Home-based Consultancy - Report Writer for Water Under Fire Series

Job
from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 26 Oct 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 champion.

UNICEF is the lead agency responding to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in emergencies. Guided by itsCore Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, UNICEF continues to respond directly to emergencies around the world and remains the WASH cluster lead agency. This work ranges from emergency preparedness planning to post-emergency recovery. As part of its mandate, UNICEF provides critical WASH services in situations of armed conflict.

Water installations and infrastructure are increasingly coming under attack by parties to conflict with grave implications for children. In situations of armed conflict, attacks deliberately or incidentally destroy infrastructure, injure personnel and cut off the power that keeps WASH systems running. Armed conflict also limits access to essential equipment and consumables such as fuel or chlorine – which can be intentionally targeted, destroyed, depleted, rationed, diverted or blocked from delivery. Far too often, essential services are intentionally denied. Particularly in cities, where communities depend on a complex, interconnected set of services, attacks on WASH and power systems can be instantly debilitating, with long-term consequences. Children are particularly vulnerable in these contexts, as deliberately or incidentally attacks against water infrastructure and personnel can cause diseases and death, can prevent the operation of hospitals and other medical services can affect children’s ability to attend school, and expose them to violence and abuse when collecting water.

How can you make a difference?

PURPOSE

UNICEF is developing a three-volume report series entitled Water Under Fire, which focuses on WASH in situations of armed conflict. The report series aims to generate support and action around the UNICEF WASH humanitarian change agenda, including to improve advocacy, coordination, policy, programming and financing across the WASH sector. Volume 1 of the report series was released in August 2019; Volume 3 will be released in 2020. The report series will cover the following subjects:

  • Volume 1: Humanitarian–development–peace nexus
  • Volume 2: Quality and capacity of the WASH Humanitarian sector
  • Volume 3: Attacks against WASH infrastructure and personnel
  • The UNICEF Office of Emergency Programmes is hiring a consultant writer with extensive knowledge of international humanitarian and human rights law and extensive knowledge of WASH programming in conflict settings to draft the third volume in the series on attacks against water and sanitation systems and personnel in situations of armed conflict. The report will focus on how these attacks affect children and will suggest advocacy and policy recommendations for UNICEF, the WASH sector and duty bearers to protect children’s access to water and sanitation systems. The consultant will work under the supervision of the Humanitarian Policy Section of the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS).

    OBJECTIVES AND TARGETS

    The overall objective of this consultancy is to develop the third report, provisionally titled Water Under Fire Volume 3: Attacks against WASH infrastructure and personnel, which will suggest advocacy and policy recommendations for UNICEF, the WASH sector and duty bearers to protect children’s access to water, sanitation and hygiene systems. This objective will be achieved through exemplifying situations and illustrating how children are impacted by deliberate or incidental attacks on WASH infrastructure, based on research and key informant interviews.

    SCOPE OF THE WORK

    The scope of the work includes developing an inception report and presenting it to a steering committee led by UNICEF for feedback and incorporating its comments and suggestions to develop the report. The consultant will then produce one draft report based on findings through collected data, key informant interviews and exemplified situations of how children are impacted by deliberate or incidental attacks on WASH infrastructure. The consultant will present the draft report to the steering committee, incorporate feedback received and then deliver to UNICEF a final draft report, ready for editing, which aligns with the feedback on the inception report received from the steering committee. The consultant will continuously assist the editor, where the editor deems necessary, throughout the editing process and as the report is going through the final reviewing stages by the steering committee. The report will provide information on how attacks against water and sanitation systems and personnel in situations of armed conflict affect children, and suggest advocacy and policy recommendations for UNICEF, the WASH sector and duty bearers to protect children’s access to water, sanitation and hygiene systems.

    EXPECTED RESULTS

    In close collaboration with the UNICEF Humanitarian Policy and WASH Sections, and the steering committee – led by UNICEF and composed of representatives from UNICEF and key partner organizations – established to guide the development of this report, the consultant will be expected to:

  • Present an inception report to the steering committee[1] (which will include timeline, method and focus) and update it in line with the feedback received from the steering committee.
  • Produce a 15,000-word report, through research and drafting (ensuring that it is in line with the feedback on the inception report), which will include the following tasks:
  • Ensuring that the report is consistently focused on how attacks against water and sanitation systems and personnel affect children.
  • Suggesting advocacy and policy recommendations for UNICEF, the WASH sector and duty bearers of children’s rights.
  • Undertaking research, including through key informant interviews and other means.
  • Identifying and addressing any politically or culturally sensitive issues that may be included in the report and bringing them to the attention of the supervisor and the steering committee.
  • Ensuring that arguments are presented in a balanced manner and that citations are included for statements and passages as required.
  • Incorporating comments/feedback from several sources, including the steering committee, while maintaining a consistent writing style and tone.
  • Presenting one draft to the steering committee, and then revising this to incorporate feedback before providing the editor with the final draft.
  • The steering committee will review the report in three (3) stages: inception report, draft report and following submission of the final draft to the editor.
  • When UNICEF has received and approved a final draft produced by the consultant, which is ready for editing and to be shared with the steering committee for their review, the consultant will remain available to assist the editor to make any further changes deemed necessary by the report lead, throughout the editing and reviewing process, such as responding to technical queries raised by the steering committee during the reviewing process.
  • 4. Ensure that the report adheres to UNICEF standard operating procedures:

    4.1 UNICEF Fact-checking Guidelines

    4.2 UNICEF Style Book

    4.3 UNICEF Brand Book

    [1] The steering committee will be composed of WASH and international humanitarian law specialists.

    Duty Station:

    Home-based with one travel to HQ/NYC for presentation of report

    Travel:

  • Travel plans to be pre-approved and agreed to by UNICEF EMOPS. Travel paid for by UNICEF shall be based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.
  • Time Frame:

    Estimated Start Date: 18 November 2019 through 31 March 2020

    Duration: 60 days within the contract period

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

  • Demonstrated understanding of WASH programming in conflict and international humanitarian law.
  • Master’s degree in international humanitarian law, human rights law, humanitarian action, WASH or a related technical field.
  • Strong research and analytical skills. Ability to quickly create a coherent synthesis from diverse and complex source materials.
  • Superior writing and editing skills acquired over at least 5 years of experience.
  • Excellent writing skills in English. Ability to craft concise arguments supported by evidence.
  • Sensitivity to nuance and the ability to think and write analytically.
  • 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.

    Remarks:

    With the exception of US citizens, G4 visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant/individual contractor and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the individual contractor/consultant's household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

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

    In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well-qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    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=527005