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Consultancy _ Social Policy Expert _ 180 days _ Beirut_ Lebanon

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-31

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UNICEF is looking for a Social Policy Expert to improve the social policy for Children in Lebanon.

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, a chance!

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of Activity/Assignment

Provide advisory role in relation to social protection support to the Ministry of Social Affairs and public finance management potential support to the Ministry of Finance and Institute of Finance, in response to requests on ad-hoc and needs-led basis, up to a maximum of 180 days.

Scope of Work :

  1. -    Social Protection: the sector is defined by a number of characteristics that make it inefficient, ineffective, and inequitable, leaving a significant part of the population unprotected. In addition, the social protection environment is characterized by little to no cross-sector dialogue. As such, no national framework or strategy exists for social protection and no cross-sector coordination platforms operate.

UNICEF is leading support the Government of Lebanon. Ministry of Social Affairs in moving toward a national social protection framework, in close coordination with other partners such as the World Bank and the European Union.

  1. -    Public Finance Management:  the national budget in Lebanon is developed in isolation, without oversight or broad discussion, and lack of consultation. The national budgets are not linked to clear objectives; and performance reporting is equally not linked to achievements.

UNICEF sees potential to support the Government of Lebanon Ministry of Finance and the Institute of Finance in public finance management in general, and more specifically in building accountability, transparency on budget execution, tax reform, and project-based budgeting.

In line with the above, the expert's key responsibilities, as required in one of the two areas (social protection and PFM), will include the following:

  • Provide advisory role on stakeholders strategic partnership in the social policy sector
  • Advise on social policy and provide overview on the required technical support to be provided to relevant governmental stakeholder. 


Work Assignment Overview





Public Finance Management


120 days


Consultations and discussions with relevant stakeholders, and explore interest of key Ministry of Finance staff

Feedback through minutes of meetings and an inception report

20 days


- Review, analyse, summarise and identify gaps and opportunities of the current performance reporting and review process within Lebanon’s PFM system – i.e. line Ministry budget performance reports

- Technical advice, recommendations and inputs on support to be provided in relation to PFM, and public finance for children based on

budget analysis, PER etc.

- Summary notes and / or reports

- Draft policy notes and / or reports

20 days


-   Explore opportunity to use simple accountability tool for tracking major budget objectives in a year

  • Propose possible other ideas to increase accountability and transparency of budget information

Budget accountability tool – noting key objectives at year beginning with allocated budget and updating at year end according to budget actually spent and proportion of target actually achieved

30 days


Development of a national information sharing and public accountability tool publicizing national budget information (going beyond/supporting the Citizens Budget)

National information sharing and public accountability tool

30 days


Design workshops on key topics to be delivered to relevant government bodies and line ministries

Workshop and minutes

20 days


Social Protection


60 days


Support in process to develop a Social Protection Framework (workshops, national discussions, and consultations)

Feedback note and recommendations

20 days


Support in finalizing the National Social Protection Framework

Technical review and input for final deliverables and recommendations

10 days


Support and guidance to establish institutional and coordination mechanisms and processes

Draft policy notes and reports

15 days


Support to government to deliver the new framework/ implement policy (organizational set-up)

Draft policy notes and reports

15 days


Estimated Consultancy fee


180 days











To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • Master's degree in Economics, Public Finance Management, Public Policy and/or Administration, Social Sciences or other relevant disciplines.
  • Extensive (15 years) international knowledge and relevant experience in social development, socio-economic analysis, public finance management, social protection. Experience in child related policies is an asset.
  • In depth understanding of the development and political context in Lebanon.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the Government at the national or subnational level.
  • Knowledge and experience in designing and analysing socio-economic policies in a range of countries across the world.
  • Proven track record through written research and analysis on public finance management and social protection.
  • Experience in the MENA would be an asset.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic. French is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate¦

UNICEFs core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.



Candidates are requested to submit an all-inclusive financial offer, determining the daily fees.

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


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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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