Consultant – Corporal Punishment Advocacy

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    6 months ago
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    Communication and Advocacy
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Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the implementation of an advocacy strategy to end corporal punishment. This includes translating policy into meaningful action, developing and strengthening relationships with external stakeholders, representing the issue at international events/meetings, ongoing engagement and active state briefings with embassies and government ministries in order to encourage them to make recommendations about corporal punishment during UPR, and overseeing the translation, design, printing and dissemination of policy and communications materials.


Corporal punishment is the most common form of violence against children worldwide. It includes any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light, as well as non-physical forms of punishment that are cruel and degrading. Any corporal punishment violates children’s right to respect for their human dignity and physical integrity, and their rights to health, development, education and freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  Its legality in most states – unlike other forms of interpersonal violence – violates children’s right to equal protection under the law. In 2023, WHO agreed to continue important work begun by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children.  The goal is for every country to prohibit and eliminate corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home, and to take steps to put the law into practice. Research in countries that have done this shows that, when law reform is followed by systematic efforts to ensure that the law is understood and effective, the use of corporal punishment significantly declines, with demonstrable improvements in children’s lifelong health, education and development.


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an advocacy strategy on Corporal Punishment and support broader advocacy efforts of the End Violence Partnership.
  • Undertake advocacy for prohibition of corporal punishment, including by: representing the issue at international events, meetings; providing bespoke technical advice and expertise to partners, including facilitation of workshops, webinars, etc; fostering relationships with key contacts and promoting WHO aims in relation to thematic areas of human rights (including development, disability, education, girls, health, justice, etc.).
  • Coordinate the development and distribution of advocacy resources and publications relating to ending corporal punishment.
  • Coordinate maintenance and development of the Corporal Punishment public website.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in law/legal studies or human rights.



  • Five to ten years of relevant professional experience in legal policy.
  • Experience in researching and analysing legislation and policy in different legal systems.


  • Highly collaborative, results-oriented and proactive, with a flexible approach and a commitment to achieving results through policy advocacy.
  • Ability to synthesise complex legal information into easily accessible content for a range of audiences.
  • Knowledge of human rights law and the UN and/or regional human rights monitoring system.
  • Proven ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail when working to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to influence, negotiate and build networks.
  • Excellent diplomatic and coordination skills, and ability to succeed in a complex environment.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Expert knowledge of other UN languages.


Off site: Home-based


The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B – USD 7,000 – 9,980 per month.

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

11 months

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