National Consultancy: Children with Disabilities SitAn and Social Policy Consultant, Islamabad, Pakistan, # 539051, 11.5 months (For Pakistani Nationals only)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Islamabad (Pakistan)
Grade: Consultant, Unspecified
Job Expired 8 Apr 2021
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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 safe home!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website and videos on YouTube and Vimeo


How can you make a difference?

The primary purpose of this assignment is to support the conduction of a human-rights based and equity focused situation analysis (SitAn) of children with disabilities with respect to a disaggregated assessment of the status of and trends in the realization of children’s rights (CRC and CRPD). In addition, the SitAn intends to gain a deeper understanding of the immediate, underlying structural causes, issues of stigma and discrimination, other socio-cultural factors that prevent children with disabilities from enjoying all their rights,
and the interrelated roles of duty-bearer institutions.
The SitAn aims to highlight disparities and vulnerabilities and to investigate notions of the rights of and attitudes towards children with disabilities. It will also highlight the existing gender disparities. Therefore, it aims to contribute to identifying areas where the achievement of national and international development goals regarding these children can be accelerated, including sustainable development goals (SDGs), and to assess the extent of the inclusiveness of policy delivery and social protective measures, including social budgeting. The findings and recommendations that stem from the SitAn will inform evidence-based planning and decision making by all stakeholders and will also identify concrete interventions to improve the lives of children with disabilities in Pakistan.
The Social Policy Section is working on a number of climate change initiatives that would require the support from an experienced consultant, for instance, in partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change, the Section prepared a report on the impact of climate change on children in Pakistan.
Based on the recommendations of the report, the appointed consultant will support the implementation of the policy and programme recommendations from this report and will develop policy briefs and policy papers to support advocacy and the implementation of recommendations of UNICEF PCO’s recent report.
To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:
  • A reference Group is integrated in coordination with the UNCT team and the MPDSI. Inception Report is planned by the Reference Group;
  • Data collection and analysis through key informant interviews with relevant stakeholders and children with disabilities, and their parents and caregivers. Also, conduct focus group discussions with children with disabilities and their parents/caregivers (considering the COVID-19 situation);
  • Preparation of draft report in collaboration with the International consultant;
  • Validation meeting to discuss the first draft of the report. Final comprehensive SitAn report and presentation after incorporation of
    all comments;
  • Dissemination of findings and recommendations to the relevant stakeholders;
  • Dissemination of findings of the recent study completed by the Section and recommendations to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Joint work with the Regional Office (ROSA);
  • Support to other policy projects in partnership with the MPDSI;
  • Support to other policy projects.


  • A reference Group is integrated in coordination with the UNCT team and the MPDSI, Inception Report is planned by the Reference Group, Efficiently act as the Reference’s Group, Secretary through the completion of the Report, minutes are distributed and regular
    meetings of the Reference Group are held;
  • Key informant interviews and FGDs findings summary report;
  • A Draft SitAn report is presented to the reference group;
  • Effective Liaison support is provided so the Final SitAn report after incorporation of all comments along with all SitAn-related
    deliverables is completed; 
  • Presentation/dissemination workshop(s) to relevant stakeholders are organized and held;
  • At least two policy briefs are produced, A brief of the climate change report is produced,Concept note and relative ToRs in coordination with ROSA are delivered;
  • At least two policy briefs included in the Section’s RWP with this Ministry are produced: climate change vulnerability assessment in the light of covid 19 and, SDG focalisation papers in Sindh are completed;
  • Effectively support the delivery of other social policy work as planned in the RWP and as instructed by the Chief of Section

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social science, social research or related area. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • At least 2 years’ research and other relevant professional experience in conducting situation analysis or other similar work such as equity-focused situation analysis, project management /coordination experience in human rights, climate change and/or disabilities;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, expertise and experience with work on social inclusion, gender, and children with disabilities;
  • Knowledge of climate change issues in Pakistan and experience working with them;
  • Knowledge on child-rights, disability, and women’s issues in Pakistan;
  • Proven experience with conducting social research utilising quantitative and qualitative data analysis, with solid experience of
    conducting interviews regarding potentially sensitive issues;
  • Proven experience in data analysis and writing evidence-based analytical reports and papers addressing child and gender issues;
  • Extensive experience in designing and managing complex reviews and research at the national and international level;
  • Knowledge of human rights-based and equity-focused approach to
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in: Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness ;Works Collaboratively with others; Builds and Maintains Partnerships; Innovates and Embraces Change; Thinks and Acts Strategically; Drives to achieve impactful results and Manages ambiguity and complexity. 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.


  • Estimated Duration: 11.5 months, estimate starting date: 1st April 2021
  • The consultant will be based in Islamabad 
  • The level of consultancy is equivalent to NOA. 
  • Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating monthly fee as part of the application against each deliverable.
  • HEC Attested and verified degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. Candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
  • 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.

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.

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