National Individual Contractor to support the work related to UNICEF Child Protection Programme and the Child Participation Initiative in the Eastern Province (Sri Lankan Nationals ONLY)

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, how can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Chief Field Office Batticaloa, and the technical guidance of the Chief of Child Protection and the Chief of Social Policy, the consultant will implement the actions planned under the Child Protection and Social Policy Programmes. in the Eastern Province.

He/she will also engage in day-to-day monitoring of the interventions, provide input for donor reporting, document the successes, best practices and plan action for replication/scale up. 


Activities and tasks: 


  1. In close consultation with the UNICEF Chief of Child Protection and the Child Protection team, the consultant will support the following actions in the annual work plan:
  • Provide support for the dissemination and implementation of the National Child Protection Policy in Batticaloa and Ampara
  • Provide support to provincial level coordination and data collection mechanisms for child protection in Batticaloa and Ampara
  • Support the start-up and implementation of the Sports 4 Development project
  • Support the start-up and implementation of the Hate Speech project
  • Carry out a needs assessment and partner consultation on the justice for children sector in Batticaloa and Ampara
  • Support the collection of information for the budget analysis for Alternative Care in the Eastern Province
  • Identify 1 voluntary children’s care home that maybe willing to work through a process of deinstitutionalization
  • Support the set- up and implementation of the new EU Justice Sector project
  • Support any another action or initiative as required by the child protection team
  1.  In close consultation with the Chief of Social Policy and Child Rights Monitoring and the Social Policy team, the Individual Contractor will:
  • Support the implementation of the Public Finance for Children work at decentralized level, including the development and dissemination of the Eastern Province Citizens Budget 2022, and the development of budget literacy materials by providing technical inputs and facilitating consultations ;
  • Be directly engaged in and support all aspects of the Child-Friendly Cities Initiative, with a particular focus on the Eastern Province. This includes supporting the development of action plans, overseeing implementation, organizing consultation meetings with children and youth, documenting the progress, challenges and lessons learned, supporting the development of donor reports and media material, liasing with sectoral sections to help address key deprivations of children in cities under the initiative, helping produce communications materials;
  • Support actions to advance the Child Rights Monitoring work, as it relates to  providing technical support to Government and civil society at sub-national level to improve evidence-based monitoring and reporting on the realization of the rights of the child to meet the State obligations in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and providing technical support to Government and civil society at sub-national level for dissemination, awareness-raising and training on the UNCRC.


  1. Facilitate timely implementation of the actions related to child participation throughout the implementation of the projects  
  2. Coordinate with other field program officers for possible collaboration and synergy interventions in the field
  3.  Support the sections with regular monitoring of the actions, reporting and documentation of key achievements, challenges and recommendations on ways forward.


Work relationships:  The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Chief Field Office Batticaloa. S/he will also closely work with the Child Protection and Social Policy sections


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

A Bachelors : in International development, Human rights, Psychology, Sociology, International law, or a relevant social science field.

A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas is required. Prior experience working in the eastern province is considered as an asset.

Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Experience in both development humanitarian contexts is an added advantage

Relevant experience/engagement in planning/budgeting processes at subnational level, including through facilitating citizens participation is a major asset.

Strong knowledge of and experience with Child Friendly Cities Initiative is  desired.

Strong inter-personal skills and an ability to interact productively with Government and other partners. Solid time-management skills; abilities to travel extensively and work under pressure will be of advantage.

Demonstrated success on project development and management;

Demonstrates excellent verbal and written skills in English, Tamil or Sinhala.


How to apply

Please complete your e-Profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system.

Please indicate your ability, availability and monthly fee/rate (in LKR) to undertake the terms of reference above.

**Indicate an all-inclusive fee (including lump sum travel, IT accessories, Internet and subsistence costs, as applicable) to undertake the tasks in the Terms of reference. 

Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered


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.

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.



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.

If you think this Consultancy might be for you, please take the time to review our Country Office Mutual Agreements before you apply.

If you believe you can team member that can uphold these everyday, then we look forward to receiving and reviewing your application

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