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United States: Consultancy: Knowledge Management and Research for Harmful Practices, Child Protection Section

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United States: Consultancy: Knowledge Management and Research for Harmful Practices, Child Protection Section

Deadline for application: 
24 Apr 2020
UN Children's Fund

Closing date: 24 Apr 2020

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.


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 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 III) and the programme has extended its country-level interventions across 17 countries covering Africa and the Middle East.

A recent evaluation of the program found that numerous and important evidence gaps in the FGM field exist and currently hinder the ability of the Joint Programme to make informed strategic decisions. Assessment of the state of evidence and compiling new evidence is key in defining a research strategy for the sector. To enhance utilization of researched products and other policy documents, knowledge management capacity to produce, access, and distribute such knowledge products in various formats for global, regional and country use, while adhering to quality standards is required. In addition to implementing a more cohesive knowledge management and research strategy, another gap identified in the Evaluation has been the increasing involvement of health-care providers in performing FGM. The Prevention of Harmful Practices Team in Child Protection Section will need to seek linkages with health section to define immediately areas where synergies can be built with the health sector to address this phenomenon, otherwise known as medicalization of FGM. Also, the level of effort by governments in prevalent countries in addressing this issue and many others related to FGM needs to be understood.


UNICEF (HQ NY) Child Protection is seeking services for a knowledge management and research consultant to support evidence gap analysis including level of effort by countries, knowledge management capacity, and definition of priorities in addressing medicalized FGM multisectorally.


  • Evidence gap analysis

  • Analyse, collate, compile and share periodically with the Joint Program Team, Regional Offices and Countries, new global evidence on FGM and CM.

  • Support the expert consultation meeting on the global research strategy.

  • In consultation with the Child Protection Specialist and the Programme Manager, populate the Harmful Practices Policy Index Tool for each of the 17 FGM Joint Programme countries as well as the 12 CM Global Program Countries to support analysis of the level of effort national governments place on elimination of harmful practices.

  • Knowledge Management Capacity and Sharing of Information

  • Produce, access, and distribute knowledge products in various formats for global, regional and country use, adhering to quality standards.

  • Maintain and engage all social media accounts for PHP and contribute to CP section wide social media activities.

  • Propose a systematic set of processes, platforms and mechanisms for collecting information, organizing lessons learned.

  • Support in setting up the standard of procedures (SOPs) to disseminate information about the programme to internal and external stakeholders, including organizing knowledge sharing events, maintaining communications on knowledge sharing across the organization, participation in orientation and training sessions.

  • Develop knowledge sharing series, i.e. webinars, podcasts, videos, short article, brief, publication series, broadcasts, etc.

  • Define, map and execute project processes and skills needed to develop content of knowledge sharing series into a set of final products.

  • Migrate current and existing public documents to the knowledge library being set up by the joint programme.

  • Consolidate disparate FGM info and relevant publications into the team site and quality assure before sharing.

  • Definition of priorities in addressing medicalized FGM

  • Develop a minimum of 2 case studies on Joint Programme response to medicalisation—each case study must include definition of the problem in context, what’s being done and good practices that can be replicated.

  • Support the development of a programme of work with WHO for medicalisation.

5. Support planning for and execution of Feb 6, 2021 International Day of Zero Tolerance.



  • Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences, Social Work, Research, Public Health, Anthropology or any relevant field.

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in the areas of scientific social research, knowledge/data management, communication especially social media, and gender. Experience in preventing harmful practice is an added advantage.

  • 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 of individuals 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.


  • 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 reference (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

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=531111

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