Business Establishment and Sustainability Consultant, home based, individual consultancy, 6 months

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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, support 

The combined impact of following crises is forcing youth in Lebanon from all backgrounds to take on responsibilities beyond their ages, with detrimental impacts on their mental health and on access to opportunities. Main trends are represented by the increase in drop out of education, increase in rate of youth out of learning and employment, increase in informal employment, to generate whatever income that contribute to at least their and their families’ basic needs out of any career development.

The UNICEF adolescents and youth development program in Lebanon aims at empowering youth and enable their personal, economic, and social development within a supportive environment. It provides them access to career development, foundational and transferrable skills building through different learning programs and pathways. It facilitates their access to income generating opportunities by accessing workplace learning opportunities, post training support services, referral to employment, entrepreneurship training and startups.

With the funding support from GenU, UNICEF Lebanon aims to support youth accessing and succeeding in agri-preneurship by establishing at least 6 youth group businesses in three governorates in Lebanon (2 project per governorate) in the Agrifood sector. Youth trained on selected occupations will be referred to benefit from the social entrepreneurship training to learn how to grow and sustain a business, supported by the technical coaches and staff they will design their agrifood project selected and based on the local market needs and, on the evaluation, buy the technical staff and experts they will be supported to initiate the business. In addition to the technical training and support through coaching and mentorship programs, UNICEF will support seed-funding and support the establishment of the projects.

Within this framework, UNICEF is looking for a consultant to support the business selection, establishment, and coaching process.

Under the supervision and in direct coordination with the Adolescent Development Officer (Skills Building), the consultant is supposed to advise on the selection of project, develop the legal process framework for the business registration, support the business establishment and registration, support the business growth and sustainability through the provision of direct coaching for the youth over 6 months, link businesses to clusters and potential private sector supporters.


How can you make a difference? 

Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Timeline:
  • Review and contribute to the business selection. 
  • Contribute to the selection of the businesses with UNICEF implementing partners sharing written advice on the selection. 
  • 3 weeks (To be completed after the induction meeting)
  • Handle legal Registration process for established business. 
  • SOPs of the legal registration processes (addressing exceptions as well)
  • Sensitization of concerned youth on the legal process for registration
  • 2 weeks (To be completed after the initiation of the SOP development)
  • Support the business establishment and registration. 
  • Contribute to the preparatory phase of the business establishment and provision of technical advice (equipment, physical space…)
  • Registration of the 6 businesses groups
  • 8 weeks (To be completed after the initiation of the business establishment)
  • Ensure business growth and sustainability. 
  • Develop a growth and sustainability plan for each business in participation of the youth group.
  • Provide coaching for the youth groups over 6 months on biweekly basis during the first 3 months and then on monthly basis.
  • 4 months in parallel with other activities (To be completed after  the completion of the business establishment)
  • Adapt the UNICEF Career guidance toolkit from economic and business perspective. 
  • Review the UNICEF career guidance tool.
  • Share adjusted draft.
  • Review adjustment with UNICEF team and test it with the partners.
  • Finalize the updated version. 
  • 6 weeks in parallel with other activities (To be completed once requested by UNICEF)
  • Build the capacity of career guidance trainers (pilot group) of UNICEF implementing partners. 
  • Conduct one training to the pilot group addressing the new added topics.
  • 2 weeks in parallel with other activities (To be completed after the completion of the career guidance toolkit)

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in socio-economic development, business development and entrepreneurship. 
  • At least 5 years of work experience in business development, training and coaching in business development, engagement with the private sector, entrepreneurship.
  • Proven theoretical and practical experience in business establishment, business registration and development.
  • Tools development
  • Business direct coaching
  • Advocacy and engagement with the private sector
  • Networking
  • Knowledge and experience in training manuals ‘development, provision of trainings and coaching.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here


UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 



Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

Please indicate your ability, availability and a detailed cost proposal per deliverable. ( you can refer to the table of deliverables above)

Advertised: 26 Jun 2024 Middle East Daylight Time
Deadline: 04 Jul 2024 Middle East Daylight Time

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