International Consultant to conduct a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC), Remote/Home-based, 50 working days

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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, results.

For more than 70 years, UNICEF has been working in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection, and development. As the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and HIV and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations, and governments.

Climate change, energy access and environmental degradation are equity issues, with children and young people often being the most vulnerable and affected. Addressing climate change, disaster risk, energy access and environmental degradation is therefore vital for building a more sustainable future for children. In addition, it is imperative that we integrate our actions on the SDGs and our humanitarian responses. Each of the five Goal Areas of the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022-2025 (e.g. health, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection, social inclusion and education) is affected in some way by climate change and/or environmental degradation. Fortunately, each stream of UNICEF work also presents opportunities to take action on climate, energy, environment and/or disaster risk reduction (DRR) in order to deliver more sustainable results. There are major implications of climate change, lack of energy access and environmental degradation for children and UNICEF has strong potential to strengthen the response to these issues.

UNICEF has made a systematic effort to step up its work on climate, environment, and sustainable energy for children. The organization has issued an Executive Directive on integrating a climate, sustainable energy and environment focus into country programming, and established environmental issues as a core pillar of its 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. Renewed ambition toward 2030 (Goal Area 4 – Every child has the right to leave in a safe and sustainable climate and environment) including commitment to work on climate change under the Common Chapter with UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women.

UNICEF Country office (CO) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is planning to conduct a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children, examining the baseline situation of climate, energy and environment-related issues affecting children and how they relate to UNICEF’s priorities. The report looks at stakeholders, government policies and relevant programmes in BiH. It will also provide recommendations on how UNICEF in BiH could further incorporate and strengthen work on climate, energy, and environment-related issues in its country programme.

How can you make a difference? 

Tasked with conducting and producing a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC), the consultant will further provide direction and support to the UNICEF BiH CO in assessing CEE issues form child lens perspective as well structuring its climate-focused programming and recommendations for children.

Consultant will be responsible for collecting, compiling, and reviewing key resources (web-based), gathering in-country information, and undertaking a key-stakeholder interviews and analysis. In addition, the consultant will work closely with CO management and technical staff in relevant sections within the CO to identify and develop programming options and recommendations for the successful integration and funding of climate, energy, and environment (CEE) issues in the country programme cycle.

If needed, the individual consultant will liaise with the climate, energy, and environment team in HQ/NY for support, feedback, and coordination. Alongside collaboration with other UN agencies and international stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) specializing in climate-related initiatives.

Scope of Work:

Generate a baseline report on climate, environment and energy (CEE) and children in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1.         Develop adapted outline/structure of the generic template for the CLAC reports, tailored to UNICEF BiH context and needs

  • Review example reports from other country offices and the global guidance materials, with specific focus on the ECA region examples.
  • Propose any changes needed to accommodate the country context and country office priorities.

2.         Carry out desk review and analyze existing sources to provide overview of climate, environment and energy (CEE) baseline

  • Analyze CEE issues (including projected changes), stakeholders, and policies in the country.
  • Synthesize findings and assess their implications for the country’s sustainable development, focusing on UNICEF’s mandate.
  • Review key legislation and policy documents related to climate, energy, and environment, assessing child-rights and CEE linkages.
  • Compile and review UNICEF programs from the past five years, as well as ongoing and planned CEE activities.
  • Collect information and reports from development partners with CEE portfolios to assess potential synergies.
  • Identify knowledge and information gaps.
  • Collect, incorporate, and triangulate comments from all stakeholders with reference materials from the desk review.
  • Analyze CEE interventions relevant to UNICEF programming, identifying direct threats to current program activities.

3.         Conduct data collection and analysis

  • Prepare a survey for children and adolescents on CEE topics to be administered through UNICEF’s U-Report.
  • Conduct interviews with UNICEF sections, stakeholders, government partners, ministries, and disaster management agencies on CEE issues affecting children.
  • Consult with children to gather their perceptions, experiences, and concerns related to climate change.
  • Provide an overview of the child-CEE nexus, analyzing implications for UNICEF sectors (e.g., Health, Child Protection, Education, Child Participation, Social Policy/Social Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction).
  • With reference to climate finance mechanisms, bilateral funding and/ or Government budgets, identify funding opportunities to support CEE-child nexus activities.
  • Identify appropriate CEE-child rights linkages, evaluating relevance for potential UNICEF programming options.
  • Prepare and present a summary presentation with key findings, conclusions, and recommendations for UNICEF in BiH and relevant Government and development partners.
  • Facilitate internal and external meetings/roundtables and consensus-building sessions as needed.


Identify priority entry points for UNICEF engagement and programming of CEE

1.         Collaborate with UNICEF Country Office staff to identify and evaluate potential entry points for UNICEF engagement on CEE.

  • Work with CO Programmatic sections and Management to develop and define priority areas for UNICEF engagement.
  • Propose options for prioritization of issues and entry points, facilitating the decision-making process.
  • Support the integration of CEE in the CO’s programming cycle, including in the Climate, Energy, Environment, and Disaster Risk Reduction strategy.


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

  • Advanced university degree (Master) in Geography, environmental science, natural resource management, meteorology, social and economic development, or related areas (a degree in communications or journalism with demonstrated expertise on environment-related issues will be considered)
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in development of analytical reports and policy documents related to climate, environment, and energy (CEE).
  • Proven experience in qualitative data analysis, legal and policy analysis and report preparation (attach sample of latest relevant reports).
  • Experience in facilitating consultations with government representatives, NGOs, academia, and other stakeholders. 
  • Excellent research/analytical skills required. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in child rights or any of UNICEF’s main areas of work (health, nutrition, child protection, social policy, education, gender,) is considered an asset. 
  • Previous work experience with UNICEF/UN agencies is considered an asset.
  • Excellent writing skills required in English.

Language Proficiency

  • Excellent writing skills required in English.


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. 

Advertised: 12 Jun 2024 Central European Daylight Time
Deadline: 26 Jun 2024 Central European Daylight Time

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