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International Consultant - Support to the CPMP Process – UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office

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Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Addis Ababa
Level: Consultancy
Location: Ethiopia
Categories: Human Resources, Operations

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, Vision 

Ethiopia is situated in the Horn of Africa and is the second most populous country on the continent with an estimated population of 115 million. It borders six African countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and covers 1,104,300 square kilometers. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethiopia represents a melting pot of ancient cultures with Middle Eastern and African cultures evident in the religious, ethnic, and language composition of its people.

Over the past two years, children and their families across Ethiopia faced multiple and complex emergencies, such as the conflict in the northern Ethiopia and the drought, which resulted in millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF has programmes in Child Protection, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Social Policy, and Education and serves over 15 million children in Ethiopia. Join UNICEF Ethiopia to contribute to improving the lives of children and women.

How can you make a difference? 

Purpose of Activity/Assignment

UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office is preparing its Country Programme Management Plan (CPMP) to align its resources to meet the key results defined in the 2025 -2030 Country Programme Document (CPD). In preparing the CPMP, the Country Office needs to ensure that the expected UNICEF-supported Country Programme is matched by an adequate management structure and budget.

Scope of Work:

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative Operations and in close collaboration with the Chief Human Resources and the Representative and guided by the country programme document and other relevant documents, the consultant will support the drafting and the editing of the narrative part of the CPMP including the proposed staffing structure, the affordability analysis, the review and update of the accountability framework of the office, in line with their roles and responsibilities.

Specifically, the major assignments of the consultant will be to:

  • Review the CPD for 2025-2030 and the related Explanatory Notes and other relevant documents or analytical pieces produced by the office in preparation for the new country programme.
  • Get familiar with the overall strategic shifts that the new country programme is proposing and support their consolidation and implementation.
  • Organize interactions with key staff in Addis Ababa and remotely with those located at the 8 Field Offices to understand and assess the suitability of the current management structure and to validate some principles of restructuring including the roles of Field Offices.
  • Conduct SWOT analysis of the management structure to determine its effectiveness to meet the evolving challenges.
  • Prepare the affordability analysis to support the staffing structure.
  • Review and update the office accountability framework.
  • Ensure coherence and compliance with UNICEF guidelines, lessons learnt from previous PBR and any others CPMP related documents.
  • Prepare and edit the narrative report of the CPMP based on the guidance and notes provided by the Office.

Work Assignment

Work Assignment Overview


Number of working days          (30 days)

Delivery deadline



1. Desk review of key documents. Finalization of workplan, including consultation schedule.

- Inception Report

- Final consultation schedule

4 days


From 21 to 24 October 2024 (remotely)

2. Review and update the office accountability framework and Field presence rationale.

Updated accountability framework document shared.

9 days

(4 remotely & 5 Onsite)

From 28 October to 8 November 2024 (remotely/onsite)

3. Prepare the affordability analysis

Analysis of office funding availability, predictability, trends, forecast options and leveraging strategy shared.

5 days


From 11 to 15 November (Onsite)

4. Ensure coherence and compliance with UNICEF guidelines, lessons learnt from previous PBR and other CPMP related documents

 Quality review report including checklist on key elements of the CPMP document and its annexes, the affordability analysis document and updated accountability framework document.

2 days


From 18 to 19 November (Onsite)

5. Prepare the narrative report of the CPMP based on the guidance and notes provided by the office.

High quality CPMP document aligned with the recommended guidelines prepared and available.

5 days


From 20 to 26 November (Onsite)

6. Adjust and finalize the narrative report according the IBCS final data.

 High quality CPMP document aligned with the guidelines and final proposed office structure.

5 days


March 2025

*Minimum requirements to consider candidates for competitive process

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Project management, Operations, or any other relevant field
  • A minimum of 8 [Eight] years of relevant professional experience in strategic planning, project management, business, and Organizational Strategy. Experience with UNICEF’s CPMP process and accountability.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including for relationship-building purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team, to facilitate discussion and to forge and manage partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. 

*Listed requirements will be used for technical evaluation in the competitive process


Working conditions.

The consultancy duration will be 29 working days over a period of 2 months. 8 days will be remotely and 21 days onsite in Addis Ababa. The consultant is expected to use his/her own ICT equipment. If travel to Field Offices is required, the mission expenses payable to the consultant shall not exceed the amount of the Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) according to the United Nations scale.


The consultant will be supervised by the Deputy Representative Operations with a dotted supervision line to the Representative.

The Chief Human Resources will be the focal point to facilitate the Consultant's interactions with key stakeholders including the Senior Management, the Staff Association, Section Heads, Chiefs Filed Offices, and other key staff.

Technical and financial proposals


Applicants are invited to submit with their online application:

  • A technical proposal that outlines their understanding of the task and proposed methodology
  • a cover letter explaining why they are well placed to undertake this assignment.
  • A recently updated CV
  • A financial proposal which must be an all-inclusive cost (consultancy fees, mission expenses, travels, etc.)

Applicants are invited to submit their financial proposals in USD using the template below:




Unit cost

Total (USD)

Consultancy fees





Daily subsistence allowance – Onsite (lumpsum)





Air ticket (economy class, most direct route)





Other costs (to be specified)








Selection criteria will be based on qualifications and skills (20 points), expertise and experience in the required field (40 points), and quality of the technical (10 points) and financial offer (30 points). Each application will be assessed first on its technical merits and subsequently on its price (weighting of 70 [technical note] / 30 [financial note]; the maximum points are awarded to the lowest financial offer of the technically qualified application. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price. The best bid combining the 2 notes will be retained.


For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability

Core Competencies:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1) 
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1) 
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1) 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

 To view our competency framework, please visit  here

 UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. For this consultancy, eligible and suitable female candidates and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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