Consultancy – Junior Project Coordinator, UNICEF EAPRO, Bangkok, Thailand

Job
from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 24 Jul 2019

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 better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival– to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development– to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection– from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them
  • Nature of Consultancy:

    In 1989, the world united to secure the rights of all children. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [CRC], was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the 20th November 1989 and remains, to this day, the most widely and swiftly ratified international agreement of all time. By 1995, not long after the CRC was passed, all ten Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations [ASEAN] had signed and ratified the Convention, binding themselves to 54 Articles covering the protection of and respect for a full range of rights for all children. By 2019, the CRC has the commitment of 196 States Parties and celebrates 30 years of this landmark instrument. In the 30 years since the CRC was passed, the ASEAN Member States, together and individually, have made important progress towards improving the lives of millions of children across the region.

    UNICEF will be organizing a CRC@30 Conference to celebrate 30 years of our achievements in realizing children’s rights since the adoption of the CRC. The conference will be held in the second quarter of 2020. In order to effectively prepare for this key event, UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific Regional Office is seeking a Junior Project Coordinator to assist with the coordination and organization of this event. In addition, the consultant will be expected to support additional events planned by the Social Policy and Economic Analysis Section.

    How can you make a difference?

    The Social Policy and Economic Analysis Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to provide support to the Regional Adviser, Social Policy and Economic Analysis in coordinating the organization of an academic conference on CRC@30 highlighting effective child related policy interventions across multiple sectors (including health, education, child protection and social policy) in East Asia and Pacific. In addition, the consultant will support the preparation of other conferences, workshops and events to be organized by the Social Policy and Economic Analysis Section in 2019-2020 to ensure high quality, efficient and effective event organization. The consultancy will focus on coordinating activities with participating UNICEF country offices, other ROs and HQ, colleagues from other UN agencies, academics, resource persons from think tanks /relevant institutions and the private sector.

    Work Assignment:

    The consultancy should carry out the following tasks and activities:

    Under the direct supervision of UNICEF EAPRO’s Regional Advisor of Social Policy and Economic Analysis, the Junior Project Coordinator will support the Social Policy and Economic Analysis Section to:

  • Manage and coordinate the organization of an academic conference on CRC@30 focusing on child related policy interventions (health, education, child protection, and social policy) in East Asia and Pacific.
  • Support the preparation of other conferences and events, including:
  • Preparation of Child Friendly Cities Initiative Summit 2019
  • Financing Shock-responsive Social Protection Workshop
  • Regional Public Finance for Children (PF4C) Training
  • EU-PFM Facility Workshop
  • UNICEF Integrated child-sensitive social protection systems
  • The consultant will manage all aspects of the event organization to ensure high quality, efficient and effective event organization. The Junior Project Coordinator will focus on the coordination of activities with participating UNICEF country offices, other UN agencies, academics, resource persons from relevant institutions and private sector.

    Coordination of administrative / logistical arrangements

  • Support the Regional Advisor in the coordination of an academic conference on CRC@30 focusing on child related policy interventions (health, education, child protection and social policy) in East Asia and Pacific and also assist with the organization of various Social Policy upcoming events;
  • Develop list of potential participants, and draft meeting logistics plan – identify venue and other technical requirements for the meeting, arrange advance registration, and liaise directly with the participants to coordinate inputs and reflect expectations in the development of the agenda;
  • Maintain regular contacts and coordinate activities with various stakeholders including focal points of participating UNICEF country offices, partner UN agencies, international and national consultants, academician, resource persons from relevant institutions including support the mapping of research institutions;
  • Facilitate communications and advocacy of the events;
  • Performs other relevant duties as assigned by the Regional Adviser.
  • Planning

  • Support UNICEF in the coordination and preparation of the academic conference on CRC@30 on Research for Children in the Region and various meetings/ events with relevant partners;
  • Work with the SPEA team, other EAPRO sections and do own research, to identify the best research and policy interventions in the region around the area of public policy for children;
  • Keep the Regional Advisor updated on issues and potential delays and risks to the work schedule and other operational issues;
  • Maintain a calendar of activities with clear designation of focal points and respective responsibilities;
  • Support the Regional Advisor in contributing to the organization of other upcoming events.
  • Implementation

  • Support the Regional Advisor to manage and coordinate all aspects of the organization of an academic conference on CRC@30 on Research for Children in the Region and other upcoming events;
  • Review resource requirements for events and provide inputs related to budget adjustments and possible revisions;
  • Provide logistical, administrative and secretarial services to the academic Conference on CRC@30 on Research for Children in the Region and other meetings/ events to ensure high quality and timely organization of the events. This includes facilitation if required during the conference/ meetings, collecting materials/presentations and preparing original documents for the conference/ meetings.
  • Reporting and Audit

  • Prepare monthly progress reports;
  • Prepare one mid-term progress report regarding the preparation of the academic Conference on CRC@30 on Research for Children in the Region;
  • Prepare SPEA Workshop / meeting summary of all Social Policy Meeting by consolidating discussions and agreed actions into one document for wide dissemination;
  • Prepare a final report summarizing work undertaken to organize the academic Conference on CRC@30 on Research for Children in the Region and other completed activities, against set targets and timeline.
  • Work Schedule and Deliverable:

    The consultancy should deliver upon the following products and deadlines (specific deliverable dates to be agreed upon with supervisor):

    Deliverables andDeadlines:

    1. Monthly progress reports

    By the end of each month

    2. Prepare one mid-term progress report regarding the preparation of the academic Conference on CRC@30 on Research for Children in the Region

    Around end of September 2019

    3. SPEA workshop/ meeting summary of all Social Policy Meeting by consolidating discussions and agreed actions into one document for wide dissemination

    Within two weeks after the workshop/ meeting

    4. Final report summarizing the preparation of the academic Conference on CRC@30 on Research for Children in the Region and other completed activities, against set targets and timeline.

    One week before the end of the contract

    Estimated Duration of Contract: 90 working days during the period of July-December 2019.

    Official travel: Bangkok-based consultancy, with possibility of travel (if required).

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

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent experience)in International Development,Social Science, or related field;
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in supporting and coordinating project activities across a large organization and with other international partner organizations;
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with UNICEF partners, other UN organizations, the private sector,academician etc.;
  • Familiarity with UN/UNICEF operating procedures and structure;
  • Experience working/coordinating with UN agencies, especially UNICEF is an advantage;
  • Self-starter with excellent analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle competing messages and priorities with multiple audiences.
  • Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 24 July 2019.

    FORM P11.doc

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity 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

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

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    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.

    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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=523829