Job Title: Consultancy to Develop 2017 UNICEF Africa Publications Catalogue, UNICEF ESARO, Nairobi-Kenya
Job Ref: 501981
Employer: UNICEF
Job Location: UNICEF
Closing Date: 13/01/2017
Job Description:

Job Number: 501981 | Vacancy Link
Location: Reg Serv Division, Nairobi Regn'l
Work Type : Consultancy



If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


Background and Justification

Research has always been critical in UNICEF's effort to ensure that policies and programmes are evidence-based. Countries increasingly seek UNICEF's assistance to improve knowledge and evidence for the design of their own programmes and policies. To do this, sound data, research and evaluation are essential. As part of the implementation of the Regional Research Strategy and Action Plan, and in particular, its knowledge pillar, UNICEF ESARO, in collaboration with MENARO and WCARO, will undertake the development of a Publications Catalogue. The Catalogue captures the wealth of evidence on the situation of children in ESA, WCA and NA generated by UNICEF Country Offices, the Regional Offices and their respective partners in order inform policy development, programming and advocacy activities and improve child survival, development and protection in Africa. The 2017 will be the second continent-wide UNICEF Catalogue and it will showcase evidence generated from research to support policy dialogue and advocacy related to the 2014 - 2017 Strategic Plan's seven outcomes, gender equality and humanitarian action. 

The Catalogue will cover a wide range of topics organized under the following categories: (i) Child Poverty and Socio-Economic Development; (ii) Public Finance for Children; (iii) Social Protection; (iv) Child Protection; (v) Maternal and Child Health; (vi) Child Nutrition; (vii) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; (viii) Education and early childhood development; (ix) HIV/AIDS; (x) Adolescents; (xi) Humanitarian Action, Resilience and Peace Building; (xii) Climate Change; (xiii) Miscellaneous. 

Most publications are, and will, be available on-line. For each publication, the Catalogue will include a short abstract, Authors/Contributors, web-links, dates of (planned) publication and contact details for additional information. 

Scope of Work and Objectives 

The 2017 Publications Catalogue will feature reports and studies that represent the collective knowledge produced by the 52 Country Offices and the 3 Regional Offices of UNICEF in the ESA, WCA and NA regions. They will capture the work that UNICEF and its partners do to support children and young people realise their rights to survival, development and protection. In order to develop the Catalogue, the RO requested a professional service. 

Under the guidance of the Regional Advisor Social Policy, the main objective of this assignment is to collect and consolidate inputs from COs and ROs and develop the "UNICEF Publications Catalogue 2017 - Knowledge for Children in Africa". As a result of consolidation and editing the publication should: 

  • Present clear overview of the knowledge that UNICEF will produce in Africa along the course of 2017, with publications organised under agreed categories and presenting all the relevant information
  • Be written in a non-technical and effective language, accessible to a wide range of audiences (policy-makers, academia, media, civil society, etc)
  • Be structured in such a way that is easily accessible given readers' preferences and interests 

The consultant will also conduct a review of the status of implementation of the 2016 Catalogue and conduct quality assurance of selected studies completed in 2016 to assess quality. The selection fo studies will include those that used the reginal LA of quality assurance and those that did not. 

The main deliverables will be: 

  1. Draft of the UNICEF Publications Catalogue 2017 - Knowledge for Children in Africa.
  2. Final version of the: UNICEF Publications Catalogue 2017 - Knowledge for Children in Africa.
  3. Report on the review of implementation of the 2016 Africa Catalogue, including assessment of quality of samples of studies conducted. 


Key activities and deliverables


(Estimated # of days or months)



Schedule of payment

The work will consist of:

60 days between 1 February and 30 April 2016


Upon delivery of final version

·        Meeting with the SPR section to discuss the scope of the work

February 1, 2017

·        Collecting inputs from ESAR COs and RO

February 10, 2017

·        Reviewing, editing and consolidation of ESA regional submission from COs and RO

15 March, 2017

·        Consolidating and editing the three regional submissions into one Catalogue

1 April, 2017

·        Submitting the draft Catalogue

1 April, 2017

·        Review of quality of samples of studies

15 February to 1 April, 2017

·        Finalizing the 2017 Publications catalogue document and report on review of 2016 Catalogue


30 April, 2017


Payment Schedule

The Consultant will be paid upon receipt of satisfactory deliverables as outlined above: 

  • Deliverables that meet UNICEF's quality standard.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience

  1. Advanced university degree in economics or related area;
  2. Minimum 2 years of proven experience in and up-to-date knowledge of the political and economic situation of countries in Eastern and Southern Africa;
  3. Good knowledge of UNICEF's mandates and its work;
  4. Familiarity with UNICEF's procedures and standards for editing;
  5. Must be reliable, creative, and be able to work with little supervision;
  6. Must be able to work efficiently under tight deadlines;
  7. Excellent writing and presentation skills
  8. Excellent spoken and written English. Knowledge of French is an asset.

Administrative issues

The Consultant is to work off-site, utilizing non-UNICEF equipment, e.g. computers and designing software in carrying out this assignment.  Any cost incurred, including the Internet and phone, will be covered entirely by the consultant.


The contract will be established for 60 working days to be completed within 3 months after the signature of the contract.  The Consultant will work from home with regular interaction with ESARO/SPR staff through teleconferences or skype. He/She will be provided necessary resource materials, reference documents and links to relevant internet sites to facilitate the work.

The Consultant will be supervised by the Regional Adviser, Social Policy.

The final products should be delivered to UNICEF in word and PDF format - both low and high resolution.

As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF's General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.


Key risks relate to the successful completion of the proposed work that would arise if a qualified consultant is not recruited. A lack of high quality communication material hinders UNICEF ESARO, WCARO and MENARO's ability to communicate its messages to the public.


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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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 organisation.

Opening Date 16 Dec 2016 E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date 13 Jan 2017 E. Africa Standard Time