Early Childhood Education Consultant, Gulf Area Office, Riyadh

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Saudi Arabia

City: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Office: UNICEF Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Closing date: Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Job no: 528397

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Saudi Arabia

Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Saudi Arabia

Department/Office: Riyadh, Gulf Area Office

Categories: Early Childhood Development, Programme Management

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The UNICEF Gulf Area Office (UNICEF GAO) covers Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar. Its Area Programme Document (APD) was approved by the Executive Board in September 2018 and covers the period 2019-2023. The APD lists four result areas that respond to the national priorities of the Gulf countries and respond to the region’s aspirations to play a more pronounced role in regional and global affairs. The priorities are: (a) support for programmes and policies that address early childhood development, with a focus on the critical first 1000 days, (b) addressing violence against children through child protection systems strengthening, (c) improving the quality and utility of data for children in the context of the SDGs, and (d) strengthening partnerships to leverage greater commitments and resources for children in the region and around the world. This Terms of Reference responds to the fourth result area on identifying and cultivating partnerships to advance child rights in the Gulf and globally.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will assume the presidency of the G-20 Summit (officially called the ‚‘Summit on Financial Markets and World Economy‘ which focuses on enhancing economic growth but also addressing global issues contributing to sustainable development. Membership consists of the leaders of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America as well as the European Union. Collectively, they represent 80% of the world’s GDP. The G-20 has two main work streams: the ‚‘finance track‘ which focuses on themes related to the global financial architecture, and a ‚‘Sherpa track‘ which facilitates working groups on development, trade, and other topical issues. Informing these streams is the contribution of engagement groups such civil society, business, women, youth, think tanks, and others.