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Background & Rationale
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. With a strong emphasize to focus on the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, this focus means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on the most disadvantaged and excluded is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals present a unique opportunity to advance the children’s agenda with a strong emphasize on the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families and in line with UNICEF’s mission. As a defining trend of our times, while urbanization is a driver of development, it is not without its challenges, particularly for slum dwellers. Already, one city dweller in three lives in slum conditions, lacking security of tenure in overcrowded, unhygienic places characterized by unemployment, climate-induced disasters, pollution, violence, poor services and competition over resources. Infrastructure and services are not keeping up with urban growth in many regions, and children and young people are the most susceptible to the negative aspects of living in slums. As the urban population burgeons, it is clear that increasingly urban poor and marginalized children are becoming among the most disadvantaged.
UNICEF has recognized urbanization as an area of evolving importance that poses among the greatest risks and opportunities for children and young people to realize their rights and have a fair chance at life. To help expand these opportunities while also responding to the increasing risks in urban settings, UNICEF has been working to develop policies and guidelines that focus on building sustainable cities for and with children and young people, and in close partnership with government. These tools have started to lay down the ground work for a global urban strategy that will guide and scale up the organization’s work in urban areas at the global, national and local levels.
One aspect of the global urban strategy is to improve and expand knowledge exchange of good practices and lessons learned, as well as tools that will facilitate this work.
The purpose of the contract is to provide internal and external management support to the Urban portfolio within the Policy Analysis Unit. Under the guidance of the Senior Urban Advisor in the Policy Analysis Unit and the urban team at the Division of Data, Research and Policy in UNICEF, the consultant will support UNICEF’s global policy, planning, finance and engagement work on urbanization. Such support will enable UNICEF to better advocate for and represent the rights of urban children, particularly the most disadvantaged and marginalized, and children in migration and displacement processes at the global, regional and national levels, including in high-income countries where UNICEF does not have a country office presence but may have a National Committee.
This position requires an individual with strong self-initiative, creativity and ability to multi-task, passion for and experience working with urban issues, children and young people, academic and professional background in sustainable development or related field, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Experience with issues such as public health, sanitation and climate change in urban areas is also an advantage.
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