International Consultant: Emergency Support – UNICEF


International Consultant: Emergency Support and Innovations to support Sudan Country Office emergency preparedness, 11.5 Month, Khartoum, Sudan

Job Description

Job no:536172
Contract type:Consultancy
Categories:Emergency Programme, Consultancy
Advertised:15 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline:22 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time

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, hope 

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan’s, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

Key Activities/Tasks:

  1. Operationalise UNICEF engagement in South Kordofan and Blue Nile newly accessible area following interagency and UNICEF protocols
  • Support UNICEF in it’s engagement with the UNOCHA led technical working group on the two areas.
  • Facilitate and coordinate engagement within the newly accessible areas in south Kordofan, including facilitating technical discussions, and programming requirements between UNICEF sections and Counterparts.
  • Contribute to the planning and design of activities and initiatives in the same regard by supporting the emergency UNICEF team. This element is heavily dependent on the unfolding political context and as such, duties could expand or reduce considerably.
  1. Facilitate and coordinate initiatives to improve Field Office efficacy in areas identified by CFOs and the Country Office in Khartoum
  • Recommend and propose and implement strategies to Improve areas of accountability shared between offices and sections and developing initiatives that benefit multiple spheres of operation.
  • This may include, but is not limited to, procedural improvements through bottleneck analysis such as partnership development and recruitment processes, humanitarian prepositioning, end user supply and warehousing improvements.
  • To facilitate, integrate, pilot and establish operational and programmatic initiatives into field office area of responsibilities. These include but are not limited such as private enterprise engagement, community engagement, integration of peacebuilding concepts etc.
  1. Perform a feasibility study into Emergency Humanitarian Cash transfers in the UNICEF Sudan context.
  • Working in close coordination and collaboration with the Social Policy Section, promote the use of innovative HCT programming to effectively deliver humanitarian assistance in the Two Areas and other conflict-affected and/or newly accessible areas.
  1. To facilitate, integrate, innovate, pilot and establish operational and programmatic initiatives in Sudan. community engagement, integration of peacebuilding, engagement with markets, etc.
  • Identify opportunities and locations for new initiatives/innovations
  • Work alongside and coordinate with relevant UNICEF contributors to plan, design and operationalize such initiatives.
  •  Undertake documentation, appeals and reports, as required.



  • Concept Note including a planning document that guides UNICEF engagement.
  • Reports, Strategic Notes and recommendations resulting from consultations and engagement with the various stakeholders and States.


  • Bottleneck Analysis and recommendations on innovative solutioning
  • Multi-sectoral programming, implementation and monitoring based on innovative ideation of humanitarian and development initiatives.


  • Conduct an analysis and mapping of existing humanitarian cash-based interventions in the Two Areas and other areas affected by humanitarian situations
  • In coordination with the Programme and Operational sections, develop effective strategies and work plans and oversee the implementation for humanitarian cash-based interventions in the Two Areas and other conflict-affected areas.
  • Establish and support mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation of HCT programming in the Country Office.
  • Contribution to situation reports, briefing notes, donor proposals and knowledge management products and other reports.
  • Support partnership and collaboration with HCT partners especially the UNOCHA Cash Working Group.


  • An initial discussion paper on possible “innovations” ideas and avenues within a humanitarian context created, shared and finalized.
  • At least two innovative ideas conceptualized, field tested, and lessons learned documented. (This could include also, the creation and rolling-out of a capacity building framework and related training modules to enable partners engage with communities more meaningfully)
  • Any existing UNICEF Sudan strategy for engagement with private enterprises/sector in humanitarian action revisited, revised and sharpened.
  • Undertake capacity mapping of stakeholders in the 2 Areas.
  • Produce monthly, quarterly, mid-year and annual humanitarian Plan and Reports.

The above Deliverables will be tied to specific dates to be discussed and agreed upon with the selected consultant before issuing the consultancy contract.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Development, International Relations, Social Science or any related technical field
    A minimum of [Five years] of relevant professional experience in the field of coordination and emergency. Demonstrated understanding of operational processes within the development and humanitarian context.
  • Multi-donor and multi-sector programming, monitoring and reporting
  • Knowledge and experience in cash transfers, market survey and market creation
  • Strategic knowledge of UNICEF Sudan process and operations.
  • Demonstrated coordination skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Fluency in English (oral and written), knowledge of Arabic will be an asset though not essential.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our 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 qualified candidates from all backgrounds,  irrespective of gender, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

View our competency framework at

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.


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.

No Fee:


Advertised: 15 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 22 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time

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