Consultant; Refugee Policy, Law and Inclusion

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 29

Position description

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. 

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Vacancy Announcement: Consultant

Consultancy Title: Refugee Policy, Law and Inclusion Consultant.

Section/Division/Duty Station: Child Protection - Programme Group - NYHQ

Duration: 15 September 2023 - 28 February 2024

Home/ office Based: REMOTE


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.


Purpose of Activity/ Assignment:

In 2019, the Netherlands Ministry of the Foreign Affairs launched PROSPECTS, a partnership between five multilateral organisations, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the World Bank (WB), to transform the ongoing responses to protracted forced displacement in some of the most affected countries in the world.

UNICEF's Migration and Displacement Hub contributes towards the PROSPECTS partnership providing global coordination, learning and technical support for PROSPECTS programmes. The focus on policy dialogue for inclusion of children on the move is key to deliver more coherent, effective and innovative solutions for and with forcibly displaced persons (FDPs) and host communities (HCs), and relevant regional and global stakeholders.

The overall objective of this assignment is to map existing refugee policy and legal review frameworks and assess their integration of child rights to identify gaps and policy areas that could be strengthened and better inform policy dialogue and advocacy, programs, capacity building and learning aligned with the Theory of Change of the PROSPECTS partnership and UNICEF-UNHCR's strategic collaboration framework.

Scope of Work:

This consultancy will focus on delivering technical inputs and recommendations to identify and address gaps related to the integration of child rights in currently available tools that are used by PROSPECTS partners to identify, analyse, track and advocate for law and policy improvements. The consultant will develop a proposal to cover these gaps in consultation with UNICEF, UNHCR and other PROSPECTS partners, including youth partners.

Terms of Reference / Key Deliverables:

Under the supervision of the Knowledge Management Specialist, the consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables (during September, October and November):

1.         1 inception report completed, 4 key informant interviews conducted. – By 31 October 2023:

Map existing refugee policy and legal review indicators/assessment questions as used in various UNHCR and UNICEF data collection, analysis and measurement tools, as well as relevant policy reviews and diagnostics developed in the context of the PROSPECTS partnership such as the ILO Refugee Policy Reviews. Conduct a desk review, including key informant interviews with focal points from UNHCR and UNICEF.

2.         1 Findings Report on gaps submitted. – By 15 November 2023

Analyze existing refugee policy and legal review frameworks and tools that assess refugee inclusion in national systems and services, including social protection, or education systems, justice, civil registration and other relevant sectors to assess whether and to what extent these frameworks and tools integrate a child rights perspective. Identify gaps and develop additional questions for strengthening a child rights focus and improving complementarity with other existing measurement tools by UNHCR, UNICEF or PROSPECT partners.

3.         8 policy matrices reviewed and analyzed, 8 key informant interviews conducted,

1 analysis document submitted. – By 30 November 2023

Review the policy matrices submitted by the 8 PROSPECTS country teams as a part of the planning process, which aims to stimulate joint planning and programming towards collective outcomes amongst PROSPECTS partners. Analyse the extent to which policy advocacy for refugee inclusion in national systems has been integrated, with a focus on assessing whether policy advocacy includes a child rights angle. Further develop a comprehensive and integrated overview document based on insights from the policy matrices review. Propose concrete recommendations to improve the PROSPECTS policy matrix from a child rights and inclusion perspective

4.         1 Integrated policy measurement tool developed and submitted for consultation. – By 31 January 2024

Develop a comprehensive and integrated overview of assessment questions and tools, with a focus on documenting whether these integrate questions and specific issues related to children and their rights. The overview should integrate existing indicators/assessment questions and those newly proposed by the consultant to better measure and track law and policy of refugee children’s inclusion in national systems and services. The overview should also propose through which tools the additional indicators/assessment questions should be measured, proposing adjustments to the existing tools or proposing options for complementary tools, which is expected by November.

Develop an integrated model to strengthen the integration of child rights considerations in existing law and policy measurement tracking tools.  - expanding/adapting existing refugee policy and law review tools and other sector-specific measurement tools and PROSPECTS policy matrices from a child rights perspective. 

  1. 1 Validation and dissemination. Workshop organized with all key informants. – By 15 February 2024

Convene a consultative validation and knowledge management process with PROSPECTS partners throughout the assignment, including through a reference group with PROSPECTS partners, and to actively participate in a joint UNHCR/UNICEF inception workshop to present the recommendations and to agree on next steps. Create an online resource page to save and share all documents reviewed, minutes of consultations, and the draft and final versions of all deliverables.



  • Master’s level; Inter Disciplines: Development, Refugee law and Policy, Social Policy, International Relations, or related field.

Work experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in refugee/asylum law and policy, research, evaluation.
  • Working in or as a direct consultant for UN organizations is considered an asset


  • Expert level technical knowledge about Refugee law, policy, and refugee inclusion in national systems, with demonstrated technical work experience on refugee law and policy analysis.
  • Deep familiarity and understanding of PROSPECTs country program context and culture in developing context.  Strong knowledge of the context and understanding of international development issues, including the status of the humanitarian-development nexus nationally and at the state level in PROSPECTS program countries.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with experience translating evidence for and communicating with a broad range of actors (including government) on sensitive issues
  • Ability to present ideas concisely for diverse audiences and to give practical, actionable advice grounded in evidence


Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and

  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include/ reflect :
    • the costs per each deliverable and the total lump-sum for the whole assignment (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference.
    • 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.

U.S. Visa information:

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.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

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. 


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