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The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.
To find out more about UNICEF’s work in Zambia, please visit https://www.unicef.org/zambia/.
How can you make a difference?
The overall objective is promoting a holistic approach to ECD requires coordinated actions in health, nutrition, early stimulation, early education and protection across the life-cycle. This consultancy will support the Zambia country office streamline its efforts in promoting an integrated approach to programming on ECD, by planning and coordinating actions across sectors. The objectives of this assignment are to:
- Provide support to the Deputy Representative in identifying the specific inputs into the integrated platform, including the development of accountability framework and systems for monitoring the achievements by all relevant sectors.
- Collaborate internally with CO, RO and/or HQ colleagues (as appropriate) to provide expert advice on the development of evidence-based strategies, approaches, policies and the planning in support of the ECD programme and delivery of results.
- Participate in programme planning and reviews to discuss/identify key approaches, strategies and plans of action for ECD
- Using the evidence generation and research initiatives on ECD to institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge with global/local partners and stakeholders especially to build capacity of practitioners, local networks, and government partners.
The purpose of this consultancy is to support overall planning, implementation and monitoring of the integrated programming platform to promote Early Childhood Development in UNICEF Zambia. This involves supporting the ECD Task Force as the key forum through which coordinated, community level programming is supported by UNICEF Zambia in the areas of early childhood education, playful parenting, household nutrition counselling and behaviour change.
Please see Detailed TOR for more information on the tasks and deliverables, here ECD Coordinator Consultancy.pdf
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, communication for development, public advocacy or another related area.
- Experience in supporting C4D programming in early childhood development, playful parenting and/or integrated nutrition (stunting reduction) programming will be an added advantage
- Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
- Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
- Evident experience in research analysis
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Please remember to express your financial proposals (and/or professional consultancy fees) in Zambian Kwacha for Zambian Nationals and USD for Non Zambian applicants.
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.