International Consultant – Review & finalization of Safe School Declaration policy and guidelines – UNICEF Somalia [Home Based]


International Consultant – Review & finalization of Safe School Declaration policy and guidelines – UNICEF Somalia [Home Based]


International Consultant – Review & finalization of Safe School Declaration policy and guidelines – UNICEF Somalia [Home Based]

Contract type: Consultancy

Level: Consultancy
Location: Not Applicable, Somalia
Categories: Education

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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

The Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) is a political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during armed conflict. The impact of armed conflict on education presents urgent humanitarian, development, and wider social challenges. In Somalia the schools and universities have been bombed, shelled, and burned, and children, students, teachers and academics have been killed, maimed, abducted or arbitrarily detained. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoECHE) is mandated to provide quality education to all learners. This mandate includes but not limited to the provision of quality, purpose-built education facilities wherein effective teaching and learning could take place. While education is provided, the safety and security of the children must be ensured by all concerned and their dignity protected. And to contribute to the global efforts to improve the access to safe and secure quality education, Somalia endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration. At the National level, the Declaration commits Somalia and partners to address, both collectively and individually, five interrelated issues relevant to the challenges facing education during armed conflict and make commitments to better protect students, staff, and educational facilities in war time. These include:

  • Protecting schools and universities from military use during armed conflict
  • Data collection and response to attacks on educational facilities, students, and staff during armed conflict
  • Strengthening the protective role of education in armed conflict
  • Fostering exchanges and strengthening political support for the protection of education during armed conflict
  • Accountability for attacks on educational facilities, students and staff during armed conflict


Scope of Work:

This Terms of Reference (ToR) relate to the review and finalization of the draft Safe School Declaration Policy in consultation with MoECHE FGS and FMS Somalia. In order to actually implement the SSD protocol MoECHE is in the process of developing the policy and guidelines. The objective of the consultancy is to finalize the policy document in consultation with the key stakeholders, incorporate suggestions and feedbacks. Support the MoECHE in developing an implementation guideline, data gathering (gap analysis) tools and inputs on how Somalia can chart and improve the framework for implementing the safe school’s declaration to secure schools and universities from attack based on global guidelines.

The Consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables: –

  1. Review and finalize the existing draft Safe School Declaration policy and guideline by including a gender dimension focused on the fight against harmful social norms exacerbated by the context of conflict and humanitarian crises.
  2. Based on the policy develop an implementation plan with budget
Work Assignment Overview
Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Timeline Estimate Budget
Desk review with clear plan of action Inception report 3 days 5%
Review of the existing policy and other document and share a draft policy and guideline document Draft policy document 15 days 20%
Sharing the policy and guideline with MoECHE and SSD task force for comments and incorporating comments and submit a final version Final draft policy ready for endorsement 10 days 20%
Preparing an implementation plan in consultation with MoECHE Implementation plan with budget 10 days 20%
Upon receiving feedback, review and submit to UNICEF and MoECHE the final version of all the documents Final policy, guideline and implementation plan 5 days 30%
Presentation of policy and guidelines for wider dissemination Virtual session where key features of the policy and guideline shared 2 day 5%

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Education or Social Science
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience relevant the ToR requirements
  • Prior experience on policy development
  • Strong understanding of Safe School Declaration and its component
  • Good knowledge of issues related to girls, children with disabilities, IDPs, refugees and other vulnerable populations
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in writing reports and conducting similar reviews in Somalia or similar contexts
  • Strong analytical and oral and written communication skills, review experience and familiarity within Somalia and/or the region
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core competencies:

  • Communication – Level III
  • Working with People – Level III
  • Drive for Results – Level III

Functional competencies:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces changes
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


Kindly include a technical and an all-inclusive financial proposal with your application.

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.


Advertised: 21 Apr 2021 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 29 Apr 2021 E. Africa Standard Time


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