Consultants Vacancy at the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Posted: 24/Jun/2020

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: National Consultant to support to 9 States for the Realization of Rights-Based, Equity-Focused and Gender-Sensitive Situation Analysis (SitAn) of Children (one consultant per state)

Job Number: 532465
Location: Nigeria
Work Type: Consultancy

For every child, Better Future

  • UNICEF is committed to realizing the rights of all children to help them build a strong foundation and have the best chance of fulfilling their potential. We believe that ensuring a happy and healthy child begins before birth: from ensuring his/her mother has access to good neonatal care and delivering in a clean, safe environment to reaching adulthood as a responsible, healthy and informed parent to the next generation.
  • This journey relies on a child having access to shelter, good nutrition, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education.

How can you make a difference?

  • The general objective is to enable each of the following 9 states:  Yobe, Adamawa, Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Borno, Gombe and Taraba, to have a comprehensive situation analysis of children in the State by December 2021.  
  • The SitAn will provide an evidence-based analytical report on the situation of children in each of the 9 states, that would serve as a reference document to improve the understanding of all stakeholders including decision-makers and other partners on the current status of child’s rights in the country and the causes of shortfalls and inequities.
  • It would then help to develop effective and efficient policy and programmatic interventions and serve as a powerful tool to guide advocacy, ensuring child’s right advancement in the state and in the country.

Major Tasks to be accomplished by the consultant
The consultant will technically lead the process of SitAn realization with the guidance of a social policy specialist. It is expected the following task from the consultant:

  • Development of inception report including workplan and detailed road map
  • Organization of work based on the step described above
  • Support lead and co-lead of thematic groups in the facilitation of group discussion and production of reports
  • Use thematic groups reports to produce (write) comprehensive draft of SitAn
  • Produce comprehensive draft of SitAn integrating all relevant feedback received
  • Any specific tasks linked to SitAn process as assigned by the steering committee, the chief filed office or the social policy specialist

Indicative methodology:

  • The SitAn will be conducted under the guidance of a steering committee and through thematic groups. A national consultant will support the entire process including supporting state’s government in drafting the report. The national experts should have the profile described in paragraph 9 to facilitate thematic groups discussion.      

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

  • Advanced degree in social sciences (sociology, anthropology, development studies), Economics/Statistics, Law, or related fields relevant for the assignment
  • At least 5 years of research and other relevant professional experience
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with Human Rights Based Approach to Programming
  • Excellent drafting skills in English
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Experience in policy and budget analysis, including poverty reduction policies and in child poverty analysis) is an asset
  • Experience of having participated previously in a Situation Analysis or proven experience in writing analytical papers on children and gender issues will be a major advantage
  • Knowledge of at least one main local language of the State is important.

Interested individuals will make a proposal of a two-page maximum technical offer specifying the state he/she is applying for. The 2-page paper should have the following four elements:

  • Understanding of the terms of reference,
  • Specification of the proposed state (only one State)
  • The methodology including comments on road map
  • Foreseen challenges and risks in the process and anticipated mitigation measures

The criteria for selection of the national consultant are summarized in the following:

  • Criteria for Evaluation of the Offer / Maximum Score
  • Understanding of the ToR and SiAn process 5
  • Methodology 10    
  • Work Experience 3
  • Profile 2


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system or Personal History Form Download File P-11 UNICEF version.docx, where previous relevant experience is provided in detail
  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal using the form in this Download File UNICEF Nigeria All-Inclusive Financial Proposal Form 09062020.docx
  • Cover Letter
  • Full contact details of current supervisor and most recent previous supervisors
  • If former UNICEF staff or consultant, last two performance evaluations.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables.
  • UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the contract without a prior notice and/or withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if the rules and the regulations regarding confidentiality, ethics and procedures of UNICEF and partners are not followed, if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
  • All relevant intellectual property rights in the developed materials/products/documents and associated tools will, upon their development, belong to UNICEF Nigeria and cannot be published, disseminated or used without prior written permission of UNICEF.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework here


Application Closing Date
Tuesday 7th July, 2020 (23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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