Early Childhood Development Consultant, Athens, Greece

Organization: Unicef

Country: Greece

City: Athens, Greece

Office: UNICEF Athens, Greece

Closing date: Thursday, 24 December 2020

Early Childhood Development Consultant (Support the deployment of the Parent Buddy App) 10 months, part-time, based in Athens, Greece *Open to Greek Nationals only*

Job no: 536762

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Greece Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS

School/Unit: Greece

Department/Office: Athens, Greece

Categories: Early Childhood Development

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, [results]

UNICEF’s work on early childhood development in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) recognizes that every growing child need nurturing care, good health, optimal nutrition and a stimulating and safe environment that offers plenty of support for early learning. To ensure the best start for their children, all families need some support. But some vulnerable families, who face additional challenges such as poverty, disability or social exclusion, need more help than others. Typically, support is provided through various services in health, education and child protection sectors and through interaction of children and parents with ECD workforce but such support is not always sufficient and is particularly impacted by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

A number of parenting apps that could provide guidance to parents are available on the market, but they are mainly available in English and provide a limited thematic content (mainly play activities) without a possibility for a parent to familiarize with, track and support all aspects of child health and development. Secondly, the majority of apps are not free of charge which presents a significant barrier, particularly for the most vulnerable families.

In order to support parents to receive timely and quality guidance even when direct contact with service providers is not possible and overcome barriers in access to digital solutions, UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) initiated development of a mobile parenting app, Parent buddy.

The app was envisioned as a regional and global solution that should allow for easy translation and adaptation of the centrally developed content and deployment in multiple counties and languages. Development of the regional app and the accompanying platform hosting its content is recognized as a cost-effective solution that will significantly reduce costs that would arise from individual country investments into development of similar tools.

How can you make a difference?

The Early Childhood Development Expert (Consultant) will perform the following tasks, using the latest UNICEF guidance for content and quality: Activities

Timeline

Deadlines

Schedule of Payment

Review the translations and content of selected articles to be included in the app. Make initial coding and selection of the most relevant articles for the Greek context and suggest additional ones not included in the initial listing.

4 January - 15 January

15 January

31 January

Upload the selected content through the app’s Content Management System (CMS).

15 January - 30 January

30 January

31 January

Identify and liaise with national stakeholders in Early Childhood Development (ministries, institutes etc.) for the creation of a task force that will review the selected content and will suggest additional resources/information.

4 January - 15 April

15 April

30 April

Liaise with the task force for the development of a dissemination strategy and plan with a focus on vulnerable groups.

15 April - 15 May

15 May

31 May

Assist UNICEF and the task force in the implementation of the dissemination strategy and work plan, including the delivery of sensitization sessions to vulnerable families in collaboration with relevant organisations.

15 May - 30 September

30 September

30 September

Provide regular updates on progress towards the agreed results and ensure all stakeholders are informed.

4 January - 30 September (on a monthly basis)

The last day of each month

As per the schedule of payment

Performance Indicators:

Availability of a first selection list with related articles and terms accurately translated in the Greek language;
Establishment of a task force which will include relevant ministries and institutions, willing to participate in the review of uploaded content in the Greek version of the Parent Buddy app;
Availability of a Greek version of the Parent Buddy app;
Availability of a dissemination plan created and implemented together with national stakeholders in Early Childhood Development;
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Number of users downloading the Parent Buddy app;
Number of parents in vulnerable families sensitized in Early Childhood Development and introduced to the Parent Buddy app;
Number of monthly reports on the planned implementation produced.

Deliverables

The Early Childhood Development Expert (Consultant) will be requested to produce:

A list with the initial selection of articles reviewed and coded;
2. A list of articles uploaded through the app’s CMS in Greek, Arabic and Farsi;
3. A task force with relevant national stakeholders in place;
4. ToRs for the created task force agreed with national stakeholders in Early Childhood Development;
5. A strategy for the dissemination of the Parent Buddy app including a work plan and targets agreed among the stakeholders;
6. Monthly progress reports including a final report with lessons learned.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

University degree in health, nutrition, human development, child development, family studies, or other social science field is required

At least 3-5 years of experience in programming, monitoring and evaluation in early childhood development and/or related areas, including with the governmental or other relevant institutions. Professional experience in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.

Proven experience and knowledge on recent policy and practices in the ECD field in Greece.

Experience related to development of digital solutions or applications for children and parents

Proven ability to manage relationships with UNICEF programmes and partners, including government, universities, UN organizations, NGOs and the private sector

A strong understanding of UNICEF programmes, policy, and principles, including knowledge of communication, technology, and human centered design

Proven experience of delivering multi-stakeholder training and capacity building

Excellent communication abilities, in both written and oral forms.

Demonstrated ability and experience in coordination, and able to work under pressure is required.

Fluency in Greek and English is a minimum requirement.

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.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Travel

The Early Childhood Development Expert may need to travel one or more times to meet stakeholders in different locations around Greece. For the purpose of the financial offer, please take into consideration the assumption of a 4-day mission per month, away from the duty station. Payment of travel costs will be done only upon submission of actual travel expenses.

UNICEF will cover the costs, based on the most direct and economical route. UNICEF will pay up to the daily subsistence allowance as per UN-approved rate. The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid BSAFE Security certificate, have a valid own travel/medical insurance and if required have obligatory inoculation(s) and an immunization/vaccination card. The dates for the travel will be determined in consultation with the supervisors

Payment schedule

The Early Childhood Development Expert (Consultant) will be paid on the basis of submission of deliverables and progress reports based on the specific terms of reference, and upon satisfactory delivery. Progress reports will be brief, produced in English and summarize key activities, achievements and challenges faced during the reporting period, priorities for the next reporting period, highlighting any support needs from or recommendations for UNICEF.

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

All regulations for Consultants and Individual Contractors, including General Terms and Conditions, do apply for this contract.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are invited to: a. Complete their UNICEF profile

b. Attach latest, CV and Motivation Letter ( http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.htm) Your motivation letter should indicate your availability.

c. Indicate a consultancy fee. The financial offer should clearly indicate a) the amount for consultancy fees requested to carry out the aforementioned deliverables, b) the amount for the travel expenses required, c) any other expenses deemed necessary, d) the total amount of the financial offer. Please note that applications without a proposed fee will not be accepted.

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:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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.

Advertised: Dec 10 2020 GTB Standard Time Application close: Dec 24 2020 GTB Standard Time