Consultancy: Consultant Review of the Alliance for in Humanitarian Action, Home based, New York

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Consultancy: Consultant, Review of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action - Child Protection, PD, NYHQ/Home based - Req # 537848

Job no: 537848

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Child Protection Section, UNICEF NYHQ

Categories: Child Protection, Consultancy

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Consultancy Title: Review of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Section/Division/Duty Station: CP Section/ Program Division/ Home-based

Duration: 1 March 2021 to 31 July 2021


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is an interagency network co-led by UNICEF and a rotating NGO (currently Plan International).

Since its launch in November 2016, the Alliance has expanded its work and reach. A significant growth took place in light of the COVID-19 response and the leadership role the Alliance played in responding to the needs of child protection actors for technical material, evidence and learning.

In line with the development of the next Strategic Plan of the Alliance for the period of 2021-2023, the Steering Committee decided to initiate a process for the review of the Alliance governance structure. This would support the Strategic Plan and allow the Alliance to remain an agile, yet efficient network to continue supporting child protection and other sectoral actors across humanitarian and fragile contexts.

To be able to conduct this review, UNICEF is seeking for a consultant who will be actively working with the Alliance coordinators and managed by the UNICEF Senior Advisor for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

This review will aim to ensure that the Alliance has the capacity to deliver on its responsibilities. It is meant to refine the governance structure to ensure capacity, quality and efficiency.

The review of the Alliance governance has to consider:

The current governance structure of the Alliance (Steering Committee, Secretariat, Working Groups and task forces)

The growth of the Alliance (including its expanded partnership, membership and areas of work)

The 2021-2023 Strategic and Work Plans

The humanitarian landscape, including the projected funding situation in general and the child protection sector in particular

The tasks under these terms of reference are to be delivered between February and July 2021

Task 1: Develop a methodology and work plan for the consultancy

In consultation with the Alliance coordinators, develop a methodology that outlines the different steps and elements of this review. This should include a chronology of different steps and detailed activities and key stakeholders for each step. The methodology will be reviewed and endorsed by the Steering Committee members before finalization.

Task 2: Review and analyze the humanitarian landscape and its implications for the CPHA sector

Through a desk review and targeted consultations, the consultant will identify current and emerging trends that can have implications for the CPHA sector in the next decade. This may include an analysis of how a network such as the Alliance can contribute and respond to some of the current trends.

Task 3: Conduct a comparative analysis of the structure of other relevant networks

The consultant will conduct an analysis of elements of success for networks similar to the Alliance. This will be based on the study of the literature, as well as interviews with other comparable networks operating in the humanitarian or development spheres. It will involve charting the structure of such networks, identifying commonalities, and distilling elements of success or failure (based on an agreed upon criteria for success).

Task 4: Review the current Alliance structure

The consultant will familiarize her/himself with the current structure of the Alliance through review of relevant documents and discussions with select number of the secretariat staff, Steering Committee members and Working Group/ Task Force leads.

Task 5: Conduct wide consultation to identify areas of improvement in the structure of the Alliance

Based on the previous tasks, the consultant will conduct broad consultations with relevant internal and external actors toward the formulation of practical recommendations for improving the Alliance’s structure. Possible areas of consideration include:

Composition of the Steering Committee

Localization opportunities, including decentralization and regionalization

The anti-racism and diversity agenda.

Structural relationship between the Alliance and other networks and key partners

Sustainability of the current governance structure of the Alliance (with a focus on funding)

Structure of the network spaces (currently Working Groups, Task Forces, and technical focal points)

Structure of the Secretariat

Agility of the structure to respond to major humanitarian crises

Task 6: Incorporate feedback from the Steering Committee and the Secretariat and produce a final report

An initial report and a set of recommendations will be submitted to the Steering Committee of the Alliance for review and feedback. The consultant will incorporate recommendations and compile a final report that outlines findings from throughout the process, including recommendations.

Note: The consultant will provide up to two revisions of the report, with concrete recommendations.


(1) Education

Masters degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, public policy, international affairs/studies, organizational/network sciences, management, or other relevant disciplines.

The individual should be highly proficient in a range of PC/web applications, including but not limited to: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, and Lotus Notes.

2) Work experience

A minimum of 8 years of experience in development/humanitarian sector(s);
Familiarity with the humanitarian architecture and current trends in the field;
Experience in organizational reviews/improvements

Familiarity with organizational theories, particularly those pertaining to networks;
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Familiarity with existing networks within the humanitarian and/or development sectors.

Experience of working in a highly collaborative environment;
Knowledge of the current debates on decolonization of aid, anti-racism and diversity within the aid community;
Familiarity with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and other fundamental documents related to the CP sector is an asset;
Working proficiency in Arabic, French or Spanish is an asset.

3) Competencies

Strong writing and editing skills in English

A commitment to and aptitude for attention to details

Ability to work well and punctually under pressure

Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a diverse group of people and build consensus;
Flexible work attitude, with the ability to follow direction and work independently across a virtual work environment;
Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to independently track and follow-up on various tasks;
Collaborative work style, with strong team-player attitude and ability to identify gaps and to take initiative to fill them.


Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials

Financial proposal that will include:

your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here:

travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.

Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.

Indicate your availability

Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

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UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds 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.

Advertised: Feb 02 2021 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Feb 16 2021 Eastern Standard Time