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Consultancy position: Construction Consultant (Child Protection Services)

Vacancy#: UNICEF/MLW/2014/015

1. Background

With one in six children in Malawi vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, and at risk to and from HIV and AIDS, the child protection situation for many Malawian children is dire.1 In response, the Government of Malawi has made significant investments over the past five years in improving the protection of children. In doing so, it has laid the foundations on which a National Child Protection System can be created. It is for these reasons that the overall goal of the Child Protection component of the UNICEF Country Programme (2012-2016) is to support national efforts to progressively realise children and women’s rights to protection within the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Millennium Declaration. The Child Protection programme will focus its technical and financial resources on assisting the government to draw together its various responses to child protection and orphans and vulnerable children into an operational National Child Protection System.

Investments in infrastructure are a key component of operationalizing the National Child Protection System. As a result, over the past five years the capacity of the child protection sector has been improved through investments in infrastructure through construction/rehabilitation of:

  1. 2 One Stop Centres (Lilongwe and Mponela) 
  2. 6 hospital structures for One Stop Centre operations 
  3. 10 Police Victim Support Units 
  4. Lilongwe Child Justice Court 
  5. 21 Child Magistrate Courts 
  6. 90 Community Victim Support Units 
  7. 50 houses for child headed households 
  8. Construction of 200 CBCCs 

UNICEF is seeking to contract a highly experienced construction consultant to provide all necessary technical and professional works, skills and advices required to assist UNICEF in launching, evaluating and awarding the construction contracts at the pre-contracts stage, and to manage, administer, supervise, monitor, coordinate and incorporate all on-site construction and commissioning works and activities of all child protection project components to assure having a complete, functional, operational and environmentally sound project at end stage

2. Scope of work

  1. Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date construction related information required for effective child protection service points with a focus on project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, including cost analysis.
  2. Enhance project implementation efficiency through facilitation of strategic procurement of construction related services and works.  Assist UNICEF authorized staff with contract administration, frequent site supervision, inspection and quality assurance 
  3. Analyse collected data and information and prepare a regularly updated construction project time/work plan and weekly progress report.
  4. Assist UNICEF officers to prepare tender (RFP and ITB) documents and contract documentation for consultancy services and contractors, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action.
  5. Provide necessary technical and professional advice and inputs to effectively manage, coordinate and incorporate on-site construction, installation and commissioning works of the infrastructural works
  6. Ensure the effective communication and networking developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration.
  • Collaborate with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or contract management.
  • Team with local Government counterparts and other development partners to exchange information, provide inputs and technical advice on Government’s education infrastructure programme implementation and progress as well as identification of training needs for capacity development and programme sustainability.

3. Education and work experience 

  1. Advanced University degree in Civil Engineering or Architecture (certificate in construction project management is an advantage)
  2. 5 years of responsible experience in construction project management, contract administration, performance monitoring and evaluation especially at local and regional level. 
  3. Communication and analytical skills.  
  4. Good knowledge of computer management and applications.  
  5. Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment. 

4. Duration 

11 Months  

5. Method of application

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV and Personal History Form (P-11 form) and attach copies of their certificates. Please indicate your daily/monthly rate to undertake the terms of reference above. 

Applications should be sent on or before 02 May 2014 to the following address: hrmalawi@unicef.org 


  • UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.
  • Applications sent through the post office or hand delivered is not accepted.




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