Closing date: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Job no: 514550
Position type: Consultancy
Location: United States
School/Unit: Programme Division
Department/Office: Humanitarian Action & Transition
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.
Background & Rationale
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
UNICEF is committed to new ways of working that meets people’s immediate humanitarian needs, while at the same time reducing risk and vulnerability over multiple years through the achievement of collective outcomes, accountability to affected populations, and empowerment of local actors; therefore, all UNICEF Programme Division staff require a minimum knowledge/training on Humanitarian Action and how to create programmatic linkages between Humanitarian, Development and Peace.
UNICEF’s Programme Division is responsible for ensuring technical oversight and field engagement with UNICEF’s country programmes of cooperation across the world. These programmes cover interventions in many social sectors as well as an increasing effort to improve cross-sectoral coordination and collaboration. Several work streams have been put in place recently to improve the quality of UNICEF’s global technical guidance as well as its strategic advice and supervision of field offices. The common thread of many of these work streams is an improved management of data, information and research. This consultancy would help the Director’s Office to improve guidance, knowledge management and coordination across UNICEF’s biggest headquarters division as well as in relationship to its significant field presence.