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Consultancy: Advocacy Strategy

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 14 Dec 2018

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 Fair Chance

UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.

Unicef has a field office in Cotabato City the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms.

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  • The Advocacy consultant will conduct an advocacy strategy planning workshop and produce a strategy document to guide the next country programme in consultation with the Representative, Deputy Representative, the Chief of Communication and the Advocacy Committee before, during and after the workshop.
  • To build advocacy capacity and consensus across the office among key programme leaders in each outcome area. To improve the awareness and skills of key staff involved on advocacy concepts, strategic planning, identify target audiences, actors and agents for stakeholder analysis, and communication channels.
  • Develop an integrated advocacy strategy for UNICEF Philippines Eighth Country Programme for Children 2019-2023.
  • Facilitate defining the three overarching advocacy priorities and develop clear advocacy objectives for the CO for the next 2 years keeping in view adjustments and extension over the next five years.
  • The advocacy strategy will draw from the Political Economy Analysis, and the identification of key actors, agents, stakeholders and audiences, key alliances, major advocacy actions and messages with timeline, challenges and opportunities as well as a plan for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Methodology and approach:

  • The Advocacy Consultant should review pertinent documents (e.g., Country programme document, Country Programme Action Plan, Programme Strategy Notes, Political Economy Analysis, cross cutting focus such as gender and adolescents, C4D, and hold online discussions with senior management for strategic guidance and key staff for needs assessment. (3 days)
  • The Advocacy Consultant should design and conduct a 3-4 day face-to-face workshop to include (6 days):
  • Introductory training on advocacy methodologies, approaches and application and to design a workshop agenda.
  • Mapping of advocacy needs, roles and responsibilities and defining the three overarching advocacy priorities
  • Advocacy plan for each of the three overarching advocacy priorities
  • The Advocacy Consultant should have a post workshop meeting with a core advocacy focal points and produce an integrated advocacy strategy document with timelines and milestones based on the workshop. (3 days)
  • The Advocacy Consultant should provide ongoing feedback on the advocacy strategy over two months. (4 days over 2 months)

    Major Tasks

  • Preparatory Skype meeting with Representative, Deputy Representative and Chief of Communication Senior Management, and relevant staff to chart the agenda and work.
  • Review pertinent documents and framework.
  • Design a 3-4 day workshop including training materials and background documents.
  • Post meeting with senior management and submission of the advocacy strategy document.
  • Provide ongoing feedback and guidance electronically after senior management reviews the draft advocacy strategy for a period of two months.
  • Deliverables

  • Preparatory Skype planning meeting.
  • Review of pertinent documents.
  • Workshop design with training materials and documents.
  • Post workshop continued meeting with core group.
  • Advocacy strategy document submission.
  • Revision and finalization of advocacy strategy document after two rounds of revisions.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced University Degree, preferably in law or social sciences (e.g. international relations, political science, public affairs, and/or international development.)
  • A minimum of 10 years relevant professional work experience, including advocacy on human rights/child rights issues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of emergencies and middle income country context is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s global advocacy strategies and priorities, advocacy processes and frameworks is an asset.
  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


    Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in by 14 December 2018. Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal under Job Number: 518358 will be considered.

    All candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, and the duly filled P 11 form which can be downloaded from our website at indicating three (3) previous supervisors. Please indicate your ability, availability and proposed fee to undertake the terms of reference above. Please submit Applications submitted without a proposed fee will not be considered.

    Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted.

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    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.


    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link