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National or International consultancy for Commitment to Equity for Children analysis

Minsk

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Minsk
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-15

National or International consultancy for Commitment to Equity for Children analysis with assessing performance of social assistance to families with children and developing policy simulations to increase fiscal space for reducing child poverty TYPE OF CONTRACTS: Composite of Consultancy team that could comprise a mix of institutional consultancy partner with national and international consultants DURATION: August 2022 – December 2022 The main purpose of the study is to support key stakeholders in gaining better understanding about the distributional impact of public spending and taxes for children, as well as examining impacts of food price increases on the well-being and deprivations of households with children. Ultimately, it will inform feasible changes in budget reallocations and make social protection for the most vulnerable children in Belarus more equitable allowing to achieve the SDG target of halving child poverty.

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 

The main purpose of the study is to support key stakeholders in gaining better understanding about the distributional impact of public spending and taxes for children, as well as examining impacts of food price increases on the well-being and deprivations of households with children. Ultimately, it will inform feasible changes in budget reallocations and make social protection for the most vulnerable children in Belarus more equitable allowing to achieve the SDG target of halving child poverty.

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National or International consultancy for Commitment to Equity for Children analysis with assessing performance of social assistance to families with children and developing policy simulations to increase fiscal space for reducing child poverty

TYPE OF CONTRACTS: Composite of Consultancy team that could comprise a mix of institutional consultancy partner with national and international consultants

DURATION: August 2022 – December 2022

The full Terms of Reference could be found here  Download File TOR_CEQ4C_for vacancy SDG.pdf

The consultancy is expected to take place during the period of 5 August 2022 – 15 December 2022. The exact schedule of the activities will be agreed with the contractor based on the consultancy implementation progress. The final date for the submission of final deliverables should be 15 December, 2022. Tasks and timeline for the team are presented below:

TASKS

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

# OF DAYS

PHASE 1 Prepare for analysis – 15 days

  1. Prepare for the analysis. Develop research protocol for the analysis in consultation with UNICEF team and national partners on MDCP methodology.
  2. Discuss with the country office and local experts the ways of improving existing methodology for measuring

MDCP

 

 

A research protocol with a methodological framework for the analysis is prepared.

The data set is prepared for the analysis.

30 August,

2022

15 days

PHASE 2 Conduct analysis – 37 days

3. Conduct a study employing CEQ4C approach using child budget aggregate data and HBS data for 2019-2021, including:

  1. Adjust MDCP methodology for SDG indicator and describing profiles of children living in monetary and multidimensional poverty;
  2. Conduct fiscal incidence analysis of taxes, cash and in-kind transfers for education, health and social protection;
  3. Assess performance of expanded TSA to

families with many children executed by MoLSP in 2020 in response to the COVID-

 

Results of the analysis in a 25- page report plus annexes.

Three policy briefs covering key findings in       policy                         areas (measuring                        MDCP                    poverty, improving                      social                   protection, fiscal space and phasing out of inefficient utility subsidies) and presenting      available                     cross- country comparisons prepared. Detailed outputs of the analysis and .do files are submitted.

15 October,

2022

 

 

 

10 days

 

 

 

9 days

 

 

9 days

 

19, develop policy recommendations on further improvements;

d) Develop costed policy simulations of phasing out of inefficient utility subsidies to increase fiscal space for reducing child poverty. Estimating the costs of achieving the SDG target of halving child poverty by 2030.

 

 

 

 

 

9 days

PHASE 3 Report preparation, validation and presentation of results – 23 days

4. Draft final report and policy brief and validate key findings with the government partners

Final report with policy recommendations is prepared. After validation a 25-page report with key findings is submitted for designing a publication for presentation. The report is approved by UNICEF, sent for an external quality assurance

review and revised afterwards.

5 November,

2022

20 days

5. Conduct workshop presenting key

findings and present at the events focused on child budgets and SP

Presentation         of                              results, summary of results validation.

20 November,

2022

3 days

TOTAL

 

 

75

These days represent the total consultancy days proposed for the deliverables. The consultant or consultancy teams can propose in their application how they would divide tasks and the number of days for each task to be clear on accountability and coordination.

Duty Station: Minsk, Belarus

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

The experts from the selected company are required to have:

    • At least 5 completed projects in public policy research with household data analysis;
    • Advanced university degree and/or academic background in economics or management;
    • Extensive experience in conducting econometric research using household surveys data;
    • Familiarity with the national legislation on social sectors, local governance, public finance management and budgeting;
    • Record of work with the government on public policies in social sector;
    • Availability of publications or academic works on the topics relevant to the study;
    • High analytical and conceptual skills and ability to work in a team;
    • Fluency in Russian;
    • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is an asset;
    • Record of work with UN is an asset.

All consultants are required to know the principles and requirements of the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluations and Data Collection and Analysis (UPES), confirmed by submission of a completion certificate for an online course called “Introduction to Ethics in Evidence Generation” (https://agora.unicef.org/course/info.php?id=2173)

Process for application:

Proposal from candidates should include:

  • Methodological proposal with timeline and agency profile should be provided along with financial proposal.
  • The National Institutional Consultancy is to indicate financial proposal for the services to be provided.

Criteria for the selection of proposals:

  • Selection of the consultancy will be on competitive basis.

Applicants should submit their applications in English by closing  date 15 August 2022 to be eligible for consideration.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed bidders will be contacted.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS). To view our competency framework, please visit here

 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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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