1 UNICEF BRAZIL Vacancy Notice RH/2013/042 The United Nations Children s Fund (UNICEF), the world's leading organisation focusing on children and child rights, is inviting qualified professionals to apply for the following consultancy: Purpose: History: Work Assignment: Provide professional technical assistance and support for programme design, planning and implementation; policy dialogue with the Government for Horizontal Cooperation programme development and advocacy for increased focus on child rights and equity within the Government s Horizontal Cooperation agenda; manage and evaluate programme activities; analyze data and report progress; identify documentation and disseminate lessons learned and good practices fostering horizontal, mutual and results-based learning processes between countries, with focus on child rights and equity. The increasing engagement of the Federal Government of Brazil in Horizontal South-South Cooperation (herein forth Horizontal Cooperation) implies important opportunities for UNICEF in Brazil to ensure that children are placed at the core of the Horizontal Cooperation agenda. UNICEF has a key role as broker for international networking as well as facilitating bilateral and multilateral dialogues and sharing of good practices, knowledge and technical expertise, promoting a human rights-based approach to development. To effectively place children s issues within Brazil s Horizontal Cooperation agenda UNICEF works closely with the Brazilian Government, focusing on three streams of activity: policy development and advocacy; triangular programmes; and knowledge capture and sharing. Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational setup, the consultant may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results. 1. Knowledge Management for Horizontal Cooperation Programmes Support knowledge management through providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in Knowledge Networks. Participate in information exchange with partners as well as in the development of training and orientation material by providing professional technical assistance. Participate in the preparation of, and making professional contribution to, the preparation of programme reports required for the management. Collaborates closely with Monitoring and Evaluation team on
2 national and regional level to keep abreast of new data and development trends within the country and to identify successful experiences that could serve as learning opportunities for other countries. 2. Horizontal Cooperation Programme Development and Management Provide professional technical assistance to the Programme Manager in the preparation and development of strategic plans of action for Horizontal Cooperation programme development and management by analysing data as well as national and global trends and by providing technical inputs to internal policy papers and other strategic documents. Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and strategic opportunities for UNICEF engagement in Horizontal Cooperation, analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for on-going and potential future Horizontal Cooperation programmes and projects. Draft or prepare programme work plans as required. Propose adjustments/changes in work plans. In coordination with the Programme Manager, propose programme recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices for supervisor. 3. Optimum Use Of Program Funds Support the Programme Manager to monitor programme implementation progress and compliance. Monitor the allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. 4. Support Programme Monitoring and Evaluations Undertake field visits (if/when required) and accompany study tours from other countries to monitor and assess programme implementation and provides recommendations on required corrective actions. In coordination with the Programme Manager, follow up with UNICEF offices of other countries and regions (on all levels of the organization) to monitor and promote impact and results of study visits from other countries to Brazil. In coordination with the Programme Manager, collaborate with internal partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to monitoring and evaluation of Horizontal Cooperation programmes and participates in the major evaluation exercises in
3 consultation with relevant colleagues from programme, management and monitoring & evaluation to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery. Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Collaborate and prepare annual programme status reports in a timely manner, as required. 5. Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach Support rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks for Horizontal Cooperation programmes and initiatives. Support collaboration with partners and assist in the strengthening of quality of child rights-based Horizontal Cooperation programmes and initiatives, consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of Horizontal Cooperation programmes and initiatives. Contribute to coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a resultsbased management approach to programme planning and design. Provide professional technical assistance in preparing viable recommendations on programme implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives. 6. Horizontal Capacity Building/Sustainability In coordination with Programme Manager, provides government authorities with technical assistance and support in planning and organizing training programmes for the purpose of capacity building across countries and programme sustainability of Horizontal Cooperation initiatives. Analyses demands from other countries, identifies relevant Brazilian counterparts and facilitates inter-country dialogues. Provides continuous support for coordination, collaboration and follow up of study visits. 7. Rights Perspective and Advocacy Contributes to the analysis of programme related issues and policies from a children's and women's rights perspective and supports advocacy efforts with Government at Federal, State and Municipal levels to promote integration of Child Rights and Equity in on-going and future Horizontal Cooperation initiatives, including International Humanitarian Cooperation.
4 8. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration Facilitates and contributes to the establishment and strengthening of partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN, Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and the private sector, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate lessons learned and good practices, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and current trends and directions within relevant global, regional and national development agendas. Identifies other critical partners and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family. Establishes and maintains linkage to Regional and Global Programme Knowledge Networks to ensure the availability of current and accurate data and information related to Horizontal Cooperation and other relevant issues. Collaborates with the Operations Section to maintain sound internal controls, supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability. Provides professional technical assistance in preparing fundraising proposals and donor reports. Fee: Duration: Start Date: End Date: Duty Sation: Deliverables: R$ 12, (monthly) 11 months 01 January November 2014 Brasília-DF The consultant must submit a monthly report covering the main activities performed throughout the reporting period. The report should be submitted no later than the 25 th of each month, together with any relevant reference documents (i.e. reports and/or other products developed by the consultant throughout the reporting period). Qualification: University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines. Two years of relevant professional work experience in the area of strategic planning, horizontal/south-south cooperation and programme management. Understanding of Brazilian Government policies,
5 regulations and strategies for Horizontal Cooperation on Federal and decentralized levels. Fluency in English and Portuguese Applications will be considered only if accompanied by the UN Personal History Form (P.11), which can be downloaded from our website by clicking on Quem somos, then on Trabalho no UNICEF and on Anúncio de vaga. The P.11 must be sent to under title RH/2013/042 Technical Support to SSC. Please note that confirmations of applications received will only be sent to candidates after the closing date for applications. Deadline for application is 01 December The selected candidate will work with UNICEF under a consultancy contract. UNICEF encourages applications from qualified women and men from all ethnic groups. Candidates will be treated equally regardless of gender, sexual orientation, special needs, religion, social and HIV/aids status. UNICEF is a smoke-free environment. Additional information on the selection process, post, working conditions and regret letters will only be provided to short-listed candidates.