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National Consultancy - Public Finance for Children (PF4C) Junior Expert (Social Policy Individual Contractor) "Open to Malawian Nationals Only"

UNICEF

Malawi
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National Consultancy - Public Finance for Children (PF4C) Junior Expert (Social Policy Individual Contractor) (Open to Malawian Nationals Only)

Job no: 540301
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Malawi
Categories: Social and Economic Policy

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.

For every child, public participation!

BACKGROUND
UNICEF is the leading United Nations (UN) agency supporting the Government of Malawi (GoM) to ensure all children in Malawi have equitable access to quality and affordable services in order to survive, learn, develop and live in a supportive and protective environment. Ever since its ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1991, the GoM has made progress to improve the wellbeing of children in various areas including child health, nutrition, and primary education. Despite this progress, both monetary and multidimensional child poverty remains high. In 2018, UNICEF estimated that 60.5 percent of children in Malawi are deprived of two or more essential services such as education, health, and shelter for them to enjoy their rights.

Inadequate, and sometimes ineffective, and inequitable public spending on sectors and programs supporting children is one of the reasons for multiple and overlapping deprivations amongst children in Malawi. This realization has prompted UNICEF to bolster its work on public finance for children (PF4C). In particular, UNICEF has plans to consolidate its evidence building and analysis of trends, challenges, and opportunities for increasing and improving the quality of public spending on social sectors.

JUSTIFICATION
The key question of concern to UNICEF is the extent to which public budgets and related fiscal policies are responsive to children’s issues and whether public resources are used for intended purposes. Already, UNICEF periodically undertakes budget analysis work to measure how much the government is spending on social sector areas, affecting the well-being of children. But, this is only one side of the story. More analysis also needs to be done to better understand factors influencing allocations and spending patterns and to assess how well allocated resources get spent. With very limited fiscal space to increase social sector spending, the focus should be on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of expenditures.

UNICEF’s PF4C Workplan expanded both in terms of budgets, which has grown over tenfold between 2019 and 2021, and of activities. New lines of work have opened since 2019, particularly in the areas of Fiscal Decentralization and support to strengthening PFM systems in line ministries, increasing the scope of work of UNICEF as well as the number of partners and contracts. This has increased the volume of analytics required, as well as the administrative and reporting requirements connected to the additional grants and relative projects.

Given the foregoing, UNICEF intends to hire a junior national Individual Contractor to assist with the analysis of socio-economic policies and government budgets, from a child rights perspective and support the team in the implementation of the PF4C workplan. The main focus of the analyses will be on the efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditures in social sector areas, notably health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), social protection, child immunization, nutrition, and child protection to ensure better use of available public resources. The analysis will shape UNICEF’s advocacy and capacity-building actions targeting different arms and levels of government in Malawi. These include the Parliament, social sector Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as Local Government Authorities (LGAs).

How can you make a difference?

The assignment entails the following:

Collection and analysis of budget allocation and expenditure data
Periodically collect budget and expenditure data on social sector areas such as health, education, social protection, WASH, child immunization and nutrition, and child protection, at both national and sub-national levels.
Systematically organize and present data in excel format, including through the use of visuals and maintain UNICEF’s budget trackers updated.
Analysis of public spending patterns and bottlenecks.
Contribute to the production of budget and thematic briefs and follow-up advocacy based on the above analysis.

PF4C macroeconomic scanning (periodic analysis of macro-economic trends)
Periodically analyze macro-economic indicators to inform UNICEF’s work on PF4C.
Keep track of, and analyze the government’s socio-economic policies, strategies, and programs with a bearing on PF4C to inform programming and advocacy by UNICEF and its partners.
Analyze and interpret regional and international commitments which relate to public spending and service delivery to children in Malawi.
Analyze national (political, economic, and socio-cultural) developments which may impact public spending and service delivery to children in Malawi.

Support PF4C related research
Support UNICEF with data collection and analysis for PF4C related researches such as investment cases, budget absorption capacity studies, and fiscal space analysis.
Undertake secondary analysis of key reports and major national surveys to establish links with public spending patterns and provide on-demand support to PF4C work.
However, a detailed work plan and delivery schedule will be discussed and agreed upon before the specific project/activity commences to outline clear expectations.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced University Degree in economics, business studies, development studies, public administration, and any other related social sciences.

A minimum of 1 year of internship/part-time work with the Government or any public institution, in the area of macroeconomics analysis, public finance management, or related fields.

An experience in research or teaching at an academic level is an advantage.

Knowledge of public finance is mandatory

Good analytical skills especially applied to economics and public finance

Advanced quantitative analysis and capacity to synthesize huge data sets and information in a clear and user-friendly manner, using EXCEL.

Knowledge of the Malawian budget cycle, key budget documents, and key actors is required

Being conversant with the Office Package, particularly Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Excellent written and spoken English.

For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

For further information regarding the consultancy assignment, refer to the attached Terms of Reference (ToR)


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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Deadline: 21 May 2021 South Africa Standard Time
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