.             Support UNICEFs multi State emergency preparedness and response work in Jebel Marra, collaborating with the Central and   North Darfur Teams. 1.5.            Participate in inter-agency networks and coalitions and contribute to research, surveys and assessments and lead in the development of advocacy material in relation to community-based risk reduction, peacebuilding and social cohesion. Objective 1: Provide technical leadership and guidance on peacebuilding and the strengthening of social cohesion to UNICEF and partners Key Activities/Tasks
  1. Lead Technical Support in the Design, implementation and monitoring of the EU (IcSP) Covid-19 & peacebuilding project (in Coordination with the Zalingei and other PB specialists)

  2. Lead Capacity Development, including training, of UNICEF and key stakeholders in peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity in South and East Darfur (other Darfur states as required)

  3. Support peacebuilding capacity development (in coordination with Zalingei PB specialist) across 5 Darfur States

  4. Support implementation of the UNICEF component of the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) in South and East Darfur (in coordination with peacebuilding officer)

Evaluation Criteria: Quality and perceived value of JM strategy; partner satisfaction in terms of coordination; feedback from community on UNICEF role Objective 2: Lead, and develop capacity in, risk reduction, preparedness and humanitarian response work in South and East Darfur (and other Darfur States as needed) Key Activities/Tasks
  1. Lead the development of multi-hazard risk assessments (conflict, climate, disaster, epidemic)

  2. Lead the identification, design and monitoring of risk reduction and preparedness measures (in annual plans)

  3. Develop a Darfur wide Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP)

  4. Lead one-off emergency response (floods; conflict; displacement etc.)

  5. Train UNICEF and partner staff in risk reduction measures and processes

  6. Establish a child safeguarding and feedback mechanism for UNICEF emergency response

  7. Establish, under guidance of Khartoum technical leadership, a mechanism for Accountability to affected populations (AAP) for the Darfur region.

  8. Consolidate flood response plan

  9. Provide support, as requested, in humanitarian preparedness and response to Central, West and North Darfur

Evaluation Criteria: Number and quality of risk assessments; degree of explicit inclusion of measures in annual plans; number and quality (of feedback) on training Objective 3: Lead UNICEFs emergency preparedness and response work in Jebel Marra (JM). Key Activities/Tasks
  1. Develop a UNICEF strategy (across 3 Darfur States) for a coordinated response to humanitarian need in JM

  2. Coordinate with OCHA and other agencies in terms of information sharing and missions in South Darfur (JM)

  3. Support the development of UNICEF partnership agreements

  4. Support the monitoring, reporting and documentation on UNICEFs work in JM

Evaluation Criteria: Quality and timeliness of peacebuilding inputs to IcSP/PBF; number and quality of PB trainings Objective 4: Contribute to, research, surveys and assessments and lead in the development of advocacy material in relation to risk reduction, peacebuilding and social cohesion. Key Activities/Tasks
  1. Contribute to the baseline survey and monitoring of the IcSP and PBF projects

  2. Develop two advocacy products (case studies; videos etc.) on risk reduction and or peacebuilding

Evaluation Criteria: Quality of survey, other periodic reports and availability/quality of advocacy products Output(s)/Deliverable(s)
  1. IcSP project plans, results and reports include peacebuilding measures; technical support provided

  2. Training and Capacity Building plan for SD/ED in place/implemented (linked to output 4; objective 2)

  3. Training and capacity building plan for wider Darfur in place and implemented (in coordination with Zalingei PB specialist)

  4. PBF project plans, results and reports include peacebuilding measures; technical support provided

2.Output(s)/Deliverable(s)
  1. Simple risk assessment completed and documented

  2. Risk reduction measures explicitly included in annual workplan

  3. Darfur EPP

  4. Efficient and timely emergency response

  5. Training plan developed/ number of trainings conducted to UNICEF staff and partners

  6. Safeguarding/feedback mechanism developed and tested

  7. AAP mechanism established.

  8. Flood preparedness plan

  9. Technical support provided on case by case basis

3. Output(s)/Deliverable(s)
  1. UNICEF strategy (succinct) completed and monitored

  2. Monthly update on JM prepared and shared

  3. Joint and coordinated interagency missions and reports

  4. Emergency PDs developed/ signed

  5. Regular reports and briefing notes as needed

4. Output(s)/Deliverable(s)
  1. Baseline and subsequent surveys completed

  2. Competed advocacy products

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Advanced university degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public Administration, law, public health, nutrition, international relations, business administration or other related disciplines.

  • Minimum 5 years professional experience in humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programming at national and international level and implementation at the field level

  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response, transition settings and peacebuilding. Experience in Darfur is an advantage.

  • Knowledge of the latest developments and principles of Humanitarian Action, international humanitarian law and peacebuilding/sustaining peace policies of the UN

  • Fluency in writing, reading and speaking English, knowledge of Arabic will be an asset

  • Strong negotiation , communication and advocacy skills.

  • Computer skills, including various office applications.

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. The functional competencies required for this post are... 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. Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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