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Consultancy: Humanitarian Coordination support, HATIS Section, PD - NYHQ, Requisition #514550

Apply now Job no: 514550
Work type: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: Consultancy

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.

Purpose

The consultancy is designed to support the Humanitarian Action and Transitions Section (HATIS) of the Programme Division (PD) in the coordination, planning, design and implementation of global programmatic policy, analysis, coordination, guidance and capacity development in the area of humanitarian planning and programmatic response, preparedness, disaster risk reduction, and peacebuilding to contribute to advancing UNICEF’s agenda for resilience.

Expected results:

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist (Humanitarian Coordination) and in close collaboration with members of the Humanitarian Action and Transition team, other Programme Division sections, and EMOPS, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

Coordination support

  1. Support coordination of PD sections on their contribution to humanitarian response and liaison with EMOPS Humanitarian Field Support Section (HFSS).
  2. Research, compile, analyses, summarizes, and present basic information/data on humanitarian programmes and related topics
  3. Contribute to and consolidate PD feedback to various briefing notes, reports and documents of humanitarian relevance.
  4. Provide regular updates and follow up on action points with PD and EMOPS team from discussions with Regional and Country Offices (EMTs and the other humanitarian related meetings) and raise issues of concern to HATIS Programme Specialist (Supervisor) or PD senior level when needed.
  5. Provide secretariat support to relevant meetings, circulation of agendas, assembling of background documentation, draft minutes of meetings and monitors follow up actions.

Planning and fundraising

  1. Contribution to planning and fundraising activities related to the HATIS agenda on humanitarian action risk and resilience.
  2. Collaborate with PPD, PFP and Emergency Focal Points to expand and diversify funding sources for HATIS and humanitarian programmes within PD.

Knowledge Management

  1. Update HATIS knowledge sharing platform and embed it in wider strategies and policies
  2. In collaboration with the team maintain the Community of Practice (Sharepoint) for HATIS
  3. Establish a database of good practice on linking humanitarian and development programming and integrated programming.
  4. Provides support to several cross-sectoral technical Task Forces (TF) and working Groups, including Knowledge Management TF and Research TF.
  5. Support capacity development efforts and training activities
  6. Contribution to Humanitarian Learning Initiative (lead by EMOPS)

Duty Station : NYHQ -  No travel anticipated

Timeframe

Start date: 13 August 2018                                  
End date: 26 July 2019    

Deliverables

 

Duration

(Estimated # of Days)

Deadline

Monthly deliverables include:

  1. Coordination support

-Briefing notes ahead of Emergency Management Team (EMT) meetings

-Minutes of EMT meetings

-Prepared agenda for Emergency Focal Point (EFP) meeting

-Minutes of EFP meeting

-Consolidated inputs to humanitarian response plans, advocacy plans, and reports (HAC, HAR, EDAR, etc.)

 

  1. Planning and fundraising

-Contributed to the development of Compact guidelines on Young People in Humanitarian Settings

-Supported the development of humanitarian cash transfers Management Information System (MIS)

-Contributed to UNICEF humanitarian cash programmatic guidance

  1. Knowledge Management

-Represented HATIS at ECM roll out project meetings

-Updated SharePoint site in alignment with other PD sections

-Maintained virtual library with updated products on cross-cutting and humanitarian development programming

-Consolidated best country examples on Resilience

15 days

31 August 2018

19 days

29 September 2018

23 days

31 October 2018

21 days

30 November 2018

20 days

31 December 2018

22 days

31 January 2019

20 days

28 February 2019

21 days

29 March 2019

22 days

30 April 2019

22 days

31 May 2019

20 days

28 June 2019

18 days

26 July 2019

Total

243 days

 

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • A minimum of university degree (Bachelor’s) in Social Sciences or other related fields.
  • At least seven years of relevant experience in humanitarian programmes.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles, humanitarian coordination, UNICEF’s policies and programmes.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills Languages needed.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in another UN working language an asset.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

Remarks

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.  

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

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

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.

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