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There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens will not only give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but will also lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Particularly in middle-income countries, one key objective of UNICEF’s work is to support Governments to effectively implement social and budget policies in a way that reduces child poverty and deprivation and provides services of sufficient coverage and quality to address the development needs of child, adolescent, and youth populations. This work requires an in-depth understanding of the political economy, the fiscal situation, the investments needed, and the budget allocation and expenditures in key sectors that matter for children.
The role of public finance in securing the well-being of children is more important than ever in the context of COVID-19. The crisis and associated lockdowns have led to substantial declines in the economic well-being of individuals and countries across the globe. Government spending on stimulus packages has provided a critical safeguard in the first year of the crisis. However, lessons from past crises point to a growing threat of austerity measures in the months and years to come, with the potential for devastating and irreversible impacts on children and their families. UNICEF views partnerships with national and local governments, development partners, and private sector actors on an expanded public finance agenda as an essential step to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on critical spending for children and promote an equitable and sustainable recovery.
Public Financing for Children (PF4C) describes UNICEF’s efforts to influence the transparency, quality and size of public investments in children. By undertaking this work, UNICEF is better able to address equity gaps in public funding, which routinely disadvantage the poorest and most marginalised children. Key goals of PF4C include influencing government decisions about spending on children and social services versus other areas, reducing investment disparities among different geographic areas and population groups, and applying value-for-money approaches so that children benefit optimally from funds intended to enhance their well-being, among others. As a programme stream, PF4C brings together sector-based and cross-cutting initiatives to influence budgetary frameworks (how the budget is put together) and public financial management (PFM) processes (how funds are transformed into public goods and services) for the benefit of children. Given the high degree of decentralization in many ECAR countries, PF4C work in the region inherently incorporates a local governance lens.
How can you make a difference?
We are seeking two consultants to undertake this work. Building on existing learning materials and approaches that UNICEF will make available, including a version of this course developed for implementation in the Western Balkans, the objective of this assignment is to develop/refine and deliver an Orientation Course on PF4C for the programme staff from five UNICEF Central Asia country offices (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) to enhance understanding, knowledge, and expertise on public financial management issues as they relate to investments in children. This includes helping teams to:
Under the supervision of ECARO Social Policy section, the consultants’ key responsibilities are to:
Note on existing materials:
Materials from the Western Balkans course are structured around:
The Global Course contains modules on:
The consultant(s) will not be expected to focus on all of the aspects outlined above during the training. The specific content and focus for the Central Asia course will be determined based on discussions with the social policy leads (Task 2) and review of participants’ experience and expectations (Task 3).
Conditions of contract:
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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.
Interested candidates are invited to submit:
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
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.