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Home-based Consultancy: Knowledge Management - Advocacy and Communications secondment to support the FGM Joint Programme, Child Protection Section, PD

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Home-based Consultancy: Knowledge Management - Advocacy and Communications secondment to support the FGM Joint Programme, Child Protection Section, PD

Deadline for application: 
03 Jul 2019
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 

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Background & Rationale

UNICEF is committed to prevent and respond to Female Genital Mutilation under Goal Area 3 of the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, most notably though the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change, the largest global programme focused on accelerating the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in one generation. The Joint Programme supports a holistic, integrated and multisectoral approach that supports community level social norms change; access to education, health care, welfare and legal services for girls and women at risk or affected by FGM; and the development and implementation of laws criminalizing FGM. Implementation of Phase III (2018 – 2021) of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Program on Abandonment of FGM is well under way (year II) and the programme has extended its country-level interventions across 17 countries covering Africa and the Middle East.

Phase II of the Joint Program has recently been evaluated with a strong recommendation for more literature review on good practices in shiftinggender and social norms as means to eliminate FGM. This necessitates development of global goods and knowledge products that build on the several lessons over the years. In addition, the evaluation report also paves way for finalization of the Global Program Guidance that the JP had intended to produce. The Joint Program engagements with donors in 2019 will focus a lot on the conclusion and recommendations of this external evaluation as well as the UNFPA and UNICEF’s management response to them. Background documents will be required on this for the steering committee as well as a strong highlights report to sum up all Joint Program engagements in 2019 including those that addressed evaluation recommendations and using strategic advocacy forums such as February 6th and the CSW 2020, the Joint Program would share these experiences and further advocate for the elimination of FGM.

The Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) Donors’ Working Group (DWG); initially set up as a loose association/group of approximately 50 bilateral, multilateral, foundation donors and United Nations (UN) agencies; now meets regularly to share experiences and information about effective strategies in eliminating harmful practices. UNICEF is the Secretariat of the FGM/C DWG and two rotating members serve as co-chairs. In their last meeting of November 2018, hosted by the World Bank in Paris and including 24 participants, the DWG adopted a Joint Advocacy Agenda for 2019 – 2020. Implementation of this requires a dedicated capacity for coordination and follow by the secretariat. Among these group of donors is the US Government; whose contribution comes directly to UNICEF and outside of the Joint Program arrangement yet must be furnished with reports etc. separately.


Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Advisor, the FGM Consultant will provide technical support for the UNFPA-UNICEF JP on Elimination of FGM in the synthesis of evidence on shifting harmful social norms to inform refinement of policies and programs to address other violations against children. S/he will perform a variety of tasks that contribute to program policy development; technical assistance to the joint team, partnerships and advocacy.

The consultant will support UNFPA and UNICEF ROs, LOs and COs to develop quarterly draft technical notes on topical issues and good practices in shiftinggender and social norms as means to elimination of FGM. And will provide technical support in the finalization of the FGM Joint Program Guide Document based on the final evaluation report. S/he will facilitate the donor working group secretariat; compile program reports on FGM.


Summary of Key Functions:

  • Supporting program policy development,
  • Technical support to the Joint Team,
  • Supporting partnerships and advocacy efforts of the Joint Program Team.

Program Policy Development:

  • Develop a background document for the Steering Committee meeting by August 2019 in preparation for the September 2019 engagement for contributing donors to the Joint Program.
  • Draft the 2019 Annual Report for the Joint Programme on FGM
  • Draft the 2019 Highlights Report by February 2020
  • Draft report for the US Government contribution on elimination of FGM to UNICEF by April 2020.

Technical support:

  • Draft a minimum of 4 papers, one per quarter on issues emerging from the Evaluation and commitments from the Management response. These include papers on social norms and gender transformation.

Partnerships and Advocacies:

  • Maintain functional DWG secretariat and manage successful donor working group meeting(s) through:
    • Developing session contents for DWG coordination meeting;
    • Facilitate consensus by all parties on agenda for donor meetings;
    • Maintain, update mailing list of donors;
    • Facilitate sessions;
    • Finalize meeting report;


Duty Station: UNICEF HQ – Home-based


Start date: July 15, 2019 End date: June 30, 2020

Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences, Media, Public Relations, International Development or any relevant field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the areas of communication, international development, gender, media, advocacy and partnerships;
  • Experience working in humanitarian work is an advantage;
  • Experience using technology as a medium for knowledge sharing and capacity building; iDocs, InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, Sharepoint and other online based tools like: Canva, Infographic, etc.
  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of other UN official languages is considered an asset; especially Arabic and French.


  • Welcomes demanding goals, working through tough challenges to achieve success;
  • Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking,
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment,
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals,
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives,
  • Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources,
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network ofindividuals across organizational departments,
  • Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team activities,
  • Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.

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.


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

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.

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=523413


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