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International Consultancy: Building resilience of children in the Sahel Mali, Mauritania and Niger

United Nations Children's Fund - West and Central Africa Regional Office (UNICEF WCARO)


The overall objective of this study is to (i) identify the risks that may affect safety wellbeing and protection of children as well as their potential respective impacts (ii) identify the most relevant interventions to strengthen the resilience of girls and boys using a life-cycle approach that examines the different stages of childhood while keeping a gender perspective, (iii) to understand how the set of interventions included in the BMZ project thus far have helped children, their families and communities to better cope with overlapping humanitarian and pandemic crises, through the experiences and perspectives of children, families, communities and child protection practitioners (iv) to identify the possibility of replicating, in other contexts, the most relevant actions taken to strengthen children's resilience.

Deliverables and Schedules







Literature/Desk review

Conduct a Desk Review of existing literature linking child protection and resilience.

Review existing evidence and data, including:

  • Available quantitative and qualitative data, including grey literature, reports and news stories related to child protection and COVID-19 in each of the three countries.
  • Introductory presentations by each of the COs in Mali, Niger and Mauritania

January/ February 2021

10 days

WCARO Child Protection Specialist (M&E), Protection Specialist (CPIE), Child Protection Consultant

Desk review report (Payment schedule: 20%)


Inception Report

Develop analytical framework and methodology that is gender, age and culture sensitive and that includes interview protocols with Key Informants, and sample of child friendly data collection tools (such as focus groups methodology etc.) Bilateral calls with UNICEF staff and partners in Mali, Niger and Mauritania to consult on issues and projects to be documented, and the methodology, timelines and deliverables.

February 2021

10 days

WCARO Child Protection Specialist (M&E), Child Protection Specialist (CPIE), Child Protection Consultant

Inception report incl Methodology note

(Payment schedule: 30%)


Data Collection

In-situ or virtual field visits to each country to gather data and evidence at the national and community levels on emerging promising practices.

February / March 2021

24 days

WCARO Child Protection Specialist (M&E), Child Protection Specialist (CPIE), Child Protection Consultant

Field trip Reports and preliminary report

(Payment schedule: 20%)



Produce written and digital products that highlight innovative strategies and emerging lessons in Mali, Niger and Mauritania.

January – March 2021

10 days

WCARO Child Protection Specialist (M&E), Protection Specialist (CPIE), Child Protection Consultant

Final report

(Payment schedule: 30%)


The assignment is expected to start in January and will cover 54 working days, over 4 months.


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


An advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in social sciences, law, international development or any other related field.


  • At least 8 years’ experience in child protection, including with a geographical focus on West Africa
  • Demonstrated knowledge in conducting studies related to child protection, including consultations with various stakeholders (community members, children, child protection practitioners etc.)
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts such as risk reduction, conflict mitigation and peacebuilding, or do no harm and how it applies to the Child Protection sector
  • Experience or good understanding related
  • Excellent analytical and proposal writing skills – candidate should provide evidence from previous assignment deliverables
  • ility to work efficiently and effectively with project members/partners in various locations and from multiple organizations
  • Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organizations, and technical experts from multiple sectors
  • Flexibility to adapt to any subsequent changes in the terms of reference based on feedback from technical colleagues


Fluency in English and French is required.

Excellent English writing skills required

For every Child, you demonstrate commitment

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework

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.

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  • Additional location info Home based + field missions
  • Closing Date 24 Jan 2021

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