Consultancy – Private Sector Engagement Consultancy

Consultancy – Private Sector Engagement Consultancy (Child Rights and Business focused)
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Background and Justification

With support from ESARO SACO is looking at non-financial private sector engagement, such as workplace policies and Children Rights & Principles, and how SACO can address this engagement with existing corporate partners and prospects. ESARO has allocated funds to support SACO to hire a consultant to explore this area.

Under the direct supervision of the Partnerships Manager, in collaboration with focal points at ESARO and PFP as needed, the consultant will be responsible for supporting the activities and engagements outlined in the scope of work below.

Activities include the assessment of the uptake for the UN Guiding Principles for business and human rights in select South African based companies; and update SACO’s mapping of the South African corporate sector to identify and prioritize the engagement from a non-financial engagement perspective. This engagement includes, advocacy, child rights and business, resource leveraging and in-kind support. **

How can you make a difference?

Scope of Work

  1. Goal and Objective:** Under the supervision of the Partnership Manager the consultant will provide SACO with an insight on the non-financial partnership potential with corporates in South Africa
  2. Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: Commitments and resources from the private sector are mobilized and leveraged for child rights programming and advocacy.
  3. Activities and Tasks:
  4. Review the results of the global UNICEF research on Family Friendly policies for South Africa
  5. Update existing private sector country mapping from a non-financial perspective and advise on schemes of engagement at country level to advance children’s rights with specific sensitive industries in South Africa and potentially other BNLES countries (e.g. Mining Sector)
  6. Follow up by call or meeting with the 10 companies that participated in the global UNICEF survey and identify the best way to further engage with them around Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

Other duties. Other duties as required including assisting in the documentation of good practices or support in the organization of relevant private sector events

  1. Work relationships: The Consultant will be working closely with the Partnership Manger and will be liaising with SACO’s corporate partners and prospect by phone and face to face meetings.
  2. Outputs/Deliverables: **



(Estimated # of days or months)

Schedule of payment (calendar days)


Consultant activity plan

3 days

Day 5


Update the existing mapping of the corporate sector in SA from a non-financial perspective and identify corporates interested in promoting responsible business practices in SA and where we introduce the CRBPs.

25 days

Day 50


Report on Family friendly workplace policies for South Africa based on the global research and dialogues with the 10 corporates that participated in the survey. This also includes the documentation of good practices

15 days

Day 75


Organize and report on an UNICEF event on Family friendly policies and CRBPs

10 Days

Day 100


  1. Required Travel:

Most communication with the corporates will be by email and phone calls.

Sr. No.



# of days at Location

Visit corporate partners and prospects


1 or 2

Visit corporate partners and prospects


1 or 2

Visit corporate partners and prospects

Cape Town

1 or 2

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

Desired competencies, technical background and experience **

  1. Advanced degree in one of the following fields: business administration, corporate social responsibility, sustainability or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  2. Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience working on corporate social responsibility, sustainability or corporate governance; preferably with some at the international level and within developing country contexts.
  3. Work experience in South Africa is desirable and/or good knowledge of African social issues, or willing to learn about these issues.
  4. Solid understanding of Human Rights, with a strong preference for experience in Child Rights and Business, Corporate Social Responsibility or Corporate Social Investments.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  6. Ability to work independently in a multi-cultural environment.

Administrative issues

The consultant will be based in South Africa and should be available for traveling inside the country.

The consultant is expected to travel 3 times to either Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to meet with corporates jointly with Partnership Manager.

Consultants moving in to South Africa to take the position should include the airfare under travel expenses.

Conditions **

As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts. The Consultant may not publish or disseminate reports, data collection tools, collected data or any other documents produced from this Consultancy without the permission of and acknowledgement of UNICEF.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are….

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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.

How to Apply

The applicant should quote:

  1. An all-inclusive payment compromised of consultancy fee and living expenses and,
  2. travel expenses (quoted separately) based on air travel mentioned in the section: “Administrative issues”

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: by 28 August 2019.

This notice will also appear on,, UN Job List, UN Jobs.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in ZAR) to undertake the terms of reference above (including admin cost if applicable).

Applications submitted without a fee rate will not be considered.

We invite you to watch a short video on the system on how to apply:

If you have not been contacted within 1.5 month of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates. **

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from South African nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization

“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.” **