Home-based: Inter-Cluster/Sector Coordination Consultant (261 working days between July 2023 and June 2024) – Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS)

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, a champion

Purpose of Activity/Assignment

The purpose of this consultancy is to strengthen inter-cluster/ sector collaboration, in particular with the Nutrition and WASH Clusters and the Health and Food Security Clusters at the global, regional and country level, to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian response, through provision of quality strategic vision, technical guidance, support, mentoring and training.

Scope of work

The joint GNC and GWC Inter-Cluster/Sector Collaboration Consultant, with the support of the GNC Coordination Team, GWC Coordination Team and other platforms, ensures ICSC support at global, regional and country level. Specifically, the consultant will play a critical role in strengthening global ICSC at a global level, as well as at a country level. This will be achieved through:

  1. Co-chair, facilitate and support subsequent action points of the weekly ICSC (Inter-Cluster/Sector Coordination) platform calls and monthly ICSC Working Group calls, on behalf of the GNC and GWC and collaboration with the ICSC focal points from the Food Security and Health global clusters to support and facilitate inter-Cluster/Sectoral collaboration between the global clusters, including support to the four global cluster coordinators’ work on ICSC including organization of Global Platform quarterly meetings (virtual or F2F) (ICSC Platform)
  2. Organize strategic events such as a side event, presentation, in-person participation of global coordinator (with briefing pack) or other at key global events and meetings that relate to intersectoral/cluster issues, this includes the GNC and GWC annual/global meetings and other such events.
  3. Develop guidance, resources and tools specific to ICSC, and disseminate through various platforms such as journals (eg. ENN), the GNC and GWC websites and webinars.
  4. Review and provide ICSC-related feedback on all received country-level Humanitarian Programme Cycle outputs (Nutrition).
  5. Support ICSC capacity strengthening initiatives:
  6. Support ICSC related advocacy events and resources

Work Assignment Overview

Please find here the detailed deliverables schedule: Download File Deliverables timeline – ICSC Consultant, July 2023-June 2024.pdf

Tasks / Milestone Deliverables / Outputs Timeline / Deadline
1. Co-chairing of the ICSC Platform and the 4 Clusters (Health, WASH, Food Security and Nutrition) Global Platform Deliverables 1 to 12: ICSC WG participation and ICSC Global Platform preparation (1-12) Between July 2023 and June 2024
2. Development of briefing pack for strategic representation at global events Deliverables 13 to 16: Global event organised and conducted (1-4)
3. Contribution towards ICSC guidance, resource and evidence base Deliverables 17 to 18: Case studies (1-2)
Deliverables 19 to 22: Newsletter articles (1-4)
Deliverable 23: Updating of the ICSC section of the NCC checklist
Deliverable 24 to 25: Journal articles (1-2)
Deliverable 26: Updating of the ICSC section of the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator Toolkit
Deliverable 27: Maintenance of the ICSC resources on the GNC website (with Comms consultant)
Deliverables 28 to 29: Development of ICSC country-level dashboard (1-2)
Deliverables 30 to 31: ICSC monitoring system (project with Tufts and GWC; 1-2)
4. ICSC-related feedback on all received country-level Humanitarian Programme Cycle outputs Deliverable 32: WC and NC HNO review
Deliverable 33: WC and NC HRP review
Deliverable 34: WC and NC CCPM workshop and action plan review
Deliverable 35: WC and NC ERP review
5. Support ICSC capacity strengthening initiatives Deliverable 36: Global webinar (ICSC)
Deliverable 37: Global webinar (HNO) #1 (NC)
Deliverable 38: Global webinar (HNO) #2 (WC)
Deliverable 39: Global webinar (HRP) #1 (NC)
Deliverable 40: Global webinar (HRP) #2 (WC)
Deliverables 41 to 44: ICSC elearning module development (1-4)
Deliverable 45: ICSC elearning module maintenance
Deliverables 46 to 48: ICSC component of coordination trainings (1-3)
Deliverables 49 to 50: mentoring of mentee (1-2)
Deliverables 51 to 54: Joint ICSC communication with country-level coordinators (1-4)
6. Support ICSC related advocacy events and resources Deliverables 55 to 56: Joint statements (1-2)
Deliverables 57 to 58: Partners/global level advocacy calls (1-2)

Estimated Duration of the Contract

261 working days (between July 2023 and June 2024).

Consultant’s Work Place and Official Travel

The Consultant will be home-based.

As part of this assignment, two (2) travels are foreseen. The consultant will arrange her/his travel as and when they take place, and related costs will be reimbursed per UNICEF travel policy.

Travel Clause

  • All UNICEF rules and regulations related to travel of Consultants apply.
  • All travels shall be undertaken only upon the prior written approval by UNICEF.
  • The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid UN BSAFE certificate, obligatory inoculation(s) and have a valid own travel/medical insurance and an immunization/vaccination card.

Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of an invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

Please propose a professional fee (in USD) based on 261 working days to undertake this assignment.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, humanitarian assistance and development or another nutrition-related science.
  • 9 years of relevant work experience combined with a first University degree may be considered in lieu of the master’s degree.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in nutrition in emergencies programming, nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management.
  • Proven experience of nutrition in emergencies responses in a range of settings including sudden onset natural disasters and conflict setting; Leading coordination in such a setting would be considered an asset.
  • Relevant experience in nutrition projects development and management in a UN system considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic) is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Please include a full CV and a Financial Proposal in your application by indicating your availability and professional fee (in USD) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a proposed professional fee will not be considered. 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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants 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.

Advertised: 13 Jun 2023 W. Europe Daylight Time
Deadline: 23 Jun 2023 W. Europe Daylight Time

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