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Home-based: Resource Mobilization and Communications Consultant (3 months; Jan to Mar 2024) – Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS)


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Job Description

  • Country: Switzerland
  • Vacancies No: N/A
  • Salary: N/A 
  • No of Jobs: N/A
  • Education: Master’s degree 
  • Experience: 8 years
  • Gender: Both

Scope of work

Under the supervision of the Emergency Manager, the Resource Mobilization and Communications consultant will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  1. Conducting a review and mapping of existing humanitarian resource mobilization mechanisms and products (e.g., Humanitarian Action for Children, Humanitarian Annual Results Report) to identify common themes, gaps, needs and opportunities for advocacy of core humanitarian capacity, to inform narrative development.
  2. Developing a narrative on the impact and added value of core humanitarian support to deliver results for children in emergencies, based on the review and mapping. Examples of core humanitarian support include, but are not limited to, coordination, provision of field support, policy setting, risk management, localization, and anticipatory action efforts. The narrative will lay out a clear vision for EMOPS that can be effectively communicated to donors. It will provide understanding how investing in the humanitarian capacity would benefit UNICEF’s emergency preparedness and response and advocate for resources.
  3. Identifying and producing investment cases based on priority needs and areas identified within the developed narrative.
  4. Develop engagement strategy for amplification/propagation of the narrative product/s and investment cases with key stakeholders, partners, and donors. There is a possibility to expand this deliverable to the development of other advocacy and fundraising communications tools and products.
  5. Any other activities identified during the course of the assignment.

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks / Milestone Deliverables / Outputs Timeline / Deadline
Phase 1: Mapping and assessment

Humanitarian resource mobilization mechanisms and products are reviewed

1X a comprehensive mapping of existing humanitarian resource mobilization mechanisms and products, identify common themes, needs, gaps and opportunities for enhancing advocacy for core humanitarian capacity (e.g. coordination, field support, risk management, policy setting etc.). Present formats and availability of fundraising communications, such as appeal documents and websites. Conduct analysis of key stakeholders/partners. Identify partner needs, interests and potential contribution opportunities.

Consolidate current core humanitarian support needs and thematic areas. Assess if current advocacy modalities sufficiently cover scope of requirements. Establish degree to which these needs are well-positioned with partners. Identify key responsible persons and teams within UNICEF to support efforts

Benchmark UNICEFs global humanitarian support advocacy efforts with other leading humanitarian actors, identifying best practices and approaches.

January 2024
Phase 2: Narrative development and investment cases

2.1 Narrative for core humanitarian capacity is developed

1X internal guidance document. Guidance will support advocacy on the impact and added value of core humanitarian capacity for delivering results for children in emergencies, outlining the key areas of UNICEF’s core humanitarian support and highlighting the roles/ways of working. Position needs and requirements for partners and donors, including funding gaps and projections. Incorporate key messaging and current/potential partnership modalities. Include case studies that can be used to illustrate impact of core support for children in emergencies.

1X advocacy/resource mobilization external narrative. Outline the impact and added value of core humanitarian capacity for delivering results for children in emergencies. Demonstrates how investments in core, global humanitarian functions (i.e. coordination, policy setting, field support, risk management) translate into effective humanitarian response. Highlight importance of investing in capacity for effective emergency response, including areas of focus. Include funding requirements, gaps. Include case studies that can be used to illustrate impact of core support for children in emergencies.

Prerequisite: Consultations, the number of which is to be determined, with relevant sections and focal points to review advocacy needs for provision of core humanitarian capacity and to inform narrative development.

February 2024
2.2 Investment cases for global support are identified 1X concept note for standalone investment cases identified through previous deliverables. Identify areas of core humanitarian support that would benefit from focused, dedicated advocacy, resource mobilization and engagement efforts. Examples may include anticipatory action, field support, localization, cluster coordination. Provide breakdown of resource requirements. Develop investment cases based on discussion with the EMOPS team.
Phase 3: Engagement and communication Strategy

Develop engagement strategy

1X Engagement strategy. Provide recommendations to leverage various communications channels for dissemination of external narrative/products to existing and potential partners and donors. Strategy may include web platforms, inclusion/expansion in existing UNICEF advocacy and partner products (e.g. HAC Global Support), standalone appeals, milestones and opportunities. Define metrics for measuring success of strategy. Identify capacity-building requirements within UNICEF to support the strategy as relevant. Include sustainability plan to support continued efforts. March 2024
Final deliverables met and reporting 1X final report produced on activities during the consultancy is delivered. Report includes recommendations for further internal/external fundraising and engagement strategies.

Estimated Duration of the Contract

3 months; from January to March 2024.

Consultant’s Work Place and Official Travel

The Consultant will be home-based.

As part of this assignment, one (1) travel is foreseen. The consultant will arrange her/his travel as and when they take place, and related costs will be reimbursed per UNICEF travel policy.

Travel Clause

  • All UNICEF rules and regulations related to travel of Consultants apply.
  • All travels shall be undertaken only upon the prior written approval by UNICEF.
  • The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid UN BSAFE certificate, obligatory inoculation(s) and have a valid own travel/medical insurance and an immunization/vaccination card.

Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of an invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

Please propose a lumpsum professional fee (in USD) to undertake this 3-month assignment between 01 January and 30 March 2024. Please do not include travel fees as this will be reimbursed as and when they take place.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, International Development, Humanitarian Emergencies, or related fields. A first-level university degree, in combination with qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years progressive experience in the following fields: Programme development, Partnerships, Communications or Fundraising, is required.
  • At least five (5) years of experience at international level is desirable. Previous regional or country office experience is an asset.
  • Experience in partnerships, resource mobilization, partnership engagement, external communications, as well as strong analytical skills are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop communication or engagement plans/strategies/products are requirements.
  • Strong project management experience working across cross-functional environments is desired.
  • Strong experience in working with a diverse group of stakeholders is an advantage.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision is required.
  • Prior experience of direct engagement with donors, partners and stakeholders as well as specialized training/experience in emergency funding management are highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF, its systems and ways of working is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.


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