Job no: 559269

Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: Consultancy
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Health

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, strength

Despite progress in children’s survival, Tanzania is a long way from providing all children and adolescents with an equitable chance to survive and thrive. Tanzania has brought its under-5 mortality rate to less than one-third of its 1990 level, but the pace of mortality reduction has slowed in recent years, and maternal and neonatal mortality remain high. Every year, about 100,000 children under age 5 are lost, 40,000 of whom die in the first 28 days of life. Another 40,000 babies are lost to stillbirth. Almost one-third of under-5 children are stunted, and preventable and treatable illnesses cause more than half of their deaths. Adolescence is also a perilous stage. Teenage pregnancy is common, and adolescent girls have disproportionately high rates of new HIV infection. Anxiety and depressive disorders are gaining prevalence, while injuries and interpersonal violence affect many adolescents, especially boys.

The quality of primary health care services and social norms and practices are at the heart of the problem. The health sector is underfunded, and per capita allocations vary widely by region, contributing to vast inequities in health outcomes. As infrastructure projects have increased the quantity of health services in recent years, quality has continued to suffer. The public health service has only half the human resources required, and health workers rarely receive the training and support they need to provide quality services. The health management information system is fragmented and inaccessible. Improvements in the availability of essential medicines and commodities have been made, but their availability is often not reliable or consistent. Many communities and families lack the knowledge, skills, and motivation to address harmful social and gender norms and to adopt and promote healthy and beneficial practices, including those related to positive parenting and early childhood development

 How can you make a difference? 

Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief of Health, the Technical Advisor for Policy Advocacy, Learning and Resource Mobilization will provide technical assistance to the section in developing and writing documents for the purposes of advocacy, strategy development, resource mobilization, learning and assist the health team to stay abreast of global developments in the areas of PHC and maternal and child health. The products will be used in three different ways: for policy advocacy and awareness, for resource mobilization purposes, and for sector sharing, learning and use.

This part time consultancy will allow the health section to capitalize on opportunities to respond to donor requests for proposals with tight deadlines, on opportunities that present themselves by government to promote and advocate for children, and to ensure TCO health section work (research and policy) is transformed into a digestible way that promotes wider use by development partners, implementing partners and governments at all levels.

A total of 30 products to be defined have been included in this scope of work. The consultant will draft a brief work plan including deliverable and timeline for completion that will be agreed with Chief of Health. This work plan will be reviewed regularly and adjusted as priorities dictate. The work assignments are summarized as:

• Based on studies or surveys, design advocacy agendas and develop at least 8 short policy briefs with key policy asks highlighted.

• For resource mobilization develop at least 6 short briefing notes on key interventions, and update the health programme brief

• Develop lessons learned documents profiling TCO innovations, including at least 4 manuscripts for publication followed through to publication, and at least 3 learning papers

• Develop at least 5 resource mobilization documents (proposals, concept notes)

The consultant will be required to submit the proof of medical/Health Insurance with medical evacuation coverage.

The consultant will operate mostly remotely.
The validity of the contract will be for 12 months. Actual number of days work will be based on an agreed work plan for deliverables and travel will be agreed as part of an agreed travel plan.

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

The assignment will be conducted by an international consultant with a demonstrable track record in this type of work.

  • Substantial international experience working with UN, UNICEF and Governments;
  • Demonstrated written English expertise
  • Demonstrated expertise in mobilizing resources through proposal development.

The consultant is expected to have:

  • An advanced university degree in public health, maternal child health or related field.
  • Substantial data analysis experience and proven capacity to manage a team of technical specialists with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working in Tanzania and, more broadly, Sub-Saharan Africa is considered an asset

 For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).  

To view our competency framework, please visit here.  

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

“The UN system in Tanzania provided a work environment that reflects the value of gender equality, teamwork, diversity, integrity, a healthy balance of work and life and equal opportunity for all, including persons with disabilities”

Qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for UN vacancies and are protected from discrimination during all stages of employment.”

Advertised: 16 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 02 Mar 2023 E. Africa Standard Time