United Nations Children’s Fund is seeking a Consultancy – Review of Tools for Identifying Poor and Vulnerable Children, Beijing, China

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 fulfil 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

Sustainable Development Goal One calls for halving poverty everywhere, in all its dimensions.  For the first time, children have been specifically mentioned, which means that in order to reach the goal, there is a need to know who the poor children are, where they live, and what challenges they face. In China, one of the challenges in this context is that there are multiple systems to identify poor and vulnerable families and children. Policy makers and practitioners use different, often unstated, definitions of poverty, vulnerability and well-being, and consequently adopt different tools for targeting vulnerable families and children. The fragmentation of systems makes the efficient use of the information a challenge.

UNICEF is planning to take stock of the goals, assumptions and tools used for the identification of vulnerable children. The study is expected to establish shared understanding and awareness of the different definitions and approaches to identifying target populations of children; to appraise the extent to which children may be missed by various identification approaches; to highlight tools that are best aligned with the principles of the UNCRC and identify possible ways of strengthening a child-rights based approach in the Chinese context; and to inform policy dialogue and future work on building MIS for the identification of poor, vulnerable and excluded children.

How can you make a difference?

We are looking for a consultant to review the different tools for identifying child poverty and vulnerability at both individual and family level in the Chinese context, including the tools developed and used by UNICEF and its government partners and three to four tools used by other INGOs and social organizations. The consultant shall conduct a comparative analysis of the tools with multiple parameters and map out the quality, reliability and applicability of each tool. Specific deliverables will include:

Finalization of research proposal based on clarification of the ToR and inputs from stakeholders

Data collection on tools for identifying child poverty and vulnerability and report drafting

Final report based on comments from stakeholders together with a summarized technical note

Presentation of key findings to UNICEF

The assignment is estimated at 30 working days during a three-month period from January to March 2019.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

Master degree in social science

Good knowledge and understanding of child rights, child poverty and vulnerability;

Extended experience working with government partners, international organizations, and / or social organizations in relevant areas;

Demonstrated experience in applying tools for child poverty and/or vulnerability identification;

At least 8 years of working experiences in child poverty and development;

Good writing and analysing skills;

Fluency in Chinese and English.

Interested applicants are requested to submit: 1) CV, 2) Research Proposal (including research objects, potential identification tools for analysis and the selection reasons and criteria, research methodology, work plan, etc.), and 3) A financial proposal indicating your daily consultancy rate and any other costs. Applications are welcomed online through www.unicef.org/employ (Requisition No: 517239). Just in case, if you are not able to apply online, please send your applications into beijinghr@unicef.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is 11 December 2018.

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.