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UNICEF Cameroon is an active partner with the Government of Cameroon in the domain of children in addressing issues of Health and Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Social Protection, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene during normal and emergency situations.
The Cameroon Country Office’s new Country Programme (2022 to 2026) will commence in 2022. The new country programme will be implemented in a multi-hazard environment that includes the on-going impacts of COVID-19, the chronic economic crisis and other contextual challenges. This will require a robust resource mobilization and partnership strategy to raise resources and mobilize partnerships necessary to implement various innovative strategies to achieve results for children, especially the most disadvantaged.
This assignment requires an experienced resource mobilization and partnerships expert who has a track record in assisting UNICEF / UN country offices to develop resource mobilization and partnership strategies for low-income countries like Guinea-Bissau. This entails an analysis of trends in the public and private financing landscape to propose innovative approaches that will help garner widespread engagement and investments for children through the new country programme.
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Purpose of Assignment:
The objective is to support UNICEF Cameroon by developing a Resource Mobilization and Partnership Strategy for the CP 2022 – 2026. The scope of the consultancy will explore to the extent possible opportunities to mobilize from the public and private sector and will assess opportunities for leveraging government, bilateral and multilateral funding for results for children. In addition, the consultancy will further analyze UNICEF Cameroon’s opportunities for innovative financing (outside of traditional donor support) including South-South Cooperation, increased interaction with UNICEF National Committees, and engaging some of the emerging donors (for example, Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa countries with representation in Cameroon).
The outcome will be a resource mobilization and partnership strategy document for UNICEF Cameroon for the period 2022 – 2026 that would enable the country programme to address funding gaps in its programmes as well as to develop an implementation plan / action plan for the strategy.
The strategy needs to be a forward-looking action-oriented document taking cognizance of the ever-evolving donor landscape, as well as drawing from past lessons. The strategy must also explore new aid modalities and actors and outline a strategic approach to leveraging existing and new partnerships as well as recommend ways to diversify the UNICEF Cameroon’s resource base.
The specific tasks of the consultancy will include :
- Desk review of relevant documentation (Country Programme Document; donor contributions, funding trends, nature of expenditures)
- Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the donor environment for potential global, regional and local donors, including private sector to map the feasibility of securing multi-year and thematic funding and recommend ways to develop and maintain strategic partnerships and engagement with key donors, (past, present, and future).
- Develop a compelling narrative about the results that will be achieved with required resources, initially to cover the resource requirements till the end of 2026;
- The analysis will review key bilateral and multilateral donor strategic priorities for Cameroon and reflect on how these fit with UNICEF Cameroon strategic funding goals recommending relevant approaches for donor engagement.
- Review and assess multilateral and International Financing Institutions (IFIs) funding trends and opportunities (including the World Bank, IMF, Islamic Development, African Development Bank etc..)
- Provide a donor mapping of areas of donor engagement in present and future
- Propose how the interaction with UNICEF National Committees can be fostered
- Explore opportunities for partnerships from emerging donors – Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa countries and private sector and foundations, as well as regional bodies.
- Recommend ways to develop and maintain strategic partnerships and engagement with key donors, (past, present and future).
- Develop a Resource Mobilization Strategy for the Country Programme 2022 – 2026 including a detailed implementation Plan / Action Plan of the strategy.
- The work will also support the affordability analysis of the country office in view of existing and projected funding patterns.
The excepted results/ deliverables****:
- Inception report and Work plan developed: 5 days
- Consultation meetings organized/conducted Develop detailed work plan and Chronogram shared: 10 days
- Donor trend document and donor map finalized: 10 days
- First draft of Resource Mobilization and Partnership strategy finalized: 15 days
- First draft of Implementation plan available: 5 days
- Review by the Resources Mobilization and Partnerships Committee: 2 days
- Final draft of Resource strategy and implementation plan available: 3 days
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
- Master or PhD in a programme area related to UNICEF’s work.
- Employment experience- a minimum of ten years of senior level professional work experience at national and international levels
- Language skills: spoken and written fluency in English.
- Experience in planning and facilitating consultations with large and small groups
- Familiarity with UNICEF’s planning processes will be a solid advantage.
- Required skills: demonstrated strong analytical, communication, writing and editing skills
Administrative issues and conditions
1. Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed 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.
2. The Consultant will be required to complete UNICEF’s standard online courses related to Ethics, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Security, and …. related training prior to taking up the assignment and/or travel.
3. The Consultant will be required to sign a Health Statement prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that he/she has appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation.
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UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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 (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 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.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).