Researcher/writer on climate, energy and environment issues and child rights

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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.
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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations, and governments.


How can you make a difference?

Climate change, energy access and environmental degradation are equity issues, with children and young people often being the most vulnerable and affected.
Addressing climate change, energy access and environmental degradation is therefore vital for building a more sustainable future for children.
In addition, it is imperative that we integrate our actions on the SDGs and our humanitarian responses.
Each of the seven Outcomes Areas of the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2014 – 2017 – health, nutrition, HIV, water and sanitation, child protection, social inclusion and education - is affected in some way by climate change and/or environmental degradation. Fortunately, each stream of UNICEF work also presents opportunities to take action on climate, energy and/or the environment in order to deliver more sustainable results. There are major implications of climate change, lack of energy access and environmental degradation for children and UNICEF has strong potential to strengthen the response to these issues. Climate and environment issues have also been integrated in one of the five main outcome areas of the draft of the new strategic plan (2018-21). This decision has been solidified by the Executive Board members in February 2017 by their adoption of the roadmap for the new strategic plan which uses the SDGs as a long-term framework. 

UNICEF Lebanon is planning to conduct a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children, examining the baseline situation of climate, energy and environment-related issues affecting children and how they relate to UNICEF’s priorities. The report looks at stakeholders, government policies and relevant programmes in Lebanon. It will also provide recommendations on how UNICEF Lebanon could further incorporate and strengthen work on climate, energy and environment-related issues in its country programme.

Purpose of Assignment:

The national consultant supports the Chief of WASH in producing a Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) for Lebanon. 
S/he will be responsible for collecting, compiling and reviewing key resources and coordinating the information gathering and review processes.
In addition, the incumbent will also provide overall support in preparing the study by researching specific issues and drafting individual sections.
The national consultant will also liaise with the climate, energy and environment team in HQ/NY.


Scope of Work:
1. Compile and systematize evidence and research related to energy, environment and climate change issues in Lebanon

• Review guidance materials and previous CLACs prepared in other UNICEF offices
• Compile and systematize literature related to climate change, energy and environment issues affecting children in Lebanon
• Compile and systematize key policy documents related to climate, energy and environment and UNICEF’s corporate priorities
• Identify and compile information on ongoing programmes and active stakeholders related to energy, environment and climate change in Lebanon
• Collect information and reports from different sections in UNICEF Lebanon about the office’s work and linkages to climate, energy and environment
• Collect available information and reports from development partners
• Identify and collect data and information gaps related to children, environment and energy issues to be filled through interviews and/or in subsequent studies

2. Research and writing support

• Support the desk review of the collected information
• Summarize research and draft individual sections of the CLAC
• Support the preparation of interviews and meetings with stakeholders by drafting questions and presentations as needed
• Conduct additional research to fill data gaps and answer specific questions as needed
• Support the Emergency and DRR officer in ensuring that the quality of the documents meets that of previous CLACs

3. Overall editorial support
• Fact checking, editing and checking of references as needed
• Coordinate the internal and external review process and the incorporation of comments

4. Administrative and planning support

• Support the organization of stakeholder meetings as needed
• Support the facilitation of a mission from HQ

5. Identification of Climate adaptation funding opportunities

• Provide a holistic spectrum of funding availabilities that can apply to Lebanon to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country
• Advice on the identification of the donor the most likely to fund any UNICEF initiative on climate adaptation
• In collaboration with Lebanon WASH section, prepare a proposal following the identified donor’s requirements.

6. Support positioning on climate change in the CPD 2022-26
• Review the SitAn 2020 template through the lens of CEE adapted to Lebanon.
• Based on recommendation from the CLAC and potential funding opportunities, develop a comprehensive document aiming at strategically place UNICEF in complementarity with other UN Agencies on mitigating climate change in the framework of the next CPD 2022-26 

1  Evaluation Criteria – Please specify
a) Point system: Technical …70…../Financial …30…..

Work Assignment Overview


Compile and systematize evidence and research related to energy, environment and climate change issues in Lebanon.




 List of stakeholders active in the fields of climate change, energy and environment in Lebanon with those directly addressing children’s issues separately highlighted 

Timeline:6 days 


 List of ongoing programmes climate change, energy and environment in Lebanon 

Timeline: 3 days 


Deliverables/ Outputs:
 Document/table listing data and research gaps regarding children and climate, energy and environment issues affecting them 

2 days 


Deliverables/ Outputs:

 Internal and external review processes coordinated and comments addressed 

1 day 


Deliverables/ Outputs:
 Drafted sections of the available reports 

4 days 

Deliverables/ Outputs:
 Literature list for the CLAC & review of guidance documents 

20 days 

Deliverables/ Outputs:
 Overall administrative support:
Mission coordinated
Stakeholder meetings organized 

1 day 

Deliverables/ Outputs:
 The formatted and referenced report, based on stakeholders and CO comments, and accepted by CO 

3 days 


Support UNICEF positioning on climate change in the CPD 2022-26 -Review CEE component of the SitAn 2020 

2 days 
 -Provide the strategic document to drive UNICEF positioning on climate change adaptation in the CPD 2020-26, final
document after integration of comments from stakeholder and CO 

5 days 




Identification of Climate adaptation funding opportunities

Deliverables/ Outputs
 -Identification of potential donor
 3 days  

Deliverables/ Outputs
 -Preparation of a proposal, final document after integration of comments from stakeholder and CO 

10 days 

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

Advanced university degree in geography, environmental science, natural resource management, meteorology, social and economic development, climate
change, or related areas.
Alternatively, a degree in communications or journalism with demonstrated expertise on environment-related issues can also be considered.
•At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in research and expertise in WASH, child rights and climate/environment-related issues.
•Excellent writing skills required
•Excellent research skills required
•Demonstrated expertise in child rights or any of UNICEF’s main areas of work (health, WASH, nutrition, child protection, social policy, education, gender, HIV/AIDS) is considered an asset.
•Previous experience with the UNICEF in climate-resilient WASH services and/or UNICEF climate landscape for children assessment will be a strong asset.
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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.


Candidates are requested to submit an all inclusive financial proposal, indicating their daily fees as well.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Mon Oct 28 2019 08:00:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time) Middle East Standard Time

Closing Date Mon Nov 11 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)