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International Consultant at UNICEF October, 2022 Job Description
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International Consultant for Preparing a research paper to the specifications of a journal article or working paper based on the findings of the National Costed Plan and Investment case for WASH in schools of Tanzania, (Remote/Home based) 40 working days

The purpose of this consultancy is to support UNICEF WASH section to synthesize the key findings from the National Costed Plan and Investment case for WASH in schools in Tanzania with around 60 pages and produce a research paper to the specifications of a journal article or working paper.

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 calling

Following the findings and gaps established from a comprehensive national school WASH assessment on WASH services conducted in 2018/19 by the National Bureau Statistics with financial and technical support from UNICEF, key sector stakeholders recommended the development of a national costed plan of action and investment case. Responding to this call, UNICEF engaged Oxford Policy Management (OPM) to closely work with the relevant ministries responsible for education, school health and governance of school to develop a national costed plan of action and investment case for Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar to provide the government of Tanzania and sector partners with an evidence-based information of the economic case for increased investment in School WASH (SWASH) services and guide future decision making on SWASH investments and implementation at scale. OPM successfully completed and submitted the reports which have been validated by the Government and planned for launching later this year. The economic analysis performed during implementation of this assignment utilizing data from the 2015 Education Management Information System and 2017/2018 Household Budget Survey indicate that access to adequate WASH services in schools plays a significant role in keeping children in school for longer. The analysis clearly demonstrates that the amount of time a child stays in school has a significant impact on their future earning potential. As a result of the relationship between access to adequate WASH and effecting schooling, the analysis suggests that on average access to the standard package1 of school WASH services could lead to 2.5 percent increase average lifetime earnings in rural areas and over a 4 percent increase in urban areas. The analysis further shows the cost of action and inaction for investing or not investing in SWASH. To ensure that the findings from the study is widely shared and contribute to advancing the agenda for the rights of children to WASH and education, UNICEF Tanzania is looking for an individual consultant to review and synthesize the key findings and produce a research paper to the specifications of a journal article or working paper.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this consultancy is to support UNICEF WASH section to synthesize the key findings from the National Costed Plan and Investment case for WASH in schools in Tanzania with around 60 pages and produce a research paper to the specifications of a journal article or working paper

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

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

Education:
Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Economics, Development Economics, or statistics.

Experience

▪ At least 5 years of experience in conducting data analysis and developing research working papers/journal article (relevant documentation required)

▪ Excellent writing and analytical skills (of publication standard), especially in synthesizing complex information for multiple audiences

▪ Communication and writing experience on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene issues desirable

▪ Demonstrated experience in understanding, translating, compiling, and packaging research, data and evidence into high-quality reports for dissemination to high level audiences on international development issues related to UNICEF’s work

▪ Experience in writing highly visible UNICEF results reports and documents, and with copy-diting, highly desirable

Skills and attributes

▪ High level of analytical ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data, including using relevant software packages;

▪ Demonstrated ability to produce high quality, concise, analytical, and insightful reports, and presentations in English

▪ Strategic thinking and critical analysis.

KEY TASKS, DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME   

Task/Milestone Deliverables/Output Timeline Payments Estimate Budget
Review and synthesis of the key findings

 

Data analysis and modelling plan, research paper format and outlines

 

5 working days

 

40%
Data compilation and analysis, and

verification of results through required

robustness tests

 

Data analysis Products (Tables, charts)

 

12 working days

 

Draft a research Paper/Journal article Drafted Paper 10 working days

 

Identification of possible platforms for

publication of the Paper

 

A shortlist of possible platforms for Publication

 

5 working days

 

60%
Refine draft paper and finalize Final Paper 8 working days

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE.
Payments will be made upon submission and acceptance of the specified deliverables in the table above under section TASKS, DELIVERABLE AND TIME FRAME. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

ASSESSMENT / SELECTION PROCESS AND METHODS

Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will carry 25% showing proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable and eventual total consultancy cost. This will make a total of 100%.

MEDICAL EVACUATION COVERAGE.
The consultant will be required to submit proof of medical/Health Insurance with medical evacuation coverage.

REPORTING
The consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief WASH.

LOCATION & DURATION
The consultant will work remotely/home based and will cover a period of 40 working days.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

Remarks: 

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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

The deadline for submitting the application is 26 October 2022.

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