Technical Assistance for Child Friendly Cities Initiative

Abu Dhabi


Duration: To complete the mission before December 31, 2016.


Off-site working days: As per your quote

Field Missions/Travel: requires a visit travel to UAE (7 days)

Estimated Start Date: 1 November 2016

Estimated end Date: 31 December 2016

Reporting to: Social Policy Specialist


UNICEF Gulf Area Office (GAO) supports the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its line ministries and authorities to advance the rights of children under the framework of the Gulf Area Programme Document (2014-2017). Through this framework, UNICEF GAO and the Sharjah Baby Friendly Office have agreed to collaborate to work towards Sharjah as a Child Friendly City (CFC) as per an internationally recognized criteria aimed at strengthening the welfare of children and their families.

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative was launched in 1996 to act on the resolution passed during the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) to make cities livable places for all; in UNICEF terms, aiming to put "children first". The UN Conference declared that the well-being of children is the ultimate indicator of a healthy habitat, a democratic society and of good governance. The CFC intiative is a platform to take forward the child rights agenda in both the developing world and the industrialized world. The CFC initiative, a movement gathering together a wide range of partners, advocates for governance approaches and participatory urban management promoting the realization of the rights of the youngest citizens (for example: European Network of CFC, the international secretariat for CFC).

UNICEF country offices are promoting the CFC approach in a variety of ways. For instance, some have established national accreditation systems through which cities and municipalities are designated “child friendly” if they meet pre-defined goals in accordance with core challenges faced by children in their national context as framed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In the UAE, there has been tremendous efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and adolescents. The Emirate of Sharjah has specifically ensured providing a well-fit environment for all children and adolescents as well as their families by implementing initiatives such as Sharjah Baby-Friendly City and Sharjah Healthy City and providing several children and adolescent centers. Sharjah is therefore well-equipped to implement the CFC initiative. However, there is a lack of practical and suitable tools that can be used by local government authorities and entities to develop and encourage building a CFC. Hence, Sharjah Baby Friendly Office has collaborated with UNICEF Gulf Area Office to implement the CFC initiative in Sharjah and ensure that all the tools and means needed are available and culturally suitable.

As part of the preparatory phase of the CFC, UNICEF team have conducted initial meetings and carried out field visits to selected authorities and institutions to gather information (in the areas of health, education, protection, and participation). In addition, the team carried out focus group discussions and conducted surveys to children and adolescents to get their insights and perceptions of their community. Then, an initial CFC checklist was developed and a set of indicators was collected from different authorities.

The consultant will review all these materials, assessments and verify the findings through field visits and meetings. Then, she/he will refine the checklists and indicators developed by UNICEF team. She/ he will work with Sharjah Baby Friendly Office and UNICEF Gulf Area Office to prioritize actions required for the accreditation process, and develop a plan of action for the implementation of the CFC initiative.


Under the general guidance of the Social Policy Specialist, the incumbent is responsible for reviewing and validating the results of a recently conducted assessment and to develop a Plan of Action that includes an indicator-based system for the local government to monitor and evaluate their progress towards CFC initiative.

The incumbent will work collaboratively with UNICEF Gulf Area Office team and Sharjah Child Friendly Office.


  • Review background and relevant documents, policies, reports etc. provided by the authorities;

  • Review assessment results of the focus group discussions and surveys done with children and adolescents, and the initial draft of CFC checklist;

  • Carry out field visits, meetings, interviews etc. to selected authorities;

  • Prepare a CFC checklist based on the documents received and results of the assessment study;

  • Connect the building blocks of the CFC initiative with the locally adapted checklist and actions/activities required to reach these criteria/targets;

  • Develop a Plan of Action for the implementation of the CFC initiative

  • Propose certification / evaluation process.


    All deliverables to be submitted in English:

  • Report of the desk review

  • Final CFC checklist

  • A Plan of Action with clear objectives, timeline, baselines, targets, indicators and evaluation process.

    Final mission report



    The successful consultant is expected to provide all the necessary expertise to complete the assignment. He/she should possess the following knowledge and expertise:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in International Development, Economics, Social Sciences, or other relevant field;

  • Proven experience working directly with Child Friendly Cites certification programmes and designing CFC checklist/tools is a must;

  • Excellent data analysis and research skills;

  • Excellent knowledge of English languages. Knowledge of Arabic Language is a plus;

  • Very good communication and presentation skills with government and community members;

  • Previous experience in the Middle East or Gulf countries is a plus.


Two payments after each main deliverable/phase:

  • 1st payment (30%): After submitting the report of the desk review - 2nd payment (70%): After submission of final mission report


Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/ email indicating interest on the consultancy titled “***Technical Assistance for Child Friendly Cities Initiative”***
  2. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees, and lump sum for travel/administrative/subsistence, if applicable.
  3. CV.
  4. P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at ).

The application should be transmitted via email to; and; by COB of 24 October 2016.

Email Subject: (***Technical Assistance for Child Friendly Cities Initiative***)

Late submissions, incomplete packets, will not be considered.

Successful applicants may be invited for further technical assessment. Only shortlisted will be contacted.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Abu Dhabi
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
    • Social studies
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-24

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