Knowledge Management and Learning expert to support the Preparation and Facilitation of a Knowledge Management Retreat

Switzerland 🇨🇭

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 CADRI Partnership is an UN-led interagency initiative that delivers customized capacity development support in disaster risk reduction (DRR), including preparedness for emergency response, to countries at risk. It is composed of 12 members: UNDP, OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO and WHO as Executive Partners, and UNESCO, UNITAR, WMO, UNOPS, IFRC, WB/GFDRR as Observer.

The CADRI Partnership proposes a range of capacity development services including a methodology for assessing national capacities in DRR, the facilitation of multi-stakeholders’ engagement to prioritize investment in capacity development and develop national plans, the provision of technical assistance to implement selected capacity development activities and the delivery of training.

The objective of the retreat is to lay the foundation for the development of a knowledge management strategy for CADRI partners to ensure that the knowledge produced is consolidated, relevant, actionable and accessible, in order to enable informed decision making for managing and reducing disaster risks.

The CADRI Partnership seeks to improve its approach to generating and transferring knowledge and more specifically:

  • Consolidate offer of capacity development services from participating agencies
  • Design innovative capacity development and learning tools / approaches that add value to existing resources
  • Collect and codify knowledge to make it actionable
  • Make knowledge accessible to DRR stakeholders (governments / civil society / universities / international partners)

The CADRI Partnership generates knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction in the form of:

  • CADRI Country assessment findings
  • Lessons learnt from implementation
  • Capacity development tools
  • Training modules in various sectors (health, education, WASH, eco-system etc.). The CADRI Partnership initiative has been successful in bringing the UN System to deliver a common offer of capacity development services at country level. There remains an enormous untapped potential to consolidate the offer of capacity development resources from the UN System and coordinating with other actors’ capacity development interventions (UNISDR, GFDRR, others).

A number of challenges remain:

  • Information is scattered among various agencies and institutions with limited coherence, coordination and sharing
  • There is inadequate collaboration between the different organizations working in DRR or related areas such as climate change adaptation and the environment
  • Dedicated capacity and skill development in information and knowledge management are lacking.

Purpose of the Assignment and Assignment Tasks

The consultant will have individual meetings with CADRI agencies and observers as well as UNISDR prior to the retreat to gather their views and recommendations on the role of the UN System and IFRC to strengthen knowledge management for DRR.

The consultant will develop a workshop programmed and methodology to bring participants to identify:

  1. Existing capacity development resources at agency level

Generic training modules on disaster risk reduction, sector modules,

DRR guidelines, sector guidelines, mainstreaming guidelines tools


2. Solutions to consolidate Agency specific offer of learning and capacity development services

Consolidate offer of training modules (model of UN CC Learn)

Consolidate offer of technical expertise to support implementation of CADRI recommendations


3. Solutions to enhance planning and delivery of capacity development services at country level


4. Solutions to disseminate CADRI Partnership knowledge (findings and lessons learnt)


Expected Deliverables

  1. The consultant will design a one-day workshop as described above (under 3).
  2. The consultant will facilitate a one-day workshop to lead participants to identify gaps, challenges, opportunities and solutions for enhanced knowledge management
  3. The consultant will prepare a short (10 pages maximum) report capturing recommendations to lay the foundation of a knowledge management strategy.

Duration and Location

The knowledge management retreat is tentatively planned for Monday 12th December 2016 at UNICEF Geneva. The consultancy is for 10 working days between (5-16 December 2016), it will be home based requiring one travel to Geneva for the retreat.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


Advanced University degree in International Relations, Public Administration/Public Policy, Humanitarian Affairs, Development, Social Sciences, or a related technical field.

Years of relevant experience

  • Five to ten years of relevant work experience at national and/or international level in emergency, preparedness, early recovery, humanitarian response or related field.
  • Experience in facilitation, knowledge management, evaluation, planning and/or public administration is strongly desired.
  • Prior experience working in the UN System or other international development organization is considered an asset.
  • Work experience in an emergency is considered an asset.
  • Proficiency (C1/C2) in English. Proficiency (C1/C2) in French is considered a strong asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Holds UNICEF’s Core Values:  Commitment; Diversity and Inclusion; Integrity
  • Demonstrates highest-level of communication skills, projects credibility, and presents information in a well-structured and logical way.
  • Good oral and written presentation skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work effectively under remote supervision.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

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.

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