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Consultancy Title: Knowledge Management Consultant – Gender & Social Protection
Section/Division/Duty Station: Social Policy, Programme Division, New York
Duration: 7.5 months
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. 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 funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.
Social protection is broadly understood to refer to “a set of policies and programmes aimed at preventing or protecting all people against poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion throughout their life-course, with a particular emphasis towards vulnerable groups.” It is strongly associated with protecting people as they face idiosyncratic shocks (specific to individuals/households, such as a change that often comes about as part of the life cycle, such as pregnancy, unemployment, or old age) and covariate shocks (affecting communities and/or societies at scale, such as flooding or indeed COVID19). As outlined in UNICEF’s Global Social Protection Framework (2019), social protection tends to refer to four key domains of practice: social transfers (whether cash transfers or in-kind support, universal or targeted); social insurance (such as health insurance); labor market policies and programmes (such as employment guarantee schemes) and the provision of non-cash social welfare services.
Evidence has long shown the strong relationships between social protection and gender outcomes, for example including increasing girls’ access to education, increasing women’s empowerment, and reducing intimate partner violence. Evidence has also demonstrated the potential for negative unintended effects. It is vital that social protection programmes are informed by evidence and expertise, intentionally designed to mitigate gendered risks and deliver on these opportunities. The importance of this work has never been clearer with the devastating impacts of COVID on women and girls.
Gender has been a long-standing part of UNICEF’s approach to social protection, but work has accelerated rapidly in recent years. UNICEF’s ability to accelerate and lead this work in the field is demonstrated by UNICEF’s response to COVID, with the number of UNICEF country offices supporting social protection programmes or systems with gender-related objectives more than tripling – including in fragile and humanitarian contexts. We have committed to significantly raise our ambition in the next Strategic Plan, building from this progress. The Social Policy Section in Programme Division in UNICEF HQ is supporting this organizational change in practice in collaboration with our global network, with specific commitments and workstreams around:
We are seeking a consultant who can contribute to this important agenda across the four workstreams, with a particular focus on workstream 3 – capacity-building, knowledge exchange and learning. The role will include support with the development, refinement, maintenance, dissemination and uptake of products and platforms for sharing knowledge and information about gender and social protection policy and practice, including across UNICEF’s global network (regional and country offices, as well as UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti) and our partners. It will also include the opportunity to help to shape the strategy and priorities as the work progresses, learning from our practice and partnerships and seeking innovation to get knowledge and ideas into the hands of practitioners. Our knowledge exchange and learning work includes a partnership with the World Bank and FCDO on the theme of gender and social protection, which the consultant will also support.
The KM consultant with work closely with the Social Protection & Gender Adviser in the Social Policy Section, Planning Specialist and Communications Specialist in Social Policy; the Senior Gender Adviser in the Gender Section and the KM Specialist in the Gender Section. They will also coordinate closely with the research uptake lead in and Gender and Development Specialist in Innocenti. They will have regular engagement across our different ‘game-changer’ areas of social protection to ensure coherence in our knowledge management and capacity-building efforts.
Terms of Reference / Deliverables
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
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