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Consultancy (7 months): SDGs, Climate Change and HLPF Surge Support, Public Partnerships Division, New York

Apply now Job no: 529948
Work type: Consultancy
Level: 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.

For every child, hope  . . .

Effective public partner advocacy for children requires coordination among all UNICEF divisions and offices to provide governments with consistent messaging on UNICEF’s causes, efforts and results. The Secretary-General’s call for an accelerated “decade of action” on the SDGs commencing in 2020 presents a significant opportunity to showcase UNICEF’s unique role in implementing the SDGs for children at all levels – country, regional and global – and strengthening the connections between all SDGs and governments obligations to fulfill and protect child rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). 

In the last five years since the adoption of the SDGs, UNICEF – with coordination and leadership provided by PPD/the Public Partner Advocacy and Visibility Hub – has strengthened children’s rights and increased child participation in various SDG implementation, monitoring and review platforms, including the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF). 

In order the support the Decade of Action kicking off this year, UNICEF needs to increase its advocacy efforts in the lead-up to/during the HLPF in 2020 as well as work with partners to increase discussions, plans and activities that serve to strengthen the connection between realization of child rights and a healthy and sustainable natural world. 

Further, the Public Partnerships Division (PPD) will be putting significant and concentrated effort into increasing public partners’ understanding of the linkages between child rights and the environment/climate change, so that children’s rights and well-being are explicitly considered in key intergovernmental forums on climate (e.g. COP) and in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) processes and reports. 

To that end, this Consultancy will focus on the following areas of work within the Public Partner Advocacy and Visibility Hub, reporting directly to the Team Leader: Public Partner Advocacy, Visibility and the SDGs.

How can you make a difference?

The Consultancy:  SDGs, Climate Change and HLPF Surge Support  will support the Unit in the following areas of work: 1) Preparing UNICEF Senior Management for meaningful engagement in the HLPF process; 2) Assist in the preparation of speeches, social media package and other communications products in the lead up to and during the HLPF; 3) Prepare the child-rights centered analysis of the 2020 cohort of Voluntary National Review reports; 4) Lead the planning and execution of UNICEF’s flagship HLPF side event on child and youth participation; 5) Support the activities of the newly formed PPD Advocacy Taskforce on Climate Change and Child/Youth participation.   


Deliverable/Activity Date

1) Plan and execute UNICEF flagship side event at HLPF – in 2020 it is Child/Youth participation and climate change -- March-July 2020

2) Support activities to strengthen the child rights agenda in the HLPF including securing speaking slots for young people, preparing speeches and briefing materials for UNICEF Senior Management, preparing social media package and social media posts on linking child rights and the SDGs/highlights from the HLPF -- March-July 2020

3) Produce the report/analysis of 2020 VNR reports, focused on references to children/youth/young people -- June – September 2020

4) Ongoing support to the activities and deliverables of the PPD Climate Change Taskforce -- Ongoing

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • A first level university degree from an accredited college or university in international affairs, social sciences or economics related field (or appropriate equivalent work experience).
  • At least 3 years' relevant work experience, particularly in political advocacy, policy advocacy and/or communications.
  • Knowledge of the UN System, Member State Process and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Ability to work with minimal daily supervision and meet strict deadlines.
  • Fluency and strong writing skills in English are required.  Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

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.

The functional competencies required for this post are...

Communication (Level 2)

Speaks fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; presents information with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience; presents information in a well-structured and logical way.

Working with People (Level 2)

Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well.

Drive for Results (Level 2)

Sets high standards for quality of work; monitors and maintains quality of work; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals; focuses on the needs and satisfaction of internal and external partners; accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm.

Duration:  7 months (March – September 2020)

Location NYHQ (No travel required)

Payment Schedule:
Lump sum payment will be made monthly, inclusive of all professional fees, daily allowances, living allowances, and other administrative costs.  Overtime, weekend and official holidays will not be compensated, nor will any holiday/leave time be granted.

Visa Requirements:
All consultants and individual contractors and any family members, who are not United States citizens, regardless of their nationality, must qualify for and obtain a G-4 non-immigrant visa prior to their arrival in New York.

To apply:

Please include a cover letter and CV.  Applications must also include a financial and technical proposal for the consultancy, including the total consultancy fee (broken down into daily or monthly rate in US dollars).  Applications submitted without a financial proposal will be disqualified.

Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, all insurance, such as life, health and other forms of insurance, covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate.  They are required to certify that they are covered by medical/health insurance. 

View our competency framework at:


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.


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

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