Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 25 May 2018
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BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
UNICEF is committed to supporting adolescents to reach their full potential. The premise is that by protecting adolescent’s rights to health, wellbeing, education and full participation in society, adolescents can acquire the capabilities and opportunities they require to make a healthy, safe and productive transition into adulthood. Major causes of morbidity and mortality in adolescence comprise pregnancy related complications, sexually transmitted infections incl. HIV for girls while road traffic injuries and violence and, in many settings harmful tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse are critical to boys. Furthermore, for both girls and boy’s mental health problems contribute to self-harm incl. increased levels of suicide among adolescents. Social and gender norms are important determinants for adolescent’s health and are often associated with increased risk.
UNICEF outlines in its Strategic Plan (SP) and Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2018-2021 what the organization will contribute to advance adolescent’s survival and development. To articulate this further UNICEF has developed specific Programme Guidance for the second decade, Programming with and for adolescents (UNICEF PD, 2018) which articulates four objectives and will guide the work and contribute to the 2030 Agenda.
The focus of this consultancy is to develop guidelines to support UNICEF regional and country offices to operationalize the first objective of the Programme Guidance “Maximize adolescent’s physical, mental, and social well-being” as there is a need to strengthen adolescent health, nutrition and wellbeing interventions and ensure they are gender responsive. A multi-sectoral approach has been identified as a comparative advantage as UNICEF currently addresses adolescent health, nutrition and wellbeing in multiple sectors, but the methodology for this work needs to be defined. In addition, definitions, approaches and tools for appropriate gender analysis is required to better understand the needs of girls, boys and LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersex) adolescents both when they are young (10-14 years) and older (15-19 years) to enable UNICEF country offices to strengthen their gender responsive programming. The “gender lens” will also contribute to identifying underlying causes/determinants that are or reinforce barriers to adolescent’s health and wellbeing.
UNICEF HQ is seeking an individual consultant to provide technical assistance and coordinate the development of the above-mentioned guidelines. These global guidelines will help define scope and key opportunities for UNICEF’s engagement in adolescent health, nutrition and wellbeing programming based on UNICEF mandate, comparative advantages and experiences from ongoing country programmes.
The consultancy will generate a global strategic framework which is gender responsive and outlines key platforms and interventions to strengthen UNICEF adolescent health, nutrition and wellbeing programming across the regions.
The consultant will in close consultation with the UNICEF Reference group (consisting of five Adolescent Specialists from Health, Nutrition, HIV, Gender and Child Protection Sections) develop guidelines (based on draft outline document, Annex 1).
These deliverables are expected to be sent to UNICEF separately for comments and approval:
– An executive summary of no more than two (2) pages. – Methodology, limitations and consultation process of no more than two (2) pages (to be included in an annex).
The final products should be delivered in the English language.
Evaluation of the products will be based on timeliness and quality of the service provided.
The document will be developed according to the guidelines established in the UNICEF Style Book, to be provided by UNICEF
Duty Station: Remote based with travel to New York, USA.
Expected Start date: 4 June 2018Expected End date: 30 November 2018
(Estimated # of Days)
Inception report, draft strategic framework, and annotated outline of the guidelines
Revised strategic framework and first drafts of Section 6, the gender/social exclusion analysis tool and outline of country case studies
Consult with key informants
Advanced draft of Section 6, the gender/social exclusion analysis tool, and first drafts of the other sections and the country case studies
Final draft of the guidelines, the results framework and country case studies (8 days)
Power Point Presentation and webinar
Prepare and facilitate guideline validation workshop
Final guidelines with all sections and annexes
Up to 55 working days
Payment Plan:*Payment will be based on the deliverables accomplished, and on the actual number of days worked.**This is an estimated deadline. Deliverables may be ongoing through the entire duration of the contract.**Evaluation of the products will be based on timeliness and quality of the service provided.
Qualifications & competencies
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.
Note: Documents related to guideline outline, guideline elements and proposed work plan can be found here:Annex 1 DRAFT UNICEF Guideline outline.pdfAnnex 2 Guideline elements.docxAnnex 3 Proposed workplan.docx
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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
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=512965
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