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UNICEF recruits 01 TOR – Consultant for analysing financing trends

UNICEF recruits 01 TOR – Consultant for analysing financing trends in the national and provincial education budgets 2020/21 « For South African Nationals ONLY »

UNICEF

South Africa
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TOR – Consultant for analysing financing trends in the national and provincial education budgets 2020/21 (For South African Nationals ONLY)
Job Number: 530391 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: South Africa
Work Type : Consultancy
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.
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Background and Justification
Budget Briefs are seen as providing a good entry point for country-level budget analysis and advocacy. In the context of South Africa, work on budget awareness and advocacy has been deemed to be timely, given the present economic climate in the country and the many competing demands placed on budgets in an increasingly tight fiscal situation. Furthermore, in a middle-income country context, UNICEF services are pitched at the policy and advocacy level, thus necessitating a focus on how well government spends resources in producing outcomes for children.
Budget Briefs are seen, therefore, as a valuable advocacy tool to enhance the focus on children-specific spending programmes and to ensure that the limited resources are spent in the best possible way. The Budget Brief series sets out to determine whether any sector budget has positive (or negative) implications for the survival, growth and development of children.
In a situation where resources are at a premium, it is important to understand how well the government does in utilizing scarce resources for the basic education sector. This should allow for a comparison among the nine provincial education budgets, but there should also be a comparison between South Africa and its spending on basic education and whether it compares well to its regional neighbors and/or comparator countries.
At its core, the Country Office wants to be able to say something meaningful about the assumptions that govern basic education budgets, whether these budgets are credible (does planned spending correspond well to actual spending), and whether resources are effectively targeted at the most vulnerable children in South Africa.
Scope of Work
Goal and Objective:  Under the supervision of the Social Policy Manager in the Social Policy and Child Protection unit, the consultant will analyze financing trends in the national and provincial education budgets 2020/21.  Specifically, the Consultant will:
Conduct a trend analysis of basic education as a share of national and provincial spending;
Conduct a trend analysis of provincial education budgets and the national education budget to determine whether allocations have kept pace with inflation;
The trend analysis should cover both a programme analysis and an analysis by the type of expenditure (economic classification);
Undertake a careful analysis of actual spending on basic education programmes at the national and provincial education level;
Focus the remaining analyses on two key issues, namely
Progress made in addressing infrastructure backlogs as per the country’s commitment to eradicate all unsafe school structures; and
Describing the overall resource requirements of the country’s newly-launched National Reading Plan and whether provincial education departments have the fiscal space to achieve the goals set out in the National Reading Plan.
Please note that the consultant can use guideline for developing a basic education budget brief as well as an Excel-based tool for organizing and presenting data, which is available through this link.
Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: This work relates directly to achieving output 4.1 in the Annual Work Plan of the Social Policy and Child Protection programme, which involves undertaking annual budget analysis: publish five budget briefs on education, health, social development including public finance at national and subnational levels.
Activities and Tasks:  the list of activities and task include
Access the national education budget and nine provincial education budgets, either online or through a method of the Consultant’s choosing and use this data as the basis for the Budget Brief;
Use any additional and relevant sources that will enable the TOR requirements to be met;
Submit an Inception Report detailing Consultant’s understanding of the task at hand, proposed methodology and sources of data to be used in assignment;
Draft, refine and finalize « Basic Education Budget Brief » that focuses on the Goal and Objectives set out in Section 1 of this TOR;
In the draft Education Budget Brief mentioned above, detailing the key results and what implications these have for the well-being and development of children (and poor children in particular); and
Present draft final findings to the Social Policy Manager, the Chiefs of Education and Social Policy and members of the broader UNICEF team via Skype or in-person (if that is feasible for the Consultant).
Work relationships:  The Social Policy Manager is responsible for co-coordinating and managing the work of the Consultant. This involves regular communication via email, telephonic conversations and where possible, in-person meetings. The Social Policy Manager will inform and update the Chiefs of the Social Policy and Education programmes of progress in the work and expected completion dates of this important output. The Consultant will provide regular updates of progress and inform the Social Policy Manager of any unintended findings that are relevant to this output. The Programme Assistant will support the Social Policy Manager in ensuring that the requisite administrative and financial processes are adhered to and for the timely submission of project-related paper work.
Outputs/Deliverables:
The process for completing the assignment is critically dependent on the submission of a realistic and achievable work plan as well as a methodological approach that will ensure that the key questions are addressed in the research. Furthermore, the Consultant will have tight time-frames to execute this work, which requires a deep familiarity and expertise in the areas of applied budget analysis. Payment is dependent on the successful completion of each of the three deliverables, which is in line with the expectations of the Social Policy programme team.
Deliverables

Duration

(Estimated # of days or months)

Timeline/Deadline

Schedule of payment

Submit inception report detailing methodology, approach and the data sources that will be utilized.

3 days

Friday 17 April 2020

20%

Submission of a draft Basic Education Budget Brief (maximum length is 20 pages)

12 days

Tuesday 30 June 2020

50%

Finalization and Submission of the Final Basic Education Budget Brief (maximum length is 20 pages)

5 days

Friday 31 July 2020

30%

Reporting guidelines: Budget Brief templates have been developed by the Regional Office and these same templates/formats are applicable to the production of the Basic Education Budget Brief. These guidelines should be considered for both the draft and final Basic Education Budget Brief. The draft and final Basic Education Budget Briefs must be submitted to the Social Policy Manager.
Required Travel:  Not Applicable
Sr. No. Purpose

Location

# of days at Location

   

   

   

Payment Schedule

The schedule of payments is indicated as per the table in the preceding section.

Payment to the Consultant will only be done upon satisfactory completion of deliverables as agreed in the work plan. Payment is staggered as per the approved work plan of the Consultant and per the payment schedule listed in the table above.
Desired competencies, technical background and experience
Education:  An appropriate Master’s degree qualification in economics, statistics, development studies or an advanced social science qualification.
The Consultant will have done applied budget analyses of the social sectors in South Africa; will have technical skills in the analysis of national survey data; and conducted resource tracking studies at the national or sub-national level of government in South Africa.
A minimum of eight years of technical consultancy in the applied budget field and survey research is required.
A thorough understanding of the basic education policy and financing landscape;
Competencies:  Excellent data analytical ability, exceptional writing skills, knowledge of the South African social services sector, knowledge of sub-national financing arrangements, and knowledge of targeting policies in the basic education sectors in South Africa.
The Consultant should have an excellent understanding and competence in written and spoken English.
 Administrative issues
The Consultant reports to the Social Policy Manager in the Social Policy and Child Protection unit. Most of the scheduled meetings and progress updates will be done via email and telephonic conversations. A formal presentation of results (via Skype or in-person) when the draft basic education budget is delivered to solicit feedback for further refinement and finalization of the project.
Conditions
The Consultant
Will carry out the bulk of the assignment in his/her private space and no arrangements are in place to use the UNICEF office in Pretoria;
Should the assignment require additional travel, the Consultant will be reimbursed for any additional travelling costs. If air travel is undertaken, the Consultant will be reimbursed for an economy return flight.
All entitlements and conditions of service are governed by UNICEF policies.
As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary
The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
Risks
It is anticipated that there are relative few direct risks in the execution of the assignment. The key mitigating factor is the availability of national and provincial budget data, which form the bedrock of the analyses.  These data sets are publicly available and access to these resource is not considered a challenge. By the time the assignment commences, all provincial governments would have introduced their proposals in their respective legislatures and the budgets can also be accessed online. The Consultant is encouraged to consult other relevant documents such as Annual Reports for execution data, survey data that have a direct bearing on issues addressed in the Budget Brief, and any other trusted and reputable source that can enhance the overall quality of the Budget Brief.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link:
https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=530391 by 20 March 2020.
This notice will also appear on http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/http://www.unicef.org/southafrica, UN Job List, UN Jobs.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate (in ZAR) to undertake the terms of reference above (including admin cost if applicable).
Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.
We invite you to watch a short video on the system on how to apply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePgDIQ9RVYs&feature=youtu.be 
If you have not been contacted within 1.5 month of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from South African nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation
« UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. »
Closing Date Fri Mar 20 2020 16:55:00 GMT+0100 (Paris, Madrid)

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