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Home Based Consultancy for the development of guidance on the use of humanitarian cash transfers for Child Protection outcomes

Deadline for application: 
04 Jun 2019
Job type: 

Job Number: 522396 | Vacancy Link


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.


Background and Rationale

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates the commitment of children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.


In order to achieve better results for children, in a more efficient and effective way, UNICEF has recently initiated the mainstreaming and scale up of the humanitarian cash transfer modality across the organization. This has become a priority area of work under UNICEF’s strategic plan, as well as UNICEF’s agenda to increase the resilience of households, communities and systems.


Within this framework, UNICEF has recently launched its first programmatic guidance dedicated to the use of the humanitarian cash transfer modality across sectors, and throughout the humanitarian programme cycle, spanning from the preparedness to the early recovery phases. In addition, sector specific guidance and tools need to be developed to support the scale up and mainstreaming of the use of HCT within each of the sector that are part of UNICEF’s mandate. UNICEF guidance will build on and complement the research, standards, and guidance developed jointly with Child Protection sector, including the Cash and CP Task Force of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,


Objective and Targets

The overall objective of this consultancy is to strengthen the available guidance for UNICEF country offices, when implementing humanitarian cash transfer programmes for child protection specific outcomes.


Scope of the Work

The evidence base for the use of the cash transfer modality for child protection outcomes in humanitarian contexts is growing, and a study published in 2019, by The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action reviewed all the evidence available and outlined opportunities for further research. A key recommendation from the report was to further develop child protection focused guidance specifically for humanitarian cash transfers. For example, UNICEF has growing experience of using humanitarian cash transfers for separated and unaccompanied children, by providing support to foster families, and is currently looking to further strengthen the available guidance around this area of work or a similar CPIE intervention.


The scope of the consultancy will be to develop a UNICEF position paper on the use of humanitarian cash transfers for a CPiE intervention, as well as drafting a key consideration paper outlining operational measures to be put in place to address the potential unintended risks related to GBV when implementing a humanitarian cash programme for sector specific or multi-sector outcomes.


Expected Results: (Measurable Results) & Delivery Dates

Under the supervision of the Humanitarian Cash transfer coordinator and in close collaboration with the Child protection in Emergency section in Programme Division, the consultant will be accountable for the following deliverables:

  1. Position paper on the use of humanitarian cash transfers for a CPiE intervention (CPiE intervention to be selected).

  2. Key consideration paper, including operational aspects, to address the unintended risks related to GBV when using humanitarian cash transfers.

  3. One case study

  4. Presentation in HQ of final deliverables.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation Result:

  1. Quality of the analysis and write up of the deliverables.

  2. Timeliness of submission of deliverables.

  3. Regular calls on the progress of the assignment will be scheduled between UNICEF’s focal points and the consultant.

Duty Station:

This Consultancy is home-based.



  • 2 visits to UNICEF NY HQ:

  • Inception visit to NY – HQ (3 days)

  • Final presentation of the work (3 days)

Time Frame:

Estimated Start Date: 30 May 2019 to 30 November 2019

Duration: 95 Days



(See the last page for guidance on formulating deliverables)



UNICEF position paper on the use of HCT for CPiE:


Inception mission to HQ

3 days

Desk review

10 days

Remote data collection with country offices

10 days

Review of data of identified programmes

5 days

Consultations to select most useful HCT CPiE intervention for position paper

5 days

First draft of position paper

10 days

Review process of first draft

7 days

Final draft

5 days

Key considerations paper:


Desk review

5 days

Interviews with key informants

10 days

First draft

10 days

Review process

7 days

Final draft

5 days

Presentation of deliverables (in HQ and as a webinar for field colleagues)

3 days


95 days


Key Competencies, Technical Background and Required Experience:

  • Master degree (or equivalent) in humanitarian affairs, international development, social sciences, Economics, Statistics, Data Science, Social Service, finance and accounting or other related fields; Post-graduate degree is an asset. 

  • UN experience. Previous UNICEF experience is highly desirable.

  • At least 7 years of experience in implementing and managing child protection programmes in humanitarian contexts.

  • Direct Exposure and/or experience with humanitarian cash transfers.

  • Ability to communicate sensitively to different audiences.

  • Proven evidence of writing skills.

  • Experience/exposure to UNICEF country programme and business model desirable.

  • Ability to work within tight deadlines.

  • Fluency (level C) in English. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish is desirable.

Call for Proposals:

The proposal will need to include at least the following elements:

  • Past experience of the Individual Contractor (CV).

  • Timeline

  • Budget: Daily rate, travel expenses (estimation/will be reimbursed on actual cost)

  • Sample of previous work

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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.



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/individual contractor and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the individual contractor/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.


Opening Date Mon May 20 2019 16:00:00 GMT+0300 (EAT) Eastern Daylight Time

Closing Date Tue Jun 04 2019 06:55:00 GMT+0300 (EAT) 



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