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Consultancy for the development of UNICEF Humanitarian Cash Transfers (HCT) toolbox

New York City (United States of America)

Building on the already existing HCT programmatic and operational tools developed by the different UNICEF country offices, the overall objective of this consultancy is to consolidate, standardize and streamline (i.e. for the use of any country offices) the different tools and templates to form a UNICEF HCT global toolbox. This toolbox shall include tools and templates to support the preparation, design and implementation of humanitarian cash transfers program (both sector specific and multi sectoral approaches), via either a parallel system, a national system or a mix of the two.

Post Title: Consultancy for the development of UNICEF Humanitarian Cash Transfer (HCT) toolbox

Duration: 70 days over 3 months, covering a period from 1st of September - 31st of November 2018

Location: NY office based or Home based, no travel is involved, however a significant amount of international calls will be expected for the key informant interviews and the involvement of COs focal points.

Reporting to: Humanitarian Cash transfer coordinator

 

Background & Rationale

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — and her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

To achieve better results for children, in a more efficient and effective way, UNICEF has recently initiated the mainstreaming and scale up of the humanitarian cash transfer (HCT) modality across the organization. This has become a priority area of work under UNICEF’s strategic plan, as well as UNICEF’s agenda to increase the resilience of households, communities and systems. As part of its HCT scale up plan, UNICEF has been developing programmatic guidance and tools to be used at country office level.

Objective and Targets

Building on the already existing HCT programmatic and operational tools developed by the different UNICEF country offices, the overall objective of this consultancy is to consolidate, standardize and streamline (i.e. for the use of any country offices) the different tools and templates to form a UNICEF HCT global toolbox. This toolbox shall include tools and templates to support the preparation, design and implementation of humanitarian cash transfers program (both sector specific and multi sectoral approaches), via either a parallel system, a national system or a mix of the two.

Scope of the Work

The scope of this work requires a broad understanding of humanitarian cash transfers design and implementation from A to Z and, ranging from sudden to protracted crisis in a wide variety of geographical contexts. The scope of work will also include a variety of model of implementation partnerships: international NGO, local NGO, UN agencies, private sectors and government. For each model of partnership specific tools and templates are required.

This variety of model of partnership and implementation as well of programmatic objectives has led to the development of tools at country office level for a wide range of HCT program elements: need assessment, targeting, monitoring, Accountability to Affected Population (AAP), calculation of level of benefit, private sector partner selection, Term of References, risk assessment, templates for contracts etc.…

As specific focus on the specific tools and templates required to support joint UN agencies element of program and common delivery platform (example of Lebanon and Jordan) where templates have been developed for joint procurement, call center, data management LOUISE system), is required.

The consultant(s) is expected to:

  •  Map (list of program/countries will be agreed with the UNICEF cash team) and classify the different existing tools and templates by purpose, partnership model, use of national or parallel system, considering the program objective and nature of the humanitarian crisis.  
  • Consolidate, standardize and streamline the tools and templates to have them available for use by any country.  

Methodology

The list of tools and templates will be pre-identified by the UNICEF cash team following the below preliminary non-exhaustive classification:

  • HCT feasibility assessment template (key elements)
  • Targeting
  • Templates and ToRs for private sector service providers
  • Template for MoU for HCT joint programming with UN agencies
  • ToRs for feasibility exercise (sector and multi-sectoral)
  • Calculation of level of benefit
  • Risk assessment template
  • LOUISE model: ToRs, organigram, division of tasks, facilitation approach to drive a UN joint system of delivery, elements of joint programming (i.e. ToR for joint call center), SoPs for distribution of ATM cards, SoPs on the agencies specific recovery of non-collected cash transfers, joint procurement of FSP….

The tools and template will come from a pre-selected list of countries (8 to 10), and will require remote interaction with the country office to fully understand how and why the template and/or tool was developed.

The consolidation phase shall be informed by key informant interviews with HCT focal points, relevant colleagues in country offices as well as HCT team members in NYHQ.

Expected results: (measurable results) & Delivery Dates

Under the supervision of the Humanitarian Cash transfer coordinator, and in close collaboration with the HCT focal point in country offices as well as relevant colleagues in EMOPS, the consultant will be accountable for the following deliverables:

  1. Standardized tools and templates, including for inter-agency HCT work. The exact list will be agreed with the supervisor after an initial mapping and overview of what has been developed
  2. List of possible identified gaps

Performance Indicators for Evaluation Result

  • Timeliness of submission of deliverables
  • Quality of the Consolidation and development of tools and templates  
  • Working effectively with multiple stakeholders

Frequency of Performance Review

Regular calls on the progress of the assignment will be scheduled between UNICEF’s focal point and the consultant. 

 

Timeframe

Start date:  1th September, 2018                       End date: 31th November, 2018  

 

Deliverables

Duration

(Estimated # of Days)

Deadline

1.mapping of the tools and template to be consolidated.

10

20th of September

2.Tools and templates consolidated – draft

45

10st of November

3.Tools and templates consolidated – final

10

31st of November

4.List of identified gaps  

5

31st of November

total

70 Days

31th November 2018

 

 

Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • Education: A first level university degree in International Relations, Public Administration, Humanitarian Affairs, Development, Social Sciences, journalism/communication, or a related technical field.
  • Work experience:
    • UN experience, and more specifically UNICEF experience is highly desirable.
    • At least 5 years of experience in implementing cash based program in humanitarian contexts.
    • Experience in developing and using programmatic tools for HCT.
    • Experience in working with national social protection systems is desirable.
    • Experience or exposure to UN joint work on HCT is an asset
    • Ability to communicate sensitively to different audiences.
    • Proven evidence of knowledge management experience
    • Experience /exposure to UNICEF in country program and business model is desirable.
    • Ability to work within tight deadlines.

Call for Proposals

The proposal will need to include at least the following elements:

  1. Experience of the consultant (CV)
  2. Example of tools used and/or developed, knowledge management products
  3. Timeline
  4. Budget (i.e.: daily rate)

 

Remarks

* Applicants are expected to submit individual or joint applications (up to 2 consultants working together). For joint applications, the applicants are expected to provide a consolidated budget and clear division of tasks in relation to the expected deliverables listed above. Each individual should submit his/her own application separately and indicate "joint application" when filling out the application form.

* For individual applications, the applicant should submit his/her proposal separately. In case, not 100% of the ToR are covered by the application, the applicant is expected to flag which part of the ToR he/she is willing to focus on. To ensure the best quality possible of the deliverables, UNICEF might decide to combine two or more applications if needed.

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: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-03

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