UNICEF Consultancy: Child Safeguarding + Safe Identification and Referral

  • Job no: 550724
  • 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 typically were also seeking materials on safe identification and referrals, tailored for other sectors that were encountering children frequently, such as those in schools, health facilities, and isolation and quarantine centers. The majority of these queries involved requests for 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, relevant guidance materials, case studies, and/or 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 Safeguarding: This section of the package will complement current guidance by consolidating key concepts, standards, practical steps and recommendations, and tools and templates to reference into two brief modules, making content more digestible and interactive.
  2. Safe Identification and Referral: Frontline workers in other sectors are often a first point of contact or entry for children facing violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect, family separation, and other risks. Therefore, it is essential these actors know how to interact appropriately and sensitively with children and their families and feel confident in how to refer a case and to whom to refer for safe, ethical referrals.

The other consultancy will focus on Child Protection Mainstreaming and Integration across Specific Sectors and on Child Participation. 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 with at least one or two coordination groups, then revise and finalize materials based on country feedback.

Scope of Work

The specific objectives of this consultancy are:

  1. Develop a user-friendly guide for other sectors on safe identification and referral
  2. Develop companion, easily adaptable, and interactive workshop modules on child safeguarding and safe identification and referral
  3. 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 safeguarding and safe identification and referrals, including country, agency, interagency, and other sectoral examples (e.g., GBV, Protection, MHPSS)

• Consult with Case Management Task Force members on the Safe Identification and Referrals module

• Draft the Safe Identification and Referral guidance and module of the workshop package, in consultation with members of the Case Management Task Force, complete with PowerPoint presentations and handouts or other supplementary materials (checklist, pocket guide, etc.). Presentation should include facilitator notes, activities for remote or Face-to-Face delivery, pre- and post-session knowledge questions, resource lists, and other tools.

• Brief workplan developed

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

• A minimum of 4 key informant interviews and group consultations are conducted with case management task force colleagues to inform and get feedback on draft workshop materials

• Safe Identification and Referral guidance & workshop module completed

28 working days
• Consult with UNICEF, Global Education Cluster, and other relevant colleagues to discuss essential key messages, good or promising practices, challenges, and other aspects to feed into the materials related to child safeguarding

• Draft a child safeguarding module for the workshop package, complete with PowerPoint presentations, checklists, and other handouts. Presentations should include facilitator notes, activities for remote or Face-to-Face delivery, pre- and post-session knowledge questions, resource lists, and other tools.

• A minimum of 3 key informant interviews and group consultations are conducted with UNICEF, Global Education Cluster, and other relevant colleagues to inform and get feedback on a draft child safeguarding module

• An interactive, easily adaptable workshop module related to child safeguarding is completed

7 working days
• Work with the selected video company and Global CP AoR to develop at least 1 informational video to use with other sectors, consisting of interviews, success stories, and/or key messages; this includes developing a script and video outline and reviewing the video draft • Content and materials for the development of 1 video is completed in collaboration with select video company. 6 working days
• Consult with the select coordination group(s) 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 and guidance note are edited, designed, and finalized after feedback is obtained from countries using the materials. 10 working days

Estimated Duration of the Contract

51 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 51 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
  • Solid understanding of and experience with child protection case management, inter-agency child protection case management coordination, and working with other sectors for safe identification and referrals
  • Experience with child safeguarding training
  • Ability to create user-friendly guidance notes on technical issues
  • 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