UNICEF Consultancy: Child Protection Mainstreaming and Integration Across Specific Sectors + Child Participation

  • Job no: 550725
  • Contract type: Consultancy
  • Duty Station: Geneva
  • Level: Consultancy
  • Location: Switzerland
  • Categories: Child Protection, Emergency

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, Protection

Purpose of the Assignment

Analysis of technical support requests coming to the Global CP AoR from country-based child protection coordination groups has underscored a clear need for tools related to increased collaboration and capacity building with other sectors on child protection risk assessment and mitigation, appropriate responses, child safeguarding, child participation, and safe identification and referral of children in extremely vulnerable situations. In 2020 and 2021, there were over 85 requests from coordination groups specifically related to child protection mainstreaming and integration with other sectors, most commonly focusing on health, education, food security, nutrition, and camp coordination/camp management sectors.

Countries requesting support on child protection mainstreaming and integration as well as child safeguarding were requesting training materials and presentations that could be easily adapted to specific contexts and geared for non-CP actors.

The purpose of this consultancy is to develop a ready-to-use, easy-to-contextualize workshop package, including PowerPoints, checklists and tip-sheets, case studies, and videos, to support the application of Pillar 4 in the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Standards to Work Across Sectors. Sectors of focus will include Education, Health, Food Security, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, and Nutrition.

The workshop package will include four primary cross-sectoral components, including general and sector-specific child protection mainstreaming and integration consideration, tips, and actions; child participation; child safeguarding; and safe identification and referrals. Given the scope of work and need for timely delivery of the full workshop package, the work has been split into two with this consultancy focusing on the following components specifically:

  1. Child Protection Mainstreaming and Integration across specific sectors: This element will include a brief overview of child protection and its core principles, rationale for risk mitigation and incorporating child protection, and key tips, strategies, and actions clusters/sectors can take to protect children and support their health and safety across the humanitarian programme cycle. Key considerations related to disability, age, and gender will be incorporated throughout this module.
  2. Child Participation: Child Participation will be woven into the above module, ensuring consolidation of current guidance, key concepts, standards, practical steps and recommendations, and tools and templates, making participation content more digestible and interactive.

The other consultancy will focus on Child Safeguarding and Safe Identification and Referrals with other sectors. The two consultants selected to implement the assignment will work in close coordination and collaboration with each other and the Global CP AoR team.

Following development of the workshop package, the Consultant will work with the Global CP AoR to test materials in two countries, then revise, finalize, and design materials based on country feedback.

Scope of Work

The specific objectives of this consultancy are:

  1. Develop an interactive, easily adaptable workshop package, using multimedia, to support the implementation of Pillar 4 in the “Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Standards to Work Across Sectors” in collaboration with the Global Child Protection AoR and relevant sectors, including Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Education, Food Security, Health, and Nutrition
  2. Support the Global CP AoR in revising, finalizing, and designing finalized workshop materials

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks / Milestone Deliverables / Outputs Timeline / Deadline
• Gather and review existing materials on child protection (also GBV and general protection as relevant) mainstreaming and integration across sectors and child participation, including country, agency, interagency, and other sectoral examples

• Develop workplan to outline process for consultations, drafting, and testing

• Examples to inform the workshop package are organized into a resource library

• Workplan developed

2 working days
• Consult with country-, regional-, and global-level colleagues from Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Education, Food Security, Health, and Nutrition sectors along with Child Protection to introduce the workshop package and discuss essential key messages, outputs, good or promising practices, challenges, and other aspects to feed into the materials

• Draft child protection mainstreaming and integration modules of the workshop package, ensuring adequate integration and focus on child participation. Module to include PowerPoint presentations, checklists and other handouts, and case studies from both child protection and other sectoral actors and perspectives. Presentations should include facilitator notes, activities for remote or Face-to-Face delivery, pre- and post-session knowledge questions, resource lists, and other tools.

• Ensure practical child participation guidance and tips are integrated in the workshop package, including actions throughout the programme cycle per sector

• A minimum of 12 key informant interviews and group consultations are conducted with other sectoral, child protection, colleagues, and Global Education Cluster to inform and get feedback on draft workshop materials

• An interactive, easily adaptable, multimedia module related to child protection mainstreaming and integration, tailored for the 5 selected sectors, is completed

• Child participation is integrated into the mainstreaming and integration workshop package

37 working days
• Work with the selected video company and Global CP AoR to develop at least 2 informational videos to use with other sectors, consisting of interviews, success stories, promising practices, and key messages; this includes developing scripts, conducting interviews and case studies, video outline, and reviewing drafts • Content and materials for the development of 2 videos are completed in collaboration with select video company 10 working days
• Consult with selected coordination groups using the materials to make revisions to the workshop package materials

• Edit and finalize materials based on country feedback; ensure attractive, user-friendly design of final materials

• Coordinate with the other Working Across Sectors Consultant on design, formatting, and layout

• If time allows, support the Global CP AoR in organizing translation of resources

• Workshop package is edited, designed, and finalized after feedback is obtained from countries using the materials. 10 working days

Estimated Duration of the Contract

59 working days (between May 2022 and January 2023)

Consultant’s Work Place and Official Travel

The consultancy is home-based and no travel is foreseen.

Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule

Payment will be made on submission of an invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables. Please indicate a daily fee based on 59 working days to undertake this assignment. 

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

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, International Development, or Organizational Development
  • At least 5 years of experience in child protection in emergencies and/or coordination or related fields
  • Experience in learning and development, including good working knowledge of adult learning and experience developing training curricula and workshop materials for audiences with various sectoral backgrounds
  • Experience in working with other sectors, promoting a child protection lens and centrality of protection
  • Understanding of and experience with child participation across the programme cycle
  • Ability to document good practices and lessons learnt in a practical case study format
  • Excellent understanding of the humanitarian architecture at global and field level
  • Proven ability to work independently and deliver results
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Significant experience working with other sectors preferred
  • Experience in creating short videos, including animated, informational, and interview-format videos preferred
  • Fluency in English; French or Spanish also preferred

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, 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.


Please include a full CV and Financial Proposal in your application. Additionally, indicate your availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered. 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.

  • Advertised: W. Europe Daylight Time
  • Deadline: W. Europe Daylight Time