Organization; UN Children’s Fund
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UNICEF Gulf Area Office (GAO) supports the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its line ministries and authorities to advance the rights of children under the framework of a Gulf Area Programme (2014-2018). Through this framework, UNICEF GAO and its lead partner in the UAE, the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC) developed the National Strategy for Childhood and Motherhood 2017-2021 and the UAE Strategic Plan to support the rights and development of Children with Disabilities (CWD). On the 27th of July 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched the two national strategies after the UAE Cabinet office approved them in March 2017. The strategies have since been used to inform UNICEF’s next Area Programme in the Gulf (2019-2023).
The two strategies cover all children including CWD living in the UAE (from birth to the age of 18 years) and their families. The development of the strategies was guided by human rights and gender equality principles and has been informed by international standards including the Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Both strategies are fully aligned to UAE’s VISION 2021 and the UAE Child Rights Law ”Wadeema Law”.
The strategies represent a key reference for decision makers in the field of motherhood and childhood in the UAE for five years (2017-2021) as they are based on situation analysis summarizing current policies, initiatives and services across sectors. A fully participatory process was employed to ensure the active engagement of all key stakeholders, including government authorities, ministries, civil society, and children. Key informant interviews, observation sessions, roundtable discussions, surveys, and focus groups were conducted with a range of stakeholders to discuss current policies, initiatives, and services for all children including CWD in UAE and to identify priority issues. The two strategies have been developed using Strategic Planning Guidelines of the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. They include strategic objectives, initiatives, and key performance indicators.
During the launching ceremony, Her Highness, Sheika Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the SCMC announced the forming of a national team to monitor the implementation of the two strategies from all line ministries and authorities dealing with children. To aid the work of the national team, UNICEF GAO, in collaboration with the SCMC, has been tasked with providing technical assistance in the field of planning and policy formulation to develop an action plan for the implementation of the two strategies and to propose an effective coordination and monitoring mechanism for their implementation.
The purpose of the required technical assistance is to develop an action plan for the implementation of the two strategies, and to propose an effective coordination mechanism to support this implementation.
Under the supervision of the Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Gulf Area Office, the consultant is expected to do the following:
- Work closely with the national team (technical level) to translate these two
strategies into clear / practical action plan to help speed up the implementation;
- Desk review of relevant documents, action plans and strategies developed by federal or local authorities including the existing National Childhood Strategies;
- Conduct field visits to line ministries and relevant authorities to explore their priorities/ plans in the coming five years to identify areas of complementarity;
- Provide a draft report on the emanating key issues, challenges, aspirations, coordination mechanisms, and recommendations;
- Develop an action plan for the implementation of the two strategies; which includes identification of the implementing partners and their responsibilities; a timeline and implementation steps; the financial allocations required from each partner based on accurate calculations including human, organizational and material aspects, and then calculating the difference between the required and the available.
- Develop a coordination and monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the two Strategies;
Provide a final report on the mission documenting key recommendations and inputs from all Round Table discussions, consultations, meetings and interviews with counterparts.
The Consultant will be expected to deliver the following:
- A draft Report detailing results of desk review, field visits, meetings with lines ministries and partners and identifying the methodology and process to be used for completion of assignment; due one month after start of assignment.
- Document outlining the mechanism for coordination and monitoring of the implantation of the two strategies; due two months after start of assignment.
- Final Draft of the Action Plan to implement the National Childhood and Motherhood Strategy and the Strategic plan to support the rights and development of CWD; due third due third month of assignment.
- Final Report on the mission documenting key recommendations and inputs from all reviews, discussions, consultations, meetings and interviews with counterparts. due third month of assignment.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have¦
- A minimum of a Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Planning, or another relevant field.
- Demonstrable, and at least 10 years, professional experience in assessment, analysis, reporting, and developing strategies and plan of actions;
- Demonstrable experience in child rights;
- Extensive experience in conducting participatory workshops and consultative research, and utilizing varying interview mechanisms, including round table discussions.
- Demonstrable expertise in communication and presentation skills and ability to interact professionally with government officials. Ability to work within an international and multicultural environment.
- Fluent in both English and Arabic (written and spoken).
- Experience with the government sector as well as UN agencies (preferably with exposure to the Arab/Gulf region)
For every Child, you demonstrate¦
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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=516986