International Consultancy: Development of Resource Mobilization Strategy for the Country Programme 2023 – 2025

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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
The consultant will undertake a comprehensive donor strategy analysis and diagnostics aligned to the UNICEF country programme cycle 2023-2025 and its commitment to Humanitarian Action. The consultant will translate the findings into a Resource Mobilisation Strategy for UNICEF’s South Sudan Country Office for the Country Programme 2023 – 2025 and for UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeals.

UNICEF South Sudan is looking for an international consultant to support resource mobilization efforts and the establishment of mechanisms and structures for resource mobilization in the South Sudan Country Office in the context of the start if its new Country Programme 2023-2025.

The candidate will work remotely for the period of the assignment with one trip to Juba, South Sudan, foreseen for the period of up to 2 weeks. The consultant’s purpose is to develop UNICEF’s resource mobilization strategy scanning the resource mobilization environment, consulting key stakeholders, and identifying concrete actions to strengthen UNICEF’s resource mobilization.

Embedded in the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (PMER) section of UNICEF South Sudan and under the guidance of and in cooperation with the Donor Relations Specialist (P3), the candidate would carry out the assignment in close collaboration with a number of colleagues in the office.

This assignment requires an experienced resource mobilization expert who has a track record in assisting UNICEF / UN country offices to develop resource mobilization strategies for complex emergency countries like South Sudan. This entails an analysis of trends in the public private financing landscape to propose innovative resource mobilization strategies for the new country programme.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent more than 75 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.

The South Sudan Country Office’s new Country Programme (2023 to 2025) commenced on 1 January 2023, and it will be implemented in a complex and multi-hazard environment that includes the on-going impacts flooding, conflict, chronic economic crisis, and significant child rights violations and deprivations. This will require a robust resource mobilization strategy to raise adequate resources necessary to implement various innovative strategies to achieve expected results for children, especially the most disadvantaged.

The new Country Programme provides an opportunity for the South Sudan Country Office to prioritize results, align to the UNICEF Strategic Plan and ensure that the office is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver commitments made for children in a fast-changing landscape of population growth, emergencies and a fluid political and economic environment.

It is anticipated there will be a decline in Official Development Assistance (ODA) due to a number of reasons that include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global trends. This unfortunately comes at a time when funding support is most needed due to the multi-hazards impacting women and children in South Sudan. As the path to peace continues, without increased levels of funding, the risk is that more and more children may still suffer as access to education, nutrition, health and other basic social services will be reduced. It is critical that UNICEF’s fundraising strategies are sensitive to these salient issues that will affect women and children across the country, and that they target programmes and interventions that will have national impact across the humanitarian development nexus. Furthermore, it is essential that UNICEF positions its resource mobilisation in the context of an evolving global donor landscape.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
The main documents required from the consultant are the complete Resource Mobilisation Strategy (inclusive of supporting analytical annexes and graphical presentation of trends) and the Action Plan / Implementation Plan. The consultant will report every week to the Chief PME / Donor Relations Specialist and give updates on work that has been completed as per the work plan. Drafts of documents will be sent through email to the Deputy Representative Programmes / Chief PMER / Donor Relations Specialist and face to face meetings or calls will be organized to discuss issues faced, inputs and feedbacks given.

The outcome of this assignment is to:
The objective is to support UNICEF South Sudan resource mobilization objectives by developing a Resource Mobilisation Strategy for the CP 2023 – 2025. The scope of the consultancy will explore to the extent possible opportunities to mobilize from the public (and potentially private) sector and will assess opportunities for leveraging government and / or multilateral funding. In addition, the consultancy will further analyze UNICEF South Sudan’s opportunities for innovative financing (outside of traditional donor support) including South-South co-operation and engaging some of the emerging donors. The consultant is expected to undertake and in-depth analysis of the donor context, donor priorities and strategies through desk review and discussions with key stakeholders and partners.

The outcome will be to produce a resource mobilization strategy document for UNICEF South Sudan for the period of the country progamme that would enable the country programme to address funding gaps in its programmes – both development and humanitarian – as well as to develop an implementation plan / action plan for the strategy.

The strategy needs to be a forward-looking action orientated document taking cognizance of the ever-evolving donor landscape, as well as drawing from past lessons. The strategy must also explore new aid modalities and actors and outline a strategic approach to leveraging existing and new partnerships as well as recommend ways to diversify UNICEF South Sudan’s resource base.

Scope of Work:
The specific tasks of the consultancy will include:
• Desk review of relevant documentation (Country Programme Document; donor contributions, funding trends, nature of expenditures)
• Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the donor environment for potential global, regional and local donors, including private sector to map the feasibility of securing multi-year and thematic funding and recommend ways to develop and maintain strategic partnerships and engagement with key donors, (past, present and future).
o The analysis will cover both development and humanitarian programmes and place a particular emphasis on resilience programmes.
o The analysis will review key bilateral and multilateral donor strategic priorities for South Sudan and reflect on how these fit with UNICEF South Sudan’s strategic funding goals recommending relevant approaches for donor engagement.
o Review and assess multilateral and International Financing Institutions (IFIs) funding trends.
o Explore opportunities for partnerships from emerging donors and private sector and foundations.
• Recommend ways to develop and maintain strategic partnerships and engagement with key donors, (past, present and future).
Develop a Resource Mobilisation Strategy for the Country Programme 2023 – 2025 including a detailed implementation Plan / Action Plan of the strategy.

The consultant will consult with all relevant stakeholders in the Country Office, Sections Chiefs, Representative, Deputy Representative and Partnerships team to enable him or her to have relevant information for the completion of the task. Consultation will also be conducted with key stakeholders (donors and UN partners). Furthermore, an extensive desk review of potential partners’ policies and strategies is expected.

Under the supervision of the Donor Relations Specialist and in close consultation with the Chief of PMER and the Deputy Representative (Programme), the consultant will develop a Resource Mobilisation Strategy to guide fund-raising for the Country Programme 2023 – 2025 as well as UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children. This is in view of declining ODA and in line with UNICEF’s commitment to making a difference for the most vulnerable and left behind. In addition, the Consultant should ensure that the RM Strategy Action Plan / Implementation Plan builds on best practices and follows organizational guidelines and timelines. The consultant will work closely and receive support from the Deputy Representative Programmes Team led by the Dep Rep/PME Chief.

Deliverables and Schedule of Payments
The payments will be delivery-based on progress submitted by consultant as per the major deliverables as follows:

Deliverable Payment
Workplan and intelligence gathering:
• Workplan shared including objectives, questions, proposed list of key informant interviews
• Meeting notes of consultations with stakeholders
• Donor trend document 50% Upon satisfactory delivery
Resource Mobilization Strategy development:
• First draft of RM Strategy
• Action plan for Country Office
• Presentation to Country Management Team
• Final RM Strategy
• Two-pager on RM Strategy 50% Upon

Involvement of key stakeholders
UNICEF will assist with the coordination of key stakeholder’s contribution to the work. The latter will be listed, reviewed and agreed with the selected consultant during the inception phase of the consultancy.

Supervision of the consultancy
The consultancy will be supervised by the Donor Relations Specialist, in coordination with the Chief PMER and the Deputy Representative.

Work Assignment Overview
Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Timeline Deadline
Work plan for the Resource Mobilisation Strategy developed and approved by the deputy representative Inception report and Work plan developed 2 days 16 May 2023
Organize Consultation meetings with key stake holders on fundraising practices and affordability of the country office Consultation meetings organized / conducted 8 days 2 June 2023
Conduct detailed analysis of the donor environment both public (and potentially private) sector resource partners Donor trend document finalised 10 days 21 June 2023
Resource Mobilisation strategy CP 2023 – 2025 first draft First draft of RM strategy finalised 6 days 7 July 2023
Develop detailed Implementation Plan / Action Plan of the strategy for the CO First draft of Implementation plan available 3 days 14 July 2023
Presentation to Country Management Team for review of the Resource Mobilisation Strategy Review by CO CMT 2 days 21 July 2023
Integration of comments and submission of final RM strategy related annexes and implementation plan Final draft of RM strategy and implementation plan available 7 days 4 August 2023
Draft Resource Mobiliation two-pager based on RM strategy Final draft of two-pager on RM strategy available. 2 days 11 August 2023
40 days 15 August 2023

Minimum Qualifications required: Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:



Advanced degree in the social sciences (Sociology, International Relations, Anthropology, Development studies, Economics/Statistics) or related fields relevant for the assignment

Language Requirements:
Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement

Professional experience: 10 years

• Employment experience – a minimum of ten years of senior level professional work experience at national and international levels.
• Extensive experience in donor engagement and resource mobilization
• High standard of written and verbal English
• Ability to engage high-level stakeholders in in-depth discussions
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to present data and write a clear and concise manner
• Positive and “can-do” attitude with excellent inter-personal skills
• Familiarity with UNICEF’s planning processes will be a solid advantage.
• Experience working in emergency context is desirable

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  • Care,
  • Respect,
  • Integrity,
  • Trust,
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability (CRITAS)

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UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

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

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 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

All applications must be accompanied with detailed technical and financial proposal.

The Consultant will be working Remotely with visit to Juba, South Sudan

Advertised: 19 Apr 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 03 May 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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