Consultant International – Engaging Mining Companies on Child Rights in the DRC, Kinshasa (DRC)
Job Number: 529087 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Congo, Dem. Rep
Work Type : Consultancy
For every child, make a difference
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in its programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why UNICEF’s focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, a better life
Democratic Republic of Congo
In spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 176th out of 188 countries in the 2015 human development report. Child poverty is widespread, particularly in conflict-affected and hard-to reach areas. According to a recent UNICEF study, 80 percent of children aged zero to 15 years old experience at least two major child rights deprivations. Despite sustained growth in recent years, the size of DRC’s economy remains far too small to provide enough government revenue to meet the basic needs of the population, children in particular. Since 2016, political instability, the persistence of conflicts in Eastern DRC and a sharp fall in global commodity prices have been aggravating factors.
DRC is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the World where UNICEF works to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
Humanitarian context in DRC
An estimated 12.8 million people, including 7.5 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 1.3 million are internally displaced persons (IDP) in the country. There are several humanitarian crisis in the country.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo declared on 1 August 2018, an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, the tenth in the country since 1976. The Ebola outbreak in DRC continues to take place in the provinces North Kivu and Ituri, both affected by conflict and armed violence. As of 2 October 2019, over 3000 cases have been detected of which more than 2000 have died. To face this situation the DRC government and partners including UNICEF are supporting the implementation of the National Joint Response Plan to the Ebola outbreak under the leadership of the Ministry of Health.
Impacts on children in mining communities
Between 10 and 12 million people depend directly or indirectly on the mining sector in the DRC according to a World Bank report (2008). Mining in the country includes both large, international mining houses and Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM). Characterized as a highly informal economic activity with limited regulatory control, ASM can act as both an important economic livelihood, as well as a risk for communities, and children in particular.
As dependent of artisanal miners, companions of family members to mine sites or ASM workers themselves, children living close to ASM sites or children left behind, children are amongst the most vulnerable to social, environmental and security impacts emanating from ASM.
How can you make a difference to UNICEF in DRC?
The UNICEF DRC Office is looking to recruit a consultant that will produce a due diligence report on mining companies. This report will enable UNICEF to assess which mining companies it can engage with in the DRC with the aim of promoting child rights in communities where the mining companies work.
Expected Key Results:
Specific Responsibilities, Duties and Tasks
Develops a due diligence research on mining companies to help UNICEF assess reputational risk;
Conduct a stakeholder mapping in the DRC to scan partnership opportunities. Contributing to a database of key contacts in the mining sector;
Assist with the elaboration of an Annual Work Plan with the Ministry of Mines for the UNICEF DRC Mining Communities Programme.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Professional work experience in the child rights area and in mining contexts;
Progressively responsible professional work experience in print communication;
Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this assignment are as follows:
i) Core Values (Required)
Diversity and Inclusion
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
• Working with People
• Drive for Results
• Leading and Supervising • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
• Relating and Networking • Persuading and Influencing
• Applying Technical Expertise • Entrepreneurial Thinking
iv) Technical Knowledge
Specific Technical Knowledge Required
Specific, detailed and up-to-date knowledge of:
Executive Board and other policy documents.
Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)
UN/UNICEF Policy Papers
UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF
General administrative and financial guidelines.
Human resources manual
UNICEF communication and other DOC guidelines
Brand Toolkit and Brand Book
Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children
b) Common Technical Knowledge Required
General knowledge of:
Communication management. Knowledge of theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
Fundamentals for working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
Computer systems/applications and network, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
Knowledge of United Nations or other international organizations;
Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
UNICEF communication goals, policies, guidelines and strategies.
UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues.
UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies.
Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research, planning and strategy, and the role of mass media.
General ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form; specific skills in writing press releases and articles/stories for traditional and electronic media.
Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas, as well as impart knowledge and teach skills.
Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, government officials and other UNICEF partners.
Knowledge of computer systems, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
Proven ability to work as part of a team.
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 consultants will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Closing Date Mon Jan 20 2020 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)