Consultancy (home-based) Landscape Paper: Wellbeing Economies Engaging with Business to Achieve Positive Change for Children, Partnerships Section, Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP)
Job no: 547644
Contract type: Consultancy
Categories: Private Fundraising and Partnerships
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UNICEF is seeking to appoint a consultant to produce a landscape paper capturing the efforts of governments dedicated to pursuing wellbeing economies with a focus on child rights and how they engage business and the business ecosystem as an active partner in that pursuit.
This initial overview should explore the motivation and potential to promoting sustainability and child rights in a number of select countries, looking at, inter alia; how their initiatives are measuring and monitoring the success of their approach and, to what extent they are following how the business sector is doing the same. This overview encompasses but is not limited to, the Wellbeing Economy Governments Partnership (WeGo). WeGo is a collaboration of national and regional governments. WeGo also includes Business Advisory Group and a global Youth Network. WeGo, currently comprises of New Zealand, Finland, Iceland, Scotland and Wales, is founded on the recognition that ‘development in the 21st century entails delivering human and ecological wellbeing’ (www.wellbeingeconomy. org). The overview also looks at the experience of other countries such as Bhutan, cited as the pioneer of the wellbeing economy movement, and conceptualized in its Gross National Happiness Index and Norway, who launched the national wellbeing strategy.
The argument to promote alternatives to GDP as the single measure of success for an economy existed long before the global pandemic. However, the pandemic has amplified this argument and provides opportunities to reexamine relations between governments and business as key stakeholders in addressing social and environmental challenges. UNICEF seeks to understand how countries are responding to build a next and better normal, how (whether) this has driven a push towards deliberate efforts to build sustainable economies and the public-private relationship with business in that pursuit (i.e., policies around recovery funds being ringfenced to ensure funds are channeled in ways that contribute to building a better normal). Has the impact of the pandemic resulted in changing existing frameworks, mechanisms and processes of partnership and; on the nature of partnerships?
The insights that emerge from this analysis will be used to inform UNICEF’s partnership planning processes around its engagement with Government and business systems, that aim to pursue sustainable economies and national wellbeing, and which put child rights at the centre.
It will potentially contribute to discussions in the public space regarding how public sector bodies and businesses can improve their efforts to monitor, measure and report on impacts for children within development and the humanitarian context.
The work will complement two ongoing consultancies. The first: ‘Business Approaches to Measuring and Monitoring Social Impact” that looks only at the practices of business and is being led by the CRB (Children’s Rights and Business) team in Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP). The second “Analysis of Business Engagement in Relation to UNICEF’s Programmatic Priorities and Programme Acceleration Areas”, being led by the Business Engagement Unit in Programme Division (PD).
How can you make a difference?
The purpose of the consultancy is two-fold. Firstly, it provides an assessment of the current situation of how select government are engaging with business in the pursues of child rights and wellbeing, this will include a number of in-depth country case studies. Secondly, it will provide recommendations to UNICEF Partnerships on potential entry points of collaboration.
Task 1: A compendium of case studies up to 12 examples from donor and programme countries, where the vision of building a wellbeing economy with child rights at the centre, reflects a national vision for engaging business platforms.
Task 2: An overview of the current state and emerging trends of governments committed to building wellbeing economies and children’s rights. This should focus especially on how these governments engage the business ecosystem as an active partner, how they draft policies and monitoring mechanisms in this regard, and how/to what extent this serves to achieve the SDGs and the UN CRC. This will include looking at:
- What drives these national objectives? To what extent were decisions informed by commitments to the 2030 agenda? The UN CRC?
- Emerging public sector and business frameworks, approaches, and mechanisms to identify sustainable actions and interventions to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and the CRC, that are implementable at scale, including ESG frameworks and related legislation, focusing particularly but not exclusively on the Social frameworks.
- How governments are measuring and monitoring the impact of these partnerships with business and to what extent the policies, frameworks or partnerships are connected to the SDGs.
- Identifying the impact that key drivers such as climate change, COVID-19 and other pressing, seismic, challenges may have had in influencing approaches that shift away from GDP and towards wellbeing, driving such a public sector vision and business partnership frameworks and processes.
Task 3: An analysis of the potential topline entry points for UNICEF to engage with countries pursuing a vision towards a sustainable economy and children’s rights and, developing a partnership agenda with business in this regard.
Three main deliverables are expected to be produced as part of the consultancy:
- Inception Report (4-6 pages). Content: the report will set out the scope, methods, and tools to be used in the review. The inception report will have to be reviewed and agreed by the supervisor before moving to the next stages.
- Landscape Report and case study annex (10 -15 pages plus annex). Content: the landscape report should include inter alia an Executive Summary (2 pages max), an analysis of the way national governments are engaging business to promote child rights and wellbeing; potential topline entry points for UNICEF to engage and; an annex with the 12 case studies.
- Presentation (5-10 slides). Content: the presentation should focus on key findings, conclusions and recommendations from the landscape report and case study annex.
The analysis will be based on a desk review of publicly available materials and a select number of on-line interviews within UNICEF and outside the organization.
The consultancy will take place in Q1 & Q2 2022 in order to build on the work of the existing two consultancies referred to in the introduction. All deliverables need to be finalized by 31 May 2022.
ESTIMATED DURATION OF THE CONTRACT AND PROPOSAL
Tentatively starting in Feb 2022. All deliverables need to be finalized by 31 May 2022. The consultant will be paid against deliverables.
The consultant will report into Programme Manager, B4R PFP, for overall strategic direction and management of the scope of work, under the overall supervision of Principal Adviser (Partnerships), PFP.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A Master’s degree in development, international relations, business administration, politics, economics, or a relevant field is required. Alternatively, a first level university degree in a relevant field combined with additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum five years of experience working within the business, sustainability and human rights space, either academically or professionally, with international experience and perspective, is required.
- Experience and knowledge of developing country private sectors is required.
- Experience working on child rights and knowledge of UNICEF programmes is highly desirable.
- Experience working with multi-lateral and UN agencies is desirable.
- Strong planning/organizing skills.
- Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative writing and presentation.
- Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
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Remarks: Please indicate your availability and total fee (in USD) to undertake the deliverables in the cover letter. Applications submitted without a total fee for the deliverables will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start.
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. 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.
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.
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