Senior Consultant – Social Policy for Children, Beijing, China

Job Number: 522571 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: China
Work Type : 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.

And we never give up.


For every child, commitment


China has led the world in poverty reduction, but rapid growth has been accompanied by inequities in wealth and well-being. Twenty-five per cent of children live in remote, mountainous and economically underdeveloped regions. These areas are characterized by high poverty incidence, in the western and central provinces. Urbanisation hides deep pockets of poverty from view. The most disadvantaged children face multiple and overlapping deprivations. They are disproportionately young (aged 0-4 years), belong to ethnic minorities, live with disabilities and may not live with parents. Structural drivers of inequity, notably China’s household registration system and uneven public investment, underpin limited access to education, health and other services for disadvantaged groups. As a result, large numbers of children have development outcomes comparable with children growing up in low income countries.

UNICEF’s social policy programme aims to influence policy to adopt a child-rights based approach by bringing new knowledge and evidence into policy-making processes, along with a global dimension on what works in social policy for children. It works with government and academic partners to build evidence of practical ways to put the most disadvantaged children first in policy and budgets. Specific goals include improved measures to track child poverty; improved understanding of social sector budgets and providing evidence for increased investment in services that benefit children; and promoting effective and equitable finance for and governance of essential public services across all sectors.

UNICEF China Office is now seeking a committed consultant to advise the office on the development of the social policy agenda in China.


How can you make a difference?


Under the guidance of the Deputy Representative, the consultant will advise the social policy team on implementing the current two-year work plan agreed with the Government and engage in strategic planning and formulation of the new country programme document (CPD) (2021-2025).

This encompasses working closely with relevant government and other key partners, as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, M&E and Communication.


For more details of this role, please visit the TOR – Download File ToR_Consultants_SocialPolicyAdviser_2019 for VA.docx


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


Sciences, Sociology, Economics or other relevant technical field

A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in programme planning, management and/or research in poverty, social protection, financing at the international level

Experience and understanding from working in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset

Work experiences with governments in developing countries, particularly in higher middle-income countries would be an asset

A demonstrable level of experience in strategic planning and team leadership

Strong leadership and coordination skills in a complex multi-organizational setting

Strong advocacy and partnership engagement skills

Fluency in English, knowledge of other UN languages, particularly Mandarin is an asset,

A Drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work

Interpersonal and motivational skills; capacity to build team spirit and bring diverse teams to deliver on shared results

Compelling communication skills, fluently and confidently gathering and expressing and writing opinions and information

Sensitivity to cultural nuances


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.


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.


Opening Date Mon May 27 2019 09:00:00 GMT+0800 (中国标准时间) China Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Jun 10 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0800 (中国标准时间)