UNICEF are set to appoint a member of staff whose job will be to plan and deliver projects to integrate human and child rights “due diligence” into all aspects of future editions of the Commonwealth Games.
The "Childrens Rights and Sports Specialist" position, which has an expected salary of around £42,000 ($55,000/€49,000) per year, comes as a result of the continued partnership between the children’s charity and the Commonwealth Games Federation.
The position will be based with UNICEF and not the CGF.
The recruitment process begins on Monday (September 26), and the successful candidate will be expected to incorporate children’s rights into the “plan, bid, delivery and legacy life-cycle” of the Commonwealth Games.
This includes both Gold Coast 2018 and Durban 2022, which is still yet to establish an Organising Committee over a year since it was awarded the event, as well as the next two editions of the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas next year and in Northern Ireland in 2021.
According to UNICEF, the learning gained for the role will then be used as guidance for all future Commonwealth Games, with the potential to expand this to other large-scale sporting events, such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.
The move, described as “groundbreaking” by UNICEF, comes after representatives from various CGF events met with experts in London to discuss ensuring that human rights are essential in the bid processes and delivery of major sports competitions in March.
There, it was decided Bahamas 2017, Gold Coast 2018, Belfast 2021 and Durban 2022 contribute to the development of principles and strategies to safeguard human rights, with a key focus on children.
UNICEF also had a presence at the meeting.
The meeting earlier this year follows the Human Rights Approach, which was convened and implemented ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, considered one of the best-ever editions of the CGF’s quadrennial flagship sporting event.