Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 23 Aug 2018
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Ghana has a rich tradition of social protection interventions aimed at alleviating and reducing poverty. Although the National Social Protection Strategy developed in 2007 and revised in 2012 had significant positive impacts on poverty reduction, it was the Social Protection Rationalization Study (2013) and the diagnostic processes used to formulate the Medium-Term National Development Framework (GSGDA II) that highlighted the need for a holistic National Social Protection Policy. The MoGCSP led the development of the policy which was approved by Cabinet in 2015.
The Policy’s objective is to:
The Ministry in collaboration with stakeholders finalized and approved an Implementation Plan for the Policy in 2017. It specified the main actions for achieving the objectives as laid out in the policy, the key performance indicators for measuring progress towards the attainment of the stated objectives and the Government Departments and Agencies expected to take the specified actions. The Policy is to be implemented in the next one and half decades from 2018 till 2031 in three phases; short (2018-2020), medium (2021-2024) and long term (2025-2031). The MoGCSP as the coordinating Ministry for social protection, is expected to lead on various activities in the plan and to also collaborate with other sectoral Ministries and Agencies on the activities under their purview. The Social Protection Directorate (SPD) under the Ministry has prioritized some activities for implementation this year which is reflected in their 2018 annual work plan which also happens to be the first year of implementation of their short-term plan.
Purpose of the Assignment
This consultant will provide the Ministry with on-going technical and coordination guidance to facilitate:
The consultant is expected to work closely with the Social Protection Director and its partners to ensure a consolidated and coordinated effort needed for the successful implementation of the prioritized activities.
Tasks to be Completed
This assignment is to provide advisory/technical services to the Social Protection Directorate and relevant partners to ensure effective roll out of the policy with focus on the areas outlined below:
1. Technical Guidance on Implementation of the Social Protection Policy
To ensure the full operationalization of the Implementation Plan, it is important to measure progress being made on the Plan itself. This will enable the Ministry to identify gaps and challenges with implementation and adapt as required. The Ministry is expected to work with other sector agencies on various activities that are not directly under their purview but which they need to coordinate and ensure those activities are implemented and followed through as prescribed by the policy. The Consultant will be expected to:
2. Facilitate Collaborative work with Civil Society Organizations on Social Accountability in the delivery of Social Protection
The Social Protection Policy recognizes the important role played by CSOs in social protection delivery. The policy prescribes roles for CSOs specifically in monitoring policy and programme implementation. Based on a social protection CSO mapping exercise conducted by UNICEF earlier this year, the unit seeks to engage relevant CSOs on social accountability in the delivery of social protection that is systematic, results based and sustainable. The Consultant will be expected to:
The Policy prescribes the setup of social protection institutional structures at various levels to ensure effective coordination and oversight of the sector from the national to the decentralized levels. In collaboration with the Social Protection Directorate and the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS), the Consultant will be expected to:
This task is to provide support for UNICEF’s ongoing Inclusive Development work. UNICEF together with some partners led the Inclusive Development forum last two years which resulted in the formulation of key outcome statements meant to guide policy design for a more equitable nation. UNICEF seeks to leverage and build on its Inclusive Development work through high level engagements with policy makers and relevant stakeholders for continuous support and commitment to this agenda. The Consultant will be expected to:
Deliverables and Time Frame for Submission
The following deliverables are expected:
Draft and submit the Social Protection sector annual performance report.
Draft and present a progress report on the Social Protection Policy implementation plan and Transition Agenda. (This will include: review of progress made by all the sectors on the social protection implementation plan (2018 activities) and transition agenda, identify gaps and in collaboration with the stakeholders develop strategies to address the gaps).
In collaboration with the SPD, develop guidelines for engaging with sector/agency leads on the implementation plan. This will include the development of templates and tools for collating and reporting on the sector’s performance.
Facilitate series of engagements with CSO groups on social accountability for social protection delivery in collaboration with UNICEF.
Develop training modules and guidelines for CSOs work in social accountability in collaboration with UNICEF and in consultation with relevant CSOs.
Develop and finalize the Inclusive Development outcome statements and roadmap for engagement with high level policy makers.
Draft and submit report on the series of policy dialogues held with relevant partners and recommendations for next steps.
Draft and submit the process document on setup of the initial SP institutional structures and lessons learnt for scale up. This will involve engagements with key stakeholders; EU, World Bank, MoGCSP and the OHLGS.
Facilitate engagement with Coordinating Directors on their role in the Social Protection decentralized structure. (this will involve the organisation and facilitation of a workshop with Coordinating Directors across the country in collaboration with the Head of the Local Government Service).
Payment and Payment Schedule
The Consultant will be paid professional fees based on the satisfactory submission of the above deliverables. The following payment schedule is proposed:
Deliverables 1, 2 & 3: 30%
Deliverables 4, & 5: 25%
Deliverables 6, 7, 8 & 9: 45%
It is expected that the assignment will be completed within 85 days in an 11. 5 months period.
Expected Qualifications, Experience, Specialized Knowledge/Skills and Competencies
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.TOR_National Consultant_ Senior Social Protection Expert.docx
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=515100