Consultancy – Consultant – Ad-hoc capacity building on UNICEF humanitarian action – LACRO, Panama City (20 work-days over 9 months) ***Extended***

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  • Panama


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And we never give up.

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Purpose of the Assignment

UNICEF Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office in Panama is looking for a consultant with expertise in Humanitarian training / capacity development. Under the overall guidance of the Reg Emergency Advisor (REA) and in collaboration with the Emergency Manager, the consultant will undertake the preparation and implementation of ad-hoc humanitarian trainings and/or other capacity development activities like webinars, simulations or others, following LACRO Emergency Unit indications, for specific audiences including: COs’ Representatives and Deputy Representatives, LAC regional response roster (RRR) members, Humanitarian Champions, LACRO Emergency Specialists and regional response team (RRT) members. The mentioned trainings sessions will include subjects like CCCs, Emergency Procedures, EPP platform, among others. The preparation and implementation of each training session will require an average of 3-5 working days, including the elaboration of a final report with key follow-up actions.

NOTE: The incumbent will remain available for a total of 20 working days during 2022, to carry out a number of capacity development activities, as per LACRO request. The contract could be amended, should new necessities arise during the contract period.

Specific Tasks

The main task of the assignment is to prepare and conduct an estimated number of three (3) training sessions and/or other capacity development activities (i.e. webinars, simulations, etc.) during 2022, based on ad-hoc requests by LACRO Emergency Unit, in collaboration with the team and relevant colleagues from other LACRO sections. The sessions will include: CCCs, Emergency Procedures, EPP platform, based on emergency related soft and technical skills adapted to the specific groups of audiences, considering the diversity of learners and groups of learners. The learning material should adapt to each specific groups.

After the implementation of each capacity development sessions, the incumbent will prepare a report with key information on the development of the activity, the results achieved and any particular issue to be flagged for future follow-up (i.e. specific audience’s members issues, etc.).

Finally, the consultant will support LACRO on the contextualization and/or adaptation of at least three other humanitarian related training modules produced by UNICEF HQ, to use them for capacity development in the LAC region, based on the needs and the demand expressed by the above-mentioned audience. This may include the ad-hoc elaboration of some specific part of the modules, if it doesn’t exist within the available resources of the regional and the global level.

Expected Results [measurable]

The consultant is expected to achieve the following results:

  1. Develop a plan and resources/materials for each specific capacity development session (training, webinar, simulation or other) requested by LACRO Emergency Team, including an adaptation and contextualization of the learning material to each of the audiences.
  2. Implement an estimated number of three ad-hoc capacity development sessions, including trainings, webinars, simulations or others, for specific audiences, as per the requests of LACRO Emergency Unit.
  3. Produce a detailed report for each of the capacity development sessions carried out, including agenda, resources/materials utilized, results achieved, key lessons, recommendations for improvement and recommended follow-up actions for the audience.
  4. Adaptation and contextualization of at least three training modules elaborated by UNICEF HQ, to be used for capacity development in the LAC region.



Duration (in days)

Expected deadline

  1. A plan and training package (as per HQ format) for each specific capacity development session (training, webinar, simulation or other) agreed with LACRO Emergency Team, with a detailed adaptation of the learning material to the specific audiences

An estimated of 2 days per each capacity development session


One week after the agreement on each specific session


  1. A detailed report and final training package for each of the capacity development sessions carried out, including agenda, resources/materials utilized, results achieved, key lessons, recommendations for improvement and recommended follow-up actions for the audience.

An estimated of 3 days per capacity development session


One week after the development of each specific session


  1. Estimated three training modules packages of the global level (HQ) adapted/contextualized to LAC reality.

1.5 days on average per each adaptation

One week after the agreement on each adaptation work


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications


Master’s degree in international affairs, relations, disaster management, human rights, economics, business, political science, Learning & Development or other relevant fields.

Work Experience

• At least 5 years of experience in humanitarian action in international context and in Learning & Development.
• Strong facilitation skills and track record in learning needs assessment and in the design and implementation of learning and development sessions, including learning impact assessment is required
• Good understanding of the humanitarian action and development context in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
• Familiarity with UNICEF internal procedures in emergency contexts, preparedness and response is highly valued.
• Knowledge and technical expertise in one or more of UNICEF areas of global sectoral responsibility is an asset.


Fluency in English and Spanish (written and oral) is required.

Technical knowledge (if applicable)

• Professional technical knowledge and expertise in emergency preparedness and humanitarian learning.
• Knowledge of UNICEF programme work in the LAC Region in the areas of emergency programmes and humanitarian action, is an asset.

Other skills and attributes (optional)

• Capacity to work autonomously and with minimum supervision.
• Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines.
• Ability to work well with other.
• Flexibility and adaptability to shifting conditions and work demands.
• Capacity to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with RO and CO colleagues.
• Able to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
• High level of Integrity and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

Administrative details


The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Emergency Advisor and in close collaboration with the Emergency Manager.


This is a home-based consultancy.


This consultancy will have a duration of 20 work-days over 9 months.

How to Apply

Application should be submitted online and include: Resume, Cover Letter, Technical Proposal (including proposed timeline) and Financial proposal (including number of work-day proposed for each deliverable). Qualified candidates are requested to submit daily fees in their financial proposal.

Consultancy Contracts are only issued to one individual. Should an applicant work with a team of consultants, he or she is responsible for his/her team.


Travel is not foreseen for this consultancy. If needed, travel will be covered by UNICEF as per policy.

  • Travel costs will be estimated and added to the contract once they are determined based on UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations.
  • For agreed country visits, the contractor/consultant will be responsible in administering their own travel. UNICEF will reimburse travel related expenses based on actual costs or on the below criteria whichever is lower and upon presentation of receipts.
  • Any travel involved should be budgeted according to UN Travel Standards as a ceiling.
  • UN Secretariat Administrative Instruction on Official Travel, ST/AI/2013/3: Sect. 4, para. 4.2, numerals (d) and (e)
  • For information on Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), can be found on the International Civil Service Commission website (all countries and destinations can be found by navigating on the map).

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). To view our competency framework, please visit 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 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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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.

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