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Since the start of the outbreak in December 2019, the new coronavirus has spread to over 182 countries and territories. As of the end of April 2020, there have been over 3 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, with over 220,000 deaths reported, including among children. During this same period, North Macedonia has over 1,400 confirmed cases and 73 deaths. As part of the measures implemented by the Government of North Macedonia to control the spread of the virus, all schools have been closed, resulting in almost 300,000 school-aged children losing access to education, or generally for the first time, studying remotely. However, those children without internet access or adult supervision are disadvantaged. As schools close, other support services are no longer available for the most vulnerable children. In addition to this, the Covid-19 outbreak is creating significant additional pressure on the already overburdened social service delivery systems, exacerbating the vulnerabilities of the most marginalized communities. Beyond direct illness, many children will have their health negatively impacted as the health system is overwhelmed and routine services, such as immunization and treatment for childhood illnesses, may become delayed. Children’s vulnerability to exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence will increase significantly as their caregivers are directly affected by the virus and as their families and communities lose their incomes and livelihoods. Children’s mental health is affected by the stress they, and their families and communities, are subjected to. Poor children will be disproportionately affected by the crisis. Urban poor, stateless and migrant families are especially at risk as they tend to live in overcrowded settings, without adequate nutrition and WASH services and the possibility to practice physical distancing.
UNICEF in North Macedonia aims to support the government and partners to design and implement effective response and recovery strategies in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. The Country Office is supporting the Government in five key response areas: (a) Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE); (b) Improving Infection and Prevention Control (IPC) and providing critical medical and WASH supplies; (c) Supporting the provision of continued access to essential health and nutrition services for women, children and vulnerable communities; (d) Data collection and social science research for public health decision making; and (e) Supporting access to continuous education, social protection, child protection and GBV services. In this regard, UNICEF’s Country Office in North Macedonia is seeking an experienced consultant to assist in the further development, planning, implementation and coordination of its response plan.
How can you make a difference?
- Contribute to the ongoing activities and planning of emergency interventions and monitor progress.
- Contribute to collection and analysis of available data regarding the evolving emergency and its implications over UNICEF’s response plan.
- Collect information, identify problems and constraints and find solutions together with UNICEF program and operations staff in order to ensure effective delivery.
- Support the timely delivery of assistance and supplies, monitor the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources/inputs. Coordinate with staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and government accountability.
- Support UNICEF representation in coordination working groups at local level, and at national level when required. Establish contact with all relevant actors to keep abreast of emergency situation, and report as necessary.
- Support close coordination with Government entities, Implementing Partners and UNICEF Office. Ensure partner reporting is timely and accurate.
- Co-ordinate, contribute inputs and develop draft reports using agreed formats. Co-ordinate and contribute to progress reports, and other reporting for UNICEF information management.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University (or preferably Master) degree in one of the following fields: public health, social sciences, public administration, or other related discipline.
- Five years of relevant professional experience at the national and/or international levels in programme development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and/or administration.
- Previous relevant professional experience/training in emergency response management.
- Previous professional experience with the United Nations or other international organisation is an asset.
- Fluency in Macedonian and English languages. Knowledge of another UN language would be considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
- Experience in programme planning, management and operational support.
- Strong communication skills.
- Experience in resource mobilization, partnership building and donor reporting an advantage.
- Sound judgement is required in follow-up on requests; high degree of accuracy is important.
- Ability to meet tight deadlines through excellent time management, organization and multi-tasking skills.
- Ability to identify and prioritise tasks.
Duration of the contract:Three months
Please upload your CV, Letter of interest and a Financial Proposal in three separateddocuments
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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.
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.
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.
How to apply
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 linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531519