International Consultancy Strategy Development Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Islamabad, Pakistan

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilizers, communities, and families, and of course, the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio, and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
  • Desk review of available literature, documents, and sectoral plans for identifying matching priorities and critical gaps in relation to the aims of ADAP
  • Develop a methodology and work to facilitate analysis of cross-sectoral priorities and develop a sound institutional strategy on Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP), especially for marginalized adolescents, including girls and those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Based on the ADAP goal and priorities at the global and regional level, UNICEF Pakistan (see some of the reference documents for desk review) undertakes situation analysis and identifies constraints and opportunities for ADAP for UNICEF Pakistan, including provincial specificities. 
  • Identify sectoral priorities and gaps in the policy and programmatic ecosystem (external and internal) through stakeholder consultation.
  • Research institutional and programmatic support available for adolescents’ development, especially in thematic areas, including education, skilling leading to employment, water sanitation and hygiene, protection, social protection, mental and reproductive health, nutrition, health, climate change, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.
  • Identify opportunities for linkages and synergies with existing cross-sectoral initiatives and approaches for adolescents (including Generation Unlimited) as foundations to build on.
  • Suggest priorities for ADAP with geographical and programmatic convergence and develop strategies and plans with indicative deliverables, indicators, and tools. For geographical convergence, consider the SUCCESS districts across the province for a convergent and integrated approach to ADAP
  • Suggest medium- to long-term partnerships (across sectors—government, development partners, CSOs/NGOs, and the private sector) to work on diverse issues related to adolescents in a cross-sectoral approach.
  • Develop a four-year strategy and plan with clear deliverables, indicators, outcomes, and tools that address the constraints and create the needed support systems and incentives (2024 to 2027) in close collaboration with a national-level expert


  • Draft a detailed methodology and plan of implementation.
  • Conduct a desk review of the existing literature, official documents, publications, and strategies, and mapping of relevant stakeholders for interviews and the question guide (S).
  • Conduct interviews and meetings with relevant external and internal cross-sectoral partners as per the agreed methodology and work plan.
  • Submit a final report with gap analysis and required outputs as outlined in the terms of reference as well as in the work plan prepared in consultation with UNICEF.
  • Review and incorporate revisions and submit the final strategy.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or above) in one of the following fields is required: Social science, Education, International Affairs, Economics, Public Policy, or asimilar field
  • A first University Degree (Bachelor)in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, strategy development, and report writing, with the ability to write in a clear and concise manner is required
  • Previous experience of working on development of institutional strategy is required
  • A minimum of 6  years of professional experience working on issues related to young people’s (10-24 years) developmental, empowerment, and participation needs 
  • Ability to work independently and to a clear work plan, being directly accountable
  • Experience in interacting with and collecting relevant data from different levels of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of children with disabilities and relevant guidelines and standards, disability-inclusive education, human rights and child rights, gender equality, and child protection
  • Availability and willingness to provide high-quality deliverables and going through various revisions for incorporating feedback and comments