Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 03 Oct 2018
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, results
UNICEF is working with the Government of China to promote partnerships and South-South Cooperation between China and other countries for the benefit of the most disadvantaged children. Recently, the establishment of large institutions such asAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China Development Bank (CDB) and New Development Bank (NDB) have offered the chance to accelerate the achievement of development goals. In particular they, together with China’s Silk Road Fund, are expected to contribute to the financing of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the creation of two modern-day silk roads that will cross Asia and reach Europe.In addition to supporting infrastructure development in the developing countries, the banks have committed to improve access to basic services, assisting developing countries with projects closely related to the people’s livelihood, such as poverty reduction, agriculture/rural development, education and healthcare.UNICEF’s partnership with these banks offers great potential for cooperation for the benefit of children in their project countries.
How can you make a difference?
Due to large funding from the banks for projects in developing countries, there is a possibility to explore funding for ECD, health and WASH which fall into UNICEF’s priority for assisting children in deprived areas of developing countries. Therefore, a research on engaging these institutions is much anticipated. We are looking for a consultant to:
- Undertake strategic and policy research and analysis on financing facilities and project design modalities of the AIIB, NDB and CDB, and draft a vision for engagement including identifying what a successful engagement with the banks would look like
- Identify methodologies, tools and mechanism to be used for partnership with these development banks;
- Identify equity indicators and safeguard modalities for all infrastructure projects
- Take stock of current policies and practice of the banks in support of social programmes as well as the infrastructure modalities and the indicators that relate to vulnerable populations; mapping possible entry points for inclusion of child rights focussed outcome indicators and provide analysis on opportunities and challenges, key influencers for supporting such programmes by the banks;
- Identify priority areas that are of interest to the banks and fall within UNICEF’s mandate for children, recommending several areas for potential cooperation;
- Analyse and identify grant resources embedded in loan programmes of the development banks, and provide strategic advice on leveraging loans and grant resources for enhanced development outcomes for children;
- Define priority countries where the banks focus their investments as well as their support to the implementation of South-South cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative;
- Map their engagement within global policy dialogue on South-South and Trilateral Cooperation, including the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Shanghai Corporation Organisation and forums related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), effectively support these initiatives;
- Provide analysis on best practices and lessons learnt in areas of supporting social programmes by the banks, particularly in regards to implementation and management of development cooperation in the realm of South-South and Trilateral Cooperation;
- Provide a report of the research and analysis on partnership, including recommendations, with the banks, based on the above research and analysis.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Master degree in development planning, development economics, sociology, governance or other relevant fields;
- At least 5 years of hands-on experience in development work or related fields, including practical experience of conducting and leading research and analysis on development projects and programs.
- Extensive knowledge of development banks at national, regional and global level and their operation and projects implemented in the developing countries;
- Experience in methodologies and approaches to be used for engaging and partnering with development banks;
- Knowledge of political, economic and social developments trends in China, experience in working with the UN, as well as prior experience in research and analysis on projects in the field of social programmes will be an asset;
- Demonstrable analytical skills and strong interviewing and drafting/report writing skills;
- Established network with different development banks;
- Ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with potential partners in Chinese;
- Excellent English reading, speaking and writing skills;
The assignment is planned for six months (120 working days) starting as of 1 November. While a major part of the assignment can be done long-distance, approximately 30% of the time should be spent in Beijing. For additional details, please review the full ToR at ToR_Consultant_InnovativeFinancing.docx
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.
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.
Interested applicants are requested to submit: 1) Cover letter/application, 2) Lump sum financial quote for the consultancy 3) CV and 4) References. Travel to and from China, as well as a daily subsistence allowance while in China, will be covered separately as per applicable UN rates.The deadline for receipt of applications is 3 October 2018.
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=516407