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Consultancy: Consultant for Learning - Learning and Skills Learning - Education Section/ PD/ NYHQ- REQ# 527711

Apply now Job no: 527711
Work type: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: Education, 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.

Consultancy Title: Consultant for Learning - Learning and Skills Learning.

Section/Division/Duty Station: Education Section/ PD/ NYHQ

Duration: December 2, 2019 - April 15, 2020 (90 working days).


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 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 the commitment of 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 favoritism. 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.

In line with Every Child Learns, the 2020-2030 education strategy, UNICEF is investing more improved learning and skills development for boys and girls from early childhood to adolescence, in particular for the most marginalized and those affected by humanitarian situations. UNICEF is doing more to promote equity and inclusion through specific efforts to reach the most vulnerable and via support to children in humanitarian and fragile contexts to access quality education opportunities.

Within this framework, UNICEF is committed to inter-agency cooperation and strengthening global goods that contribute to evidence-based programming. 

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

In close collaboration and working with the Education Specialist, Learning and Skills Team of Education Section, Programme Division UNICEF, the incumbent is responsible to deliver the following outputs and products within the timeline indicated, as follows: 




A.  Technical support



Contribute substantively to technical work across the T&L hub at large, and more specifically support all technical aspects across the learning portfolio; Lead on development of technical briefs on targeted issues

Completed technical inputs to e.g.:

  1. The education strategy’s Data Sheet, as it pertains to Learning.
  2. The education strategy’s Solutions Table, as it pertains to Learning.
  3. The work of the technical group on Learning Assessment.

December 2019 to April 2020

B.  Country support



Engage closely with targeted countries and provide continuous technical support to selected priority countries, including with their adaptations of the Foundational Learning Skills module for MICS

Adapted tools for the Foundational Learning Skills module for MICS (in 6 countries) and technical support provided as listed above.


December 2019 to April 2020

C.  Advocacy and dissemination support



Provide technical inputs and support to efforts of key products and reports across the T&L team; Support webinar series focused on learning

Technical support provided as outlined in TORs, incl inputs to the resource pack on Learning and webinars on learning issues in coordination with Regional Offices (ROs)s


December 2019 to April 2020


(1) Education

  • Advanced university degree in Education or International Education, Human Development, Psychology, or other related field.

2) Work experience

  • At least 8 years of professional experience, with at least 4 years of professional experience specifically in learning assessment, international development, or education in general (preferably with some hands-on experience working with children in various education settings).
  • Strong analytical, organizational and writing skills; ability to synthesize concepts and material into clear and concise thoughts.

3) Competencies

  • Strong communication skills; ability to effectively present thoughts and ideas including complex technical concepts both verbally and in writing.
  • Self-driven, flexible and independent worker who is also a team player.  Effectively works on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapts to changing demands and circumstances.
  • Experience with supporting country-level systems building/strengthening processes is a plus.
  • Professional experience in a business and/or international education development setting is a plus.
  • Familiarity with information and communication technologies (ICT) for knowledge management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English.
  • Good judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment.) 


  • 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 referen (can be downloadedhere: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html 
    • ce above
    • 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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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, 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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