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Consultancy for a Researcher on climate, energy and environment issues and child rights - Nationals only (3 months) Readvertisement (Those who applied before should refrain from re applying)

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Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Egypt
Categories: Health

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, Care.

Objective:

The consultant supports the Climate Change focal point persons in producing a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) for ECO.  S/he will be responsible for collecting, compiling and reviewing key resources and coordinating the information gathering and review processes. In addition, the incumbent will prepare the study by researching specific issues and drafting individual sections. The consultant will liaise with the climate, energy and environment teams in the region and Headquarters.

ACTIVITIES, DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINES, PLUS BUDGET PER DELIVERABLE:

 

  1. Compile and systematize evidence and research related to energy, environment and climate change issues in Egypt

 

  • Review guidance materials and previous CLACs prepared in other UNICEF offices
  • Compile and systematize literature related to climate change, energy and environment issues affecting children in Egypt
  • Compile and systematize key policy documents related to climate, energy and environment (e.g. Egypt Vision 2030 : National Development Plan, Medium-term Socio-economic Policy Framework, NDC, NAP, NAMA, Climate Change Policy Framework, UN Country Sustainable Development Framework) and UNICEF’s global and regional corporate priorities
  • Map efforts of different sections in ECO about the office’s work and linkages to disaster risk reduction, climate, energy and environment
  • Identify and compile information on ongoing programmes and active stakeholders (from Public, private and social sector) related to energy, environment and climate change in Egypt
  • Identify UNICEF’s comparative advantage, strategic partnerships and intervention platforms related to climate change in Egypt.
  • Identify climate finance opportunities in the country and region from public and private potential donors.
  • Identify existing and potential opportunities to collaborate with the private sector in terms of communication to populations and their employees (C4D through business), use business assets (infrastructure / communication platforms), and innovation on services and products for the energy, environment and climate change agendas (clean and affordable energy, etc).
  • Identify the major impacts of the private sector on climate change in the country x, in particular in the sectors of energy, extractive, transport, construction, agriculture, industry and appliances, including identifying the major business actors of energy and water suppliers.[1]
  • Identify and collect data and information gaps related to children, environment and energy issues, including negative impacts of the private sectors, to be filled through interviews and/or in subsequent studies
  • Explore bottlenecks which impede climate action, considering policies, institutional arrangements, budgeting, capacities, planning and monitoring, private sector actions and advocacy and enabling environment
  • Propose supporting mechanisms to augment state’s efforts in the field of education, including building teachers’ capacities in terms of information and learning tools appropriate to the field of climate change, and its reflection on individuals’ daily lives and behaviours.
  • Identify and make recommendations on:

-How the findings of the study can augment the Government of Egypt’s efforts in addressing the impact of climate change, energy and environment on the target groups. Three main related gaps have been prioritized by M. of Environment's- Capacities of school teachers who are mandated to communicate climate-related knowledge and environmental attitudes to students need to be enhanced, ii- Meals provided to students need to be re-evaluated to achieve a balanced meal (appropriate nutritious value, low carbon print, low water print), iii- Extracurricular activities to consolidate environmental preservation concepts within the student personality.

-How UNICEF can improve its engagement and partnership in climate actions in the social sectors such as education, health, child protection, nutrition and WASH. Consider for the recommendations the three Organizations’ cross-enablers such as Data, Research & Monitoring, Communication for Development, Public Finance and Fundraising as well as innovation.

-How UNICEF can provide tools to integrate climate change concepts in educational, sports, and social institutions, such as procedures for rationalizing consumption of resources.  Supporting the new initiative, by Ministry of Environment, to establish science clubs within protectorates to provide appropriate knowledge, skills, and tools for dealing with climate change, is one good example.

-How UNICEF can improve its engagement and partnership in climate actions with the private sector, in line with the strategy of “harness the power of business for children”, considering all potential modalities of engagement (Core business and assets, advocacy, financing, changing business practices). This analysis could also include consultations with relevant National Committees of countries which have interests in Egypt.

-How to build resilience of vulnerable communities through climate change response, ecosystem preservation and livelihood protection. 

-How the recommendations can inform Egypt’s National Communications, such as the Fourth National Communication, and its obligations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) such as NDC.

-An analysis of opportunities and recommendations on engagement with youth organizations and youth voices?

2.Research and writing support

  • Lead the desk review of the collected information
  • Summarize research and draft individual sections of the CLAC
  • Lead the preparation of and conduct interviews and meetings with stakeholders by drafting questions and presentations as needed
  • Conduct additional research to fill data gaps and answer specific questions as needed
  • Ensure that the quality of the document meets the UNICEF standards of CLACs

 

  1. Overall editorial support
  • Fact checking, editing and checking of references as needed
  • Coordinate the internal and external review process and the incorporation of comments

 

  1. Administrative and planning support
  • Lead the organization of regular stakeholder meetings: especially i) at the beginning to understand sector priorities, and ii) towards the end for the report validation

Deliverables

 

Main components

# of Days)

 % of Payment

Inception Report & Analysis of Existing Data

Review of guidance materials and previous CLACs prepared in other UNICEF offices

2

20

Preparation of literature list for the CLAC & review of guidance documents

2

Review of background and rationale for UNICEF involvement and comparative advantage in the issues of disaster risk reduction, climate change and environment degradation.

2

Submission of Inception Report including proposed

timelines.

1

Total Deliverable days

7

Data Collection

List of stakeholders active in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change, energy and environment in Egypt, with those directly addressing children’s issues separately highlighted. Identify UNICEF’s strategic partnerships and intervention platforms.

3

30

List of ongoing programmes on climate change, energy and environment in Egypt

2

Document/table listing data and research gaps regarding children and climate, energy and environment issues affecting them

2

Explore bottlenecks which impede climate action considering policies, institutional arrangements, budgeting, capacities, planning and monitoring, sector engagement and enabling environment.

 

2

Develop recommendations for UNICEF on how to engage in disaster risk reduction and climate change response through social sector work, such as education, health, child protection, nutrition and WASH, social protection. In addition, identify recommendations on how to build resilience of vulnerable communities in climate change response, ecosystem preservation and livelihood protection.  Consider for the recommendations the Organizations’ cross-enablers such as Data, Research & Monitoring, Communication for Development, Finance and Fundraising (including private sector) as well as innovation Develop recommendations for UNICEF on how to improve its engagement and partnership in climate actions with the private sector, in line with the strategy of “harness the power of business for children”, considering all potential modalities of engagement (Core business and assets, advocacy, financing, changing business practices).

 

3

Strategic recommendations for UNICEF and possibly UN system in Egypt based upon comparative advantage, assessment of the external climate finance landscape and partnerships

 

2

Internal and external review processes coordinated, and comments addressed with submission of first draft report outline

5

Total Deliverable days

19

Data Analysis & Report Writing

Drafted sections of report prepared including review by UNICEF RO/HQ and partners

20

50

Stakeholder meeting facilitated to present draft using PPT presentation.

1

Regular internal UNICEF meetings facilitated to understand organization priorities and present advanced draft

2

Formatted and referenced final report submitted (final report should include executive summary)

3

Total Deliverable days

26

 

total

52

100

Conditions of work:

This is a short term, part time consultancy. The consultant will be working in coordination with the CSED Section Chief and WASH officer. UNICEF will not provide office space, computer or any other logistics. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Master’s degree in environmental science, natural resource management, meteorology, social and economic development, or related areas with demonstrated expertise on environment-related issues can also be considered.
  • Between 10 to 20 years of relevant professional experience in research and expertise in child rights and/or environment-related issues desirable.
  • Demonstrated expertise in child rights or any of UNICEF's main areas of work (health, WASH, nutrition, child protection, social policy, education, gender, HIV/AIDS) is considered an asset
  • Excellent research, analysis, and report writing skills required
  • Professionality in English and Arabic languages.

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.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: Egypt Standard Time
Deadline: Egypt Standard Time

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