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Consultancy - Review of Social Assistance Legal and Regulatory Frameworks in Selected Countries and Legislative Recommendation for the Government of China, China, Beijing

Beijing (China)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Beijing (China)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Democratic Governance
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-10

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The Social Policy Section of UNICEF China is looking for a consultant to to provide information on China’s social assistance system in support of a senior consultant to develop the internal UNICEF position on the forming Social Assistance Act in China with regards to child-sensitive social protection.

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, commitment 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recognizes the right of every child to social security and to a standard of living adequate for his or her physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development. Social assistance to the poor plays a key role realizing rights of children to social security and to a standard of living.

Since 1990's China has established a comprehensive social assistance system covering various hardships and risks faced by the poor. The individual programs were created at different times and play various roles in providing means-tested cash grants to different groups of poor people. However, these social assistance programs haven’t been enshrined and defined in national legal framework or legislation.

The lack of a strong legal framework limits the extent to which social assistance can effectively and efficiently realize children’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living.

The Government of China (GOC) has realized that the weak legal foundations for the social assistance system currently in place can be a threat for a strong social assistance system and ultimately damage the development goals and stability of the nation. Therefore, the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) was delegated to lead and coordinate the drafting of the Social Assistance Act, which is envisaged to be approved by the National People’s Congress in 2021.

UNICEF China was invited to provide technical assistance to the MCA while drafting the Social Assistance Act.

In order to provide enriched technical support to the GoC to develop the Social Assistance Act to establish a strong, effective, transparent and accountable social assistance system, UNICEF China is commissioning a consultant to review the legal and regulatory frameworks for Social Assistance/Protection in selected countries and provide legislative recommendation for the GoC.

How can you make a difference?

The whole task to develop the internal UNICEF position on the forming Social Assistance Act in China will be completed through the close collaboration with a senior consultant. The major responsibility for the senior consultant will include the review of the current policy debates in China on the social assistance system and emerging directions for child sensitive social assistance; a review of international experiences of addressing policy framing and legislation with regards to social assistance; and the development of proposals on and positions for inclusion in the forming Social Assistance Act.

In order for the senior consultant to fulfil his/her responsibilities as laid out above, this consultant will act as a resource person and perform the following tasks:

  1. Preparing a list of documents for review by the senior consultant and sharing all relevant documents, preferably in English and if needed, providing translation of documents;
  2. Providing an introduction on China’s current social assistance system, institutions, and policy goals, and other background knowledge, in specific, the current policy debates on the reform and legislation of the social assistance system to the senior consultant;
  3. Identifying key stakeholders who could help elucidate the needed proposals for the draft social assistance law that concern child-sensitivity, setting up the interviews and providing support during the interviews;
  4. Reviewing and commenting on the draft report developed by the senior consultant.

For more details on this consultancy, please read the full TOR at - Download File TOR for consultant - legislation - for VA 20200207.docx

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

  • At least 10 years relevant working experiences in the area of social assistance and relevant social policy analysis;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of China’s social assistance system, institutions, and policy goals, etc.; 
  • Extended experiences working with governments in relevant areas, e.g. social assistance reform and legislation; 
  • Strong analytical skills and writing skills;
  • Fluency in Chinese and English. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) 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 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.


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