Closing Date : 2019-05-26
Duty Station : Basle, Switzerland
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 26 May 2019

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

Recognizing the need for guidance about what it means for business to respect and support children's rights, in complement to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (A/HRC/RES/21/5), the Children's Rights and Business Principles (the Principles) were released in March 2012. The Children's Rights and Business (CRB) Unit within the Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) Division is responsible to develop guidance for companies, governments, and other stakeholders to advance how children's rights are impacted by business. Global developments on business respect for human rights require more in-depth tools and guidance.

One priority is to further facilitate the integration of children's rights indicators and data into global metrics and frameworks, such as through the next phases of UNICEF's Children's Rights and Business Atlas. The CRB Atlas platform facilitates integration of global children's rights data in to business workplace, marketplace and community practices. The Atlas is currently managed through a contract with a risk analytics company, and support is needed to analyze, scope and research options to transition to new hosting, management and workflow arrangements scheduled for end 2019.

Marketing to children has also been identified as a key priority. Children's right to development, education, access to information, freedom of expression, freedom from discrimination, and many other rights can be supported or put at risk by marketing. Children are impacted by: targeted ads for unhealthy foods, exposure to violent ads intended for adult audiences, and positive messages against gender stereotyping. In collaboration with WHO, UNICEF has been leading development a toolkit that guides policymakers on establishing and enforcing policies that effectively restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods using a child rights-based approach. Following positive feedback on a draft toolkit presented to experts in March of 2019, the toolkit will be further developed and launched globally by the end of 2019.

How can you make a difference?

The consultant will support the finalization of the aforementioned UNICEF-WHO toolkit; and research, through stakeholder consultations and cross-analysis with global business sustainability frameworks and tools, options and recommendations for the Atlas platform to transition to new hosting, management and work flow arrangements by the end of 2019.


Under the guidance of the Child Rights and Business Senior Advisor and Specialist, and in close cooperation with UNICEF inter-divisional technical colleagues and partners, the activities of the consultant will include, but are not necessarily limited to the following tasks:

Support the work on the UNICEF-WHO Toolkit in the following ways:

Consolidate feedback from the March 2019 workshop, including follow-up with participants as needed and preparation of a summary deliverable, and develop a project plan to finalize the toolkit (estimate 15 days)Conduct further research as needed and deliver a second draft of the toolkit (v2) (10 days)Collect and integrate feedback from the working group on v2; prepare a final draft (5 days)Support the editing and design of the final toolkit, and support the organization of an event to launch the toolkit, including development of a communication/dissemination plan (5 days)

Develop and support options and recommendations for the Atlas platform to transition to new hosting, management and work flow arrangements, in the following ways: (20 days)

Research, consult technical stakeholders and potential platform collaborators, and identify options, including costs, totransition the Atlas from current contractor arrangement to UNICEF in-house and/or other options to host, maintain data and narrative features and overall sustain the CRB Atlas platform.In addition to consultations with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders, research will also involve analysis of strategic linkages with other global business and human rights measurement, sustainability, SDG and due diligence frameworks and tools to sustain the relevance of the Atlas platform.Deliver a paper summarizing options and recommendations.Refine recommendations and provide support over end 2019 processes to test and complete Atlas transition; deliver a final report to support project documentation and knowledge management of the transition.


The selected consultant is expected to work remotely, for 55 non-consecutive working days, until December 31st, 2019.


The incumbent will report to the Child Rights and Business Senior Advisor in Geneva, Switzerland.


The consultant will work remotely; travel may be needed to support consultations and workshops and will be arranged by the CRB unit as determined.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

The Consultant will interact closely with other UNICEF inter-divisional technical colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Minimum requirements:

Advanced university degree in business, human rights, political sciences, international development or legal studies;8-10 years of relevant work experience;Knowledge of Children's Rights and Business or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights essential;Expertise and professional experience relevant to business and human rights measurement, metrics and sustainability frameworks and tools required;Experience in private sector engagement preferred;Experience with and demonstrable skills on marketing to children preferred;Excellent proven research experience;Excellent writing skills;Be able to work independently as well as with a team in an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.Fluency in English is required.

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

Remarks: Please indicate your ability, availability and gross 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. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start.

Taxation: UNICEF and the United Nations accept no liability for any taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant and individual contractor on payments made under this contract. Neither UNICEF nor the United Nations will issue a statement of earnings to the consultant and individual contractor.

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

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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