Consultancy – Climate Smart and Social Protection in Emergency Consultant, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO), Bangkok, Thailand

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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 fulfilling 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, a better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

How can you make a difference?


UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office is seeking an individual consultant to bolster Social Policy and Economic Analysis Section in their efforts on social protection and resilience building. It will leverage UNICEF’s extensive experience in social protection to address natural disasters and shock response, supporting the UNICEF EAPRO initiative – Climate Action for All. The goal is to ensure that all children have access to climate-smart social services that increase their resilience, contribute to low-carbon development, and are transformative. Additionally, the consultant will contribute significantly to the implementation of the Regional Strategy on Social Protection in Emergency, aiming to enhance the region’s capabilities in utilizing social protection for effective emergency response and resilience building.

Work assignment, Expected deliverable and Delivery schedule:

Assignment 1: Providing a short, readable document which outlines how climate action and social protection can be integrated, provide clarity on climate approaches and language, and outline practical approaches in how social protection can engage.

  • Examine the extent to which shock responsive social protection can be adapted into the climate smart social protection programme guidance framework
  • Examine the how social protection systems can contribute to the growing green economy
  • Examine ways in which environmental impacts of social protection programmes can be reduced and minimized.
  • Engage countries collectively and/or individually both to make its content relevant, and give opportunity for colleagues to engage on this issue over time.
  • Develop short case studies and examples, these may need to be beyond UNICEF.
  • Development of a presentation which could be given to all interested and form the basis of a stock presentation that countries could use.

Expected deliverables:

  • Approx 15 page document that of the linkages between social protection and climate action, and how social policy colleagues can practically engage.
  • Presentation slides corresponding to the document and prevailing discussions on the subject, as deemed necessary.

Delivery schedule: to be identified once the detailed workplan has been agreed

Assignment 2: Providing technical assistance on social protection on the development of Social Protection Climate Smart Social Services Programme Guidance document.

The Climate team is developing a guidance document to enable the shifting of the social services to become climate-smart. This will entail utilizing a standard framework that will be applicable across all sectors, and applying a ‘social policy lens’ to the framework, to identify key entry points, interventions, and activities. The consultant will:

  • Examine how the climate-smart framework can be applied to social protection (as illustrated in assignment 1), building on the wealth of evidence on shock-responsive social protection, as well as new research on how social protection can contribute to the green economy, and incorporating the principles of inclusive and gender-sensitive social protection in emergencies. Coaching and guiding Social Policy teams in Country Offices on the implementation of the Climate Smart Social Services programme guidance, in relation to social protection programming.Review Country Programme Proposals, in particular with regards to the social protection components.

Expected deliverables:

  • Programme Guidance Document on Climate Smart Social Protection

Delivery schedule: To be identified once the detailed workplan has been agreed


Assignment 3 To provide policy, programming, research, and technical analysis as well as technical support to country office in East Asia Pacific on climate smart and shock responsive social protection


Country Support on the implementation of Regional Strategy on Social Protection in Emergency (CPiE)

    • To provide policy, programming, research, and technical analysis as well as technical support to country office in East Asia Pacific on climate and shock responsive social protection, poverty alleviation, Cash+ and HCT, emergency preparedness, and resilience building.


Conduct a Regional Assessment:

  • Evaluate the current status of social protection systems in the EAP region, focusing on their capacity to address climate change and to respond to emergencies and climate-related disasters.
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for integrating social protection with emergency response and climate change adaptation mechanisms.
  • Assess capacity and identify opportunities for integrating social protection programs with UNICEF’s sectoral interventions to develop Cash+ interventions
  • Assess the use and effectiveness of humanitarian cash transfers in emergencies.
  • Assess the inclusiveness and gender sensitivity of social protection in emergencies in EAP region
  • Evaluate the current status and potential for scaling up anticipatory actions within social protection systems.


Develop Implementation Guidelines:

  • Create detailed guidelines for country offices on how to integrate social protection into emergency preparedness and response plans, with a focus on climate change adaptation and anticipatory actions.
  • Include guidance on the use of humanitarian cash transfers, Cash+ program and innovative modalities for using cash in emergencies.
  • Ensure guidelines are aligned with the new Core Commitments to Children (CCC) in Humanitarian Action.


Facilitate Capacity Building Workshops:

  • Organize and conduct workshops for UNICEF staff and partners to enhance their understanding and skills in implementing shock-responsive social protection, humanitarian cash transfers and Cash+ programs anticipatory actions, and climate change adaptation.
  • In collaboration with the Climate team, provide training on the development of social protection system that are Climate Smart Social Service
  • In collaboration with the Emergency team and HCT team, provide training on the design and implementation of humanitarian cash transfers, cash + and innovative cash modalities in emergencies, including the utilization of the HOPE platform.
  • Provide training materials and resources to support the workshops.


Support Country Offices:

  • Offer technical assistance to country offices in developing and scaling up anticipatory action plans that include climate change adaptation measures.
  • Assist in designing and implementing pilot projects for shock-responsive social protection, humanitarian cash transfers, cash+ ,  and climate resilience in selected countries.
  • continue the work on scaling up Anticipatory Action and Shock Responsive Social Protection


Research support and inputs to the analytical, learning and knowledge work program, by contributing to design and develop research technical and research pieces on climate-smart social protection:

  • Document best practices, lessons learned, and case studies from the implementation of social protection in emergency and climate change contexts, including the use of humanitarian cash transfers and anticipatory actions.
  • Share findings and recommendations through reports, webinars, and regional forums.


Resource Mobilization and Financing for Social Protection in Emergencies and Climate Change

  • Assess the current funding landscape for social protection in emergencies and climate change adaptation within the EAP region.  Identify key donors, funding mechanisms, and financial instruments available for social protection and climate change initiatives.


Provide support to country offices in developing proposals focused on climate change and emergency response, including HAC (Humanitarian Action for Children)




  • Regional Assessment Report:

  – Comprehensive report detailing the current state of social protection systems in the EAP region and their readiness for climate change and emergency response including on the use of humanitarian cash transfers, and anticipatory actions.


  • Implementation Guidelines:

  – A set of guidelines for country offices on integrating climate change into social protection, and  strengthen the role of social protection into emergency preparedness, response plans, and climate change adaptation, including the use of humanitarian cash transfers, innovative cash modalities, and anticipatory actions.


  • Workshop Materials:

  – Training materials, presentations, and resources for capacity-building workshops.


  • Technical Assistance Reports:

  – Reports on the technical support provided to country offices, including action plans and progress updates on pilot projects.


  • Knowledge Sharing Documents:

  – Best practices, lessons learned, and case studies documented in reports and shared through webinars and regional forums.


Delivery schedule: To be identified once the detailed workplan has been agreed


In recognition of the dynamic and evolving nature of the area of intervention, it is acknowledged that the initial list of deliverables is subject to review and modification, in consultation with the consultant. The review will be done after 4 months and will assess the progress and relevance of the current deliverables in the context of the office and countries evolving needs and objectives.



Duration of Contract:    1 August 2024 – 30 April 2025


Duty Travel:  The consultant is required to be based at Bangkok Office. Once the detailed workplan has been agreed, there might be potential travel under this assignment.  Travel plan will be developed separately.


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


  • Master’s degree in social sciences, economics, environmental sciences, climate change, public policy or related field. 
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience on Social Protection and/or climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Solid technical knowledge of climate change and environmental degradation including how it can impact the social services.
  • Solid knowledge of shock-responsive/adaptive social protection, anticipatory action, disaster risk financing and climate change.
  • Experience with the work of UNICEF in child-sensitive social protection. Experience of UNICEF work at regional level in East Asia and Pacific context.
  • Experience in working on social protection in emergency or emergency context.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Facilitation skills of public events is a must and ability to manage diversity of views in different cultural contexts.


Interested candidates are requested to submit CV, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 9 July 2024.


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 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. Consultants 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. 

Advertised: 26 Jun 2024 SE Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 09 Jul 2024 SE Asia Standard Time

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