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Consultancy to review and update state budget analysis of key social sectors(Local/National Consultant)

Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-14

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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.

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.

 1. Context and Justification

As part of efforts to strengthen public finance for children, UNICEF and the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP) in both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar have produced concise Budget Briefs (BBs) for key social sectors since 2016.

In 2018, the second generation of BBs were published with a broader analysis of links between sectoral development policies and public expenditure on social sectors, namely education, health, WASH and HIV/AIDS areas for Mainland and health and education for Zanzibar.

Given the complexity of public finance issues, UNICEF and MoFP are planning to update the existing BBs on a regular basis to better inform the budget process, allocation decisions for social sectors and to improve budget performance. Furthermore, UNICEF and MoFP will develop new BBs for additional sectors that are important for children. In this process, UNICEF and MoFP aim to build the analysis on the recent work, ensuring comparability of data and methodological approach, in addition to filling critical gaps.

Timing the release of Budget Briefs in relation to the budget cycle provides opportunities. For example, publishing Budget Briefs by end September every year will allow for analysing actual spending for the previous fiscal year and analysing the planned budget for the current fiscal year. In addition, it can inform the development of the planning and budgeting guidelines for the upcoming FY. The planning and budgeting guidelines are usually released in October or November. Finally, Budget Briefs released in September can be used to influence the budget discussions in Parliament which usually take place between April and June.

However, the proposed schedule for producing Budget Briefs depends on the timing of release of key fiscal reports and the availability of fiscal data.

This new generation of BBs will be complemented by regional budget analysis with an emphasis on sub-national budgets and expenditure for key social sectors (health, education, and WASH) for which sufficiently robust sub-national financial data are available. An increasing focus on sub-national level spending is relevant as it will highlight public financial management (PFM) challenges that are key to the delivery of services for children.

2. Purpose and key objectives

Overall the assignment for this year will focus on three major objectives:

  • Updating the existing 7 BBs based on the budget performance report for FY 2017/18 and the budget projections for FYs 2018/19 and 2019/20 (Mainland: Health, Education, WASH, and HIV/AIDS; Zanzibar: National level as well as Health and Education).
  • Developing new BBs for Child Protection (for Mainland) and WASH (for Zanzibar).
  • Developing a sub-national Budget Brief for one selected region.

The BBs will be shared with government representatives, MPs, development partners, academia, civil society among others, with the intent of sparking broad public interest and debate around the State Budget and how resources are distributed and spent in social sectors. The proposed briefs on key social sectors that impact children's and women's well-being in both Mainland and Zanzibar have the following three key goals:

  • Analyse and monitor budget allocations to sectors that are important for children in the specified fiscal year;
  • Assess the efficiency, effectiveness, equity and adequacy of past spending to the extent possible;
  • Inform advocacy, budget allocation decisions, and measures to improve budget execution performance, through key messages for policy and financing changes.

Two consultants, an international and a local expert, will be hired for this assignment. This TOR is developed for a local consultant who will work in close collaboration with the international consultant to produce the deliverables under the overall assignment.

  1. Methodology and Approach

The structure of the Budget Briefs will be proposed by UNICEF and the MOFP, in line with the structure and flow of 2016 and 2018 Budget Brief series (https://www.unicef.org/tanzania/resources_21193.html). Guidelines tailored to the regional context will developed in consultation with UNICEF and MoFP for the regional-level Budget Brief.

The BBs are a result of detailed analysis of budget and expenditure data from the MoFP (IFMS data, EPICOR for sub-national level analysis) as well as an in-depth desk review of Public Finance Management (PFM) documents, statistical and sector strategy documents, budget books; budget laws; state budget reports; citizens budget; Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEF); General State Accounts; Government long- and medium-term development plans; sector strategic plans; national surveys, and other relevant documents.

The local consultant will work closely with the international consultant.

Budget Briefs

Approach and guidelines

Page limit

Updating the existing BBs (Mainland: Health, Education, WASH, and HIV/AIDS; Zanzibar: National, Health and Education).

Template will be based on the structure of 2018 Budget Briefs and finalized in consultation with UNICEF and MOFP.

Max. 4 pages

(7 BBs)

Developing new BBs: Child Protection (for Mainland), WASH (for Zanzibar)

The structure and content of these Budget Briefs will be developed based on available data.

Max. 12 pages

(2 BBs)

Developing one Regional BB

Indicative structure of the regional BB:

- Overall socio-economic profile of the region (including key child-wellbeing indicators, programmes and policies on children)

- Fiscal profile (total regional budget, budget allocation by social sectors)

- Analysis of spending trends in social sectors: Education, Health, and WASH. (by LGAs, economic classification, etc.)

- Budget execution by sectors and LGAs

- Equity in budget allocation

- Source of funding  

The structure will be adjusted based on discussions with the MoFP and availability of data at regional levels. The region is likely to be selected from the UNICEF Country Programme focus regions in the Southern Highlands (Mbeya; Iringa: Njombe; and Songwe) in consultation with the MOFP

Max. 12 pages

(1 BB)

  1. Activities and Tasks
  • Work with relevant government partners to retrieve, compile, and process data required for the budget analysis and to fill the Budget Brief templates.
  • Obtain all other relevant information & documents to complete the assignment (if it is necessary provide English translation of some documents in Kiswahili).
  • Ensure proper organisation of technical and consultation meetings, as needed.
  • Provide technical inputs to the international consultant for the development of templates and outlines of the Budget Briefs.
  • Provide technical inputs to the international consultant for the budget analysis and development of key messages.
  • Provide a list of source data.
  • Review the Kiswahili versions of the Budget Briefs to ensure accuracy and consistency with the English version.
  1. Deliverables and Management

Key deliverables are defined in the following table:

Deliverables/products

Minimum requirements

A set of relevant documents to support analysis that informs the development of Budget Briefs

Electronic versions to extent possible or otherwise accessible to all involved in the development of the Budget Briefs

A set of written inputs to support the development of templates and outlines for all Budget Briefs (led by international consultant)

 

Filled data templates for each of the Budget Briefs (7 BB updates; 2 new BBs; and 1 regional BB) and all underlying raw data sets

- In Excel and in line with final agreed-upon templates

A set of written analytical inputs on draft budget analysis and draft Budget Briefs

- In word files

- In English

Revised Kiswahili translations of all Budget Briefs

 

A detailed workplan and timeline will be requested at the beginning of the assignment.

All products should follow direct supervision and guidance from Social Policy, Research, Evaluation and Monitoring section of UNICEF Tanzania. The consultant is expected to operate in close synergy with the designated technical experts in UNICEF, MoFP and PORALG.

The assignment is expected to start the second half of February. The first draft of all updated Budget Briefs is expected to be submitted by mid-May and the first draft of the new and regional Budget Briefs are expected by mid-July. Finalized versions will be submitted by 30th of August, for release in the course of the month of September 2019.

  1. Budget

The level of payment will be determined by the profile of the candidate, in accordance with the UNICEF rules and procedures.

The assignment requires frequent travel within the country (Dodoma, Mbeya, Zanzibar). The consultant will be responsible for arranging and paying his/her travel cost. Therefore, in applying for this assignment candidates have to indicate their financial proposal including consultancy fee and travel cost. 

Estimated cost of the consultancy is indicated in the table below.

Item

Number of Days

Unit Cost (US$)

Total (US$)

Consultancy fee for a local consultant

50

   

Estimated travel cost

15 days (DSA for Dar, Dodoma, Zanzibar, a MINS region)

 

(average)

 

At least two travels to Dodoma, Zanzibar, a MINS region

 

 

Total estimated budget

 

 

 

Payments will be made upon submission and acceptance of the specified deliverables and submission of invoices.  Payment modalities are established as follows:

  • 1st payment: 30% upon delivery of requested data sets (including data templates) and analytical inputs for drafting 7 updated BBs by 15th of May 2019;
  • 2nd payment: 40% upon delivery of requested data sets for producing 3 BBs including one regional BB by 15th of July 2019;
  • 3rd payment: 30% upon delivering all necessary data sets, analytical and technical inputs to finalize all BBs, and revisions of Kiswahili translations by 31st of October 2019.

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

  1. Qualifications

The local consultant should have:  

  • A solid knowledge of PFM instruments and proven experience (at least 5 years) with government social sector budget analysis;
  • Experience with working with complex financial data sets;
  • Good analytical and writing skills, and the ability to present the results in a simple language, making use of visual aids (maps, graphs and other visual tools);
  • Experience with Public Finance Management in Tanzania, in particular with IFMIS and EPICOR;
  • Knowledge and understanding about on-going reforms in PFM in Tanzania;
  • An advanced University Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Governance or other relevant areas;
  • Full computer literacy, incl. an advanced knowledge of Excel;
  • High proficiency in both English and Swahili;
  • Ability to complete the task in a tight schedule.

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.

 

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