UNICEF Global Peacebuilding Framework



Consultancy Title:  Senior consultant to lead development of UNICEF Peacebuilding Programme Framework

Section/Division/Duty Station: NYHQ, Programme Group, PGLT

Duration: 80 days over the duration of 8 months

Please note that applicants that have already submitted an application for this vacancy are currently under consideration and do not need to re-apply


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. It is now widely recognized that a prevention and peacebuilding approach – addressing causes of conflict and fragility in particular – are essential to achieving the SDGs in fragile and conflict-affected settings and ensuring that the rights of children, adolescents and youth are fulfilled. 

Over the last few years, UNICEF has redoubled its commitment to strengthen the impact of its programming in fragile and conflict affecting settings and contributions to the UN Prevention and Sustaining Peace agendas. The organization has developed new guidance and tools on conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, new policies and commitments to mainstream conflict sensitivity, risk-informed approaches and sustaining peace in its development and humanitarian programmes, especially in conflict-affected and fragile settings. This has included the development of peacebuilding and HDP nexus approaches in a number of sectors, including in education, adolescent and community engagement and participation, ECD, WASH, child protection among others. UNICEF’s new CCCs (2020) now include specific commitments on conflict sensitivity and sustaining peace.

In 2020, UNICEF completed several reviews and evaluations in these areas, including a Formative Evaluation on UNICEF’s Support to Young People in Peacebuilding and an Evaluative Review of UNICEF’s Approach to Peacebuilding, Social Cohesion and Conflict Sensitivity. A major finding from these evaluations was the need for UNICEF to have an overarching framework, strategy and vision to clarify, guide and empower UNICEF leadership, staff and partners at all levels and across all sectors to engage on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. To fill this gap, the development of a Global Peacebuilding Framework for UNICEF has been identified as a priority action for the organization and included under the management responses to the recent evaluations on the issue.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

Scope of Work:

The goal of the consultancy to develop new UNICEF’s Peacebuilding Programme Framework is to:

  • Provide an overall vision and strategic direction for the organization on sustaining peace and peacebuilding on the basis of its mandate, programming expertise and comparative advantage as a partner;
  • Outline an overarching multi-sectoral approach and define specific approaches, theories of change and outcomes for UNICEF’s key sectoral and cross-sectoral areas of programming (education, WASH, child protection, health/nutrition, social policy, adolescent participation, C4D, etc.) that contribute to UNICEF’s overall peacebuilding vision;
  • Develop a results/monitoring framework with a menu of outcome/output level indicators for tracking programming results across sectoral areas at country level for adaptation to specific contexts;
  • Incorporate guidance on how to integrate a peacebuilding and social cohesion relevant objectives and strengthened approaches for conflict sensitivity in a programme cycle;
  • Include a “toolbox” annex – incorporating easy-to-use tools to support planning and design and referencing versions of UNICEF’s existing core guidance on conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity/peacebuilding programmes.

The vision and approach articulated in the Framework should reflect the latest global policy and evidence-base related to the Sustaining Peace, Youth, Peace and Security and Women, Peace & Security agendas and the implementation of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus and UN Reform more broadly. It should also build on existing UNICEF and UN tools and guidance on peacebuilding, conflict sensitivity and risk-informed programming, and will draw on the findings and evidence gathered in recent global evaluations and concretely draw on a range of good practice and programmatic examples from the field. 

Because the Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace Framework is intended to accelerate the mainstreaming of peacebuilding approaches within UNICEF and in collaboration with national, UN, civil society and other partners, its development will involve close consultation, collaboration and validation with key stakeholders from UNICEF’s sectoral and cross-sectoral areas of programming, EMOPS, DAPM as well as its regional, country and field offices and partners.

Under the direct supervision of the Conflict Prevention, Fragility and Peacebuilding Global Lead in Programme Group Leadership Team, the consultant will be responsible for the following results outlined below:

  • Initial consultations/onboarding with Conflict Prevention, Fragility and Peacebuilding Team & Senior leadership
  • Development of short inception/concept note detailing methodology/approach, updated timeline & initial outline
  • Desk review of existing tools & guidance and relevant internal/external frameworks
  • Remote/online consultations completed with key UNICEF CO, RO & HQ stakeholders and partners
  • Drafting of the Framework (3 drafts)
  • Online validation workshop with Reference Group & senior leadership
  • Final draft of the Framework
  • Final presentation to reference group/webinar



1) Education

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

2) Work experience

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in conflict analysis, peacebuilding, conflict sensitivity, and international development, with a focus on fragile and conflict affected contexts.
  • Experience in implementing UNICEF or UN peacebuilding programmes in conflict-affected and crisis settings.
  • Expertise on global policy, practice and latest evidence on fragility, conflict and the sustaining peace agenda, including the YPS and WPS agendas. 
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s peacebuilding approach and guidance, its programming and existing implementation challenges in fragile and conflict affected countries is an asset.
  • Experience integrating/mainstreaming peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity approaches into one or more key sectoral/cross-sectoral programme areas (education, WASH, child protection, C4D, etc.) is an asset.
  • Experience in developing UN and/or UNICEF global tools, guidance or strategies using consultative approaches.
  • Experience in developing and implementing peacebuilding-relevant trainings for UN or UNICEF staff is an asset.

3) Competencies

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work under deadlines, handle multiple tasks, and take initiative
  • Proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English.
  • Good judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment.)


  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference 
    • 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 at: Here

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, 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: 09/07/2021

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