Consultancy - Child marriage: Partnership support for Global Monitoring Mechanism

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


UNICEF is the lead agency in monitoring the wellbeing of children, with a mandate to support countries in collecting reliable data on children, as well as to track progress against internationally agreed targets including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The Child Protection and Development (CPD) team within the Data Analysis and Innovation Unit covers a range of topics, including harmful practices such as child marriage, which is the topical focus of this consultancy. Further to UNICEF’s role as custodian agency monitoring progress towards SDG target 5.3.1 on child marriage, the CPD team will be undertaking several initiatives around the analysis, dissemination and use of data on this topic. This will include the production of national, regional and global reports, the development of a dedicated website on monitoring progress against child marriage, and the development of a set of training packages on the interpretation and use of data on harmful practices.

The purpose of this consultancy is to support CPD’s work in the monitoring of child marriage through maintaining and strengthening partnerships with relevant institutions and colleagues, as contributors to and users of these data-driven products and platforms on child marriage.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

 Under the overall direction of the Senior Adviser, the consultant will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Liaise with UNICEF country offices to share data-driven resources on child marriage and identify additional data needs of selected countries (Spotlight initiative)
  • Increase visibility of the Global Monitoring Mechanism and of data-driven products through direct communication with key stakeholders, writing newsletters, drafting blog posts, and promoting materials on social media
  • Manage beta testing of child marriage website with key stakeholders
  • Provide logistical and substantive support in the planning and implementation of SAG consultations, both in-person and remote

Deliverables will include:

  • Successful communication with partners to promote data-driven products, identify data needs and manage inputs to key projects
  • Implementation of key activities with partners, including website beta testing and consultations with SAG
  • Timely, accurate and informative regular reporting of project status and recommendations


(1) Education

  • University Master’s degree or higher in social sciences, public policy, international affairs or related field

2) Work experience

  • Minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in child protection programming
  • Expertise in child marriage strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s organizational structure and key partners strongly preferred
  • Basic familiarity with data used for global monitoring of the wellbeing of children and/or experience working with household survey data preferred
  • Familiarity with UNICEF mandate and the Sustainable Development Goals

3) Competencies 

  • Excellent project management skills, including managing complex projects and balancing long-term and ad hoc projects simultaneously
  • Proven experience in developing effective communication products and monitoring their performance with key audiences


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: 
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory 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.


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