Consultancy: Developing methods and supporting the piloting of child-centred approach to communicating and identifying how food systems can deliver better diets for children and adolescents- Nutrition, Programme Division, Home Based, United States 317 views

Job no: 527770

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States

Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Nutrition Section, UNICEF NYHQ

Categories: Nutrition, Consultancy

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Consultancy Title: Developing methods and supporting the piloting of child-centred approach to communicating and identifying how food systems can deliver better diets for children and adolescents

Section/Division/Duty Station: Nutrition, Programme Division, Home Based

Duration: 30 Working Days


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.


  • This consultancy aims to support UNICEF capture, illustrate and communicate how food systems – and food environments in particular – influence the diets of children around the world in the context of their lived realities, such as their assets and resources, the cultural aspects of food, and social norms
  • We want to use a robust, evidence-informed approach to capture information about children’s lived realities and then produce compelling narratives and media (incl. video and graphic assets) which illustrate how children interact with their day-to-day food environments in their daily lives, from a child’s eye view, and provide insights as to how this influences their knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around foods and diets.
  • The purpose is to provide the starting point for identifying, designing and implementing food environment policies and programmes that respond to and work in the context of the reality of the children’s lives.
  • We expect that a simple depiction of daily life, based on sound methods, will complement what is being learned from quantitative food environment studies by showing how children actually experience food environments in the context of their lives.
  • The intended outcome is that UNICEF, government and nutrition stakeholders are more informed about the role food environments play in influencing children’s diets, and ready to implement the needed combination of actions to enable food systems to deliver better diets for children.
  • We see the process – creation and supporting the piloting of methods for developing child profiles in at least 2 countries – as the basis for rolling out this work more widely

Scope of Work:

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

UNICEF is seeking a consultancy to:

  • Collect or consolidate existing examples of approaches and methods for providing child-centred profiles/capturing the child perspective on food environments. At the same time, expand on the underlying assumptions and describe how child profiles can be used by countries to inform decision making and advocacy
  • This overview of existing approaches and rationale will be used to determine the method/approach that might be suitable for UNICEF to use in developing child profiles.
  • Develop an approach/rationale for selecting countries that would be good pilot locations (e.g. existence of previous quantitative data on food environments) and an approach/rationale for determining which parts of country to cover (e.g. rural or urban, low-income or high-income).
  • The consultant should also provide guidance on how to identify the right local contractors at country level to implement the study
  • In agreement with UNICEF about the general approach, define a set of methods and a clear stepwise protocol/tool that can be applied in different geographies to create the child profiles these methods should:

o be practical and easily replicated

o provide instructions on which target groups to include (e.g. how many children, which age, how many caregivers, which SES groups to focus on, which part of country)

o include guidance on conducting focus groups (if applicable)

o provide guidance on how to analyse the findings, alongside quantitative data and local knowledge, to generate illustrative profiles

o advise on how to communicate findings in communication materials (e.g. videos, graphics)

o include steps for using the child profiles as the basis for an initial assessment of priority actions

  • Provide support to two UNICEF Country Offices and local contractors as they adapt and apply the methodology in a specific context
  • Remote coordination of local contractors in pilot countries, including of respective outputs
  • Collect and consolidate the findings of the pilot studies, including supporting the development of UNICEF appropriate recommendations for public, private, and other influential sectors in the pilot countries, in the format of a policy-oriented brief


  • PROJECT PLAN Mid December
  • A document outlining the steps the consultancy will take to execute this ToR in the agreed upon timeline
  • Initial ideas as to what profile of contractor would be needed at the country level for the pilot countries
  • PREP-WORK Mid-January
  • Review of existing documentation and resources
  • Meetings with relevant internal stakeholders to understand the process and challenges that might be faced when executing the pilot studies
  • Meetings with selected pilot country offices to understand their goals and challenges, for consideration during development of the guidance
  • An outline of the various sections that will be present in the methodology and what might be covered (provisional skeleton) in the policy brief
  • Feedback from UNICEF on the outline
  • A first draft of the content for the methods is then submitted
  • Share the draft methodology with HQ Nutrition, PFP, ROs and the COs for their input
  • Expert validation (1 or 2 peer reviewers)
  • Revise accordingly
  • Present and orient Country Offices and the local consultancies/researchers so that they can adapt and execute the methodology in a specific context
  • Support them with specific requests for clarification on applying the methodology as they do so
  • Work with the local consultancies to review the findings and develop the recommendations
  • Draft the policy brief based on the findings
  • Develop a set of recommendations
  • Submit to UNICEF for review. Once feedback has been received, revise accordingly


The preferred individual would have proven expertise and experience (>10 years) in the following subject areas: public health and/or food policy; malnutrition, obesity or non-communicable diseases; food environments, food regulation and legislation or marketing of food and beverage to children.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of referen (can be downloadedhere:

    • ce above
    • 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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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: Nov 11 2019 Eastern Standard Time

Application close: Dec 02 2019 Eastern Standard Time

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