Closing Date : 2019-06-04
Duty Station : Arusha, Tanzania
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 04 Jun 2019

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Background & Rationale

UNICEF and WHO co-lead the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a partnership comprised of over 20 prominent international agencies and non-governmental organizations to raise financial investment and political commitment in supportive breastfeeding programmes and policies. The Collective is aligned around a 7 point A Call to Action to strengthen programmes and policies to protect, promote and support breastfeeding:

Increase funding to raise breastfeeding rates from birth through two yearsFully implement the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly resolutions through strong legal measures that are enforced and independently monitored by organizations free from conflicts of interest.Enact paid family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies, building on the International Labour Organization s maternity protection guidelines as a minimum requirement, including provisions for the informal sector.Implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding in maternity facilities, including providing breastmilk for sick and vulnerable newborns.Improve access to skilled breastfeeding counselling as part of comprehensive breastfeeding policies and programmes in health facilities.Strengthen links between health facilities and communities, and encourage community networks that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.Strengthen monitoring systems that track the progress of policies, programmes, and funding towards achieving both national and global breastfeeding targets.

The focus of the Collective s external advocacy efforts in 2019-2020 are focused on its policy action to expand paid parental leave and supportive workplace policies for new mothers/parents and sustain advocacy efforts on this issue, in coordination with other sectors and partners. The Collective has developed a messaging framework to raise visibility for breastfeeding as a collective responsibility and gender equality issue, integrating such messages in media stories, global frameworks and policy documents, web content and other advocacy products.


To coordinate the day to day management of the Global Breastfeeding Collective, cultivating and managing strategic partnerships and advancing shared advocacy goals. This will include managing and engaging in collaborative advocacy activities to advance the Collective s policy actions; organizing or contributing to high-level advocacy events, including World Breastfeeding Week, ILO Centenary of the Maternity Protection Convention and Nutrition for Growth Summit, and keeping partners abreast of activities undertaken by UNICEF and other partners to promote and support breastfeeding.

Expected results:

Facilitate participation and collaboration among global partners and country offices to advance breastfeeding advocacy efforts, specifically around the Collective advocacy priority to expand paid parental leave and supportive workplace breastfeeding policies. Manage and maintain regular contact with Collective partners and the Collective Coordination Committee through monthly calls and regular communication. Contribute to successful advocacy and public engagement efforts for World Breastfeeding and ILO Centenary event, including production of advocacy briefs and/or other products and assets.

Liaise with the Early Childhood Nutrition (ECN) Unit and Collective partners to develop monthly partner call agendas; secure speakers; produce notes for the record.Facilitate monthly strategic Collective Coordination Committee calls and conduct necessary follow up.Assist with development and production of advocacy briefs and/ or other advocacy products and assets.Respond to inquiries and maintain regular communication with Collective partners.Coordinate with Collective partners to maintain and expand the Breastfeeding Advocacy Toolkit.

Time frame:

Starting date: 17 June 2019; End date: 20 December 2019

Working conditions: Working remotely with 2-3 trips to New York for in-person meetings

Deliverables and payment schedule:



(Estimated # of days)


Work closely with ECN Unit, Division of Communication and Collective partners to leverage media and public attention for World Breastfeeding Week, including producing Collective advocacy product and assets on the need for paid parental leave and supportive breastfeeding workplace policies, integrating Collective messaging


23 August 2019

Provide technical assistance on breastfeeding advocacy to targeted country offices


20 September 2019

Contribute to evaluation of the Collective


18 October 2019

Assist with management of Collective engagement in ILO Centenary event


15 November 2019

Assist with development and production of advocacy briefs and/ or other advocacy products and assets and coordinate with advocacy tool working group to maintain the Breastfeeding Advocacy Toolkit


13 December 2019

Liaise with ECN Unit and Collective partners; develop monthly agendas for partner calls and Coordination Committee calls and ensure follow up; secure speakers; produce notes for the record and maintain regular communication with partners


20 December 2019



Qualifications and Experience of Successful Candidate:

Advanced university degree required, preferably in political science, public policy, international relations or related field.Minimum 8 years experience in international development, social justice or advocacy is required.Exceptional communications skills strong verbal and written skills, strong public presentation skillsDemonstrated track record of successful collaborationsAn excellent team player flexible, collaborative with an ability to build supportive relationships with and coordinate among colleagues in different regions of the world.Background working on health or nutrition policy is desirable.Fluency in English. Any other UN language an advantage.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.


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.

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

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

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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

How to apply:

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