Consultancy: Researcher for The State of the World’s Children (SOWC) Report, PSN Section, DRP – NYHQ, Requisition #512943

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

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Background & Rationale

The SOWC report team is looking for a consultant researcher, with a background in children’s nutrition and its impacts, to help produce UNICEF’s Flagship report The State of the World’s Children 2019. Published since 1980, the report outlines priority areas for future advocacy, policy and programme work. It aims to influence policy direction by identifying key issues for children and placing them on the global agenda; providing a basis for UNICEF’s global policy development and targeted advocacy; building UNICEF’s reputation for knowledge and expertise; offering an opportunity to convene key stakeholders; and providing an umbrella theme for UNICEF’s HQ, Country Offices and National Committees. The report aims to equip UNICEF Regional and Country offices with latest data, evidence and advocacy tools to drive policy change at the national level.

Purpose

The consultant researcher will work with the SOWC report team to develop the first draft of the 2019 edition. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the (P-4) Editor, the researcher will develop 3 to 4 background papers using literature reviews and publicly available databases in relations to topic such as maternal and child nutrition; nutrition policy and programme development; and the impacts of disease, care, food, urbanization and climate change on children’s nutrition.

Expected results: (measurable results)

  • Develop 3 to 4 background research papers using literature reviews and publicly available databases in relation to topics of interests with a focus on nutrition.
  • Identify experts and partners in cutting-edge research on nutrition for potential opportunities to collaborate or integrate research.
  • Provides weekly updates and proactive research information and data related to the report topic.
  • Duty Station :New York, NY, USA

    Timeframe

    Expected Start date: 4 June 2018Expected End date: 30 November 2018

    Deliverables

    Duration

    (Estimated # of Days)

    Deadline

    Monthly update on products delivered as per work plan: Literature review and initial research

    20

    29 June 2018

    Monthly update on products delivered as per work plan: Analysis and develop research paper #1

    21

    31 July 2018

    Monthly update on products delivered as per work plan: Analysis and develop research paper #2

    22

    31 Aug 2018

    Monthly update on products delivered as per work plan: Analysis and Develop research paper #3

    19

    28 Sept 2018

    Monthly update on products delivered as per work plan: Research and Writing for SOWC supplemental material

    23

    31 Oct 2018

    Monthly update on products delivered as per work plan: review final draft and final research

    21

    30 Nov 2018

    Total

    126

    Payment Plan

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly progress reports approved by supervisor.
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel.
  • Experience working on one or more of the following:

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or higher, such as PhD) in nutrition or in a health field with a nutrition focus.
  • At least three years of experience in some or all of the following areas: nutrition through a child’s life cycle; nutrition in public health; nutrition in international development; micronutrient programmes; maternal, child and adolescent nutrition; overweight and obesity programmes; nutrition programme implementation; sustainable diets.
  • Competence in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Ability to conduct and summarize literature reviews on various topics related to nutrition.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and across sectors with experts from diverse locations.
  • Interest and fluency in the multiple aspects that relate to nutrition science, e.g. policy development, technological innovation, conflict/emergency contexts, food systems, etc..
  • Strong capacity to translate scientific ideas and concepts into concrete activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear, structured, articulate and persuasive manner (writing samples will be requested and short-listed candidates will be asked to participate in a written test).
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, as well as strong editing and proofreading skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to interact with high level global experts and executive level leaders.
  • Strong commitment to rigorous and ethical scientific approach in all aspects of the job.
  • Fluency in English. Working knowledge of French or Spanish an asset.
  • Work and experience in low- and middle-income countries is an asset.
  • Knowledge on big data products/data sets: phone based data, satellite, AI, etc. an asset.
  • Experience in data visualization an asset.
  • 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.

    Remarks

    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.

    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=512943

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