National Consultancy: AJ&K Coordinator


Job Description


UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a safe home!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives - being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEFs work in Pakistan, please visit the country website and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

How can you make a difference?

Pakistan carried out its first and only National Child Labour Survey in 1996 through the Federal Bureau of Statistics (now, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis (Labour Wing) and the International Labour Organization, as a component of the ILOs International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). According to the 1996 National Child Labour Survey, an estimated 3.3 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 were economically active, with 46 per cent of the working children active beyond the standard 35-hour work per week. Boys accounted for 73 per cent (2.5 million) of working children in this age group, and girls accounted for 27 per cent (0.8 million). In Pakistan, data on the number of working children between the ages of 5-14 are neither well-documented nor regularly collated. In 2011, Pakistan devolved most social sector responsibilities to provincial governments including matters related to labour regulation. Accordingly, from the perspective of efforts to eliminate child labour, a renewed policy and legislative reform focus shifted to the provincial governments, including investment in service delivery structures and programmes aimed at supporting the eradication of child labour.
From early 2015, UNICEF Pakistan initiated policy dialogue with provincial governments of Punjab and Balochistan with a broader agreement to kick-start the reforms in the area of child labour by collecting child labour statistics covering the number (spread) and characteristics of the problem. Given the long-term policy and program implications, a comprehensive household-based Child Labour Survey applying the internationally recognized SIMPOC (Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour) methodology shall be used. The model SIMPOC child labour questionnaire is based on ILO Conventions 138 and 182 and covers 5 to 17year old children. SIMPOC surveys calculate estimates on the basis of definitions existing in the national legislation of each country, which may vary across countries and result in divergent estimates.
The principal objective of investing in child labour statistics is to provide reliable, comprehensive and timely data to serve as a basis for determining priorities for national action for the elimination of child labour, in particular its worst forms. Additionally, statistical information on child labour is also expected to serve as a basis for increasing public awareness of the problem, and supporting the development of regulatory frameworks, policies, and programmes on elimination of child labour. UNICEF aims to contribute to the achievement of universal birth registration for children (aged 17 years and under with special focus on under 5 years unregistered children) before the end of 2024; an obligation enshrined under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)1. It is also aligned with the Government of Pakistans commitments under the Asia Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Regional Action
Framework. As part of the CRVS system, birth registration represents the starting point for a government to legally recognize a child as a member of society as well as helping all individuals to realize their basic human right.
Besides the above-mentioned interventions, In recognition of the Governments mandate to ensure the realization of the right of the child to protection, an integrated, multi-sectoral and gender- responsive child protection case management and referral system (CP-CMRS) will be established in AJ&K to implement the Child Protection Case Management and Referral Model (CMRM), an evidence-based method of social intervention. This will entail a whole government approach, where multiple public departments, in partnership with civil society and private sector, plan, develop, and implement it together. UNICEF is providing technical assistance to support the AJ&K Government in establishing a public coordinated child protection case management and referral system in AJ&K. UNICEF is also supporting AJ&K Government to establish Child Protection Centers (CPUs) in Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot Districts of AJ&K.
For Tasks and Deliverables, please refer to the attached file. AJK Coordinator.pdf
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
  • An advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in relevant field (Social Sciences, Public Administration etc.)
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • At least 2 years practical experience of project coordination.
  • Previous experience of supervising large-scale surveys will be preferable
  • Knowledge of Birth Registration and CRVS systems preferred
  • High level of communication/interpersonal skills & experience in working effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Sensitivity to diverse opinions and difficulties arising from differing social and cultural perceptions
  • Result-oriented and committed to respecting deadlines
  • Highly proficient in written and spoken English and Urdu
  • Good coordination, negotiation, and mediation skills.

For every Child, you demonstrate

  • UNICEFs core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in: Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness; Works Collaboratively with others; Builds and Maintains Partnerships; Innovates and Embraces Change; Thinks and Acts Strategically; Drives to achieve impactful results and Manages ambiguity and complexity. 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.


  • Estimated Duration: 11.5 months, estimate starting date: 15th December 2021
  • The consultant will be based in Muzaffarbad, AJK
  • The consultancy is at NOA equivalent level.
  • Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating monthly fee as part of the application against each deliverable.
  • HEC Attested and verified degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. Candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.


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 UNICEFs 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.


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