Federal Level and in two of the following states: Plateau, Gombe, Cross River, Lagos states
Unicef
Nigeria
3d ago

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  • Purpose of Assignment :
  • Provision of technical assistance and advocacy support for the development of MDAs 2019 budget submissions on Child Protection services at Federal Level and in two of the following states : Â Plateau, Gombe, Cross River, Lagos states (Lead Consultant).

    The results of the 2014 Violence Against Children Survey provide, for the first time, national estimates that describe the magnitude and nature of sexual, physical and emotional violence experienced by girls and boys in Nigeria.

    The findings indicate that violence against children is a serious problem in Nigeria, with over half of children (60%) experiencing at least one form of violence before the age of 18.

    UNICEF believes that in order to tackle this issue and achieve the eradication of Violence against Children as expected by Goal 16.

    2 of the SDGs, Nigeria ought to strengthen its Child Protection System, consisting of legislative measures, services and structures to allow for a holistic and comprehensive intervention to both prevent and respond to Violence against Children.

    Since 2015, UNICEF has been supporting the roll out of a modeling system for Child Protection System Strengthening led by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, as well as the relevant Ministries in the States of Gombe, Plateau, Lagos and Cross River.

    A precondition for a successful strengthening of child protection system is dependent upon the extent to which the State and Federal Government sufficiently allocate and release funds to coordinate and provide a minimum package of both preventive and protective child protection services at state, local government area and ward level.

    In order to advocate for increased public funding for child protection services, there is a need for solid evidence not only on what the extent of current budget allocations and expenditure is but also what the economic cost of inaction would be in case the Government does not make the necessary investments to end violence against children.

    To generate evidence for advocacy, UNICEF conducted a series of studies and analyses in 2017, including a) the Child Protection Financial Benchmark which provides a comparative baseline assessment of state expenditure on child protection services in 2014-

  • 2015; b) the Economic Burden of Violence against Children study, which examines the economic loss of GDP due to life-long consequences of violence against children, specifically with regards selected health and education outcomes;
  • c) the Costing of Child Protection services which provides various scenarios of costs for the set up and roll out of the minimum package of services needed for a functional Child Protection system.

  • UNICEF seeks now to hire two national consultants to provide technical assistance to the next phase of this work by : i) facilitating advocacy with the key Government agencies for the allocation of adequate and specific budget allocations for child protection services and programmes at Federal and State level in the four focus states;
  • ii) provide direct technical assistance to selected agencies both at Federal and State level in the four focus states for the inclusion of specific Child Protection lines in the budget submissions for 2019 and follow up their approval by the National assembly and the respective State assemblies;
  • iii) contribute to the documentation of the process and the consolidation of budgetary guidelines for use by relevant MDAs in future and lead their validation by Government.

    The National Consultants will work under the technical supervision of an expert International Consultancy firm which will provide both remote and in-

    country technical oversight and guidance. Each of the national consultants will be assigned 2 states out of the 4 mentioned above.

    The assignment of the Federal portfolio for this consultancy post will be confirmed at the time of appointment.

  • Major Tasks to be accomplished : (estimated time required completing tasks. Attach additional sheets, if necessary, to describe assignments)
  • Time frame

  • Work Plan : Contribute to the development of a detailed draft work plan for the provision of technical assistance and advocacy to 2019 budget consolidation in collaboration with international consultant, UNICEF and Partners.
  • Month 1 : 1 working week

  • Development of Draft Guideline Budget Template for the inclusion of CP-related lines in MDAs’ budget submissions : Collaborate with the international consultant to review the draft guideline budget templates for agencies to use when preparing CP inclusive budget submission This entails facilitating contact with the relevant MDAs and collecting budget information as needed to compile the guidelines.
  • Facilitate the validation of the draft guideline budget templates by key MDAs in the focus states and Federal.

    Month 1-6 throughout. 2 working weeks

  • Prepare and conduct advocacy with Government partners in two of the focus States on the need for allocation and release of adequate funding for CP services and programmes :
  • Provide technical inputs into the development of sector advocacy briefs and Draft Advocacy Strategy and develop implementation plan for each state.

    Provide technical inputs into the consolidation of advocacy materials for MDAs on the need to allocate increased resources to CP services, in collaboration with the international consultant, UNICEF and Partners.

    Prepare, Lead and / or support High Level Advocacy visits to relevant MDAs, Federal and State assembly representatives and other key decision-

    makers in coordination with UNICEF, International consultants and Partners.

    Month 1-2 : 3 working weeks

  • Provision of direct technical assistance to relevant MDAs in two of the focus States (as well as with key Federal agencies to be confirmed at the time of appointment) for the inclusion of CP allocations in 2019 budget submissions.
  • This is the core of the consultancy and would entail several tasks to be precisely defined at the time of consolidation of work plan and in consultation with UNICEF and the international consultants, including as a minimum the following main ones : Â

  • Support identification of key stakeholders and facilitate communication with counterparts in selected MDAs;
  • Review and finalise timeline for 2019 budget consolidation and submission in two of the Focus States and Federal (TBC).
  • Attend and support facilitation of training on Costing Model of Child Protection services and its utilisation for budgeting of services with guidance by International consultant.
  • Assist key agencies to analyse trends in internal budget allocations and expenditures related to child protection, building on the findings of the Child Protection Financial Benchmark.
  • In coordination with international consultant, conduct visits to key MDAs to provide direct technical assistance in the consolidation of the budget proposals for 2019 and ensure that Child Protection services are adequately budgeted for, in accordance with the data of the Costing models.
  • Assist the preparation of briefing notes for the Ministers of relevant MDAs to use for their budget defense in relation to CP budget lines.
  • Months 1- 4 : 6 working weeks

  • Provision of direct technical assistance to relevant MDAs in two of the focus States (as well as with key Federal agencies to be confirmed at the time of appointment) for the inclusion of CP allocations in 2019 budget submissions.
  • This is the core of the consultancy and would entail several tasks to be precisely defined at the time of consolidation of work plan and in consultation with UNICEF and the international consultants, including as a minimum the following main ones : Â

  • Support identification of key stakeholders and facilitate communication with counterparts in selected MDAs;
  • Review and finalise timeline for 2019 budget consolidation and submission in two of the Focus States and Federal (TBC).
  • Attend and support facilitation of training on Costing Model of Child Protection services and its utilisation for budgeting of services with guidance by International consultant.
  • Assist key agencies to analyse trends in internal budget allocations and expenditures related to child protection, building on the findings of the Child Protection Financial Benchmark.
  • In coordination with international consultant, conduct visits to key MDAs to provide direct technical assistance in the consolidation of the budget proposals for 2019 and ensure that Child Protection services are adequately budgeted for, in accordance with the data of the Costing models.
  • Assist the preparation of briefing notes for the Ministers of relevant MDAs to use for their budget defense in relation to CP budget lines.
  • Working Modalities :

    1.Contract Management : UNICEF Nigeria Child Protection Section is responsible for the management of this consultancy contract.

    All final deliverable must be submitted for review to the Supervisor of the post, who will be responsible for approving payment / s according to the proposed payment schedule.

    2. Technical Oversight : The national consultant is expected to coordinate closely and work under the technical supervision of Cornerstone Economic Research, a consulting firm based in South Africa and under institutional contract with UNICEF Nigeria.

  • The national consultants will be responsible for working directly with the task teams in each of the key MDAs at Federal level and in the four states to develop the budget submissions and supporting advocacy brief that covers the child protection services provided by the MDA.
  • In doing so they will use and be guided by : the CP Costing Model prepared by Cornerstone Economic Research on behalf of UNICEF for the MDAsthe budget guideline template prepared by Cornerstone Economic Research on behalf of UNICEF;
  • andthe draft sector advocacy briefs prepared by Cornerstone Economic Research on behalf of UNICEF.

  • Cornerstone will liaise with the national consultants and the UNICEF staff to assist and advise on the work. This may involve accompanying the national consultants on some of their visits to MDAs.
  • Cornerstone will review and provide feedback on the budget submissions and advocacy briefs consolidated by the national consultants with the inputs from relevant MDAs and UNICEF staff.
  • The national consultants will be responsible for preparing for and presenting at the workshops to co-ordinate MDAs budget submissions in each state and at Federal level.
  • Collaboration with UNICEF Field Offices : While the national consultants report to UNICEF Nigeria Country Office and the Supervisor of the post based in Abuja, they are expected to collaborate closely with UNICEF Field Offices responsible for the relevant states and specifically with the Field Offices Child Protection Specialists.

    This will entail arranging joint visits with the MDAs, informing the specialists of communication with the MDAs, incorporating Field Offices feedback and comments during the consolidation of the the expected deliverable and other cooperation modalities as advised by the Supervisor of the post.

    End Product / Deliverables : (eg. final report, article, document etc.)- give specific descriptions of end products and specific time / dates they are expected for contract running into several months.

  • Detailed Work Plan with timeline. Est. Delivery Date Mid July 2018
  • Technical Inputs for advocacy materials. Estimated Delivery date. End July 2018.
  • Technical Inputs to Advocacy strategy and States implementation plan. End July 2018
  • Consolidated technical inputs for the inclusion of specific CP Budget Lines in 2019 MDAs Budget submissions in the assigned States and Federal.
  • By end of August (Task to be completed depending on State Budget cycle / Federal budget cycle).

  • Technical Inputs to Ministers / Commissioners talking points for budget defense. By end of September deliverable to be completed depending on each State budget Cycle / Federal budget cycle).
  • Technical inputs to guideline budget template and technical assistance programme documentation. (by end of November 2018).
  • Academic qualifications or specialized knowledge / experience and competencies required :
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in the field of Public Finance Management, Budgeting and / or Accounting, preferably in relation to public civil service or in the no-profit sector;
  • Â Advanced degree in Economics, Public Policy, Development Studies, Public Finance, or similar disciplines.
  • Demonstrable experience working and advocating with Nigerian government agencies at Federal and / or State level, particularly in the field of economic planning and budgeting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current development issues, with particular focus on child poverty and child protection is a strong asset.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing; particularly demonstrable capacity to train, coach and impart knowledge will be considered an asset;
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent drafting skills in English;
  • Good Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office application, specifically good working knowledge of Excel is required.
  • Fluency in the local languages of the Focus states is an asset.
  • Excellent planning skills and capacity for autonomous work is a strong asset
  • UNICEF key competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Result will also be considered during the selection process.
  • Applicants should indicate an all-inclusive fee

    Estimated time of consultancy and deadline for submission of end product : 12 working weeks spread across 6 months. Estimated July to December 2018

    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.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    Opening Date Thu May 17 2018 04 : 00 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT) W. Central Africa Standard Time

    Closing Date Thu May 31 2018 18 : 55 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT)

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