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Consultancy Title: Co-leadership of the CPMS Working Group
Section/Division/Duty Station: Home-based
Duration: 125 days (20 January to 20 December 2020)
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 has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.
The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) Working Group is part of the interagency Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (www.alliancecpha.org ). UNICEF is the permanent co-lead of the Alliance. Plan International currently co-leads the Alliance with UNICEF.
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is a forum for inter-agency collaboration for more effective prevention and response efforts. It focuses on normative work, including operational standard-setting and development of technical guidance. It also provides its members with technical support and guidance to improve quality and coverage of CP in humanitarian action. The Alliance’s work falls into five broad categories:
Standard setting and guidance development;
Capacity building, learning and development;
Evidence and knowledge generation;
UNICEF also co-leads of the CPMS Working Group together with Save the Children. The CPMS Working Group leads technical standard setting and promotes the use and integration of the CPMS, while learning from their use and improving them. The objective of the CPMS is to support quality, predictability and accountability of child protection responses in humanitarian action.
In 2020, the CPMS Working Group has the following objectives in its work plan:
The 2019 edition of the CPMS are known and institutionalized in humanitarian and child protection frameworks and within agencies and donors.
Actors are supported to use the CPMS for improving programming quality in preparedness, prevention and response initiatives in humanitarian settings.
Terms of Reference / Deliverables
The co-lead of the CPMS Working Group will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Child Protection in Emergencies, UNICEF HQ. S/he will work in close collaboration with the CPMS Working Group co-lead, hired by Save the Children, to deliver on the workplan of the CPMS Working Group. The following are the list of tasks to be completed during in 2020.
Finalize the translations of the CPMS
Coordinate the three translation reference groups (native speakers and child protection professionals in a variety of regions who provide a review of the language translations).
Share and oversee the final translations with the online service provider to develop the new language version.
Support the roll-out of the CPMS specifically in refugee and mixed contexts
Support global and regional launches of the 2019 edition of the CPMS
Development and/or updating of the launch, roll-out, contextualization and communication materials
Welcome and orient new members into the Working Group, with a focus on increasing the participation of national level members.
Facilitate leadership and participation in CPMS activities by member agencies.
Support the budget holder in the management of grants linked to CPMS, including in reporting, budget monitoring and grant compliance.
Support fundraising for the CPMS and other forms of resource mobilisation for the CPMS Working Group, including the development of concept notes and proposals as needed.
Develop monthly communications around updates of the CPMS Working Group and use of the CPMS globally for Alliance newsletters and social media, in collaboration with the Alliance’s Knowledge Management Manager.
Prepare annual and ad hoc reports to contribute to broader Alliance reporting.
Coordinate leadership duties with the Save the Children co-lead representative for the Working Group.
Participate in Alliance Steering Committee discussions as relevant, participate in quarterly Working Group and Task Force calls and coordinate with the Alliance coordinators, the CP AoR and other Working Group and Task Forces of the Alliance.
Coordinate with other Working Groups and Task Forces of the Alliance, as well as the Knowledge Management Focal point, as necessary
Lead the development of the 2021-2023 workplan of the CPMS WG.
Support the organization of the Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
All of the above responsibilities are shared and implemented together with the CPMS Working Group co-lead from Save the Children.
University degree in relevant field, preferably in social work, psychology or development studies
The individual should be highly proficient in a range of PC/web applications, including but not limited to: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook.
2) Work experience
Excellent knowledge of the CPMS as well as the role of humanitarian standards
At least 8 years’ experience working in the child protection in humanitarian action sector or other relevant sectors (including experience working in humanitarian contexts).
Experience in communications and capacity development material development.
Strong analytical and writing skills
Experience of working in a highly collaborative environment with minimal direct supervision
Autonomous and reliable
A commitment to excellence & attention to detail
Ability to work well and punctually under pressure
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a diverse group of people and build consensus;
Flexible work attitude, with the ability to follow direction and work independently across a virtual work environment;
Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to independently track and follow-up on various tasks;
Collaborative work style, with strong team-player attitude and ability to identify gaps and to take initiative to fill them;
Fluency in English; working competency in any other UN language is an advantage.
Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
A cover letter stating your motivation and why you are a suitable candidate for this job.
Financial proposal that will include:
your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (can be downloaded here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html)
travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
Indicate your availability
Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
U.S. Visa information:
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process
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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.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.