Switzerland: Consultancy to develop Cluster AAP Framework and Guidelines (4 months): Home Based with 1 trip to Geneva

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 22 Jun 2017

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 is seeking a consultant to expedite its work to mainstream quality programming and accountability to affected populations (AAP) in UNICEF-led and co-led clusters and Areas of Responsibility (AoRs). Part of this work entails synthesising and consolidating existing tools, processes and good collective AAP practices in humanitarian coordination, and contributing the development of a common “Cluster AAP Framework” and “Standard Operating Procedures” with concise set of minimum recommended AAP actions and performance indicators that can be adapted to different contexts and used by country clusters to improve outcomes for at-risk and affected people. The work is part of UNICEF EMOPS’ Global Cluster Coordination Unit (GCCU)’s work plan priorities, and is supported through an OFDA-funded project “Ensuring Quality Programming and Accountability to Affected Populations.”

Purpose of the Assignment

Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) in humanitarian action is essential to generating effective outcomes for people at risk and affected by crises. AAP provides the framework of how to better understand and analyse the distinct needs, priorities and perspectives of the population and integrate this into appropriate, relevant and effective responses. By putting “people at the centre” of responses, aid providers are more likely to provide protection and assistance that meets affected people’s needs and priorities, and generate meaningful outcomes for them.

UNICEF has a strong institutional commitment to AAP, as reflected in its Core Commitments to Children (CCCs), the IASC C-AAP, and more recently, its support for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) outcomes, the Grand Bargain commitments, and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS). Work is underway to develop a common AAP Framework to guide UNICEF’s humanitarian work. Nevertheless, despite these commitments, more work is needed to ensure AAP is systematically integrated into UNICEF’s work.

At the collective level, humanitarian coordination mechanisms such as clusters offer a unique means to leverage multiple partners and stakeholders around a common approach to putting “people at the centre” of responses. As Cluster Lead Agency, UNICEF led clusters and AoRs have made progress at integrating AAP into cluster strategies, processes and work plans. UNICEF is now at a stage where it needs to consolidate and synthesise existing cluster and collective AAP practices, and develop a set of minimum set of recommended AAP actions that can be used and adapted by clusters at different phases of the response to improve outcomes for affected people.

The aim of this consultancy is to help accelerate this process, setting the foundation for operationalising AAP in UNICEF EMOPS 2018-2021 Organisational Management Plan (OMP). It will also ensure that country clusters have access to a set of practical guidelines and operating procedures that can support them to integrate people-centred AAP approaches into the upcoming round of planning for country-level Humanitarian Response Plans and cluster strategies.

Duty Station: Home based (with 1 trip to Geneva)Start Date: 1 JulyDuration: 4 months (1 July 2017 – 31 October 2017)

Consultancy Objectives

  • Expedite development of a cluster-specific AAP Framework and Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) and related guidelines with minimum recommended “people-centred” AAP actions in different phases of a response for use and adaptation of clusters and coordination mechanisms in different crisis contexts.
  • The consultancy will contribute to mainstreaming AAP and people-centred approaches in cluster performance management tools and processes, technical assistance and capacity development strategies.

    Key Tasks and Responsibilities

    Under the supervision of the Chief, GCCU, and working closely with the Global Cluster AAP Advisor, the consultant will be responsible to:

  • Review existing cluster coordination and performance management tools and processes to identify gaps and opportunities to improve AAP practices
  • Propose specific AAP actions that can be integrated into cluster performance management processes to improve quality and effectiveness of responses
  • Support adapting existing cluster performance management tools, indicators and guidance to mainstream AAP at the inter-cluster and cluster level, as well as with partners
  • Support the development of clear, concise guidelines to support quality and accountability in clusters and coordination mechanisms
  • Provide inputs on how to integrate the AAP SOPS into existing and/or future cluster training and capacity building strategies
  • Support testing and validating the SOPs (including potentially remote and direct support to country clusters) as required
  • Expected Deliverables

  • A short analytical report identifying key points in a response where clusters can integrate AAP into coordination and management processes (by week 3)
  • A proposed set of key minimum recommended AAP actions for clusters to consider at different phases of a response (by week 6)
  • A proposed set of key cluster performance indicators around AAP for clusters and partners (by week 9)
  • A “decision-tree” to help guide country clusters to select and adapt AAP actions to their specific context (by week 12)
  • Working with the Global AAP Advisor, prepare consolidated AAP SoPs for testing and validation (by week 16)
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • At least 5 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including working with collective coordination and decision-making processes such as clusters and/or accountability to affected people (AAP).
  • Advanced University degree in a subject area relevant International Relations or Policy, Humanitarian Affairs or Monitoring and Evaluation. 10 years of work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.
  • Excellent analytical skills in English. Proficiency in an additional official United Nations language (French, Arabic or Spanish) is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in designing, using and reporting on collective accountability and performance management processes, preferably in humanitarian and/or development contexts.
  • In your cover letter, please indicate your availability and daily rate (in US$) as well as estimated travel costs (including accommodations) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=505248

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