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Social Protection Cash Consultant, Technical support to design and implement Cash plus pilot (National consultant)

Tehrān (Iran)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Tehrān (Iran)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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The socio-economic crisis caused by COVID-19 in Iran like all the countries in the world has hit children and families hardest, especially those living in the lowest deciles of incomes and less developed provinces. To address the damages generated by the COVID pandemic, UNICEF and MCLSW are rolling out a conditional cash transfer and in-kind support (cash plus) in selected pilot provinces to reach the most vulnerable families and children as a complementary model to national social protection coverage offered by MCLSW.

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Social Protection Cash Consultant, Technical support to design and implement Cash plus pilot

Scope of Work:

 UNICEF is the United Nations agency for children established by the General Assembly in 1949. UNICEF is the largest international organization that works in more than 190 countries in the field of health and nutrition, education, protection, and access to equal opportunities for all children.  In the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNICEF has been supporting the Government in its work for children living in Iran since the early 1950s.  UNICEF has signed a partnership with 19 Government counterparts including the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare (MCLSW). 

The socio-economic crisis caused by COVID-19 in Iran like all the countries in the world has hit children and families hardest, especially those living in the lowest deciles of incomes and less developed provinces. To address the damages generated by the COVID pandemic, UNICEF  and MCLSW are rolling out a  conditional cash transfer and in-kind support (cash plus)  in selected pilot provinces to reach the most vulnerable families and children as a complementary model to national social protection coverage offered by MCLSW. This intervention is also in line with the social protection pillar of the UN Iran COVID Socioeconomic Response Plan (SERP)  to support the Government increase the shock-responsiveness of the system and to ensure services adequately reach the most vulnerable populations under the principle of “leave no one behind”. 

The rollout has a two-fold objective: (immediate) implementing a conditional cash transfer programme that can be scaled up nation-wide to reach vulnerable households and rapidly expand their access to basic social services; (medium to long terms) accelerate progress towards universal social protection and make the national social protection system more shock responsive.

The national social protection cash consultant will provide consultancy to MCLSW and UNICEF to design and implement cash plus initiative in the provinces and contribute to achieving the set objectives of the rollout.

Work Assignment Overview:

Tasks/Milestone:

Provide technical consultancy to design and implementation of the programme including refining the SOP drafted.

Deliverables/Outputs:

Oversight provided for overall design and implementation of the programme including updating SOP updated as a live document (quarterly review and adjustment if required)

Timeline:

84 days (12 weeks) 

Estimate Budget: %35

Tasks/Milestone:

Liaises and coordinate with all entities involved in the roll-out - including provincial FP introduced by MCLSW for smooth operation and implementation of the roll-out

Deliverables/Outputs:

Establishment of a functional intersectoral committee (with an approved TOR) and developing monthly implementation report in line with the M&E framework outlined in the SOP

Timeline:

118 days (14 weeks)

Estimate Budget: %45

Tasks/Milestone:

Support MCSLW and UNICEF to develop of national scale-up road map based on lessons learnt

Deliverables/Outputs:

Draft national scale-up road map available

Timeline:

56 days (8 weeks) 

Estimate Budget: %20

Travel Local: TBD, home-based (cost will be covered by UNICEF in accordance with travel policies and procedure)

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

-              Min 5 years of professional experience working in the humanitarian and/or social protection sector.

-              Experience in working with various national partners., international organization, and NGOs.

-              Previous experience working in a complex, humanitarian, volatile context.

-              Previous experience in an emergency setting could be an advantage.

-              Ability and willingness to travel to the provinces.

-              Result-based management and communication. 

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The costs indicated are estimated. The final rate shall follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. Consultants will be asked to stipulate all-inclusive fees, including lump-sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.

Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant

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 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.

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