UNICEF Malaysia is committed to an equity-focused country program that identifies children who are vulnerable or deprived, analyzes the patterns and drivers of inequity, and supports government to evaluate existing policies and programs that address inequities to assess their impact. It works with partners to help identify, advocate for, and support the implementation of strategies to address the causes of inequity and to reach deprived children, regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, income, physical attributes, geographical location, or other status, with basic services, care, and protection. In this regards and recognizing the fact that children in the state of Sabah facing some of the most serious challenges in the country, UNICEF Malaysia seeks to recruit a national consultants to spearhead its efforts in Sabah.
Under the general supervision of UNICEF Malaysiaâ€™s Deputy Representative, the consultant will act as UNICEFâ€™s liaison with government, civil society partners and communities in Sabah. In this capacity, consultants will be involved â€“ in close consultation and cooperation with programme staff and assistants â€“ in programme development, progress monitoring, expanding UNICEFâ€™s partner networks in Sabah, organizing of missions and meetings/events.
SCOPE OF WORK;
- Maintain ongoing relations and provide technical advice and support to State Government and civil society partners in UNICEFâ€™s programme development in Sabah based on the Rolling Work plan 2019-2020 to achieve the results identified in the Country Programme Action Plan 2016-2020 with special focus on the most vulnerable children and youth in Sabah state.
- Monitor progress of projects and activities carried out by UNICEF in Sabah under the guidance of programme specialists, and provide periodic updates to UNIEF Malaysia on programme progress, documenting reviews and lessons learned
- Provide technical support to selected partners for monitoring progress in removing the bottlenecks for achieving MCO programme results, and reporting on it, on a bi-annual basis.
- Inform UNICEF Malaysia of studies, research and materials undertaken in Sabah in relevant areas of through a robust network of contacts and outreach with researchers, universities and other relevant government and civil society institutions and agencies.
- Identify home-grown innovative service delivery providers for possible documentation for advocacy for scale up.
- Enhancing joint ownership for results at state level
- Support and extend UNICEFâ€™s partnerships with Government, NGOs, academia, civil society organisations, communities and the private/corporate sector as relevant, in Sabah through regular communications, visits and participation in external meetings and events.
- Establish contacts with new partners among government and civil society in Sabah in areas of programming and advocacy for UNICEF Malaysia.
- Expanding the partnership base within the State and go beyond the capital city (Kota Kinabalu)
- Consultations with partners to link programmatic interventions to development priorities. Promotion of child rights and SDGs should also be integral to communication and contacts made.
Liaison and Communications:
- On a regular basis maintain contact with key programme and operations staff in office via e-mail, conference calls, etc.
- Provide necessary assistance and support to UNICEF staff on mission to Sabah
- Sharing of information on new developments/priorities and initiatives undertaken or planned at state level by Govt or CSO that will impact children, and that we can capitalize on to accelerate results and promote our equity agenda.
MODE OF CONSULTANCY:
The consultant will be based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
As approved by the supervisor in UNICEF Malaysia, the consultant will be required to periodically travel within Sabah to undertakeÂ monitoring of programme implementation and partner collaboration with key partners and stakeholders and as necessary, participate in external meetings and events organized by partners in Sabah. In addition, and as necessary the consultant may be expected to travel to Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya to participate in staff meetings and other in-office discussions on issues related to programme implementation in Sabah.
QUALIFICATION & REQUIREMENTS:
- Education; Master's degree in the Development Studies, Social Sciences or Humanities or a related field relevant to development and human rights work
- Work Experience: At least 8 years or more experience in programme, policy and advocacy in a development organization in Malaysia (covering issues relevant to Sabah preferably). Experience of working with a regional or international organization an asset.
- Languages: Strong English oral and writing skills and communication is essential. Knowledge of Bahasa Melayu and local languages in Sabah is an asset