Consultancy: Economist – UN Children’s Fund – Nairobi

Social Policy & Research, ESARO

 Closing date: 16 Feb 2018

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

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.

How can you make a difference?

Title of Assignment

Economist Consultant

Section

Social Policy & Research

AWP Activity

2.7 (Strengthen the capacity of country programmes to more effectively engage on PF4C, including through technical assistance, training and partnerships)

Location

Remote

Duration

100 working days over a period of 9 months

Start date

From: March 15, 2018

To: December 14, 2018

Under the guidance and oversight of the Social Policy Specialist (Public Finance), the main objectives of this assignment are to:

Produce education, health, social protection and national briefs for Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (12 briefs in total); in terms of responsibilities, the consultant will analyse budget data, develop draft briefs according to the existing budget brief guidelines (to the extent possible), incorporate feedback and review the draft impact strategies, while COs will collect and share budget data for fiscal year 2018/19, review the content of drafts, shape and prioritize key messages, approve final drafts, arrange for the briefs to be designed and develop impact strategies.
Provide feedback on draft budget briefs and impact strategies produced by other COs; this will involve assessing the quantity and quality of the content against a checklist (see below) and providing both general and specific suggestions for improvement.
Develop a budget brief quality review checklist; building on the existing budget brief guidelines, this will summarize the key contents and structural features that should be in place in each brief and serve as a tool to facilitate effective review processes.
The main deliverables are summarized below.

Key deliverables

Duration

Timeline/

Deadline

Schedule of payment

5 budget brief quality review checklists (one for education, health, social protection, WASH and national briefs) – the standard template should be no more 2-3 pages with minor customizations for the different sector briefs
5 days

March 31

12 budget briefs (education, health, social protection and national briefs for Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland)
60 days

(5 days per brief)

July 31

33% (after 1-6 finalized)

33% (after 7-12 finalized)

Review 45 budget briefs (on a demand driven basis)
45 days

(1 per day)

December 14

33%

Total

100 days

100%

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

Advanced university degree in economics, public financial management or related area;
Minimum of 10 years of working on public finance issues and at least 5 years on expenditure analysis;
Knowledge of UNICEF programme areas;
Must be reliable and able to work with little supervision;
Advanced data analysis skills, including advanced Excel;
Excellent drafting skills;
Excellent spoken and written English.
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.

All applications must include afinancial proposal to carry out the functions outlined above. The rate should be an all-inclusive fee reflecting travel, living expense,ect.

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=510635

 

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