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, an Advocacy Specialist
Advocacy and Communication are at the center of UNICEF’s mandate. We advocate to decision makers for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. We communicate to key public and private audiences to build support for the cause of children.
UNICEF is mandated to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, and our Strategic Plan recognizes the importance of advocacy to deliver against UNICEF’s mission and secure results for children. Advocacy plays an essential role in supporting and pressing governments and other influential actors to ensure measurable, sustainable change for children, whether through private influencing, mobilizing public support, policy advice, or a holistic blended approach.
This role is based in UNICEF’s Global Advocacy Section, in the Division of Global Communications and Advocacy (GCA).
GCA’s Advocacy Section has three core objectives:
How can you make a difference?
Based in the Child Health and Nutrition Advocacy Team, a Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist (the Consultant) is sought to design and deliver high-impact child health and immunization advocacy campaign and high-profile activities with partners. 2024 is the 50th Anniversary of the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI@50). This milestone moment in history provides an opportune moment to deliver ambitious public engagement and political influencing initiatives that help drive concrete action on childhood immunization. Given the ambition of UNICEF and partners in this anniversary year, we are seeking a consultant for a time-bound period to develop a range of advocacy plans, materials, resources and products to enable UNICEF’s Child Health Global Advocacy Team to deliver An ambitious advocacy agenda around key moments in 2024.
This role calls for someone with an advocacy and communications background with a passion for changing hearts and minds through thoughtful campaigns. UNICEF is looking for someone who is both a strategic thinker and who also has the creative flair to turn complex issues into compelling public and political campaigns that advance UNICEF’s global advocacy strategies.
Expected results: (measurable results)
Description of the assignment
Based in UNICEF’s Division of Global Communications and Advocacy (GCA), the Consultant will be responsible for designing and developing campaign strategies to support UNICEF’s child health and immunization priorities in 2024 which will be focused on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI@50).
Principle goals and expectations for the consultant:
Working in close coordination with the Advocacy Specialist plus other internal and external stakeholders, the advocacy consultant will deliver the following;
Start date: November 2023
End date: July 2024
Travel (If Applicable) – No travel is anticipated with this consultancy assignment at this time.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
All applications must contain the following (incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration)
1. Fully completed FINANCIAL PROPOSAL FORM Financial Proposal Form – Updated 10 April 2023.xlsx
2. Fully completed TECHNICAL PROPOSAL FORM Technical Proposal Form – Updated 10 April 2023.xlsx
3. Fully completed applicant online applicant profile
4. Cover letter
EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Technical Assessment Criteria (applications will be evaluated based on the following technical criteria):
Candidates are requested to submit their Financial Proposal form and it will be evaluated based on the overall financial offer.
Requests for services under an individual contract requires that the consultant indicates their all-inclusive fees (including lump sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable) for the services to be provided.
When submitting their bid, the consultant is also advised to take into consideration as part of their bid for the assignment the cost of health insurance and/or photographic, video-graphic equipment if such equipment is needed to complete the deliverables of the assignment.
The Consultant is fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health, and other forms of insurance covering the term of the Contract as he or she considers appropriate. The Consultant is not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to UNICEF and United Nations staff members.
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.
IMPORTANT – G4 Visa is only valid if the consultant will reside within the tri-state area during the duration of the assignment. It is illegal to apply and obtain a visa for consultants who do not intend to reside within the tri-state area during the duration of the consultancy assignment.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.
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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
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.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.