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 Job - National social policy consultant (UNICEF)

 Duration: 17.06.2019 - 30.06.2019


Terms of Reference

Title of Assignment

National social policy consultant


The purpose of the consultancy is to support the Country Office to initiate and develop the capacity of the government partners on social policy and public finance for children in Azerbaijan




Baku, Azerbaijan


11 months

From:   1st August 2019

To: 30th June 2020



  • Background


Azerbaijan has achieved significant progress economic and social development. The country is now an upper-middle income country and working towards further development in the coming years. While the financial crisis in 2015-2017 caused a significant reduction of the national income, mainly from the oil industry, the country’s economy has been gradually recovered through development and implementation of 12 Strategic Roadmaps containing important economic and industrial sector reforms that accelerates growth and sustain economic confidence and independence.  


The national legislation mandates to provide several components of the social protection, namely social insurance, social assistance, social compensations and social services.  Child care benefits and birth grands (social insurance), birth and adoption grants, guardianship assistance, income tested child allowance (social assistance), community based and residential services are some of the benefits providing direct support to children and families. However, Targeted Social Assistance (TSA) is currently the most prominent form of support provided to the most vulnerable children and their families, and there is a strong need to develop integrated community-based social services linking with the financial measurement of social protection in the country.


While the public expenditure as percentage of GDP in Azerbaijan (36%) is slightly higher than the world average (IMF, 2018), the World Economic Indicator shows that the highest expenditure is not for education and health. The public expenditure on education was 3% of total GDP in comparing with the global average of 4.9%, and on health was only 1.4% in comparing with 5.9% of the world average (WB, 2018).  


Global development evidence shows that poverty, insufficient social development investment and public finance for children are some key fundamental barriers for achieving sustainable develop targets for children. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) clearly recognizes that investing in children and youth is critical to achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for present and future generations and reaffirm the vital importance of‎ promoting and protecting the rights of all children and ensuring that no child is left behind.  The SDG 17 also call for strengthening domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection. UNICEF Azerbaijan is strengthening our support on improvement of social policy and public finance for children.


  • Purpose of the consultancy


Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the Social Policy consultant is to provide technical support and assistance in all stages of social policy programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management;; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; and (c) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, and adolescent and youth development and participation.



  • Description of tasks


Improving use of public financial resources for children


  • Support to initiate effective partnerships with the Government, specifically with the Ministry of Finance, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Economy and planning departments of other social sector ministries, NGOs, other UN Agencies and international organizations to support social policy initiatives to serve for the best interest of the children;
  • Monitor and update current information on state budgeting and spending patterns for social programmes and decentralization status of social services. Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to the Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children. By generating information dissemination tools support advocacy for greater public resources and budget allocation for social development, the prioritization of resource allocation for children, to ensure that they reflect the best interest of children;
  • Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments, including support to the child-sensitive Mandatary Health Insurance System, costing of the National Plan of Action for Children and SDGs (NPACS), and cost analysis for early learning programme and Community-based Social Service initiative, etc. Supports the identification of policy options and fiscal space for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
  • Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery.

Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

  • Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children
  • Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized.  Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
  • Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages between financial assistance and other social protection interventions including costing of the integrated social service module.
  • Supports improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.



  • Deliverables and time-frame




# of items & suggested delivery duration


Development of at least five analytical budget briefs for overall public budget for children and sectoral budget analysis

One per two months


Technical support to costing of 1) NPACS; 2) child health package in Mandatary Health Insurance, and cost analysis of 3) early learning programme and 4) integrated social service module.

1)-3) By Dec. 2019

4) by June 2020


Updated situation analysis of child development contexts

Two updates by end Dec. 2019 and mid-2020


Visual presentations and infographics etc. based on the findings of the social policy analysis

Upon request


The assignment will cover August 2019 to June 2020, with possible extension based on the performance, needs and resource availability.


The assignment requires a full-time commitment and the consultant will be based in UNICEF Azerbaijan office. Occasional trips will be required. Trips dates and period will be discussed and agreed with the supervisor.


Monthly payment will be made based on satisfactory performance and deliverables.



  • Qualification requirements



The social policy consultant should meet the following requirements:


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Finance, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.


  • Experience providing technical assistance to national planning, financing and social protection systems and/or programmes.
  • Experience on providing technical support at various levels of the Government related to tailored capacity building.
  • Understanding of government policies, guidelines, legislation, and strategies related to financing.
  • Social science research knowledge and expertise, preferably in poverty measurement areas.
  • Experience in translation of evidence for a policy audience.
  • Excellent networking, analytical, negotiating, communication, coordination and advocacy skills;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills;

Computer Skills

  • Excellent computer literacy and skills on MS office package.
  • Database systems and statistical analysis are desired.
  • Ability to generate visual public advocacy materials.



  • Supervision


The consultant will be directly supervised by the UNICEF Child Rights Monitoring (CRM) Specialist under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative and work in close collaboration with the UNICEF program staff.



  • Administrative and travel arrangement


  • The consultant is expected to work independently under the supervision and guidance of the CRM specialist.
  • In the case of the field-trips, all planned expenditures for local travel and the daily subsistence allowance as per UN-approved rate will be covered by UNICEF.
  • The consultant will be provided with office computer during the contractual period.
  • The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid UN DSS Basic and Advanced Security certificates, obligatory inoculation(s) and have a valid own travel/medical insurance with hospitalisation and repatriation coverage.
  • The consultant will be required to sign the Health Statement for consultants/Individual contractors prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical evacuation.
  • The Form 'Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary' must be completed by the consultant.
  • Please also see UNICEF’s Standard Terms and Conditions attached.


Payment schedule

Payment will proceed on monthly bases after submission of the monthly consultancy progress report. Performance evaluation of the consultancy performance will be done by the supervisor in the mid-term and end of the contract.


Mandatory training: 

All consultants regardless of contract duration must complete the applicable mandatory training. The link to these online training will be provided during the selection process for the successful candidates.



  • Application


Interested candidates should submit a proposal through the e-recruitment portal including the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Complete online application form with a daily rate in USD


Incomplete applications missing any of the required information will not be considered.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages applications from qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including people with disabilities.


Deadline: 30 June 2019, 18:00 pm.

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