Consultancy: Project manager for Mobilizing Hand Hygiene Initiative, Multi-Stake Holder Platforms, Partnerships, Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on hand hygiene, representing an opportunity to place hygiene at the heart of strategies to protect global health, to ensure that affordable products and services are available when needed, and to embed a culture of hygiene in our society. 

UNICEF, World Economic Forum, World Bank and WHO are mobilizing private sector actors to collectively address the immediate, medium and long-term barriers for establishing handwashing facilities and services to support the 3 billion people who do not have access to hand hygiene facilities and cannot wash their hands regularly. Collaboration across sectors is needed in order to increase access to hygiene facilities in all public and private spaces, including schools, health care facilities, workplaces, markets, places of worship, public transportation hubs and homes. 

As part of this initiative, UNICEF and the World Economic Forum have launched a project focused on “Rebuilding markets and catalyzing supply chains” in order to produce, manufacture and distribute handwashing facilities to places that are most in need. Ensuring fit-for-purpose hand hygiene facilities – in particular for the most vulnerable populations – is essential to preventing spread of the virus and protecting populations from future pandemics.  

Globally, there is a unique opportunity to address the gaps in the market and scale up local manufacture of key commodities. Yet business as usual approaches will not meet these needs in the time and for the scale required. New thinking and collaborative models are required. Working with a range of both public and private partners, this project aims to accelerate the distribution and delivery chain of innovative and affordable products to key markets in the smartest, most efficient means possible. The project will follow a two-phased approach:

  • Phase 1—Responding to urgent needs in the immediate term: Work with a group of global and local public and private actors to equip key vulnerable public settings—schools, healthcare facilities, workplaces—with bundled handwashing solutions in 3-4 priority countries. Following initial procurement-based strategies, the group would work to advance the availability of market ready hand hygiene product solutions in retail markets.   
  • Phase 2—Adapting for future pandemics systemically in the long term: Create demand and supply for handwashing solutions across multiple settings and sectors to incentivize local adoption in the 3-4 priority countries, by strengthening supply chains and building a network of local retailers and producers.  

See the latest version of the project concept in the Annex and note that the 3-4 countries identified have not been finalized. 

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is seeking to work with an experienced consultant to project manage the “Rebuilding markets and catalyzing supply chains” initiative and coordinate amongst the various actors both within the three target countries and across them. The consultant would participate in regular core team meetings with UNICEF and the World Economic Forum to continue conceptualizing the initiative; developing in-country strategies; engaging partners and key stakeholders; and supporting efforts to bring new actors on board.  


The consultant will be responsible for the following scope of work: 

  1. Lead project management and coordination: Work with UNICEF and the Forum to develop a detailed project plan and lead coordination with other participating public and private organizations to manage timelines, project proposals, deliverables, etc.    
  1. Support conceptualization and design of overall initiative: Work with the core project team to continue to shape and design the overall initiative, project concept, implementation model, and business case for both global and local partners.   
  1. Manage key aspects of stakeholder engagement and consultations: Support the core project team to consult key stakeholders and gather inputs for the project concept and workstreams.   
  1. Develop supply and distribution strategies and project plans in 3-4 target countries: For each of the target countries, support the information gathering/needs assessment process; stakeholder engagement and consultations; creation of country level coalition of partners; and development of market entry and expansion strategy 
  1. Engage and mobilize key partners: Support outreach to global and local public and private sector partners to gather their inputs and expertise, make use of their networks, and for potential partnership in one or more of the target countries.  

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120 working days within the period of 11.5 months, tentatively starting on 1 December 2020. 


Advocacy and Policy Manager, Multi-Stakeholder Platforms, Partnerships, PFP 


Consultant is expected to work mostly remotely.  

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

  • Education: A master’s degree in Business Administration or International Development or other related areas is required. Alternatively, a first level university degree with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
  • 8 years of relevant working experience in consultancy services with a specialized focus on associated fields (water, sanitation and hygiene; private public partnerships; complex project management and coordination; market shaping/development; market entry and expansion; resource mobilization; humanitarian procurement strategies; supply chain management and logistics, etc.) is required.  
  • The consultant should be able to provide evidence of competencies in: 
  • Strategy design and development 
  • Project management 
  • Professional writing and fluency in English 
  • Working under limited supervision with the ability to deliver on time and on budget 
  • The ideal candidate should have experience working with the private sector and relevant work experience on supply chain management, logistics and procurement. 
  • Fluency in English is required.  

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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Remarks: Please indicate your ability, availability and gross daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start.

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. 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.

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.

Advertised: 06 Nov 2020 W. Europe Standard Time
Deadline: 20 Nov 2020 W. Europe Standard Time