Reporting and proposal – writing consultant (Home-based)
Job Number: 534232 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Niger
Work Type : Consultancy
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Niger is a landlocked Sahelian country of 21.5 million people, most of whom live in rural areas (84%). The population is young, with 58% of Nigeriens being under 18, and nearly half of the
population is poor, despite reductions in the poverty rate over the past decade. The country, which ranked last on the 2018 Human Development Index, sees its development constrained by several factors: high population growth, climatic conditions that hinder rural development, vulnerability due to the absence of economic diversification, gender equality issues, low levels of literacy and education, and the size and landlocked nature of the country, which obstruct the provision of essential goods and services to the population
. Social indicators are particularly alarming for women and
In addition, Niger is confronted to recurrent crises. For many years, the country has suffered from chronic food insecurity, and faced food and nutrition
crises. It also regularly experiences epidemics, including cholera, as well as floods. Moreover, instability in the Sahel region has in recent years led to insecurity and population displacement, especially in the eastern part of the country with the armed conflict with Boko Haram, and more recently in western regions bordering with Mali and Burkina Faso
To implement its programme
, UNICEF relies on its institutional budget as well as other resources that it mobilizes. The Niger Country Office manages
a large number of grants, with heavy reporting requirements. A high number of donor reports and proposals are expected to be produced in the period September 2020/April 2021 and the Country Office is experiencing a shortage of capacity in the partnership unit over the same period of time. In addition, the annual report (COAR) will also be produced by year-end. Temporary assistance is therefore needed to enable the office to maintain timely, quality reporting and resource mobilization
over this period
The consultant will ensure that reports and project proposals
continue to meet high quality standards and are sent on time, therefore complying with donor and internal requirements (content, language, format and schedule as well as specific visibility requirements or restrictions).
Under the direction of the Partnership Specialist
and/or the Deputy Representative, in close collaboration with programme sections, the consultant will support the timely consolidation, editing and submission of high-quality donor reports, and to a lesser extent of project proposals, in adherence to set standards and donor obligations. This will include ensuring the completeness, coherence, correctness and formatting of reports and proposals, including financial verification. In addition, the consultant will ensure that
a high-quality annual report (COAR) is produced at least ten working days in advance of the corporate deadline for clearance by the Deputy Representative and Representative and is finalised with management comments by the deadline.
The following tasks will be expected:
Draft high-quality annual narrative report (COAR) ;
Monitor and manage deadlines for
timely submission of consolidated documents under consultants’ responsibility (reports, proposals).
Reports and project proposals
will have to meet quality standards and will be submitted on time. The target delivery date will be specific to each document, as the start date will depend on the availability of internal inputs and
as the volume of work needed will vary with each document. The work (home based) will be carried out over 120 working days between 10 September 2020 and 10 May 2021. The number of working days will be revised if needed, depending on different factors including the quality of drafts to be passed on to the consultant or additional workload. Based on current foreseen reporting workload, it is estimated that the number of days may be approximately distributed as follows:
APPROXIMATE N DAYS BASED ON REPORTING WORKLOAD
Payments will be effected at the end of each calendar month based on an invoice presented by the consultant, accompanied by a 1-page report detailing the products delivered and the number of days worked during the previous month, which will be certified by the Partnership Specialist or, in her absence, by the Deputy Representative. Full payment will be subject to satisfactory quality, quantity and timeliness of outputs
Proposals: discuss resource needs and project ideas with interested sections and colleagues, receive a first draft (if one sector) or inputs from different sectors (if multisectoral), discuss with colleagues to ensure coherence (across sections as well as with strategic programme documents such CPD, KRCs, HAC), finalize draft (narrative as well as financial aspects) and share with DepRep for comments, finalize document according to feedback, share with donor or other stakeholder if and when needed, archive.
Advanced university degree in Social Sciences
, Communications, Marketing, or other related field (English as the language of instruction is an advantage) ;
Two years minimum of relevant work experience ;
Strong writing and editing skills in English and French ;
Strong logical and analytical skills ;
Good time management and ability to work under tight deadlines ;
Strong communication and
interpersonal skills, ability to quickly establish trusted relationships ;
Previous field experience in Niger or in the Sahel region would be an advantage.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion
within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
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.
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.
Closing Date Wed Sep 09 2020 00:55:00 GMT+0200 (heure d’été d’Europe centrale)