Consultancy: Coordinator, New York At Unicef

Closing date: Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Consultancy: Youth Engagement Coordinator (12 months, remote based) – GCA, NYHQ – Requisition# 563137

Job no: 563137

Position type: Consultant

Location: Division/Equivalent: Partnerships

School/Unit: Global Communication and Advocacy

Department/Office: Youth Engagement Section

Categories: Communication

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, an advocate.

The expected result is enhanced capacity in the Youth Engagement Team to meet the demands of a growing interest from partners in World Children’s Day, UNICEF’s annual flagship communications project; strengthened project management, knowledge management and capacity building efforts; increased and more effective engagement with children and young people and better alignment with Global Advocacy Priorities.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Advocacy and Communications Manager, the consultant will support the Section in its development, promotion and production of World Children’s Day (WCD) and engagement with partners and young people, with a focus on schools and consultation. The consultant will work on the implementation of the communication strategy around the World’s Largest Lesson partnership. The consultant will work collaboratively with the colleagues in the Youth Engagement Section, GCA, the Global Advocacy Priorities leads and with PPD, PFP, PD and other internal and external partners.

Primarily, the consultant will implement the advocacy and communication strategy, with a strong focus on World Children’s Day, UNICEF’s largest Communications moment of the year. The consultant will be responsible to: Manage the roll out of the strategy for the World’s Largest Lesson.

Support the ongoing development of the schools strategy for World Children’s Day.

Work across divisions to ensure the implementation of the communication and outreach strategy around World’s Largest Lesson.

Work across divisions to ensure the implementation of the communication and outreach strategy around World’s Children’s Day, with a focus on school networks and civil society partners.

Liaise with and assist UNICEF offices participating in World Children’s Day through schools/World’s Largest Lesson, including Country Offices, Regional Offices, NatComs and others.

Lead on the production of toolkits and other materials that support COs and NatComs to execute key campaign moments for WCD with schools and civil society partners.

Develop and maintain WCD school activity/World’s Largest Lesson tracking system in collaboration with WLL partners.

Work closely with Global Advocacy Priority, Advocacy and Education focal points, PPD and PFP teams, as well as UNICEF’s partner agencies to ensure cross- division coordination and co-operation for World’s Largest Lesson.

Work with Youth Engagement section for the Global Advocacy Priority on education and coordinate within the section as required.

Support PPD in planning for flagship HLPF event in July related to the Nord Anglia Schools partnership.

Support the project management and implementation of the World Children’s Day project including timelines, project KPIs, risk management, and stakeholder presentations.

Support the monitoring and evaluation of World Children’s Day, including tracking and reporting on CO and NatCom campaign plans and maintaining a database on implementations.

Lead the monitoring and evaluation of WLL, including tracking and reporting on CO and NatCom campaign plans and maintaining a database on implementations.

Support the coordination of the WCD/Youth Engagement Reference Group of countries, including preparation of presentations, management of calendar and liaising with presenters.

Other tasks as assigned including support for Youth Engagement Team activities.


The Consultant will be required to travel to New York to support youth engagement at the United Nations for the High Level Political Forum in July and SDG Summit in September.

The Consultant will not be entitled to any separate travel entitlements under the Contract. All expenditure related to the travel plans set out in the Contract are deemed to be covered as per financial proposal. If UNICEF determines that the Consultant unexpectedly needs to travel in addition to the travel already included in the Contract in order to perform the Deliverables, such travel shall be further added through an amendment setting out the additional fee in consideration of the additional travel requirements on the following basis: (a) UNICEF will pay for travel in economy class via the most direct and economical route; provided however that in exceptional circumstances, such as for medical reasons, travel in business class may be approved by UNICEF on a case-by-case basis. (b) UNICEF will reimburse the Consultant for out-of-pocket expenses associated with such travel by paying an amount not exceeding the daily subsistence.

Start date: 1 August 2023

End date: 31 July 2024

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

University degree (Bachelor’s) in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, International Relations, International Development, or another related field.

Minimum 3 years relevant experience in advocacy, communications, project management, knowledge management, capacity building, partnership management and event management, working with remote teams across time zones and cultures.

Strong skills in communication, including effective writing skills, and strategic planning

Fluency in English (both written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.

Experience in the field of youth engagement and working with young people is required.

Experience in the field of education advocacy is considered an asset.

Ability to juggle competing priorities, whilst maintaining attention to detail and meeting deadlines.

1. Fully completed Technical Proposal Form – Updated 10 April 2023.xlsx

2. Fully completed Financial Proposal Form – Updated 10 April 2023.xlsx

3. Fully completed applicant online applicant profile

4. Cover letter

5. Resume


Technical Assessment Criteria (applications will be evaluated based on the following technical criteria): For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

Health Insurance

The Consultant is fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health, and other forms of insurance covering the term of the Contract as he or she considers appropriate. The Consultant is not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to UNICEF and United Nations staff members.


With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

IMPORTANT – G4 Visa is only valid if the consultant will reside within the tri-state area during the duration of the assignment. It is illegal to apply and obtain a visa for consultants who do not intend to reside within the tri-state area during the duration of the consultancy assignment.


Requests for services under an individual contract requires that the consultant indicates their all-inclusive fees (including lump sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable) for the services to be provided.

When submitting their bid, the consultant is also advised to take into consideration as part of their bid for the assignment the cost of health insurance and/or photographic, video-graphic equipment if such equipment is needed to complete the deliverables of the assignment.


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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Advertised: Jun 21 2023 GMT Daylight Time

Application close: Jun 28 2023 GMT Daylight Time

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