UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs (3 Openings)-2020

UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs seeks to recruit  for the following consultancy role

1. Fixed Term Appointment – Innovation Specialist UNICEF, South Africa

Skill Required: IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 11th August, 2020

Job Description-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

For every child, innovation

Established in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we translate this commitment into practical action, focusing special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, for the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF has had a presence in South Africa since the dawn of democracy and continues to work towards improving the lives of children in the country.

From its office in Pretoria, the UNICEF South Africa Country Office works with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia, the corporate sector, media and various other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child. Through the support of individual, corporate and other donors, UNICEF is able to undertake its work, both globally and in South Africa.

UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs-How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the PM&E Manager, the Innovation Specialist acts as a business analyst by providing technical support and quality assurance to innovation planning/design, implementation, monitoring and documentation across programme sectoral areas and with partners, supporting achievement of UNICEF’s priorities.

The Innovation Specialist is responsible for supporting and strengthening internal capacity to implement social innovation and digital tools and initiatives, identify emerging information and communication technologies and social innovation tools for UNICEF programming, engage with key tech and innovation partners, assess reusable and replicable technical building blocks and maximize potential for innovation/ T4D scale-up and roll-out.

The Innovation Specialist will work with programme sections to build and adopt scalable, sustainable, and demand-driven innovative, particularly digital, solutions that address development challenges and accelerate results for children.

The Innovation Specialist will be tasked to support the integration of innovative practices into traditional UNICEF programming and to look for sustainable opportunities to launch projects with significant T4D components that are designed, supported, rolled out and maintained in partnership with the Government of South Africa and CSOs.

UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs-To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Computer Science, Information Science, Public Health, International Development, Community Development or a related field Social Sciences.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in innovative uses of technology for development, particularly in the areas of mobile-based data collection; training & capacity building experience; programme communication / communication for development; design experience;
  • Experience identifying, developing and implementing solutions for large-scale technical projects – including liaising with engineers and software developers;
  • Experience with ICT hardware, mobile phones and web-based technologies, particularly designing or deploying tools appropriate to low-bandwidth environments;
  • Experience in other technical areas, i.e. network administration, support services management, messaging, database administration and data visualization;
  • Experience with RapidPro, OpenSRP, DHIS2, ODK and other global public good technologies, and deploying, maintaining and rolling out these technologies is desirable;
  • Working knowledge of SQL database and ArcGIS is preferred;
  • Professional certification in ICT project management, programming, software engineering, business analytics, telecommunications and/or information security is an asset;
  • Knowledge on human-centered design thinking approaches, information systems, requirements analysis and software development is an advantage;
  • Proven capacity to work with and lead collaborative teams across different sections and with different technical skills;
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with partners, including government ministries, youth coalitions, universities, intellectual leaders, UN organizations, NGOs and the private sector;
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle competing messages and priorities with multiple audiences;
  • Background experience with the UN, especially UNICEF, is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and Competency Framework of Building and managing partnerships; Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness; Drive to achieve results for impact; Innovates and embraces change; manages ambiguity and complexity; thinks and acts strategically; works collaboratively with others; and natures, leads and manages people.

2. TOR – Consultant – Baseline Information on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity amongst Youths and Adolescents for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention UNICEF, South Africa

Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 15th August, 2020

Job Description-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs


For every child, nutrition

Background and Justification

UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 outlines a commitment to promote and protect the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of adolescents. UNICEF currently has a partnership with AstraZeneca (AZ) with the aim of catalyzing a global advocacy movement led by young people to promote healthier lifestyles and make Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) prevention a government priority. Towards this end, UNICEF is working across Eastern and Southern Africa Region, East Asia and Pacific Region, and Latin America and the Caribbean Region to:

  • Build awareness of young people and policy makers on NCD risks and burdens;
  • Empower young people with the information and skills to influence policy and demand accountability for their health and well-being at local, national and global levels;
  • Work with young people and government leaders to develop and enforce public policies aimed at NCD prevention among adolescents.

Scope of Work-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

  • Goal and Objective:  Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist  in the Health and Nutrition Section, the consultant will assist the Health and Nutrition team to generate baseline information on NCDs risk factors with emphasis on nutrition and physical activity in adolescents and youth under the AZ Partnership.
  • Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered:

The assignment is aligned to the Annual Work Plan of the Health and Nutrition programme on supporting mobilization and empowerment of young leaders to promote healthy lifestyles amongst adolescents and young people in South Africa.

Activities and Tasks: UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs
The consultant will work closely with the Health and Nutrition team in undertaking the following tasks:

  • Conduct policy scoping: identify existing evidence, policies and strategies on NCD modifiable risk factors (i.e. diet and physical activity) amongst adolescents at global, regional and in South Africa.
  • Collect and analyze available evidence on NCD prevention initiatives led by youths.
  • Analyze epidemiological data and available information to identify high risk, underserved, or vulnerable adolescent sub-groups to NCD risk factors.
  • Gather information on knowledge and attitudes of adolescents and youth and identify gaps on modifiable NCD risk factors with specific reference to dietary intake practices and physical activity habits amongst adolescents through U-Report polls.
  • Consult young people across priority districts through different platforms (including U-Report, focus group discussions, etc.) to enable young people to provide inputs and voice their opinions on baseline information.
  • Conduct focus group discussions and/or informal interviews to map the perceptions and experiences of key stakeholders in relation to NCD prevention among adolescents.
  • Make recommendations on key issues emanating from the baseline findings on adolescents’ awareness, gaps identified through policy scoping which should be considered when developing key messages and advocacy tools for the prevention of modifiable NCD risk factors targeted to adolescents.

Work relationships:
The Consultant shall deliver on the assignment as per the tasks listed in Section 3 above. The Consultant will liaise directly with the Nutrition Specialist in the completion of various stages of the project.

Payment Schedule

Please see Payment Schedule under section (5) Outputs/Deliverables.

Payment is dependent on each deliverable being completed to a high standard (satisfactory completion) as vetted by the Health and Nutrition programme.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience

  • Advanced degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Work, Adolescents, or other related degree.
  • 5 years’ professional experience in adolescent health and programmatic research.
  • Prior work experience with a multi-lateral or international health and development agency, and experience supporting national Adolescent Health or Mental Health programs in any of UNICEF’s key geographic regions.
  • A native command of the English language is required.
  • Strong ability to multi-task and a drive for on-time delivery required.

Application must include:

  • Detailed curriculum vitae including a description of main achievements;
  • Submission of at least 2 products and/or writing samples related to relevant topic;
  • Minimum three references that include the name and contact person, title and contact information.
  • A detailed financial proposal quoted in United States Dollars (USD).

Administrative issues-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

The focal person for the assignment is the Nutrition Specialist. Most of the communication will take place via email and telephone. Meetings may also be scheduled with the Health and Nutrition section team, UNICEF’s Regional and Headquarter (HQ) to discuss progress made. The Nutrition Specialist will follow-up with the Consultant to understand the rate of progress and whether products will be completed in the time allocated for the project.

An additional reference group made up of program specialists working in adolescent and mental health within UNICEF HQ and Regional offices will provide technical inputs and review of the consultant’s work.

For the final sign-off of the work, the Nutrition Specialist will consult with the Chief of Health and Nutrition and the Representative/Deputy Representative of the UNICEF South African Country Office (SACO).

Conditions-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

  • The Consultant will use his/her office space and may request to meet with the Nutrition Specialist during the project cycle;
  • Where relevant and applicable, all travel is by most economical fare and reimbursement as per UNICEF policy;
  • The service provider will undertake to keep the contents of the documents, whether in draft or in final format, confidential and not publish it or any part thereof either in print or electronically, or share it as a sample of work, prior to the public dissemination of the document, without the prior written permission of UNICEF.
  • As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary; and
  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual/institutional contracts.

Risks-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

  • The risks to this project may include delay in response from key informants and stakeholders. However, consultations with sector government departments and stakeholders often take time and this may delay the delivery of inputs to the service provider.
  • To reduce risks associated with the delay caused by the review process, UNICEF will attempt to send completed draft products to UNICEF HQ, stakeholders and experts without any delay and will also immediately attend to any feedback received during the consultation process. This should maximize UNICEF’s interaction with sector departments and other stakeholders and ensure that work can be completed on time.

3. TOR – Consultant – Development of module on reproductive tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, HIV prevention, care and support UNICEF, South Africa

Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 12th August, 2020

Scope of Work-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

  • Goal and Objective: Under the supervision of the HIV/AIDS Manager and with the technical support from NDOH develop a training curriculum for module nine (9) of the comprehensive framework training package.
  •  Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: This work will contribute to achievement of Output 1.3:  Support the dissemination of the new PMTCT guideline

Activities Tasks-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

  • Review the draft framework including its structure
  • Develop a virtual training for PMTCT
  • Develop a draft module that entails reproductive tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention and PMTCT, HIV care and support including pediatric HIV
  • Share the draft with UNICEF and NDOH
  • Incorporate the comments and finalize the training curriculum

Required Travel:

No required travel outside Gauteng

Payment Schedule

Payment to the consultant will only be done upon satisfactory completion of each deliverable as per the outlined deliverables.

 Desired competencies,technical background and experience

  • Advanced university degree, preferably in the public health or other relevant field;
  • Ability and experience in producing virtual training as well as CPD accredited training
  • Outstanding knowledge and experience in developing training curriculum development
  • At least, eight years of professional work experience at national level in MCH;
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage with key stakeholders and facilitate dialogue
  • Ability to work independently and to ensure high-quality deliverables;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Experience with working with UN agencies is desirable

Administrative issues-UNICEF South Africa Consultancy Jobs

The consultant will primarily be operating from his/her own office, using her/his own office resources and materials in the execution of this assignment. An inception meeting will be held with the consultant, UNICEF and NDOH to outline what is expected.  A meeting will be held every two weeks with the HIV/AIDS manager and or NDOH to update on progress and if necessary, adjust the timelines and work plan accordingly. The consultant will also meet with members of the MCH task team that UNICEF SA is working with.


  • As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a minimum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example of supplies or travel, may be necessary
  • The candidate selected will be governed by, and subject to, UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.


  • Delays in approving the training curriculum and materials.
  • Lack of participants to pilot the training material.

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