Consultancy to Improve and Enhance Access to Electronic Journals and Research Databases
27th Aug 2019
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Tenders are invited for Consultancy to Improve and Enhance Access to Electronic Journals and Research Databases
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, Research
How can you make a difference?
The UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti based in Florence is the dedicated research office of UNICEF. It undertakes and commissions research on emerging or current issues of relevance for children in order to inform the strategic directions, policies and programs of UNICEF and its partners. The office explores emerging issues, identifies research gaps, and brings together existing researchers to support or undertake new research, data collection and analysis to address critical questions.
Purpose for the job:
UNICEF`s Office of Research-Innocenti (Innocenti) and the Learning and Knowledge Exchange team based in New York are seeking a Consultant to help us explore options to improve and enhance access to electronic journals and research databases in order to better meet the needs of Innocenti researchers and UNICEF staff members more broadly. This includes access to journal aggregation services, potential access to existing UN schemes and to accessible services via the UN Digital Library, research repositories for UNICEF`s core areas of work and existing services procured through the UN Consortium.
In addition, UNICEF Innocenti has a longstanding partnership with the Istituto degli Innocenti (IDI) including provision of core support to the IDI Library. As part of this consultancy, the consultant will explore options for further developing this partnership so that it better meets the needs of UNICEF Innocenti`s resident and visiting researchers.
PhD/doctorate or equivalent (in terms of qualifications or experience) in information management, digital librarianship, knowledge management or another technical field relevant to this collaboration
At least 10 years of professional experience in mixed methods social research and research communication
Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with modern digital library systems including electronic academic journals, research databases, journal aggregation services and the open access movement
A demonstrated understanding of the academic publishing system, ideally with existing professional working relationships with academic publishers, journal aggregation services and publication access databases/services
Demonstrated knowledge of practical issues of relevance to journal access in the Global South including bandwidth restrictions etc
Experience in conducting social science/international development research and knowledge of leading journals in these sectors
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex issues to a lay audience
Excellent English oral and writing skills.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity please click ToR Journal Access Consultancy.pdf
Interested candidates should submit their application by no later than 26st August 2019 including an all-inclusive daily fee rate and separate all-inclusive travel costs estimate.
The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF`s General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contracts. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
The Consultant is free to work from a location of their choice so long as all deliverables are delivered on time. A minimum three (working) day inception workshop visit and a two-week research visit to the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti based in Florence Italy and one two-week visit should be included and costed in this contract.
UNICEF will issue a consultant contract in USD. The payment will be made in USD by bank transfer and in instalments upon deliverables as per contractual agreement.
UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the contract without a prior notice and/or withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if the rules and the regulations regarding confidentiality, ethics and procedures of UNICEF and the project partners are not followed, if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
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.
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.
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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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=525609