Nov 022017

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 18 Nov 2017

UNICEF Dominican Republic -Terms of Reference

International Consultant: “Development of Guidelines on child-friendly housing projects and recommendations for the public and private sector in the Dominican Republic”


Recognizing the need for explicit guidance about what it means for business to respect and support children’s rights, in March 2012 the UN Global Compact, Save the Children and UNICEF released the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP). Building on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the CRBP identify a comprehensive range of actions that companies should take to respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and the community. UNICEF has developed a range of tools to assist companies in these efforts by offering practical guidance on how to respect and support children’s rights. The tools provide information on ways to draft and implement appropriate policies, conduct impact assessments, integrate programmes and systems based on assessment findings, and monitor and report on children’s rights.

Back in 2012, the State of the World’s Children annual flagship report focused on urban children, highlighting their specific threats and needs. Considering this as a starting point, UNICEF has prioritized and evidenced the need for advocacy and to give support to child-responsive urban planning and infrastructure development, to assure urban settings are child friendly. While urban planning and affordable housing policy are a government-led responsibility, UNICEF has identified that the construction sector often develops social housing projects, which have the scale of a neighborhood and include medium and large-scale infrastructure. To this date, there is little guidance on how companies consider and address children’s needs in the planning, design, and development of housing projects in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Thus, UNICEF is interested in hiring international consultant services to develop guidelines on child-friendly housing projects in the Dominican Republic This work will provide important policy recommendations for private companies, as well as national and local government (municipalities) in the Dominican Republic.


To develop a set of strategic guidelines on child-friendly social housing based on best practices throughout Latin America, and taking into consideration the Dominican Republic context (including urban planning process, social housing policies and other relevant elements), The specific product of this assignment is a document with clear and concrete recommendations for the public and private sector on how to provide child-friendly social housing projects in the Dominican Republic, and specifically recommendations to improve the impact of the Pablo Mella condominium in children’s rights..

The results will also provide UNICEF the tools to engage governments and private developers in the Dominican Republic with a coherent framework to propose child-friendly social housing projects and neighborhoods.


The general objective is to develop clear guidelines on how to develop child-friendly housing projects in the Dominican Republic, which can be of relevant use to both the public and the private sector. Although recommendations are meant to be broad, there will be a practical case study on Condominium Pablo Mella (a condominium located at Km 18 of the Duarte highway in the city of Santo Domingo. This new community will have 9,000 apartments, but currently only 2,100 units have been turned in. The construction of several social services within this condominium is planned).


Carry out a desk review and identify best practices within Latin America on child-friendly housing projects developed by the public and/or private sectors.

  • Study how the urban planning process and relevant issues concerning the development of housing projects is developed in the Dominican Republic.
  • Identify and propose a set of guidelines (practices and benchmarks) to take into consideration by public institutions and private companies on how to develop child-friendly housing projects that adequately address the rights of children and guarantee their wellbeing.
  • Based on the proposed guidelines, identify the measures and specific recommendations for the pilot in Pablo Mella,
  • To build evidence based recommendations to ensure effectiveness and relevance of future UNICEF activities and guidance material for governments on social housing and neighborhood development in line with children’s rights, and for better engagements with the private real estate and construction sector.

    In coordination with UNICEF, the international consultant will have the overall responsibility for undertaking this assignment. Activities and results include the following but may not be limited to:


    Mains tasks

    Delivery dates

    Development of the proposal work plan with schedule, as well as the overall methodology of this assignment, detailing the specific method of collecting information, and the identification of key advisors and stakeholders from both public and private tool to collect observations in sites; and a description of components of the final report.

  • Draft a work plan with schedule.
  • Identify methodology for data collection.
  • Identify and map relevant stakeholders that could become strategic advisors in the country.
  • Draft final report components.
  • 1 weeks after contract signature.

    A short document summarizing best practices in child-friendly urban planning and social housing in Latin America and the Caribbean region, as well as in the Dominican Republic.

    Based in the previous document, a draft with the preliminary main guidelines and benchmarks

  • Analyze current practices from governments to design, and implement urban upgrading and social housing projects that may be relevant to better addressing children’s needs. These include, inter alia, considerations on demographic growth, urbanization, access to social services for early childhood, health, education, etc., child-friendly neighborhood planning with accessible streets and transportation, safe public and green spaces, the availability and proximity of supporting urban services, the sustainable management of resources (water, energy, food, waste) and an enabling environment of ICT and community space.
  • Undertake desk research to identify all common points between children’s rights and the construction sector in social housing projects (both direct and indirect impacts).
  • Identify good practices, and, based on them, develop main guidelines and benchmarks
  • 3 weeks after contract signature

    Data collection preparedness (stakeholder engagement, design specific surveys and focus group discussions for families living in the condominium of Pablo Mella).

  • Design the survey to be implemented within the community members and beneficiaries of the Pablo Mella social housing project, construction and real estate experts, and children (as appropriate).
  • With the support of the local consultant:
  • Engage representatives of the social housing project “Pablo Mella Residential in the Dominican Republic (and request all access required to undertake data gathering).
  • Coordinate all details with relevant local partners to conduct surveys and focus group discussions with stakeholders, including community members and beneficiaries of Pablo Mella condominium, construction and real estate experts, and children (as appropriate).
  • Organize interviews with stakeholder and meetings with various government institutions that oversee planning, social housing and other relevant fields, as well as construction sector representatives, civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders, such as the academia (as agreed with UNICEF and corporate partners).
  • One month after contract signature

    Field research monitored, supervised and finalized as well as key considerations for the guidelines identified

  • Conduct regular meetings with local consultant in charge of field research.
  • 2 month after contract signature.

    Preliminary report with the concrete recommendation for implementing in Pablo Mella

  • Write a draft report with results of the study in the condominium Pablo Mella and, taking into consideration the previous desk review and the local public institutions rules and procedures, define a set of sustainable initiatives to implement for improving children’s wellbeing.
  • 2,5 months after contract signature

    Draft report of guidelines for public and private sector on social housing to improve children rights.

  • Write a draft report that will include:
  • A set of standards and other requirements needed for the construction sector to follow.
  • Recommendations for national and local governments on needed policy and regulatory frameworks to ensure the planning, design, construction and management of social housing geared towards child-rights
  • Communicate the assessment findings to the selected stakeholders in the Dominican Republic review and refine the assessment findings based on their feedback.
  • 3 months after contract signature

    Two final reports

  • A final report with the prioritization of the recommended initiatives for Pablo Mella
  • A final report summarizing assignment findings, in accessible documents for construction companies and government authorities. This report must include an external publication version of up to 20 pages and an executive summary of up to 2 pages and a presentation material (PowerPoint presentation). A public presentation will be required as part of this final report
  • 3, 5 month after signing the contract

    The selected international consultant will work with a local consultant based in the Dominican Republic. The local consultant will be selected by UNICEF Dominican Republic jointly with the international consultant, from the best consultants previously chosen by a local selection process. The local consultant will support the international consultant on the organization of the local meetings and interviews with stakeholders, on the request of access required to undertake data gathering, on the implementation of the survey and data collection, providing valuable logistical, methodological and technical expertise. As such, it is expected that both the international and the local consultants will work together in close collaboration. The local consultant will be paid solely by UNICEF.


    The international consultant does not need to be based in Dominican Republic, but should expect travelling to Santo Domingo for having interviews with stakeholder and meetings with various central and local government institutions that oversee planning, social housing and other relevant fields, as well as construction sector representatives, civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders, such as the academia, and for monitoring data collection. The local consultant will be based in Dominican Republic


    Upon signing the contract, three months. *

    The deadline for the delivery of all final products to UNICEF is 28 February 2018.*.


    It is expected that these services will cost a maximum of US $35,000.00.

    The consultancy payments shall be made in the following way:

    5% following the approval of the work plan and design of the methodology to be used (1 week after contract signature).

    20% following the approval of desktop analysis on good practices, the preliminary guidelines and the design of the survey to be implemented in Pablo Mella condominium (1 month after contract signature).

    30% following the approval of the first draft of recommendations for Pablo Mella condominium (2 months after contract signature).

    40% after final approval of the two final reports (3 months after contract signature).


    Performance of the work will be evaluated based on the following indicators:

  • Completion of the tasks/activities established in the terms of reference.
  • Compliance with the established delivery deadlines.
  • Work quality (accuracy, understanding and demonstration of high work standards with UNICEF and the counterparts involved).
  • UNICEF reserves the right to cancel the contract and/or withhold all or a portion of the payment if the policies and regulations on confidentiality, ethics and processes of UNICEF and its counterparts are not obeyed, the performance is unsatisfactory or the work / deliverables they are incomplete, they are not delivered or delivered after the established deadlines.


    The consultant will report to the UNICEF Dominican Republic Country Office.


    The Contractor must respect the impartiality and independence of UNICEF and the United Nations and in connection with this contract must neither seek nor accept instructions from anyone other than UNICEF. During the term of this contract the Contractor must refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNICEF or the United Nations and must not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICEF. The Contractor must exercise the utmost discretion in all matters relating to this contract.


    Academic Background:

    Candidate should hold an advanced degree in architecture, engineering, sustainable housing or urban planning, or related field.


  • 8-10 years of practical experience in urban planning (including government and/or international organization work) advising planning, integrated urban upgrading and housing projects, and influencing related policies.
  • Direct experience in the design and implementation of child-friendly projects within the urban and/or housing sectors will be a plus.
  • Applicant must have a proven record of excellent writing and analytical skills, and be fluent in Spanish. Fluency in English will be a plus.
  • Competencies

    Competencies required are listed below: More information can be found on this link UNICEF Competencies.

    • Communication, Level 3 • Working with People, Level 3 • Drive for Results, Level 3 • Analyzing, Level 3 • Deciding and Initiating Action, Level 3 • Persuading and Influencing, Level2




    Professional qualifications (education, experience, competencies)


    Technical proposal


    Financial proposal (will only be considered for applicants that pass the professional and technical evaluation.)


    Total Score



    Qualified candidates should apply through the UNICEF employment portal:

    To apply please submit:

  • Duly completed online application form through the portal (equivalent to the P-11 form)*
  • Cover letter indicating how you meet the requirements
  • Updated CV
  • Technical proposal
  • Financial proposal
  • Three relevant professional references
  • Content of the Technical Proposal

    The technical proposal should address all aspects of the above terms of reference. As a minimum, the technical proposal should include the following:

  • Proposed methodology and approach, including work plan, implementation strategies, monitoring and evaluation and quality control mechanism. The proposal should address all aspects and criteria. UNICEF welcomes new ideas and innovative approaches.
  • Samples of previous work.
  • Please make sure to provide sufficient information/substantiating documentation to address all technical evaluation criteria.

    Deadline to apply:Friday November 17th 2017, 11:59 PM (Dominican Republic)

    *Applications submitted without completing all the required fields, including employment history, academic background, and references related to this consultancy will not be considered.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our Organization.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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