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Consultancy: Public Finance Management (PFM) for Children, UNICEF Thailand, Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Economics
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-26

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The Social Policy Section, UNICEF Thailand Country Office (TCO) is seeking an individual consultant to provide technical support and coordination of the UNICEF supported program portfolio related to strategic planning, budgeting, result based management (RBM) as well as providing the capacity building of related government officials. Moreover, the consultant is expected to maintain day-to-day communication to those organizations and relevant partners to support programme coordination.

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 fulfilling 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 better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

 

How can you make a difference?

The Social Policy Section, UNICEF Thailand Country Office (TCO) is seeking an individual consultant to provide technical support and coordination of the UNICEF supported program portfolio related to strategic planning, budgeting, result based management (RBM) as well as providing the capacity building of related government officials.  Moreover, the consultant is expected to maintain day-to-day communication to those organizations and relevant partners to support programme coordination.

 

Work Assignment and Work Schedule:

Under the supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the consultant will be responsible and work for the following assignments for all the specific activities below: 

  1. Provide support and monitor activities under the workplan and maintain good partnership and collaboration with key partner Parliament Budget Office (PBO), National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Thailand’s Equitable Education Fund (EEF) as well as develop new partnership agreements if needed. 
  2. Support other programme team within UNICEF TCO in technical support related to PFM and RBM.
  3. Participate to workshops/meetings and conferences where relevant to PFM and RBM and report back the key summary and action points.

 

In consultation and collaboration with the UNICEF and relevant partners, the consultant will be responsible for ensuring the following activities have been undertaken as scheduled. 

Main Tasks

Expected deliverables

Estimated Time Frame

1. Technical support in design training programme, build awareness with government partners and provide quality assurance to budget proposal curriculum to achieve greater investment for quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) services at decentralized level.

 

-Provide technical background presentation focused on overall programme design to gain awareness of government partner in capacity building workshop on budget proposal based on RBM.

-Provide recommendations to all training materials (case study, reading, PPTs) prepared by the partners and ensure the budget proposals is qualified under budget proposal training curriculum based on RBM to be adopted by Department of Local Administration (DLA).

-Develop budget opportunities report to Local Government Areas (LGAs) high level management as informed by the training materials to raise awareness for greater investment on quality ECD services at decentralized level.

Dec 2020 – Sept 2021

2. Advocacy and technical support to bring greater investment for children through the school lunch programme, with focus on obtaining inter-ministerial partnership and support to achieve increased budget for school lunch programme.

-Review and technical inputs to the development of policy advocacy paper on school lunch budget based on minimum quality nutrition standard.

- Create and support implementation of the advocacy plan to ensure the developed budget proposal on school lunch is acknowledged by key government partners throughout budgeting process.  

-Liaise and maintain partnership with key government and NGO partners related to school lunch programme to establish partnership in advocating for the increased investment in school lunch programme.

Dec 2020

3. Monitoring and analysis of the government budget allocation for children to support informed decision to UNICEF programme team with concrete programmatic recommendations.

-Draft 4 budget briefs on Social Sectors (Education, Social Protection, ECD, etc.) based on available detailed data from the bureau of budget and from inputs from sectoral experts.

- Draft 1 Fiscal space analysis paper under COVID-19.

Jan - Nov 2021

4. Coordination with the programme section teams and national counterparts to mainstream the child-related issues into government National Strategic Plans.

-Closely follow any implementation and adjustment of the National plans, including the relevant masterplans, sub-masterplans and flagship projects to inform UNICEF on key opportunities to mainstream child-related issues.

- Produce analysis report of the gaps in implementation and budget on child-related issues under the National Strategy and related plans (master Plan, NESDP).

- Produce consolidated recommendations presentation/paper from UNICEF programme team’s inputs to be used to advocate with key government partners  to support the achievement of key advocacy priorities of UNICEF TCO.

Dec 2020 - June 2021

5. Coordination with local and international consultant team to develop good quality equity-based budgeting framework on education.

- Provide close technical guidance and coordination support to local consultant team, EEF and international consultant focusing on international best practices to support the development of Equity Based-Budgeting Framework on education.

-Develop advocacy plan to achieve close collaboration on adoption of developed equity-based budgeting framework on education with Budget Bureau (BB) and related agencies.

-Coordinate with UNICEF education section focusing on budget for education.

Dec 2020 – August 2021

 

End Product:

Progress report at the end of every month:  Progress reports should include reference to overall progress in implementation of UNICEF-supported activities vis-à-vis the plan, constraints and challenges, recommended actions by UNICEF to ensure achievement of desired results. Report will also highlight progress in networking with partners and expansion of alliances on the related issues.

 

Official Travel: Travel within Thailand to support the implementation of Social Policy programme and to attend meetings.

 

Estimated Duration of Contract:   Initial contract of 6 months (1 December 2020 – 30 May 2021) with possibility of extension of another 5.5 months (1 June – 15 November 2021) upon satisfactory performance.

 

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

  • Thai nationality;
  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field;
  • Proven professional experience on Social Policy or related fields with a minimum of two years;
  • Knowledge and understanding of PFM and RBM application in Thai public context is an asset;
  • Experience engaging with the Royal Thai Government is required;
  • Working with UN agencies is considered as an asset;
  • Fluency in English and Thai is required.

 

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed monthly professional fee in THB by 17 November 2020.

Download File FORM P11.doc

 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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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.

 

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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