Peacebuilding Case Studies Consultant



Vacancy Announcement: Consultant to support development of UNICEF Peacebuilding & Social Cohesion Case Studies Publication

Consultancy Title: Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion Case Studies Publication

Section/Division/Duty Station: Programme Group Leadership Team (PGLT)/Programme Group (PG)/New York

Duration: 40 working days over 6 months


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. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


Today, 415 million children were estimated to live in countries affected by armed conflict, violence, and/or protracted crisis and violent conflicts have increased to their highest levels in three decades.  Women, young people and children disproportionately bear both direct and indirect consequences of violent conflict. Children in fragile and conflict-affected countries are more than twice as likely to be undernourished as those in other developing countries, more than three times as likely to be unable to go to school, twice as likely to die before age five, and more than twice as likely to lack clean water.

Recognizing that the ability of societies to build and sustain peace is closely interlinked with the prospects of children and young people and the realization of their rights, UNICEF’s peacebuilding programmes are harnessing the potential of equitable and inclusive social services (including in education, WASH and child protection) and adolescent and youth agency to build and sustain peace. In 2020, over 70 UNICEF Country Offices reported implementing a range of child-centered programmes contributing to building peace, strengthening social cohesion and promoting the inclusion of excluded populations and groups to address the causes of conflict.

To support continuing advocacy and learning related its global peacebuilding efforts, UNICEF is  seeking to hire a consultant to develop a publication featuring a series of country-level peacebuilding and social cohesion case studies.   The goal of the publication will be to illustrate via a clear and engaging narrative how UNICEF’s peacebuilding strategies and programmes – building on the organization’s strengths – have concretely contributed to addressing, mitigating and preventing conflicts and their impacts and improving the lives of children and their communities.

The case studies will focus on UNICEF’s action in 3-4 diverse peacebuilding contexts and will cover a range of sectoral and multi-sectoral peacebuilding and social cohesion programmes, including in education and skills development, adolescent and youth engagement and participation, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). An emphasis for the case studies will be to present in a clear and analytic manner: the peacebuilding approach UNICEF has taken in designing and implementing its programmes, their implementation and higher-level peacebuilding impact achieved, and human interest stories.)

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

The consultant, working under the direct supervision of the Global Lead for Conflict Prevention, Fragility & Peacebuilding (CPFP) Team and in close collaboration with other members of the CPFP team will produce a case study publication on UNICEF’s social cohesion and peacebuilding work.  The publication is mean to:

  1. Illustrate in an impactful, concise and convincing set of (3-4) country case studies UNICEF’s peacebuilding approach, its value and impact
  2. Describe and analyze how UNICEF has leveraged entry-points across programmes in education and skills development, young people’s engagement and participation and WASH for tangible peacebuilding and social cohesion results at different levels
  3. Highlight in a compelling way the human experience and dimensions of conflict and the impact programmes have had on the context from the perspective of local communities and stakeholders

The consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Finalizing the concept note for the case studies publication, including by updating its methodology section
  2.  Collecting and analyzing data provided by UNICEF HQ, RO and Country Office teams, conducting a desk review of key materials and resources, conduct key informant and stakeholder interviews and remote focus group discussions, as needed.
  3. Incorporating feedback from the CPFP team into draft versions of the publication
  4. Submitting a final draft and a short note on options for dissemination and roll-out


 1) Education

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, international development, conflict studies, public policy, communications, journalism or other related field

2) Work experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience working in the areas of peacebuilding, social cohesion and/or international development
  • Experience developing, writing and producing knowledge products, communications materials and/or case studies related to peacebuilding, humanitarian and/or development programmes is required
  • Knowledge of peacebuilding and social cohesion frameworks, concepts and terminology is an asset
  • Experience writing persuasive human impact stories is an advantage
  • Familiarity with country level peacebuilding and social cohesion programmes and results, especially in relation to UN or UNICEF programmes in the areas of youth engagement, education, gender equality and/or social service deliver, is an advantage.
  • Experience in implementing UNICEF or UN peacebuilding programmes in conflict-affected and crisis settings is desirable.
  • Knowledge of UN or UNICEF country and/or field operations is an asset.

3) Competencies

  • Strong analytic and research skills are an advantage
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency English is required
  • Ability to work under deadlines, handle multiple tasks, and take initiative
  • Proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) 
  • Financial proposal that will include:
    • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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Type: Contract

Start date: 09/30/2021

Application Deadline: 09/09/2021