Consultant: Azure Cloud Specialist: Country Office Applications Migration (Part-Time, Remote), ICTD

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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 connected world

The overarching strategic goal of UNICEF’s ICT Division (ICTD) is to transform and build partnerships with our stakeholders to successfully implement UNICEF programmes globally using innovative technology-enabled solutions.

The Platform and Service Delivery (PSD) section of ICTD is responsible for defining, designing, and operating the IT infrastructure, identity management, and the underlying platforms that are hosting UNICEF applications and solutions, both for in-house and in the cloud.

In early 2021, the Global Payment Card Industry (PCI) Program conducted country assessment activities across Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR) country offices globally. As a result, several PSFR country offices were found to be managing (locally) multiple databases and applications holding confidential donor information.

These Systems are used for different purposes, including data cleaning, verification of details by agency or internal staff, helpdesk enablement, donor care enablement, translation engine to generate files for banks and agencies, full data storage, accumulation of information from agencies, standardization and storage of incoming data from third parties.

As an interim measure, this activity will move these applications and databases as-is to a more secure and controlled UNICEF Azure environment with the aim of mitigating the risk of a data breach. However, applications will not be refactored to meet PCI Compliance at this point.


How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is seeking to engage a Azure Cloud Specialist Consultant: Country Office applications migration (Part-Time, Remote) as an interim measure to mitigate the risk of a data breach by moving applications and databases as-is to a more secure and controlled UNICEF Azure environment. 


Scope of Work:

1.         UNICEF PSFR and Emerging / Frontier Market Country Offices -Cloud Applications Discovery and mapping

2.         Review of technical aspects of the Cloud Applications and support the Country Offices with the refinement of the existing documentation

3.         Technical coordination between Country Offices, ICTD Platforms and PFP ICT

4.         Validation and qualification exercise to define the scope of the migration

5.         Lift and Shift migration support, including support of technical aspects

6.         Development of technical artifacts 


Tasks/Milestones and Deliverables/Outputs:


Tasks/Milestone:  Discovery and validation          

Deliverables/Outputs:  Scope:  Inventory of qualified databases and systems



Tasks/Milestone:  Cloud architecture design and documentation.

Deliverables/Outputs: Technical artefacts documenting the design of the Azure Country Office Workloads Azure Hosting Environment UNICEF_PFP (Visio diagrams, word documents, PowerPoint, and Markdown wiki pages)



Tasks/Milestone:  Country Offices PFP workloads catalog.             

Deliverables/Outputs: Technical artefacts documenting the existing Country Office Workloads (Visio diagrams, word documents, PowerPoint, and Markdown wiki pages)



Tasks/Milestone: Deployment of the Cloud Hosting environment for the PFP Country Offices Workloads on UNICEF Azure Environment        

Deliverables/Outputs: Azure Resource Manager Templates and report with the testing and confirmation of the deployment.



Tasks/Milestone:  In coordination with the PCI global project manager, development of detailed project schedule for Country Offices Workload Migrations

Deliverables/Outputs: Microsoft Project file with detailed tasks, dates, milestones, and resources.



Tasks/Milestone:  Coordination and support each of the PFP country offices workloads Azure lift and shift.

Deliverables/Outputs: Report with the testing and confirmation of the deployment.



The duration of this consultancy assignment will be 11 months.


To qualify as a champion for every child you will have… 


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, information systems, or related field.


Professional Experience, Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • Previous experience in Azure Cloud Infrastructure, including IaaS and PaaS
  • Previous experience in Lift and Shift / Cloud Migrations
  • Previous experience working in environments with PCI like requirements
  • Previous experience working with fundraising systems


Language Requirements:

  • Good written and oral communication skills, with fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language especially French and Spanish is an added advantage. 


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF Level 1 competencies required for this post are the following:

  1. Builds and maintains partnerships
  2. Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  3. Innovates and embraces change
  4. Drive to achieve results for impact
  5. Manages ambiguity and complexity
  6. Thinks and acts strategically
  7. Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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


Please indicate your ability, availability, and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. 


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.

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.

This is a re-advertisement.  Candidates who applied previously will be included for consideration and do not need to re-apply.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.  

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