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National Consultant to support UNICEF Pacific's work on Public Finance and Social Protection

Suva (Fiji )

UNICEF Pacific multi-country office has identified the need to strengthen its support to Pacific Governments in the area of public finance and social protection during the development of its new country programme to cover the period 2018 to 2022. The Office is seeking an individual national consultant to support the surge in workload in preparation of the start of the new country programme.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

Under the supervision of the Social Policy Specialist, the purpose of this Consultancy is to support the work focused on improving the use of public financial resources and strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children. This will include analysis and related advocacy on social spending and social protection.

Assignment Tasks

Under the overall supervision of the Social Policy Specialist, the Consultant will be responsible for the following results:

  1. Data-driven analysis is conducted for sound and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women in Pacific to provide the base-lines for result-based decisions on necessary interventions and evaluations.
  2. Undertake budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children.  Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
  3. Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
  4. Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection and HIV.  

    Specifically, the consultant is expected to contribute to the following:




Month 1

· Review budgets cycles for Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu and identify budget advocacy opportunities

· Design budget  briefs

· Contribute to the finalisation of the social protection inventory report

·       Budget brief template in place

·       Budget advocacy entry points identified

Month 2

· Support preparatory works for Public Expenditure Tracking survey in Vanuatu

·       Public Expenditure Tracking Survey for  Vanuatu launched

Month 3

· Conduct baseline budget analysis for Fiji and Solomon Islands 

· Review budget expenditure lines against outcomes for children in health, education and social protection

· Ongoing support Public Expenditure Tracking survey in Vanuatu

·       Draft budget briefs for  two countries in place

Month 4

· Conduct baseline budget analysis for Kiribati and Vanuatu 

· Review budget expenditure lines against outcomes for children in health, education and social protection

· Support to finalisation of Public Expenditure Tracking survey in Vanuatu

·       Draft budget briefs for  two countries in place

Month 5

·  Review existing social protection programmes in selected countries for child sensitivity

·  Identify policy options for improved domestic financing of child sensitive social protection programmes

·       Draft policy options to strengthen existing social protection programmes identified

Month 6

· Conduct investment case analysis  of identified policy options

·       Investment case analysis in place


Expected Deliverables

The deliverables in respect of work schedule and their due dates are only approximate and will be revised following a more detailed planning at the beginning of the assignment.  Planning will be reviewed/updated monthly as deliverables progress.


  • Progress Reports (end of each month) showing the progress made in the achievement of the consultancy work plan agreed upon as well as the challenges faced.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Advanced university degree in Economics, Public/Social Policy, Social Protection, International Relations, or other relevant sciences.

Years of relevant experience

  • At least 5 years of  relevant working experience
  • Demonstrated experience in leading analyses and undertaking effective advocacy on Public Finance (especially for the social sectors) would be considered an advantage
  • Excellent team player.


  • Fluent in English

To view our competency framework, please click here

Detailed copy of the Terms of Reference is attached: Download File EXTERNAL TOR - SP consultancy.docx

TO APPLY: Interested applicants are to include the following documents in their submission:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet each of the requirements listed above (max. 2 pages)
  • Completion of the online application form - incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Academic Transcripts to the highest qualification must be attached  

For any questions or clarifications in relation to the above consultancy please contact us at Please DO NOT forward any applications to this email address as they will not be considered, all applications must be submitted online on the UNICEF Employment page where this position is being advertised.  

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 organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Suva (Fiji )
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Banking and Finance
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Administrative support
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-11

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