National Consultant – Programme coordination, partnership and knowledge management on child labour, Abidjan-Cote d’Ivoire (1 an 11 Mois)

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  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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    CONTRACTOR
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    3 weeks ago
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  • Deadline:
    19/07/2024

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United Nations Children’s Fund National Consultant – Programme coordination, partnership and knowledge management on child labour, Abidjan-Cote d’Ivoire (1 an 11 Mois) Ivory Coast UNICEF Jobs 2024

United Nations Children’s Fund looking for “National Consultant – Programme coordination, partnership and knowledge management on child labour, Abidjan-Cote d’Ivoire (1 an 11 Mois)”. Applicants with an Advanced degree may apply on or before 19-Jul-24.

The United Nations Children’s Fund has published a job vacancy announcement on 05-Jul-24 for qualified applicants to fill in the vacant post of National Consultant – Programme coordination, partnership and knowledge management on child labour, Abidjan-Cote d’Ivoire (1 an 11 Mois) to be based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. For more jobs, please visit https://unjoblink.org

Company Name: United Nations Children’s Fund

Job Title: National Consultant – Programme coordination, partnership and knowledge management on child labour, Abidjan-Cote d’Ivoire (1 an 11 Mois)

Duty Station: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Country: Ivory Coast

Application Deadline: 19-Jul-24

 

Responsibilities:

 

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, A champion!

In 2023, UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire launched an ambitious and innovative UN Joint Programme with UNICEF, ILO (International Labour Organization) and IOM (International Organization for Migration)), supported by two donors (EU, and Switzerland) and involving 11 sections within the Cote d’Ivoire Country Office (Child Protection, Education, Nutrition, Health, WASH, Social Policy, Social Behavioral Change, Adolescents, Partnerships, Communication, Programme Monitoring and Evaluation). The programme combines two pillars, namely, pillar 1 – eliminating child labour in one of the primary cocoa production regions and pillar 2 – promoting youth engagement and employability in the North of Cote d’Ivoire (this pillar forms part of the Adolescent’s team response to the Sahel L2 emergency, as it contributes directly to the implementation of the UN resilience plan in the north of Cote d’Ivoire).

Due to the complexity linked to the variety of stakeholders directly involved (Government, UN, NGOs, private sector, donors), the programme requires additional support to facilitate coordination, collaboration and synergie, particularly with the UN agencies, donors and other external stakeholders (particularly those related to the cocoa sector, including beyond the UNJP). Also, quality documentation of implementation and knowledge management are key aspects of the programme. which also require additional support.

Hence, UNICEF, ILO and IOM have decided to strengthen the programme team with support from a consultant dedicated to facilitating coordination of the programme among stakeholders and partners and ensuring joint monitoring of implementation, as well as supporting knowledge management activities. The nature of the work (e.g. supporting the organization of meetings, storing project files in a safe space, etc.) requires access to UNICEF email account. For what concerns the location the consultant will be based in UNICEF office but visiting regularly ILO and OIM offices in Cote d’Ivoire.

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative and in close collaboration with UNICEF programme and cross-sectoral colleagues as well as with ILO and IOM technical teams.

How can you make a difference?

The consultant will be:

Support the UNJP on both pillars (Pillar 1 – ENACTE Elimination of Child Labour in the Nawa region and Pillar 2 – “Generation Sans Limites” in the north):
• Interagency programme coordination between UNICEF – ILO – IOM technical teams, including supporting the organization of regular coordination meetings (e.g. UNJP steering committee, technical meetings, etc.) documenting the discussions and decisions taken, consolidating inputs and preparing reports (both narrative and financial) through monitoring of progress and achievements (project advancement reports, budget monitoring and key communication material).
• Support UNICEF, ILO and IOM in the implementation of key activities and monitoring and evaluation of progress including through contribution to analyses of programme needs, developing tools for M&E, supporting dialogue and exchange of information with key external stakeholders (such as UNJP partners and cocoa-related institutions and the private sector at national and regional levels to encourage synergies).
• Support the development of various programme related communication and knowledge management materials to facilitate consultations with key stakeholders and increase the visibility of the knowledge and the evidence generated by the programme.
Beyond the UNJP:
Support other business engagement efforts (focus on cocoa) for other projects (RVO subvention, Work No Child Business…) including supporting the development of studies (ongoing study on farmers’ health and impact on child labour or other research efforts related to the issue of child labour in cocoa)
· Support UNICEF cocoa-related advocacy efforts on child rights and business including facilitating the collaboration and input consolidation (among UNICEF internal national and international stakeholders and other UN agencies) to ensure adequate participation in multi-stakeholder dialogues such as ICI (International Cocoa Initiative), CLCCG (Child Labour Cocoa Coordinating Group), Task Force of TFPs on sustainable cocoa, ISCOs.
· Participate in external meetings as necessary, following the authorization of the Country Office Management.

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Work Assignments Overview

Deliverables/ Outputs

Delivery deadline (Estimated due date)

Estimated Budget

1

– Support internal coordination management mechanisms within UNICEF and between the 3 agencies (technical coordination meetings, UNJP meetings, preparation of high-level Committee meetings etc.)
– support planning and monitoring of activities for the three agencies

– Document key activities and inter-agency collaboration with promising / best practices
– support the development and documentation of planned knowledge products

– Assist programme teams in the preparation of ad-hoc documentation on a needs basis to facilitate coordination and encourage synergies with external stakeholders (including the Government at central and decentralized level, private sector, NGOs, technical and financial partners)
– Participate and support field missions related to key activities (joint activities, coordination with external partners, donor visits, etc.) and ensure rigorous documentation

UNJP internal progress advancement report Q1 2024

31/10/2024

10%

2

Assist UNICEF in preparation of relevant advocacy opportunities to engage with ICI, CLCCG, TFPs task Force on sustainable cocoa, ISCOs meetings, EU political dialogue…
According to the priorities identified and validated with UNICEF, support the organization and contribute to internal dialogue (within UNICEF CdI and other relevant UN stakeholders such as UNICEF Ghana, PFP (Private Fundraising Partnerships), ILO, IOM…) on key advocacy messages
– Assist in drafting position papers, presentations, policy briefs or other documentation needed to share the defined advocacy messages
– Support the UN participation to the dialogue with external stakeholders (through online meetings, bilateral consultations, workshops…)
– Synthesize the outcomes of UNICEF advocacy activities, the recommendations and next steps for the broader organisation

Advocacy and position paper

30/11/2024

5%

3

– Assist in the production of programme monitoring documents for external stakeholders on a needs basis (general progress update or for specific activities, including level of implementation of activities at community level)

– Support internal coordination management mechanisms within UNICEF and between the 3 agencies (technical coordination meetings, UNJP meetings, preparation of high-level Committee meetings etc.)
– support planning and monitoring of activities for the three agencies

– Document key activities and inter-agency collaboration with promising / best practices
– support the development and documentation of planned knowledge products
– Support the Child Protection Specialist overseeing implementation in the field in the context of field missions related to key activities (joint activities, coordination with external partners, donor visits, etc.) and ensure rigorous documentation

UNJP internal progress advancement report Q2 2024

31/01/2025

10%

4

– Analyse the financial situation (rate of disbursement) of the UNJP
– Consolidate budgetary requirements to apply for the next tranche of funding (2025) on each pillar of the UNJP

– Ensure preparation of the narrative and financial reports for 2024 (including financial request for the next tranche of funding in 2025)

Consolidated draft of UNJP donors’ reports – period covering 01/01/2024-31/12/2024 including UNJP financial analysis in preparation to new budget tranche request for 2025

30/02/2025

15%

5

– Review the consolidated narrative and financial reports considering PPD and each agency HQ feedback – Assist the teams to process PPD feedback if applicable

UNJP report to donors covering the period 01/01/2024-31/12/2024

30/04/25

5%

6

– Support internal coordination management mechanisms within UNICEF and between the 3 agencies (technical coordination meetings, UNJP meetings, preparation of high-level Committee meetings etc.)
– support planning and monitoring of activities for the three agencies

– Document key activities and inter-agency collaboration with promising / best practices
– support the development and documentation of planned knowledge products

– Assist programme teams in the preparation of ad-hoc documentation on a needs basis to facilitate coordination and encourage synergies with external stakeholders (including the Government at central and decentralized level, private sector, NGOs, technical and financial partners)
– Participate and support field missions related to key activities (joint activities, coordination with external partners, donor visits, etc.) and ensure rigorous documentation

UNJP internal progress advancement report Q1 2025

30/09/2025

10%

7

– Assist the internal coordination management process within UNICEF and between the 3 agencies (information and document sharing, chronogram update and follow-up…)
– support the documentation of the activities implemented by UNICEF/ILO/OIM programme teams for (S1 2025)
– support the development and the documentation of the studies planned
– Assist the programme teams in the preparation of ad-hoc documentation on a needs basis to facilitate coordination and encourage synergies with external stakeholders (including the Government at central and decentralized level, private sector, NGOs, technical and financial partners)
– Participate and support the field missions related to key activities (joint activities, coordination with external partners, donor visits, etc.) and ensure rigorous documentation

UNJP internal progress advancement report Q2 2025

22/12/25

10%

8

Inform/advise UNICEF on relevant advocacy opportunities to engage on relevant issues nationally and internationally including ICI Board meeting, CLCCG, TFPs task Force on sustainable cocoa, ISCOs meetings, EU political dialogue and other relevant partners)

According to the priorities identified and validated by UNICEF, support the organization and contribute to internal dialogue (within UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire and other relevant UN stakeholders such as UNICEF Ghana, PFP, ILO, IOM…) on key advocacy messages
Assist in drafting position papesr, presentations, policy briefs or other documentation needed to share the defined advocacy messages
Support UN participation in dialogue with external stakeholders (through online meetings, bilateral consultations, workshops, etc.)
-Synthesize the outcomes of UNICEF advocacy activities, the recommendations and next steps for the broader organisation

Advocacy and position paper

31/08/2025

5%

9

– Carry out regular analysis of the financial situation (rate of disbursement)
– Identify key remaining areas of disbursement
– Anticipate financial closing procedures and support communication to the programme teams

UNJP internal progress report including financial analysis in preparation of the next interim report (period covering 01/01/2025-31/12/2025) and anticipation of expected financial closure by end of June 2026

15/10/2025

5%

10

For the reporting period 01/01/2025-31/12/2025
Assist the Deputy Representative and the Chief of Protection/Adolescents with the internal coordination management process between the 3 agencies (information and document sharing, chronogram update and follow-up, activities documentation…)
– Assist in the production of programme monitoring documents for external stakeholders on a needs basis (general progress update or for specific activities, including level of implementation of activities at community level)
– Collect relevant documentation of activities implemented (such as progress achieved related to the local development roadmaps better integrating actions in favour of children)
– Support the Child Protection Specialist in overseeing implementation in the field in the context of field missions related to key activities (joint activities, coordination with external partners, donor visits, etc.) and ensure rigorous documentation
– Assist in relations with donors (EU, Switzerland) by keeping them informed of key events (this could include the preparation of a donors’ visit in Nawa and the North)
– Ensure preparation of the narrative and financial reports for 2025 (including financial request for the last tranche of funding in 2026)

Consolidated draft of UNJP donors’ reports – period covering 01/01/2025-31/12/2025

30/02/2026

10%

11

– Review the consolidated narrative and financial reports considering PPD and each Agency’s HQ feedback – Assist the teams to process PPD feedback if applicable

UNJP report to donors – period covering 01/01/2025-31/12/2025

30/04/2026

10%

12

– Support final financial statement preparation
– Support final narrative report preparation

UNJP internal report in preparation of final closure

30/06/2026

5%

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in project management, coordination and M&E
  • Working experience with the UN system and familiarity with UNJP required
  • International background with working experience in Côte d’Ivoire is considered an asset
  • Working experience with the private sector required
  • Familiarity with cocoa sector stakeholders in Cote d’Ivoire required
  • Fluency in both English and French is required (C1 level).
  • Experience with sustainable development
  • Proven ability to work with / coordinate different stakeholders including both public and private
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to details
  • Drive for results and demonstrated capacity to respect deadlines even when working under pressure
  • Proficiency with MS Office is required

applications to be submitted:

  • An updated and detailed CV
  • A letter of motivation
  • A technical proposal
  • A financial offer in local currency (XOF) including fees and travel expenses, taking into account a total of 5 missions per year (10 in total):
    – 7 missions of 5 days in the Nawa region
    – 3 missions of 5 days in other regions of Côte d’Ivoire

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.

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.

Remarks:

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.

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