United States of America: Consultancy: Gender and Girls’ Empowerment Consultant – Gender Section, PD – NYHQ, Requisition# 507663

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 19 Oct 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 completing the implementation of its Gender Action Plan 2014-2017 (GAP 1.0) and planning the implementation of its Gender Action Plan 2018-2021 (GAP 2.0), which is an ambitious effort at catalysing field level programming and results that advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in key areas of UNICEF’s work. The GAP programmatic framework defines a twin-track approach: 1) integration of gender equality outcomes across all programme areas, and 2) specification of “targeted gender priorities” focused on empowering adolescent girls. Together, these approaches strengthen UNICEF’s gender results which are prominent in all five Goals of the Strategic Plan. A key effort in the 2018-2021 period is to advance concrete programming efforts to empower adolescent girls along the five targeted priorities by maximizing the coherence, overlap, and efficiency in related interventions and resources.

Child marriage, which disproportionately affects girls globally, is a key marker of gender inequality and girls’ disempowerment as it severely curtails girls’ agency and choice, limits schooling, increases vulnerabilty to early and multiple pregnancy, violence and poverty, and reduces access to employmnet opportunities. Declines in child marriage are therefore sensitive to population level shifts in the key areas of education, social protection, health and violence prevention. Identifying relevant and measureable indicators (and modalities) in the meduim term are particularly useful to track toward a longer term impact indicators such as child marriage rates.

Life skills programmes are key strategy to promote girls’ empowerment and agency implemented by multiple stakeholders including government, private sector, UN agencies and non-governmental agencies. UNICEF CO’s support life skills programmes across multiple sectors (Education, WASH, HIV, ADAP, etc) to promote learning, personal empowerment, employability and other outcomes for girls and boys. Administered in schools, workplaces and through community based platforms, Life Skills (LS) packages vary in curriculum, intensity, delivery and structure dependent on the overall objective, field of entry (education, health, etc.), and target audience (unmarried/married girls, boys, youth and women). Yet few evaluations of lifeskills programmes have been conducted to identify robust modules that can be adapted to contexts, for marginalized target groups such as adolescent girls to achieve specific skills. Identifying modules that are adaptable and can be delivered at scale, or elements of successful life skills modules, are particularly relevant given the growing interest by governments and private sector in countries (e.g. Nepal, India and Bangladesh) to invest resources and leverage existing systems and schemes.


As part of its role in supporting the enhancement of UNICEF’s programming excellence on gender equality, the Gender Section (GS) is seeking a consultant to (1) identify and help convene substantive and measurement experts to unpack and identify a set of intermediate indicators and measurement modalities to track progress toward achieving results that promote the empowerment of girls, and reduce child marriage and (2) undertake an assessment of current packages/programmes of life skills for girls in order to define elements of robust modules that can be taken to scale and which are relevant for UNICEF to promote and support. And finally, the consultant will support (3) the production of key communication products on gender and adolescent girls’ empowerment for packaging, use and dissemination of key practices.

The consultant will work with the Gender Section, Programme Division NYHQ, and in close collaboration with other Programme Division sections, especially Child Protection to achieve the results listed below.

Expected Results:

The expected results of this consultancy are as follows:

  1. UNICEF COs, government and civil society partners can track country progress in the medium term to assess whether country will achieve gender equality (e.g. child marriage) with
  2. A set of relevant and measurable intermediate indicators to track progress toward achieving results that promote the empowerment of girls, and reducing child marriage including measurable modalities, etc.
  3. UNICEF CO’s and partners are supported to develop, implement and document evidence based life-skills programmes at scale to promote the empowerment and agency of adolescent girls.
  4. Modified lifeskills modules or elements of effective modules for testing and piloting in select countries (in collaboration with sectoral teams).
  5. Country and regional offices’ capacity strengthened for the effective design and delivery of lifeskills that are gender responsive and transformative.
  6. UNICEF, partners and the field broadly have improved access to and ability to adapt well-packaged evidence-based syntheses and related products to promote gender responsive/transformative approaches to achieve results for girls
  7. synthesis of key insights packaged for in critical outlets and audiences, not limited to commentaries, short articles, blogs etc.
  8. Duty Station: Home based 3 trips to UNICEF HQ, $3,000 total budgeted
  9. Travel: The consultant will be reimbursed based on actual expenditures occurred during the mission to New York, which includes airfare/train fare, local transportation, meals and accommodation. Total expenditures cannot exceed a total of $3,000 for all trips. Reimbursement to the consultant will occur after the mission on submission of an invoice with receipts.
  10. Timeframe: 90 days
  11. Start date: 30 October 2017 End date: 30 June 2018
  12. Cost and Timeframe for Deliverables:



(Estimated # of Days)



Technical expert meeting on intermediate indicators planned, facilitated, and all related material developed (e.g. agenda, concept note, participant list, invitation, meeting report summary including set of indicators, measurement modalities, etc.)

20 days

18 Dec 2017


Literature review of life skill for adolescent girls conducted

10 days

20 Jan 2018

Select set of life skills programme modules identified against a set of criteria are mapped and assessed

15 days

28 Feb 2018

Key elements of life skills packages (e.g. curriculum, delivery platforms, implementation intensity, etc.) developed

15 days

20 March 2018

2-3 communication products developed on life skills (e.g. brief, presentation for webinar, consolidation of elements, etc.)

10 days

10 April 2018


5 communications products on gender and adolescent and related gender and measurement issues developed

20 days

30 June 2017



Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  1. Masters or higher in Social Sciences (sociology, gender, anthropology, economics, etc.), Public Health or closely related field.
  2. Minimum 15 years of relevant experience and expertise in the design, review and monitoring of gender and adolescent girl empowerment programs.
  3. Specific experience at international level with designing, implementing, and/or evaluating life skills programmes.
  4. Strong research, conceptual and analytical skills relevant to gender and various aspects of adolescent girls’ empowerment—education, sexual reproductive health, livelihoods, etc. and credibility with both gender and education and/or sexual reproductive health experts.
  5. Experience in working with country level experts in shaping, implementing and evaluating gender and adolescent girl empowerment programs.
  6. Experience with writing and synthesizing complex research and programme initiatives for a range of audiences.
  7. Demonstrated ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in written and oral form; excellent diplomatic and negotiation skills in working with colleagues across sectors.
  8. Highly organized with ability to work across functional areas and with multiple priorities; self-starter with the ability to deliver results.
  9. Understanding of UN systems and country programmes a plus.

To view our competency framework, please click here.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.


With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

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=507663