National Expert (full-time national consultant, office-based) to support the implementation of the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) in Romania
Job no: 537460
Position type: Consultancy
Location: Romania Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS
Department/Office: Bucharest, Romania
Categories: Child Protection, Statistics and Monitoring, Consultancy
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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The third programme component of the current UNICEF Country Programme with the Government of Romania (2018-2022) covers the work that UNICEF undertakes with national partners to improve the enabling environment for child rights realization. The outcome to be achieved is the "enhanced the capacity of central authorities to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate evidence-based policies for children and their families, focusing on the most vulnerable". It also seeks to strengthen key partnerships to increase national commitment for children and for social reforms. UNICEF provides technical assistance and capacity-strengthening to support the scaling-up of tested and evaluated models, facilitate the development of policies and the allocation of budgets at all levels of administration.
The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI)  is a UNICEF-led initiative that supports municipal governments in realizing the rights of children at the local level using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its key foundation. The initiative is currently implemented in over 40 countries at global level (over 10 countries are currently exploring CFCI implementation), in over 3,000 cities and communities and involve 30 million children and youth worldwide. It is also a network that brings together government and other stakeholders such as civil society organizations, the private sector, academia, media and, importantly, children themselves who wish to make their cities and communities more child friendly.
A "Child Friendly City" is a city, town, community or any system of local governance committed to fulfilling child rights as articulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is a city or community where the voices, needs and priorities of children are an integral part of public policies, programmes and decisions influencing their lives and future.
Broadly speaking, it is a city, town or community where children:
The UNICEF Country Office in Romania has decided to join the initiative and pilot CFCI in five municipalities in Romania in the framework of the project Making social inclusion real - breaking the cycle of exclusion for the most vulnerable children in Romania to be funded from Norway Grants 2014-2021.
Furthermore, there is interest from other municipalities in Romania to join the initiative and receive technical assistance from UNICEF for this endeavour.
UNICEF supports key counterparts in monitoring child rights through an integrated monitoring mechanism to support evidence-based policies and budgets for the well-being of disadvantaged children.
Investing in children and families through the CFCI
Implementation of the Child Friendly Cities Initiative is a complex process that includes the following steps:
Therefore, specific support and advice is needed for establishing the framework at national and community levels and for the implementation of the initiative at municipality level.
Major duties and responsibilities:
The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Child Rights Systems Monitoring Specialist and Programme Specialist - Local implementing Team. He/she is expected to fulfil the following key tasks and responsibilities with the technical advice and in close consultation and collaboration with the Child Rights Systems Monitoring Specialist and the Child Participation Officer:
Promote a learning environment for the key stakeholders involved in CFCI implementation (e.g. organizing study visits, exchanges of experience, documenting good practices).
 For further information, visit: https://childfriendlycities.org/.
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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 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.
A financial offer must be included, specifying the requested gross monthly fee in Romanian Lei Financial template_month_Jan 2021.docx, taking into consideration that the consultant will be responsible for paying all his/her due income taxes as per Romanian legislation.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
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.
Advertised: Jan 14 2021 GTB Standard Time Application close: Jan 31 2021 GTB Standard TimecWGjdEP-nAHY1
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