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Consultancy Title: Child Poverty and Social Protection advocacy
Section/Division/Duty Station: Social Policy and Social Protection/Programmes/New York
Duration: 11 months (December 1st 2021 to October 31st 2022)
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.
UNICEF´s Social Policy and Social Protection section, housed in the Programme Group in UNICEF Headquarters, helps to frame and co-ordinate a range of social policy work at HQ, Regional and Country Offices. In particular the section focus is on child poverty, social protection, public finance for children (PF4C) and decentralization/local governance.
In supporting countries to formulate contextualized responses to address child poverty, the Child Poverty and Social Protection (CPSP) unit follows a blended approach that works to systematically integrate child poverty as a central issue in national development plans, national agendas, policies and programmes. This includes ensuring child poverty related policy commitments are better reflected in national budget processes, and advocating for safeguarding critical social spending and ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively. This work is carried alongside the development and strengthening of inclusive and shock responsive social protection systems as one of the key mechanisms to address child poverty.
As a part of the advocacy agenda, the CPSP unit:
Terms of Reference / Deliverables
The purpose of the consultancy is to support the unit in developing outreach as well as advocacy approaches on child poverty and social protection, through a variety of policy advocacy and knowledge management initiatives. This includes managing an active Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, conducting outreach to member organizations, finding synergies between the individual work of the different organizations and providing more visibility to the work of the Coalition.
A focus of the consultancy is also to support dialogue, learning and advocacy on shock responsive as well as inclusive & gender responsive social protection – particularly in relation to the new Ireland-funded programme on climate-adapted social protection.
The consultant will support the unit on the following key advocacy related activities:
Cross-cutting global policy and advocacy work on shock-responsive, inclusive and gender-responsive social protection
Coordinate dialogue and dissemination of knowledge to promote evidence-based actions by stakeholders engaged in shock responsive and inclusive social protection
Support technical assistance on shock-responsive and gender-responsive social protection
Advocacy and knowledge management
2) Work experience
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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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, 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.