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Vacancy Announcement: Consultant
Consultancy Title: Consultant – Volunteer Engagement and Strategy
Section/Division/Duty Station: GenU Team – Programme Group – NYHQ
Duration: 6 December 2023 – 31 August 2024
Home/ office Based: REMOTE
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. 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.
Purpose of Activity/ Assignment:
The hired consultant will be responsible for helping to roll out the new Green Rising initiative by developing strategic plans for volunteer engagement opportunities across UNICEF and will work with government, public and private sector organizations to build multi-stakeholder coalitions around volunteering. S/he will support efforts to establish, innovate, and/or scale volunteer programs and as such support the development of multiple strategy streams – from capacity building to collaborating with other agencies and organizations — to leverage volunteer power to achieve programmatic results across UNICEF and partners while empowering and upskilling young volunteers. The consultant will focus especially on supporting UNICEF country offices to partner with young volunteers on climate and environmental actions which deliver on The Green Rising initiative. Linked to this work, s/he will contribute to drafting fundraising proposals and marketing communications and will lead key events and fora such as skill-shares, webinars, community calls and design workshops using facilitations techniques guided by human-centred design. The consultant will report to the head of the Global Volunteer Initiative (GVI) within Generation Unlimited/UNICEF and work closely with the GVI team, meeting on a weekly basis. The work will require some travel. For additional background, refer to the Generation Unlimited/Global Volunteer Initiative website
Scope of Work:
- Support UNICEF country offices from conceptualization through execution to launch, scale and/or adapt custom-built youth volunteer engagement offerings around climate and environmental action by facilitating strategy workshops and by providing regular technical/strategy support
- Support UNICEF country offices to recruit, onboard and capacitate new/existing volunteer practitioners
- Prepare fundraising proposals and relevant donor reports for volunteer engagement around the Green Rising
- In collaboration with the GenU MarComms team, draft external communications and event proposals to showcase the Green Rising, with a focus on the volunteerism pillar.
- Advise on & draft global strategy for volunteer engagement around the Green Rising
- Support the facilitation of events that bring together the Community of Practice for volunteer engagement practitioners across UNICEF who are working with young people on climate and environmental action
- Develop and disseminate toolkits and other guidance materials related to volunteer engagement around the Green Rising for implementing offices
Terms of Reference / Key Deliverables:
- Refine and update relevant volunteer strategy documents and communications with a renewed focus on Green Rising. Collaborate with the responsible UNICEF team (PG/CEED) to align the GVI Green Rising strategy with the organization-wide Sustainability and Climate Action Plan
By 31 December 2023
- Develop and refine a toolkit of resources to support countries roll out the volunteering component of Green Rising including materials on strategy development, recruitment, volunteer management and HCD facilitation
By 31 January 2024
- Prepare and execute a strategy for dissemination and uptake of the toolkit/resources prepared including through training sessions
By 28 February 2024
- Prepare the donor report for the donor funding Green Rising programs in Brazil and India
By 29 February 2024
- In collaboration with the MENA regional office, design and facilitate a volunteer strategy workshop using Human-Centred-Design methodologies in close partnership with the UNICEF Lebanon Country Office, young people, funding partners and other stakeholders and subsequently prepare a workshop report. Provide technical/strategy support and coaching to help the office implement the program through regular calls and emails including to recruit, onboard and capacitate new/existing volunteer practitioners
By 31 March 2024
- In collaboration with the MENA regional office, design and facilitate a volunteer strategy workshop using Human-Centred-Design methodologies in close partnership with the UNICEF Jordan Country Office, young people, funding partners and other stakeholders and subsequently prepare a workshop report. Provide technical/strategy support and coaching to help the office implement the program through regular calls and emails including to recruit, onboard and capacitate new/existing volunteer practitioners
By 30 April 2024
- In collaboration with the MENA regional office, design and facilitate a volunteer strategy workshop using Human-Centred-Design methodologies in close partnership with the UNICEF Egypt Country Office, young people, funding partners and other stakeholders and subsequently prepare a workshop report. Provide technical/strategy support and coaching to help the office implement the program through regular calls and emails including to recruit, onboard and capacitate new/existing volunteer practitioners
By 31 May 2024
- In close collaboration with GVI and the GenU MarComms team, advise on the Green Rising external communications strategy and draft associated messages, stories and other communications
By 30 June 2024
- Provide technical/strategy support and coaching to help the country offices in ECAR, including Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Serbia, to adapt, sustain, and grow their volunteer programmes to be in line with the Green Rising and to monitor progress and ensure support needs are met through regular bilateral calls, emails and/or site visits with each relevant country
By 30 July 2024
- Provide technical/strategy support and coaching to help the UNICEF Brazil and India offices – to sustain, grow and report on their volunteer programmes through regular bilateral calls, emails and site visits
By 31 August 2024
- In close collaboration with the GVI team, advise on strategy, prepare pitch decks and draft proposals targeting at least two potential donors to secure funding for The Green Rising
By 31 August 2024
- Master’s degree in public policy, social sciences or another relevant field OR a first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience.
- Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in volunteer and public engagement work
- Experience working in the UNICEF context is an asset
- Experience facilitating and developing strategies and tactics with multiple stakeholders across functional communities and in global contexts
- Experience facilitating workshops using human-centred design approaches, building capacity, and hosting internal communications
- Experience writing successful fundraising proposals, including slide decks
- Significant experience working with teams to develop, deliver, and optimize successful volunteer initiatives
- An ability to tailor engagement approaches to context, adjusting to suit different issues, audiences, cultures, political situations, and systems of government
- A sophisticated and current knowledge of relevant digital tools and technologies, and a knowledge of trends and best practices in the volunteering and the broader public engagement spaces
- Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills; meticulous attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines with a commitment to quality
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset
Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and
- Upload copy of academic credentials
- Financial proposal that will include/ reflect:
- the costs per each deliverable and the total lump-sum for the whole assignment (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference.
- travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR
- Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
- Indicate your availability
- Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF
- At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage
- Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
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 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
Remarks: Individuals engaged under a consultancy 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. Consultants 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.