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Research Consultant: Publication on Children Affected by Armed Conflict: UNICEF Actions
24 August 2012

The issue of children affected by armed conflict received international attention when Graca Machel
submitted her report on the issue to the General Assembly and the Security Council in 1996. That
report addressed the wide range of impacts armed conflict has on children. Through a number of
research projects and publications, UNICEF at that time sought to further develop its own evidence
base on prevention and response for conflict-affected children as well as raise awareness on the roles
UNICEF has played in delivering these programmes. One of these publications was Children Affected
by Armed Conflict: UNICEF Actions (May 2002), which provided information on the wide range of
policy, programme response, advocacy, and prevention approaches that UNICEF took to support
conflict-affected children.

Much has changed over the past ten years since that publication was printed. Normative and
programmatic advancements and innovations have also been made along many fronts. The Children
and Armed Conflict agenda of the Security Council has continued to strengthen, especially following
the creation of the UN Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on Grave Child Rights Violations in
Situations of Armed Conflict (MRM) and the Security Council Working Group on CAAC which takes
action on the reports the MRM produces. The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated
with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, a significant normative piece of guidance, now has over 100
signatories. New thinking across the humanitarian sectors has led to the enhancement of programmes
in urban environments, new methods for prevention of recruitment and release and reintegration of
children, protection of schools from attack, and efforts to trace the families of separated and
unaccompanied minors.

UNICEF, therefore, feels that it would be timely to produce a new edition of the publication Children
Affected by Armed Conflict: UNICEF Actions that would serve to document the important
developments of the last decade and update readers on the UNICEF innovations to address the rights
and needs of conflict-affected children.


1. Through document review and interviews, update UNICEF publication Children Affected by Armed
Conflict: UNICEF Actions based on the developments and innovations from the past decade of
UNICEF multi-sector work on CAAC. Some issue areas will require significant revision. Two drafts
for review plus final electronic version of the document will be delivered by the consultant. The first
edition of the document was around 140 pages.

PROJECT DURATION: 3 Months (15 September – 15 December 2012)

LOCATION: Home based with one trip to UNICEF HQ


•    Graduate degree in political science, international studies, humanitarian affairs, or other
     related subject
•    Minimum five years relevant experience, preferably in a conflict-affected country
•    Excellent English language written and oral communication skills
•    Ability to work independently and achieve quality results on time with limited supervision
•    Fluency in both written and spoken English
•    Knowledge of the work of UNICEF in conflict-affected countries is a distinct benefit.

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