Job Opportunity as a Consultant for Study the Development of ECD National Strategy Action Plan from UNICEF

Job Opportunity as a Consultant for Study the Development of ECD National Strategy Action Plan from UNICEF



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09 Sep 2020
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UNICEF requires consultant for study the development of ECD National Strategy Action Plan. This job will be led by NCCM, in collaboration with the national committee for ECD policies, and supported by UNICEF. A lead national consultant, who will assign assistant expert in relevant areas as required (planning/budgeting) to support the accomplishment of the assignment, will be responsible for coordination of the team work and submission of deliverables in accordance to UNICEF and NCCM standards. The lead consultant will work closely with NCCM, UNICEF and will communicate with other stakeholders as required. 


You must have:

  1. Advanced degree in economics, social science, development studies or other relevant degrees.
  2. At least 15 years of experience in the field of reviewing and developing national action plans preferably in areas related to child rights and development.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of technical aspects of child-sensitive policies and program.
  4. Demonstrated experience to produce high quality national action plans and budgets.
  5. Experience in working with multiple stakeholders, government, UN organizations and other development partners.
  6. Fluency and excellent technical writing skills in Arabic and English.
  7. Experience in facilitating national meetings and workshops.
  8. Strong analytical and conceptual skills.
  9. Effective communication and advocacy skills.
  10. The consultant will assign assistant expert in national planning /costing to support the accomplishment of the assignment as required.
  11. It's a freelance job.
  12. UNICEF don't provide Laptops, computers and office supplies.

Your Responsibilities:

The process and methodology will include three phases:

 Phase 1. Inception which contain the following:

  • Desk review of the ECD national strategy and the Joint monitoring framework and any available documents (i.e. ECD situation analysis, national Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS), and literature relevant previous costing studies).
  • Consultations with UNICEF, NCCM, National Committee for ECD Policies, and identified governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to get an in-depth understanding of existing ECD relevant plans and budget data and plan an interview schedule with relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop basic framework for costing methodology.
  • Submit an inception report (deliverable 1), including the details of the methodology including the basic framework for costing.

Phase 2. Data collection which contain the following:

  • Facilitate meetings/workshops with key stakeholders in relation to the prioritization of ECD interventions to achieve national strategy targets and the creation of a multi-year action plan building on existing national and local resources and existing programs' platforms.
  • Interviews with key relevant ministries/stakeholders, and field visits to gather data from operational facilities, for costing exercise and financing ECD multi-year action plan.

 Phase 3. Drafting the ECD costed action plan and contain:

  • Develop the first draft of the national costed multi-year action plan (deliverable 2) reflecting priority interventions in quantity and quality measures.
  • Present the draft costed action plan (including time frame, monitoring mechanisms, budget and resources based on the costing exercise) in workshops to relevant stakeholders; followed by meetings to gather feedback on the plan as required.
  • Develop the second draft of the costed action plan, including monitoring mechanisms, based on results of the workshop and follow-up meetings (deliverable 3).
  • Incorporate feedback and presenting the final version of the costed action plan, including all costing annexes, and facilitate a validation meeting to be organized by MOSS. The final costed action plan will be subject to approval by the national committee for ECD Policies chaired by NCCM (deliverable 4).

Under the guidance of the early childhood development manager, the consultancy will include the following tasks:

  • Desk review of the relevant documents related to ECD national plan of action and budget.
  • Preparation of the inception report detailing the methodology and time frame for undertaking the assignment.
  • Data collection, including meetings/workshops with key stakeholders.
  • Develop first draft of costed national action plan.
  • Develop the second draft of the costed action plan, including monitoring mechanisms, based on feedback received from stakeholders.
  • Conduct meetings and workshops to present / validate the costed national action plan.
  • Prepare the final version ECD costed action plan.
  • Submit the final report on the assignment.
  • All deliverables will be submitted in Arabic language.


The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946. Most of UNICEF's work is in the field, with a presence in 190 countries and territories. UNICEF's network of over 150 country offices, headquarters and other offices, and 34 National Committees carry out UNICEF's mission through programs developed with host governments. Seven regional offices provide technical assistance to country offices as needed.

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