Consultant roster for Nutrition Cluster partners in Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) (521281)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Close on 31 Dec 2020
Location: United States
Grade: Consultancy
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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.

 

For every child, a Chance

The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC), led by UNICEF, was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes by ensuring greater predictability, accountability, and partnership. The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) is a partnership that includes international NGOs, the Red Cross, and Red Crescent Movement, UN organizations, donors and individuals and is based around the principles of equality, transparency, responsibility, and complementarity. The vision of the GNC is to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency-affected populations by ensuring an appropriate response that is predictable, timely and effective and at scale.

In 2015, the GNC took a decision to reassess the role of the GNC in relation to technical issues, which included a review of the GNC technical role.  This review along with the Rapid Response Team (RRT) evaluation identified serious gaps in the mechanisms put in place to address nutrition technical needs in humanitarian contexts.  An overarching technical nutrition platform that can provide strategic direction on how to prioritize and address technical capacity gaps, including operational guidance gaps at country level is lacking. In March 2016, the GNC constituted a Technical Task Force (TTF) co-chaired UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to review recommendations from the RRT Evaluation and GNC review and propose a mechanism to address nutrition technical gaps in humanitarian contexts. The TTF undertook a SWOT analysis of five models for addressing nutrition technical issues in humanitarian contexts that had been recommended in the GNC review. Based on the SWOT analysis and the experiences from other clusters, two options of mechanisms were presented in the GNC meeting in October 2016 for discussion and decision making. After feedback from GNC partners, one mechanism for addressing nutrition technical issues was endorsed during the GNC meeting in March 2017 and is referred to as the ‘Global Technical Assistance Mechanism’ (GTAM).

The Global Technical Mechanism will provide a predictable, flexible, systematic and effective approach to respond to nutrition technical gaps and meet the nutrition needs and rights of children, adolescents, and women in a humanitarian crisis. As a part of the GTAM work plan for 2019-2020, and considering long process of advertising, selecting and recruiting individual consultants for nutrition in emergencies or preparedness work, the GTAM is looking to establish a roster of consultants in different technical areas, that will be regularly updated and will allow to speed up the recruitment process at country level.

 

Applying to the Global Technical Assistance Mechanism Rosters

Being part of the roster means that your profile went through a thorough vetting process and is available to more than 40 NGOs and UN agencies worldwide which are regularly looking for consultants. There will be several rosters established (see below).

This roster is for Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies only.

If you wish to be part of other available rosters that you find relevant/for which you meet the minimum requirements, please apply via the following links:

Kindly note that membership in each roster will be valid for a 36-month period.

 

How can you make a difference?

Global Nutrition Cluster is looking to build a roster of mid-senior level consultants with experience in Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies, from which to draw candidates for work planned in 2019-2021. Consultancy arrangements may range from 4 weeks to 11.5 months, depending on demand, project specifications and funding availability. Consultants who are selected from the roster will work under the supervision of the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator or Nutrition Managers/Chief of Sections in UNICEF or other Nutrition Cluster partners (UN agencies and NGOs).  Consultants may be requested to work in any country with a nutrition cluster or a nutrition sector, or remotely, as determined by the specification of the project. The work may include incidental travel to participate in field work, workshops or conferences; such travel will be governed by respective UNICEF/UN agency/NGO travel policies for consultants.

Selected candidates may be recruited as consultants for Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies across a range of areas, including

  • National guidance/guideline development and/or revision
  • Cluster strategy and/or work plan/scale-up plan development
  • Partner strategy and/or work plan/scale-up plan development
  • Programme/project implementation and monitoring

You can be added to the roster in one or more of the above areas, depending on your qualifications.

 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

1) Education

  • Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: nutrition, public health, social sciences, life sciences or other related disciplines.
  • Training (course) in Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies or NiE is an advantage.

2) Work experience

  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies
  • Work experience in developing countries and emergency context
  • Specialized training/experience in Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies in one of the following areas:
    • National guidance/guideline development and/or revision
    • Cluster strategy and/or work plan/scale-up plan development
    • Partner strategy and/or work plan/scale-up plan development
    • Programme/project implementation and monitoring
  • Specialized training/experience in emergency response and/or cluster approach.
  • Experience working with international and local partners, donors and local authorities.

3) Competencies

  • Expertise in Infant and Young child feeding in emergencies in one of the following areas:
    • National guidance/guideline development and/or revision
    • Cluster strategy and/or work plan/scale-up plan development
    • Partner strategy and/or work plan/scale-up plan development
    • Programme/project implementation and monitoring
  • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and meeting results.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English and/or French, Spanish, Russian and/or Arabic.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment.

 

Duration of roster-based consultancies:

  1. Consultants who are selected from the roster will work on specific deliverables and with timeframes as determined by the office based on project needs and may range from 1-2 weeks to 11.5 months.
  2. The consultant will be issued a contract which is subject to UNICEF General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants / Individual Contractors is hired by UNICEF or governed by the individual partner conditions for individual consultant agreements if hired by another UN agency/NGO.
  3. The length of the contract will depend on project needs and funding availability.
  4. The Roster will remain valid for 36 months, during which time selected consultants may be consulted by the country teams directly.

 

Application procedure

Interested candidates are requested to apply via the UNICEF TMS recruitment system.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis on receipt for inclusion into the roster. Applicants should submit their applications through the online system and provide the following additional information: 
1) a recent CV (max 2 pages)
2) Attach any related documents /samples of work as per the requirements 

 

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.

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.

 

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

About UNICEF

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.