Consultancy: Co-leadership of the Learning and Development Working Group PD, New York 247 views

Consultancy: Co-leadership of the Learning and Development Working Group, PD – NYHQ, Requisition # 528449 (Home Based)

Job no: 528449

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Child Protection Section, UNICEF NYHQ

Categories: Child Protection, Consultancy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.


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. 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 Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance)’s mission is to support the efforts of humanitarian actors to achieve high-quality and effective child protection interventions in humanitarian contexts, in both refugee and non-refugee settings. As a global network of operational agencies, academic institutions, policymakers, donors and practitioners, the Alliance facilitates inter-agency technical collaboration on child protection in all humanitarian contexts. It sets standards and produces technical guidance for use by the various stakeholders. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) currently co-leads the Alliance with Plan International. [1]

The Alliance’s work falls into five categories: Standard setting and guidance development; Capacity building, learning and development; Evidence and knowledge generation; Advocacy; and Convening. These terms of reference are focused on Capacity-building, learning and development. This is a permanent work stream managed by the Learning and Development Working Group (LDWG). For more on the Alliance and its structure, please visit

The co-lead will be guided by the Alliance Strategic Plan and Work Plan (2018-2020). The co-lead will support the finalization of the Learning and Development Strategy of the Alliance as well the development of the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan and Work Plan.

LDWG Work Plan Outcome 2018-2020: ‘Bridging the Human Resource Capacity and Competence Gaps for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.’

Terms of Reference / Deliverables


  • Work with the Alliance coordinators and the Lead Agencies’ representatives on the strategy, management, and direction of learning and development across the Alliance
  • Work closely with the Knowledge Management Focal Point of the Alliance to ensure complementarity of activities
  • Represent the members of the LDWG on learning and development issues across the Alliance as well as to the leadership group
  • Ensure agreement across the LDWG on key documents and approaches via email and confirmation on LDWG Calls
  • Support the organization of the Alliance Annual Meeting

Mobilize /Engage

  • Organize at least quarterly calls with the LDWG members and circulate minutes including agreed actions
  • Ensure regular communication and updates to the members of the LDWG
  • Engage, mobilize, follow-up and support LDWG members, as well as other TF and WG, CP AoR members and helpdesks
  • Engage with new members, especially those from local/national organizations and/or with a learning and development skills set, to encourage active participation
  • Identify opportunities and establish dialogue towards partnerships with NGOs, academia and/or private companies that could support learning and development initiatives.

Manage the work plan:

  • Work to achieve the results as outlined in the LDWG Workplan [2] with the support of the LDWG members, the Alliance coordinators and the lead agencies’ representatives
  • Ensure delivery of activities in the Learning and Development component of the Alliance work plan including developing updates and priority actions in consultation with the LDWG members
  • Lead on the development of the 2021-2023 Workplan.

Provide technical support:

  • Provide technical support to other working groups and task forces of the Alliance (as per workplan and prioritized adhoc requests)
  • Maintain an overview of CPiE capacity needs and gaps within humanitarian settings across regions
  • Take necessary steps to move towards using more locally/regionally based training capacity
  • Where possible, and in coordination with UNHCR and the CP AoR, give high quality support to the field as it relates to learning and development requests and queries.
  • Support the university of KwaZulu Natal on an evaluation of the CPiE tertiary initiative

Mobilize and manage resources:

  • Recruit, produce ToRs and manage team of consultants according to the work plan and planning, and ensure quality check, coordination of reference persons and groups for inputs/feedback of all deliverables
  • Support fundraising activities for the workplan with the Alliance Coordinators, the Lead Agencies’ representatives and the LDWG members
  • Support the budget holder in the management of funds allocated by donors, including expenditure monitoring, and timely reporting
  • Collect data and report against indicators


  • Ensure timely information-sharing about training announcements, webinars, conferencing
  • Communicate effectively with all WG and TF leads on their L&D needs.
  • Regularly feed into the newsletters of the Alliance
  • Feed and maintain LD Facebook page
  • Prepare an annual report of the activities each year

Expected results include the following:

  • The updated CPHA F2F module (aligned with the 2019 version of the CPMS and include specific considerations for refugee settings) is rolled out effectively;
  • Five New Training Packages and Resources developed
  • Capacity-Building opportunities are organized using the updated global CPHA training packages.
  • Capacity building opportunities on CPHA for Standby Partners
  • CPHA Competency Framework is finalized and effectively disseminated;
  • The existing global CPiE IA resource pool of trainers and community of practice is revitalized and strengthened through delivery of ToTs, online engagement with an online open source platform to host and facilitate access to learning material and support;
  • 2021 – 2023 L&D Work Plan is developed in consultation with the members of the group;
  • Support is provided to the Alliance secretariat on:

    • Development of the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan
    • Organization of the 2020 Annual Meeting
  • Support is provided to WGs and TFs on their L&D needs and requests.
  • In collaboration with the AME WG, L&D monitoring and evaluation guidelines/tools are developed to support an evidence based approach to our on-going capacity development
  • A lessons learnt evaluation is conducted on tertiary initiatives
  • Inter-agency CPiE Professional Development Initiative Established

Note: Many of these activities will be carried out in collaboration with a co-lead that will be hired by Plan Int’l during 2020. A specific workplan will be developed every six months to more specifically indicate priority activities.


  • Master’s degree in Adult learning and other related area is required.
  • Tertiary qualifications related to adult learning/pedagogy/learning and development and any other relevant fields
  • Computer skills, including MS Office and other relevant software
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of training development and delivery, particularly in humanitarian setting
  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible, professional work experience on adult learning at the international level, including working in challenging contexts
  • Experience working with governments, coordination groups and other key CP stakeholders/actors at national level
  • Knowledge of the IASC humanitarian cluster approach
  • Experience of working in a highly collaborative environment with minimal direct supervision
  • Experience in communications and capacity development material development.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Autonomous, 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 is required; working competency in other UN languages 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:
    • 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.

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

For every Child, you demonstrateÂ…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

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.

Advertised: Dec 09 2019 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Dec 23 2019 Eastern Standard Time

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