Call for Social Policy Consultants Roster (Roster for 12 months with possibility of extension)

  • Added Date: Monday, 24 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 08 March 2020

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged girls and boys.To save their lives. To defend their rights. To ensure their equality. To help them fulfil 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.

For every child,

UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office works to ensure the rights of all children in Thailand. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security; development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition; protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

How can you make a difference?

The Social Policy and Economic Analysis Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking applications to a roster for individual consultants to support Social Policy and Economic Analysis work at Regional or Country Offices level in one or more of the following 4 areas of work.

Work Assignment:

The consultant will perform tasks in one or more of the following areas of Social Policy work:

Public Finance for Children (PF4C); Social Protection, including shock responsive social protection; Decentralization, Local Governance (DeLog), Urbanization and CFCI; Child Poverty Measurement and Research.

The consultant may also work on other Social Policy and Economic Analysis related areas, according to specific job requirements.

The consultant can deliver in one or more of the five group of tasks as highlighted below:

Provides technical support to UNICEF Offices, development partners and national governments in the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions; Provides technical advice on Monitoring and Evaluation on one or several of the 4 social policy areas at country or regional level; Provides technical input on the development of policy advocacy documents and research, documenting, analyzing and reporting on one or several of the social policy areas at country or regional level; Provides support in capacity building and training on one or several of the social policy areas at country or regional level; Provides support to foster/develop regional network and partnerships with development partners, academic institutions and best practices involved in any of the social policy areas at country or regional level.

Each assignment will identify the specific deliverables, objectives, targets and timing required. Before the issuance of each new contract, the selected candidate will submit a detailed workplan and tangible and measurable outputs of the work assignment, as well as specific activities to be achieved; specific delivery dates, number of days and details as to how the work must be delivered (e.g. electronic submission, hard copy), subdivided into “milestones” where appropriate; indicators for evaluation of outputs (including timeliness, achievement of goals, and quality of work).

Work Schedule:

To maintain some levels of flexibility to adjust the Section work plan in response to any rapidly changing situation or shifted priority, the professional payment will be made based upon a submission of periodic progress report and designated deliverables in relation to and/or beyond the above-mentioned assignments.

Products and Deliverables:

Products and deliverables will be specifically defined for each assignment and may include, amongst others:

An Inception Report to be presented to the supervisor subsequent to the commencement of the consultancy. The Inception Report should demonstrate approach, methodology and work plan for the assignment. Progress Report showing the progress made in the achievement of the consultancy work plan agreed upon as well as the challenges faced to be submitted as per the agreed timeline. A Final Report on all activities undertaken during the consultancy period and recommendations in respect of future and continuing activities necessary in order that the implementation of the social protection and child poverty initiatives continues smoothly.

The final report of each consultancy will be shared with the regional office. All raw data generated / used for this assignment should be submitted to the hiring manager upon submission of final report/ deliverables.

Estimated Duration of Contract: Consultancy arrangements may range from 6 weeks to 11.5 months, depending on demand, assignment specifications and funding availability.

Official Travel: Consultants should be available to work onsite at UNICEF’s Regional Office in Bangkok, or UNICEF Country Offices or remotely as assigned by the Regional Adviser for Social Policy and Economic Analysis, contract’s supervisor, and hiring office. The work may include incidental travel to carry out field work and participation in workshops or conferences; such travel will be governed by UNICEF travel policies for consultants.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Candidates should have experience in fields relevant to Social Policy and Economic Analysis, expertise in quantitative or qualitative research methods, excellent data analysis using relevant statistical and qualitative analysis software and writing skills, be flexible and responsive, results-driven and able to work within a dynamic team.

Master’s degree or PhD in developmental studies, gender studies, public health, nutrition, economics, public policy, social sciences, education, demography, statistics, or related field. At least three years of relevant international work experience in university, research organization, consulting firm, or related. Excellent analytical skills, including ability to carry out statistical analyses autonomously; or qualitative data analytical skills. Applicants must clearly specify in the application if they have quantitative or qualitative skills (or both when applicable). Substantive knowledge in one or more of the areas listed above:

Public Finance for Children (PF4C); Social Protection, including shock responsive social protection; Decentralization, Local Governance (DeLog), Urbanization and CFCI; Child Poverty Measurement and Research.

Applicants must clearly specify in the application which software or package they excel at. Ability to organize own work and to carry out a research project with limited supervision according to deadlines. Ability to speak and write fluently in English. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization. Commitment to UNICEF principles and mandate. Experience with field work and data collection, including with vulnerable groups is desirable.

Application process: Interested applicants are requested to submit Application Package and Expression of Interest by 8 March 2020 detailing:

Qualification and technical capacity (CV/P-11)FORM P11.doc A cover letter (max. 1 page) Full contact information of minimum 2 references Areas of expertise Availability Proposed daily professional fee in USD

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.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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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.

This vacancy is archived.

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