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TOR Social Protection Support

TOR Social Protection Support

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11 month consultancy opportunity - deadline 15 November. If interested complete UN P11 and e-mail socialpolicy@unicef.org
11 month consultancy opportunity - deadline 15 November. If interested complete UN P11 and e-mail socialpolicy@unicef.org

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Terms of ReferenceSocial Protection Policy Engagement and Capacity BuildingContract #: (to be provided by PSU)
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Background:
Social protection is a potentially powerful tool in helping UNICEF realize its vision of a world where therights of every child are realized – as a right in itself and in its role for supporting the realization of other rights. Social protection systems have the potential to act as a key catalyst in achieving greater progress inchild outcomes, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families. Across a number of countries including Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Malawi, social protection programmes have beenshown to have significant positive impacts on crucial outcomes for the MDGs and beyond. In many cases,these effects are more sizeable among the most disadvantaged, even within programmes already reaching the poor and disadvantaged.There is growing recognition by national governments and international policy makers of the importance of developing social protection systems as part of strategies to increase equity combat multidimensional povertyand vulnerability, and to anticipate and respond to shocks. Nonetheless, policy makers and practitionersworking on social protection in developing countries are increasingly confronted with new challenges as theyinstitutionalize and expand the scale and scope of programs.Assisting in the expansion of social protection coverage and the development of child sensitive social protection systems has therefore been key area of work for UNICEF in recent years (under Focus Area 5 of the Medium Term Strategic Plan), and this work has been increasing. As of 2009, UNICEF’s engagement insocial protection spans 124 programmes in 76 countries. This reflects a growing number of country programmes engaging on social protection policy, cash transfers, and family and social support including for OVCs, as well as longstanding work on education user fee abolition, health insurance, nutritionsupplementation, etc as part of broader social protection system.The strengthening of UNICEF’s focus on equity underscores the importance of the social protection inreaching vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, and in complimenting sector interventions to ensureaccess of all to services. The increased focus on equity has also increased demand for the Social Policy &Economic Analysis Unit to support cross-sectoral work on social protection. There are also a number of related initiatives, including the Global Out of School Children Initiative and UNICEF’s active participationin the UN Social Protection Floor Initiative.As UNICEF’s work in this area grows, there is a need to strengthen the conceptual and practical links withother areas of UNICEF work; continue to strengthen our engagement with government and development partners, and provide relevant policy tools, materials, state of the art updates, and technical support toUNICEF staff and partners.
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Purpose:
Under the guidance of the Social Protection Specialist (DPP-SPEA), and in consultation with senior staff, themain objective of this assignment is to support the DPP-SPEA’s ongoing work on social protection, with a particular focus on strengthening UNICEF’s policy engagement with partners and supporting exchange andlearning among UNICEF staff and partners.The consultant will support two major initiatives to consolidate and strengthen UNICEF’s policyengagement on social protection, including UNICEF’s role as a convener/facilitator of diverse partners tosupport the strengthening of social protection systems which maximize the realization of children’s rights.Specifically, the consultant will a) work closely with social policy colleagues globally to organize a cross-
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regional policy conference for developing country government staff on social protection which is tentativelyset for May 2011: ‘Expanding social protection coverage and strengthening social protection systems – meeting the challenges'; and (b) support the Social Protection Specialist in the development anddissemination of UNICEF’s Social Protection Framework. A third area of work will be environmentalscanning on new developments and analytical support in the area of social protection in order to respond tothe high internal demand for technical and policy inputs, e.g. circulating key articles or synthesizingemerging findings and lessons to UNICEF networks. In addition, the consultant will backstop the SocialProtection Specialist in supporting internal capacity-building and exchange.
 
3.Expected Results (Measurable results):
In carrying out the various tasks outlined in this TOR, the consultant will provide analytical inputs, technicalcapacity-building support, and produce empirical studies and other outputs for DPP-SPEA research on social protection. The main outputs are successful organization of the cross-regional workshop for partner government staff, ‘Expanding social protection coverage and strengthening social protection systems – meeting the challenges' and analytical inputs to the production and dissemination of UNICEF’s SocialProtection Framework publication.
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Duration:
11 months full-time; from 1 December 2010 to 31 October 2011. The consultant willwork on-site, although there is some flexibility to work part of the time off-site.
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Activities, resources, deadlines:Outputs/deliverablesDuration(persondays)DeadlineAmount payable(US$)breakdown
The consultant will provide support to DPP-SPEA (Division for Policy and Practice, Social Policy andEconomic Analysis Unit) work on the following:In close collaboration with the Social Protection Specialist,lead organization of cross-regional policy workshop on social protection ‘Expanding social protection coverage andstrengthening social protection systems meeting thechallenges'. This includes:-Identification of participants, working closely withcountry offices.
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Facilitating the development of workshop content andagenda, and identification of speakers and resource people as necessary.-Development of workshop materials andcommunications.
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Overseeing workshop logistics.
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Draft synthesis note on key discussion points andoutcomes of the conference.June 2011Support the Social Protection Specialist in the developmentand dissemination of UNICEF’s Social Protection Framework.This includes:-Writing sections and research assistance, as necessary.-Strategically seeking input and feedback fromUNICEF staff and external partners; consolidation of Final draft- January2011On-going,
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Outputs/deliverablesDuration(persondays)DeadlineAmount payable(US$)breakdown
feedback and revisions.-Development of a dissemination strategy.-Tailoring relevant sections for input to the GlobalChild Poverty Report.end of contract.Environmental scanning on new developments and analyticalsupport in the area of social protection:-Circulating key articles, new resources, and synthesisemerging findings and lessons to UNICEF networks,including Social Policy Community of Practice.
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Technical inputs to UNICEF Policy and Practicedeliverables (e.g. briefing notes, policy briefs, andresearch papers)On-going,end of contract.Backstop the Social Protection Specialist in supportinginternal capacity-building and practice exchange on social protection and its links to UNICEF’s strengthened focus onequity. Organize events and produce materials to engageUNICEF staff in moving forward internal thinking and policy/programme work on social protection, and to promoteUNICEF work with external actors. This includes:
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Organization of a social protection brown bag seriesin NYHQ, in collaboration with Programme Divisionand Emergencies colleagues.-Contribution and facilitation to social protectiondiscussions on intranet-based Community of Practice.-Development of specific technical notes, based on theUNICEF Framework and Social ProtectionProgramme Guidance papers, as necessary.-Technical assistance to regional and countrycolleagues as needed.On-going,end of contract.Provide assistance in the day-to-day management of social protection workstream related to social protection and providing support to the Social Protection Specialist while sheis on mission.On-going,end of contract.
TOTAL11monthsfull time
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Key skills, technical background, and experience required:
Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in economics, social sciences, public policy and/or international development policy;
Three to five years professional work experience in policy, technical assistance, capacity buildingrelated to social welfare/social protection.
Expert knowledge on social protection policy debates and evidence required.
Previous experience in social welfare/ social protection policy development or programmeimplementation at national level is a plus.
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