The current COVID-19 Pandemic has affected more than 150 million learners in Latin America and the Caribbean region, where most countries have closed schools to prevent the further transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Decisions about school closures during public health emergencies are complex and highly context-specific, especially when dealing with new viruses, about which much remains unknown. As governments and health authorities are deciding whether and when to close schools and other public institutions in response to a public health crisis, prolonged school closures are having major adverse consequences on children and adolescents, particularly of the most vulnerable populations. The longer children are out of school, the higher the risks that vulnerable children will not return. Children and adolescents from the poorest households are already almost five times more likely to be out of primary school than those from the richest. Being out of schools puts children and adolescents, especially girls, at increased risk of teenaged pregnancy, sexual abuse, child marriage and other dangers. These negative impacts will be significantly higher for children and adolescents living in the poorest countries and those affected by conflict, increasing inequality.
School closures should not negate a child’s or adolescent’s right to education. Solid plans and flexible measures should be implemented to ensure the continuity of education and support learning opportunities. These efforts must aspire to reach all children and adolescents through appropriate mechanisms, tools and platforms, with due consideration for the most vulnerable groups such as girls, children and adolescents on the move and refugees, with disabilities, living in the most remote communities, from poor and low-income families and indigenous populations. In this context, advocacy and external communication efforts are essential for UNICEF LACRO to share information and exchange knowledge so that all children and adolescents in the region can fulfill their right to an inclusive and equitable quality education, in line with the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the SDG4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
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For every child, education
Purpose of the Job
The purpose of this consultancy is to undertake the English editing of various communication and advocacy materials, as well as documents and tools for programmatic support of the Education Section in LACRO, related to education, skills development, early childhood development, inclusion and disabilities, among others.
How can you make a difference?
Submit the English edited documents in MS® Word, including boxes, graphs, charts, tables, footnotes, endnotes and bibliography/references (according to the Organisation’s guidelines and formats as described in the UNICEF Style Book).
The consultant must:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Other skills and attributes
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF core values of care, respect, integrity, trust, and accountability.
UNICEF competencies: building and maintains partnerships, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, drive to achieve results for impact, innovates and embraces change, manages ambiguity and complexity, thinks and acts strategically, works collaboratively with others and nurtures, and, leads and manages people.
View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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.
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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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 the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. 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 also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. As a global authority UNICEF is able to influence decision makers at the global level and turn the most innovative ideas into reality.