UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual international consultants to provide support in Environment and Climate Change

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International Organization
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Junior (0-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

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


The climate is changing and people across the globe already experience the impacts. Children are recognized as highly vulnerable and deserve our support to assure their rights in a changing climate. The on-going and foreseen impacts on children include e.g. reduced access to water for drinking and hygiene, increased malnutrition, increased incidence and spreading of diseases, lower school attendance and early drop outs, and, more extreme climate events resulting in death, injury and trauma amongst children.

Although the Zimbabwe government and development partners have initiated programmes to support communities to adapt to climate change, most of these do not address the specific needs of children.

Whilst adapting to climate change has become inevitable, developing countries like Zimbabwe will have to rapidly embrace a low carbon development pathway and this requires financial and technical support. The global community needs to make sure that children will benefit from that. For example, many Zimbabwean children still live without electricity in their homes, schools and medical centres; have no or little access to means of transportation; have to collect firewood which keeps them away from school whilst putting them frequently in harmful situations; and cooking and heating of their homes is often highly polluting affecting their health.

The ZCO has been working on climate and environment related development challenges for many years, although often not labelled as such. This includes for example providing water security to drought prone communities, introducing school gardens, combating vector borne diseases, fuel efficient cooking stoves, solar powered vaccine fridges, biogas from latrines, and many more. The importance of environmental sustainability and climate change has been highlighted in a number of ZCO planning processes and strategies as well as discussions around broader achievement of the SDGs.

Realizing the increasing pressure of climate change on child rights, the ZCO has been stepping up its support to children to assure climate change will not further infringe on their rights: The public and private investments made by the global community to address climate change adaptation and mitigation should support children attaining their rights, and the ongoing ZCO policy and programming work has made significant strides toward the effective integration of climate change.

A staff member under Temporary Appointment has been handling the issues pertaining to climate change. Unfortunately she will reach the maximum ceiling of 729 days and cannot be extended any further due to policy limitation.

It is against this background that UNICEF Zimbabwe is seeking to engage an individual consultant to coordinate this work portfolio.

Purpose of Assignment:  

Climate change is harming children disproportionately. UNICEF is committed to building a more sustainable future for children and addressing climate change is a critical element of this goal inextricably linked to our work on long-term development, humanitarian response and the nexus between the two.

UNICEF has four areas of priority on climate change and children which guide its programme work and operations. These include: Advocacy and accountability; Climate-change adaptation through resilient development; Climate change mitigation and Greening UNICEF. UNICEF ZCO has been actively engaged across each of these priority areas over the past four years and has achieved significant progress with programmes spanning from climate change to sustainable energy, innovations, and operational research.

UNICEF ZCO has been recognized for its substantial contributions to national climate and renewable energy policy dialogue, for conducting new and exciting researches on the subject of children and climate change, and children and sustainable energy, for the development of much needed child friendly climate materials and for the promotion of youth engagement through youth climate mapping and clean energy eco-schools. UNICEF ZCO has also initiated and conducted a first ever UNICEF Green Innovations Hub and has been further stepping up its engagement in sustainable energy through improved cookstove programming. UNICEF ZCO has been acknowledged for the great advances made on Greening the office and continues to lead in this space both regionally and globally.

UNICEF has committed that by 2020 all country offices should have incorporated climate change in their programmes and operations. With just over two years remaining to achieve this goal, UNICEF ZCO cannot afford to lose the gains which have been made thus far, and has a unique opportunity based on its experience and expertise to further advance this agenda and strive for practical results in addressing climate change for children. In order to sustain the progress reached to date, and to build upon the ZCO engagement in the sustainable environment sector there is need for experienced staff capacity to coordinate and manage this work. The purpose of this assignment is to fulfill that role.

Scope of Work

The assignment is from 1st June 2017 to 31 December 2017 and the consultant will coordinate and technically support the below activities and actions:

Action 1: GiHUB phase 2 technical guidance and implementation support

Action 2: Sustainable Energy Programme(s) technical support and resource mobilization

Action 3: 2016 GHG emission Inventory report complete via updated software

Action 4: Mainstreaming Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability at the ZCO.

Action 5: UNICEF ZCO Climate Landscape Analysis

Action 6: Mid-year climate change and environment programme and project monitoring exercise conduced and report completed

Action 7: Resource mobilization / Identification of funding streams and opportunities for sustained climate change, environment, and sustainable energy work

Action 8: Technical support, coordination and organisaiton of Climate and Environmental activities, and events.

Action 9: Active participation and contributions to ZUNDAF (Nutrition Cluster) and OMT

Major Tasks and Deliverables

Task: Inception work plan

Deliverable: A work plan outlining a schedule of activities and deliverables submitted to UNICEF

Tasks : GiHUB phase 2 programme: Coordination of donor relations, Coordination of engagement with implementing partner, Technical support, mentoring and supporting assurance and monitoring requirements and Technical support towards the programme documentation and donor reporting requirements
Deliverable: Updated proposal submissions including: detailed budgets; programme work plans; monitoring frameworks and documentation and reporting requirements, ongoing liaison with Ministry and Key documentation required for agreements for engaging implementing partner

Task: Sustainable Energy Programmes Development: Renewable Energy Policy engagement, Sustainable Energy for Schools, sustainable Energy for Health Facilities and Improved Cookstove programme

Deliverable: Updated proposal submissions including: detailed budgets; programme work plans; monitoring frameworks and documentation and reporting requirements, ongoing liaison with Ministry and Key documentation required for agreements for engaging implementing partner

Task: 2016 GHG emission Inventory report complete in updated software

Deliverable: Data files and report

Task: Mainstreaming Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability at the ZCO.

Deliverable: Evidence within section outputs and programmes

Task: UNICEF ZCO Climate Landscape Analysis

Deliverable: Report

Task: Mid-year climate change and environment programme and project monitoring exercise conduced and report completed

Deliverable: Report

Task: Resource mobilization / Identification of funding streams and opportunities for sustained environmental work

Deliverable: Findings and report

Task: Coordination and organisaiton of internal and external Climate and Environmental activities and events.

Deliverable: Event attendance and information sharing, event activities evidenced

Task: Active participation and contributions to ZUNDAF (Nutrition Cluster) and OMT (as Greening Champion)

Deliverable: Excel Matrix incorporating UNICEFs contributions to the ZUNDAF & OMT groups

Consultancy Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Environment, Engineering, International Development, Political Science, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional work experience in climate change, environmental and sustainable energy Programmes
  • Experience in project management and coordination a key asset
  • Knowledge and experience in climate and environmental issues is essential
  • Experience in capacity building and developing proposals/ concepts an asset
  • Experience in producing informational or technical documentation is an added value
  • Experience in working with an International organization or the UN System
  • Ability to exercise sound technical judgment.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and a high sense of integrity.
  • Fluency in English, verbal and written.
  • Excellent report writing skills.

Application Procedure

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal detailing monthly professional fees, field travel costs (estimated 5 field travel visits per month for the duration of the assignment) by 26 April 2017.

Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted. UNICEF does not charge a fee during the recruitment process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.