Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 15 Mar 2019
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Ghana is a lower middle-income country experiencing a period of sustained political stability and economic growth. The economic outlook for Ghana remains positive, with average GDP growth projected at 5.7 percent for 2018-2022. However, significant disparities in development outcomes continue to disproportionately especially rural populations and poor families with children. Ghana continues to be affected by persistent development challenges, including increased inequality, slowed poverty reduction with increased extreme poverty in some parts of the country. Overall, a significant unfinished development agenda for children remains to be addressed in Ghana, particularly for children and young people. 38 percent of Ghana’s current population is below the age of 15.
UNICEF continues to partner with the Government of Ghana and development partners to strengthen social systems that can advance the realization of children’s rights. Under the framework of the UNICEF-Government of Ghana Country Programme of Cooperation (2018-2022), UNICEF is supporting programmes for children in health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, quality basic education, the protection of children from violence, abuse and exploitation, and social protection. It does so by leveraging national and international capacity, knowledge, and experience in priority areas for children.
UNICEF’s work is funded entirely by voluntary contributions with public and private donors remaining significant contributors to results for children in Ghana, supporting a large share of activities taking place at national and local levels. An estimated US$ 178 million is needed to advance key results for children in Ghana within the country programme period (2018-2022). However, traditional donors have gradually reduced their presence in Ghana, or shifted financial support away from large scale social reforms, moving from aid to trade, while relationships with emerging donors have not yet reached scale.
At the same time, the business sector in Ghana presents increasing potential as a source of innovative forms of partnership by which to leverage results for children. Increasing numbers of international subsidiaries operating in Ghana point to a widening base for engagement with the business sector and with potential for generating significant investment in UNICEF-supported programmes for children. Recent analysis by UNICEF has identified several prospective pathways for resource leverage with the business sector. The office is also evaluating potential to pursue a Child Rights and Business agenda, to promote children’s rights and sustain critical investment in children’s wellbeing in Ghana. There are opportunities to work in the banking, cocoa, fishing and mining sectors, amongst others.
Meaningful partnership with the private sector is a key component of UNICEF long-term Child Rights promotion strategy in Ghana. UNICEF is therefore seeking to engage a consultant to manage and expand a portfolio of strategic, shared-value partnerships that leverage resources for children and young people in Ghana.
How can you make a difference?
The purpose of the contract is to contribute to the development, management and implementation of partnerships and engagements with key private stakeholders that leverage political and economic support for results for children. The aim is to further strengthen UNICEF’s position as a partner of choice for children’s rights in Ghana by engaging in innovative, transformative and holistic partnerships.
The contractor will establish a partnership function within the country office and provide an interface for environment scanning, knowledge exchange, resource leverage, and policy influence. The contractor will help ensure greater visibility and support for UNICEF’s mission and expand influence in relevant economic sectors impacting on results for children, including industry and agriculture. The contractor will also serve as a focal point and resource for UNICEF on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development.
Under the supervision of the UNICEF Deputy Representative, and in close collaboration with the UNICEF Representative and relevant UNICEF staff, the contractor seeks and promotes new strategic, shared value partnerships and both non-financial and financial resource leverage opportunities in various sectors in the economy, including industry and agriculture. Specifically, the contractor:
NOTE: Please read attached Terms of Reference for details on the tasks.
Deliverables and time frame for submission
1. Comprehensive, evidence based analysis of shared-value partnership potential in Ghana and propensity to leverage resources in support of results for children. – Initial analysis completed by end of month 1; updated monthly
2.Theory of change for shared-value partnerships -Completed by end month 2; updated monthly.
3.Soft and hard copies of products.Includes criteria for the selection of partners, partner contribution targets and means of measuring results. -Completed by end month 2; updated monthly
4.Short-term outreach strategy and 2019 action plan with agreed targets and timelines.Soft and hard copies including targets and outreach approach to engage potential donors in supporting results for children. – Completed by end month 2; updated monthly.
5.Targeted strategy and action plan on UNICEF’s engagement with supply- and value-chain partnerships in coca, mining fishing industries.Soft and hard copies including specific targets and outreach approach to engage. -Completed by end month 3; updated monthly
6.At least 4 actionable, shared-value investment cases developed, distributed and pitched to targeted partners.Soft and hard copy products, in accordance with timeline set out in agreed action plan translating programmatic priorities into business language. – Initial 4 investment cases by end month 4.
7.Capacity building sessions held for UNICEF staff.Training materials and tools collected and/or developed, in cooperation with PFP, RO and HQ; Training sessions held for UNICEF staff in Ghana -Before end of month
8.At least 4 additional partner engagement materials (using compelling visuals, infographics, etc.). The materials should illustrate shared priorities, common goals, division of labour and commitment to principles of human rights, accountability and transparency.Soft and hard copies of products.(All original files, including data analysis, original photographs, vector files to be saved and provided with each final product).
Development timeline should be specified at the start of the assignment and included in the overall action plan. The consultant may choose to develop materials concurrently with investment cases. These arrangements are to be negotiated with the supervisor and will depend on partner requirements and priorities. -Product outline submitted by end month 5.
9.Partner database, filing system.An accurate, comprehensive and fully populated partner database.Electronic and physical filing system established. -Completed by end month 6; updated monthly.
10. At least 3 major shared-value partnerships underway with business sector -Completed by end month 6.
11.Monthly activity reports on the progress of partner engagement activities (as per workplan), achievement of shared-value partnership targets (including investment generated, in pipeline, etc.) clear assessment of effectiveness of actions and any proposed adjustments. Progress reporting will include monthly summary for senior management.
12. A quarterly report and detailed record/ log of partnership work undertaken, including the analysis of various approaches employed. The record will be supported by electronic and hardcopy documents, stored centrally.
13. Further deliverables related to production and dissemination of investment cases, proposals and engagement materials will be elaborated and agreed.
Payment and Payment Schedule
The contractor shall receive a monthly payment upon satisfactory submission of monthly deliverables as agreed with the supervisor. Monthly payment shall be a negotiated lumpsum that comprises fees and cost of staying in Ghana. An initial advance covering travel to Ghana and/or partial subsistence will be made on signature of the contract
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
Competencies required for this post:
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
ToR Shared Value Partnerships Jan2019.pdf
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.
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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=520001