National Gender and Innovations Consultant


UNICEF works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we do whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines, we support child…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 2 + Years
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    Job Category UN | United Nations
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Aug 19, 2022

Job Description

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, empowerment

UNICEF is committed to promoting gender equality – across all sectors. UNICEF made several ambitious commitments in 2021. By adopting Its most progressive and forward-looking strategic plan, Gender Policy and  Gender Action Plan 2022-2025, UNICEF demonstrates the organization’s strengthened commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as its core mandate. These plans recognize that to achieve success, gender equality must be integrated into all UNICEF programmatic work, even as the agency undertakes new, targeted, and transformative action for adolescent girls.

Furthermore, GAP III identifies four key areas to enhance adolescent girls’ leadership and well-being and these are: promote adolescent girl’s nutrition, pregnancy care, and prevention of HIV/AIDS and Human Papillomavirus; advance girl education learning and skills including science, technology, engineering mathematics, and digital skills; eliminate child marriages and early unions; promote accessible and dignified menstrual health and hygiene services, including tacking taboos about menstruation.

Despite considerable progress, critical gender inequalities continue to exist in South Asia which get manifested across the life cycle of adolescent girls. The proportion of girls not in education, training, or employment (NEET) is higher than boys where 50% of girls aged 15-24 years are NEET, five times higher than boys. There remain gender disparities in access to digital technologies, and a key barrier to girls ‘digital inclusion is lesser access to devices, data, and networks.[2] Girls choose very different fields of study in higher secondary, often because girls’ higher secondary schools do not offer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Low female participation in skill development remains a problem in most of South Asia. The South Asian average of vulnerable jobs is 73 percent of all jobs; the percent share is higher for females; 4 out of 5 jobs for females are vulnerable jobs. Girls are disadvantaged when it comes to digital adoption, have lower levels of access to and use of digital technology than boys, and often they are not benefitting from digital technology in the same way as boys. Despite best intentions, teams often design for a user base that is predominantly male. Girls are left out of co-creation, design, and product testing.  As a result, female users often are not able to access these digital products and services or see no reason to use them, which means that girls engage less with digital solutions. This in turn widens the gender digital divide and puts girls at a further disadvantage. Therefore,  UNICEF ROSA has identified the adolescent girl as a key area to accelerate results and bridge the gender digital divide.

How can you make a difference?

Gender and Innovation

  • Map the country office girl-led innovations that are active in the region.
  • Develop an investment case on Adolescent Girls innovation ensuring its locally relevant and investing in interventions that are scalable.
  • Map and plan CSR activities of Multi-National Multi-National organizations (MNO’s) and scale up girl-led innovations in the CO’s
  • Support ROSA COs to increase understanding of the relationship between gender and innovation and share these lessons with COs, innovators, and policy makers within the Region and beyond.

Knowledge Management

  • Support gender team to develop quarterly gender briefs.
  • Support the Gender section to develop gender annual reporting.
  • Support the gender team in developing gender-related advocacy briefs in consultation with the communication team.

Meetings and webinars

  • Support the team in organizing International Day events related to Gender (IWD, IDG, 16 days of Activism).
  • Act as a secretariat to the  SAR Gender Network group monthly meetings.

Required Qualification & Experience

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) in the social sciences, gender, women’s studies, international development, or in an area relevant to UNICEF’s sectoral work (e.g. Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection, Social Inclusion, HIV/AIDs, etc.).
  • At least 2 years of experience in Gender and innovation.
  • Experience in designing knowledge products, and innovations, and providing support to delivering results-based programmes/projects on gender and development.
  • Good knowledge of the gender and social context of the South Asia Region is required.
  • Experience in working with UNICEF, UN agencies, and other partners is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 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 a reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterward 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.

How to Apply


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Only Nepal citizens should apply.

Consultants and Individual contractors are responsible for paying any taxes derived from the earnings received from UNICEF.

Application to include an all-inclusive financial proposal that will detail daily/monthly rate (in Nepali Rupees) to undertake the terms of reference.

Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

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.

Download File ToR_Gender Innovations officer .pdf