Home-based Consultancy: Inter-Sectional Discrimination Consultant (198 Working days), ECARO, O/P Rome, Italy

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

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Background:

In the context of migration and asylum, Italy continues to be a frontline country for arrivals both by sea from the Mediterranean and by land from the so-called Balkan route. The country is at times considered a destination country while many other times as a transit one for all those migrants and refugees who are trying to reach Northern European countries. Refugees and migrants, and in particular children and women travelling alone, continue to undertake dangerous journeys to reach Europe. Additionally, the eruption of hostilities in Ukraine generated a new influx of people towards EU countries, including Italy.

The vision of UNICEF operation in Italy in 2024 is to technically support Authorities to 1) strengthen the protective environment at disembarkation and transit points by improving access to child protection, GBV and MHPSS services as well as strengthening child-safeguarding and GBV risk mitigation measures within the reception system; 2) promote and ensuring immediate family and community-based care solutions for unaccompanied and separated children; 3) ensure that UASC, refugee and migrant adolescents, and women have access to life-saving and life-protecting information; 4) ensure that UASC, refugee and migrant adolescents and youth have their voices heard and have access to skills building and job orientation opportunities that promote early integration 5) Scale up actions to counter racism and discrimination.

A key initiative to give voice to young people is the Youth Advisory Board (YAB)- a group of young people (aged 14-21) created by UNICEF, in partnership with the Italian Government, to ensure youth participation in the implementation of the EU Child Guarantee in Italy through regular consultation between the board itself, UNICEF and National Institutions. UNICEF has managed a national-level YAB since 2021. The consultant will support the Youth Engagement and Advocacy Expert, who is responsible for coordinating the YAB, in the activities outlined in the programme.

With regards to scaling up actions to counter racism and discrimination, the “OPS! Campaign – your Opinion, beyond Stereotypes, against any Prejudice” was launched in June 2021 to raise awareness and engage adolescents and youth in countering unconscious racial biases and prejudice. The OPS! campaign combines evidence generation, skills building,  use of digital solutions, social media content production and amplification through offline events, online platforms and activation of young influencers.  Since 2022, the OPS! campaign has expanded to embrace multiple and inter-related forms of prejudice, including attitudes driven by prejudices towards girls and children with disabilities and behaviors through discriminatory practices.

The Consultant will build capacity to enhance young people’s voice, engagement and advocacy actions in order to advance UNICEF’s inter-sectional discrimination Agenda in Italy.  Specifically, the consultant will:

  • Mentor and/or prep young people’s engagement and advocacy actions
  • Design, deliver, quality assure skills building of young people, youth workers and other professionals working directly with youth
  • Support the development and update of innovative digital solutions to counter intersectional discrimination with and for youth
  • Support evidence generation on young people’s attitudes towards their peers with a migration background in Italy
  • Support the review and quality assure creative content production by/for youth for social media platforms (OPS! Campaign)
  • Support the review and quality assure social media content produced by/for youth (Youth Advisory Board)
  • Knowledge sharing with UNICEF and partner networks on intersectional discrimination

How can you make a difference? 

Work Assignments Overview 

Deliverables/Outputs

Delivery deadline

Number of days

Mentor and/or prep young people’s engagement and advocacy actions

44 online and 2 offline Youth Advisory Board meetings planned and implemented

Offline meetings:

 

– September 2024 (participation) – 1 meeting

6 working days

– April 2025 (Organization & participation)  – 1 meeting

10 working days

Online meetings:

 

Bi Monthly (2 days/month x 2 different groups)

44 working days

3 U-Report polls on intersectional discrimination drafted

September 2024 – 1 poll

4 working days

December 2024 – 1 poll

4 working days

March 2025 – 1 poll

4 working days

Design, deliver, quality assure skills building of young people, youth workers and other professionals working directly with youth

OPS! Academy content, calendar, and trainers list completed

Feb-24

15 working days

OPS! Academy launch (online and offline, selection and management of participants)

Mar-25

5 working days

OPS! Academy training delivered (preparatory lessons online, in-presence workshops)

Apr-25

15 working days

Evaluation report of the OPS 2.0 Academy drafted

May-25

5 working days

OPS! EduKit for teachers and students finalized

Sep-24

10 working days

At least 3 training sessions for youth workers and other professionals working with youth prepared and implemented

May-25

6 working days

Support the development and update of innovative digital solutions to counter intersectional discrimination with and for youth

OPS! Web app data analysis and data report drafted

Jan-25

10 working days

 

OPS! Web app mid-year data collection

May-25

10 working days

Support evidence generation on young people’s attitudes towards their peers with a migration background in Italy

Quality assure draft   Survey report and brief on youth attitudes towards their peers with a migration background in Italy

Oct-24

3 working days

Preparation of Validation workshop with technical working group  (invitations and invitee list – including follow-up; agenda; minutes)

Nov-24

6 working days

Preparation of public event for dissemination of Survey report (invitations and invitee list – including follow-up; agenda; minutes) 

Jan-25

8 working days

Support the review and quality assure creative content production by/for youth for social media platforms (OPS! Campaign)

Online creative content produced and disseminated via 2 campaigns on the platform;

By December 2024 – 1 campaign

3 working days

 

By June 2025 – 1 campaign

3 working days

2 posts/IG per month on the OPS! Campaign on NatComm, U-Report and/or external influencers channels

Monthly (1 day/month)

10 working days)

Support the review and quality assure social media content produced by/for youth (Youth Advisory Board)

2 posts/IG per month on the YAB Instagram page

Monthly (1 day/month)

10 working days

Knowledge sharing with UNICEF and partner networks on intersectional discrimination

At least 3 presentations prepared and delivered

Jun-25

7 working days

Work location: Home-based in the Italy.

To apply:

Applicants are invited to: 

  1. Complete their UNICEF profile;
  2. Submit a financial proposal with a daily fee in EUR. Applications without fees will not be considered.

Payment schedule: The consultant will be paid based on satisfactory and timely submission of deliverables.

Duration: 198 days between September 2024 and July 2025

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

  • Master’s Degree is required in social science, political science, education, anthropology, or communication.
  • A minimum of 2 years of practical professional work in social mobilization/educational activities with adolescents and youth with disadvantaged background.
  • Proven track record in planning and coordination of events.
  • Proven track record in use of youth-based digital channels of influence.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with and for refugee, migrant, asylum seeker and internally displaced groups.
  • Fluency in Italian and English are required. 

Desired:

  • Experience working with web-based platforms, managing websites.
  • Creative, innovative thinker who can also translate ideas into practical applications.

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. 

Remarks:  

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. 

Advertised: 14 Jun 2024 W. Europe Daylight Time
Deadline: 21 Jun 2024 W. Europe Daylight Time

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