Consultancy: Coordination and Technical Support for Programming to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children, Child Protection Section, PD, NYHQ – Requisition #512941

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 23 May 2018

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Background & Rationale

All children have the right to be protected from violence, yet in every country children experience violence at home, at school and in their communities, often at the hands of people they trust and interact with daily. In addition to causing physical pain, violence undermines children’s sense of self-worth, affronts their dignity and hinders their development. Violence also perpetuates cycles of exclusion and poverty and has long-term social and economic costs for society as a whole.

Recognizing the scale and the urgency of the matter, in 2015 the international community adopted a specific target within the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end all forms of violence and exploitation of children (Target 16.2). This new global commitment has provided UNICEF with a solid platform to advocate for a more cohesive and results-based approach to addressing violence against children.

Also in 2015, UNICEF concluded the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of UNICEF’s work to protect children from violence. In response to its findings, as a critical first step to strengthen its work on preventing and responding to VAC, UNICEF has developed multi-sectoral programme guidance based on an overarching theory of change (VAC TOC). The guidance presents a strategic vision, describes pathways of change, proposes a package of evidence-based strategies, and articulates achain of results, both for preventing violence and for improving the lives of victims. It incorporates a focus on the forms of violence highlighted in the SDGs, including violent discipline and sexual violence. The guidance is designed to help UNICEF country offices and partners develop more coherent and effective actions to address violence against children through UNICEF country programmes and by monitoring progress and tracking results at the national level.

In alignment to this, UNICEF has also developed a specific theory of change for country offices in LACRO (and other regions) addressing armed violence and its impact on children. The latter was developed under the collaboration agreement with SIDA, established in 2011, which also includes at the HQ level carrying out an assessment of the second phase of the programme (2014-2017) and conducting research on the prevention of small arms and gang recruitment.

UNICEF is also currently preparing for the launch of the Safe to Learn campaign in September 2018 which will focus on violence in schools. The latter is part of UNICEF’s ongoing initiative #EndViolence, now counting with DFID, the Global Partnership to End Violence, UNESCO, NGOs and other core partners. In this new phase of the initiative, there will be greater attention placed towards strengthening and monitoring programmatic interventions at the national level, in addition to ongoing communication and advocacy efforts.


The purpose of the consultancy is to assist the Violence against Children team, in the Child Protection Section – UNICEF NYHQ, in various tasks by providing technical expertise and coordination support towards the following:

  • Dissemination and roll-out of UNICEF’s Programme Guidance on Prevention and Responding to Violence against Children (and related programme documents and guidance such as the INPSIRE packge);
  • Building the evidence-based on armed violence and defining lessons learned and outcomes of the SIDA collaboration;
  • Development and implementation of Child Protection’s component of the Safe to Learn campaign with a programmatic focus on violence against children in schools.
  • Other support, as relevant, in advancing violence against children programming and tracking, including assistance in gathering evidence for what works to address violence, abuse and exploitation and assisting in the documentation of proven programmes. Support towards the VAC team knowledge management will be key.
  • The Consultant will be under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the Child Protection Specialist (VAC) in the Child Protection Section. The consultant will work closely with sections and divisions engaged is the efforts towards addressing violence against children at HQ, RO and CO levels and as well as with partner organisations.

    Duty Station

    This position is based in New York (desk space will be made available). Travel may be required (travel expense and accommodation will be paid by UNICEF according to its policy and regulation).


    Start date: 01 June 2018 End date: 30 April 2019



    # of Days


    Dissemination of the VAC programme guidance

    Support the implementation of year I and II of an overarching 4-year (2018-2021) roll-out/dissemination strategy to the field of the VAC programme guidance (and related documents).

    COs and partners have strengthened capacity to plan, implement and monitor robust and multi-sectoral VAC programmes/strategies at country/national levels



    September 2018

    Provide technical and coordination support towards the finalization of the training material for the roll-out of the VAC programme guidance.

    Provide direct technical support to ROs/COs as required on strengthening programme interventions/strategies and M&E frameworks to address VAC as a follow-up to the roll-out of VAC programme guidance.

    Building the evidence on Armed VIOLENCE AND on VAC Programming

    Provide technical support towards finalizing the revised version of the ARV TOC and towards the preparation for its roll-out in the July LACRO network meeting.

    HQ/RO/COs have increased evidence on effective interventions to prevent violence against children and gang recruitment



    November 2018

    Compile key documentation and coordinate the VAC team’s inputs for the assessment on the armed violence multi-country programme (SIDA); support the coordination between the VAC and the Planning and Evidence-Building Team in the Child Protection Section, LACRO and the consultancy company conducting the assessment.

    Provide technical support towards the development of a research/working paper on access to arms and gang recruitment.

    Gather evidence on what works to address violence, abuse and exploitation and assist in the documentation of proven programmes; support the VAC team’s knowledge management efforts.

    Building capacity for the Safe to Learn Campaign and Programmes on Violence in schools (VIS)

    Coordinate the development of an advocacy report on the social and economic cost of ViS (in close collaboration with Education, C4D, Data and Analytics Section, and Division of Communications) in the context of the Safe to Learn Campaign

    HQ/ROs/COs and partners count with key programme assets/tools/evidence and capacity for the implementation and monitoring at country level of the Safe to Learn Campaign



    April 2019

    Provide technical support to UNICEF country offices to strengthen and scale up strategies to prevent VIS through the existing and forthcoming programme guidance tools/reports and to develop an integrated campaign results framework at the national level to monitor and track results (in close collaboration with Education, C4D, Data and Analytics Section, and Division of Communications) in the context of the Safe to Learn Campaign

    Provide coordination support and consultation with internal and external campaign partners (participation in meetings, calls and workshops; keeping records of meetings and events, drafting inputs into strategies and financial documents) in the context of the Safe to Learn Campaign

    Provide technical and coordination support to advocacy and policy events at the global level in the context of the Safe to Learn Campaign.

    Provide technical support to COs participating in the WHO/UNESCO/UNICEF programme to build the evidence on prevention and response efforts on violence against children in schools


    220 days

    Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • Advanced University degree (Master’s) in education, public health, social work, public policy, human rights and international law or other related degree, or equivalent programming experience;
  • At least 8 years of programme planning, coordination and management experience, preferably including at least 3 years planning and coordination experience in programming to address violence against children in education settings.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing and producing succinct, high quality and analytical reports using a range of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze qualitative and quantitative data including statistics and excellent writing/presentation skills.
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel (including production of pivot tables), Access and database software.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills: the ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment;
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment
  • Fluency in English required and in another UN language (preferably French or Spanish) strongly preferred.
  • 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.

    At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage

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

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