Consultancy: Support UNICEF’s work on developing metrics for nutrition of school-age children and adolescents - Req.# - Tenders Global

Consultancy: Support UNICEF’s work on developing metrics for nutrition of school-age children and adolescents – Req.#

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Vacancy Announcement: Consultant

Consultancy Title: Consultancy to support UNICEF’s work on developing metrics for nutrition of school-age children and adolescents

Section/Division/Duty Station: Child Nutrition Development Section, Programme Group NYHQ

Duration: December 18, 2023, to December 31, 2024 / REMOTE


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 in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection, and development. 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.


Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

UNICEF’s current Strategic Plan (SP 2022-2025) places attention on a life cycle approach to improving the nutritional outcomes of school-age children and adolescents. However, gaps remain in the evidence, data and information related to this population. Without data on the current nutritional status of children (5–9 years) and adolescents (10–19 years), and a better understanding of the evidence, determinants and causal factors that influence their nutritional status, it is challenging to prioritize actions and advocate for funding to support improved nutrition in these age groups.

UNICEF is leading the work on improving the monitoring of the nutritional status of school age children and adolescents. A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on school-age and adolescent nutrition metrics (SAANM-TAG) was established in 2021 with 2 major deliverables: 1) develop a monitoring framework for school-aged and adolescent nutrition, and 2) develop a paper on the state of knowledge on nutrition metrics of this age group. The primary purpose of this consultancy is to facilitate and provide technical support to UNICEF staff in achieving these two deliverables. The consultant will work with the Child Nutrition and Development Section and Data & Analytics Section’s Nutrition Unit.

Scope of Work:

1.      Undertake a desk-review of available literature to develop a potential list of indicators for monitoring the nutritional status of school-age children and adolescents and determinants, building on existing work already commissioned by UNICEF.

2.      Work on technical content including developing and finalizing the monitoring framework (including an agreed set of indicators and data collection methods and mechanisms) on the nutritional status of school-age children and adolescents and determinants, with inputs from UNICEF staff and the TAG.

3.      Support the preparation of presentations/ background materials for the TAG meetings, as well as for meetings with the core Working Group.

4.      Facilitate the process and undertake the development of a background paper on school-age children and adolescent nutrition metrics with UNICEF staff and the TAG. 

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

Support the finalization of the monitoring framework for school-age and adolescent nutrition:    

  • Additional literature review and mapping of indicators
    • Summary of the literature review methods and findings (including gaps).
    • Mapping of indicators currently used and identification of priority indicators for the monitoring framework, with a detailed description of each.
  • Additional mapping of school-age children and adolescent nutrition measurement initiatives
  • Updated list of organizations and groups that are conducting similar work on nutrition metrics for SACA, with a description of their work and how it complements the work of the TAG.
  • Develop a monitoring framework for school-age and adolescent nutrition, based on the literature review and indicator mapping, and using UNICEF´s conceptual framework on maternal and child nutrition as a foundation               
  • 3 TAG and 3 core Working Group meetings are supported with relevant materials on framework development (e.g. PowerPoint presentations) and active participation in discussions. Feedback from TAG/WG members is incorporated into the framework.
  • Initial draft of the framework for monitoring of school age children and adolescent nutrition.
  • Second draft of the framework, revised based on first round of comments from TAG members.
  • Final version of the framework revised based on second round of comments.

Support the development and submission of a state of knowledge paper, building on the background work commissioned by UNICEF:

    • 2 TAG and 3 core Working Group meetings are supported with relevant materials for paper development (e.g. PowerPoint presentations) and active participation in discussions. Feedback from TAG/WG members is incorporated into the paper.
    • Initial draft of the state of knowledge paper.
    • Second draft of the paper revised based on first round of comments from TAG members.
    • Final version of the paper revised based on second round of comments from TAG members.


1) Education

  • Completion of advanced degree (Masters) in nutrition or public health, or related disciplines

2) Work experience

•     Minimum of five years of experience working in school-age children and adolescent nutrition initiatives. 

  • Strong quantitative, analytical and writing skills are a must. Fluency in English is essential.
  • Experience in developing global monitoring frameworks is preferred. Experience in the analysis of nutrition data in this age group (anthropometric, dietary, etc.) and the determinants of malnutrition is also preferred. 
  • Prior experience developing indicators of nutritional status, dietary intake, etc., is also preferred.

3) Competencies

  • Builds and maintains partnerships.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness.
  • Drive to achieve results for impact.
  • Works collaboratively with others.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Technical proposal with methodology for deliverables and timelines
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • Cost per deliverable or lumpsum for the whole deliverables as indicated in 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.

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

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UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy 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 (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants. Consultants 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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 30 Nov 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Deadline: 14 Dec 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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