GESP Programme Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund

New York, United States of America

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Country Support, and in close collaboration with the Deputy Director, Programmes and the wider Generation Unlimited (GenU) Programme team (particularly those working on Passport to Earning (P2E)), the GenU Partnerships team and UNICEF PPD, the consultant will deliver on key tasks to enable the successful implementation of the Girls’ Education and Skills Partnership (GESP) across the three countries engaged in this GenU Global Flagship Programme. The consultant will work on various elements across both programmatic and partnership coordination elements for GESP, which includes developing/refining plans, supporting selected countries to receive funds to develop, implement, and monitor their programmes, as well as liaising with technical level counterparts within GESP partners. The consultant will provide technical support, support mobilizing financial resources, and contributing to strategic, partnership and technical discussions with internal and external partners. 

Scope of Work:
  • Deliver on key elements related to programmes and partners at technical level by providing technical advice, engage with technical experts when required, developing, monitoring and adjusting planning documents. This also include ensuring that all required reporting obligations to all stakeholders are met.
  • Provide support, engagement and troubleshooting to three country teams in UNICEF Country Offices, developing, monitoring and/or implementing GESP programmes. In doing so ensuring adequate planning and monitoring to enable effective development and coordination across the various activities including programme implementation/delivery, partner coordination, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning (MERL). The main focus will be on Bangladesh, Nigeria related to the Challenge Fund and Passport to Earning, and potentially in other countries as the programme advances. 
  • Support GenU leadership in GESP high-level governance activities by providing support and advocacy for GenU and other senior GESP partner leadership in advocacy, senior stakeholder engagement, governance etc.

  • Master’s degree from a recognized university in social sciences, education, economics, international relations, or another relevant technical field.
Language Proficiency:
  • Fluency in English is required, strong written and verbal competency is necessary Working knowledge of another UN language an asset
Work experience:
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience working across regions developing programme strategies, joint programmes and other multi-sectoral collaborations. 
  • Experience working with UNICEF COs or other UN agency at country level.
  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, international relations, social sciences or another relevant technical field.
  • Demonstrated experience managing programmes on adolescents/girls and education, second decade education, youth skilling, youth employment, youth entrepreneurship, young peoples’ civic engagement and gender an asset.