Consultancy writer/copy editor to draft two reports on (i) the effective implementation of intergovernmental fiscal transfers in Tanzania and (ii) the URT social policy outlook, Tanzania

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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.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a vision

Tanzania has sustained high levels of economic growth over the past few years, with an average annual growth rate of 5.8%. However, the economy slowed down in 2020 with a growth rate of 2% down from 5.8%, with important consequences on poverty.

In close collaboration with Government and partners, UNICEF conducted a number of studies documenting socio-economic trends vis-a-vis the national vision and aspirations to transform the economy and sustainably transition to middle-income status. To achieve this goal, the government requires a healthy balance between economic and social investments.

UNICEF also worked closely with REPOA, ODI and DEGE to support the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP) and the President’s Office of Regional Administration and Local Government (POLARG) to deepen the understanding of the status of intergovernmental fiscal transfers in Tanzania. The research findings were presented in (i) a report analyzing the equity and effectiveness of intergovernmental fiscal transfers at the national level for the delivery of education and health services, (ii) a brief illustrating the status of resources allocation formulae utilization for health and education, and (iii) a case study on intra-regional inequities with a focus on Songwe region.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Economist of the Social Policy Section, on the basis of selected publications, the consultant/writer will produce two outputs.

1) Social Policy Outlook (15-20 pages): The consultant will prepare a synthetic overview of key findings from a broad range of analytical publications. Key documents include, but are not limited to the following publications: (i) “Raising the Bar: Achieving Tanzania’s Development Vision” (WB, 2021); (ii) ”The journey of a child in the United Republic of Tanzania 2021” (UNICEF, 2022); (iii) “10 things to know about children living in urban contexts in the United Republic of Tanzania” (UNICEF, 2022); (iv) “The State of Zanzibar’s Children: Evidence from the Zanzibar Household Budget Surveys (2010–2020)” (UNICEF, 2022); (v) “The State of Tanzania’s Children: Evidence from the Tanzania Mainland Household Budget Surveys (2010–2020)” (UNICEF, 2022); (vi) “The socioeconomic implications of the demographic transition in Zanzibar: From childhood to adulthood” (UNICEF, 2022); (vii) “The socioeconomic implications of the demographic transition in Tanzania Mainland: From childhood to adulthood” (UNICEF, 2022); (viii) Early Child Development investment case (UNICEF, 2022); (ix) Ujana

Salama and Stawisha Maisha investment case (UNICEF, 2022); (x) “Budget Issue Papers FY 2021/22” (UNICEF, 2022); (xi) “Intergovernmental fiscal transfers analysis”.

2) The effective implementation of intergovernmental fiscal transfers (20-30 pages): The consultant will prepare a summary report providing an overview of the relevance, efficiencies, and efficacies of intergovernmental fiscal transfers for the effective and equitable delivery of health and education services in Tanzania based on three existing studies: (i) a report analyzing the equity and effectiveness of intergovernmental fiscal transfers at national level for the delivery of education and health services, (ii) a brief illustrating the status of resources allocation formulae utilization for health and education, and (iii) a case study on intra-regional inequities with a focus on Songwe region. The document will contribute to providing a deeper understanding of the status of intergovernmental transfers in Tanzania and the implications for health and education services delivery. The publication is expected to illustrate new evidence and provide actionable policy recommendations to improve social services delivery and, ultimately, health and education outcomes.

KEY TASKS/DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME

The final deliverable are:

i) Social Policy Outlook

ii) Intergovernmental fiscal transfers report

Key Deliverables

Indicators

Duration

Output 1

1

Familiarizing with the reports

Outline preparation

7 days

2

Report writing

Draft report

7 days

3

Incorporating feedback

Final Report

2 days

Output 2

2

Familiarizing with the reports

Outline preparation

6 days

2

Report writing

Draft report

6 days

3

Incorporating feedback

Final Report

2

Sub-total number

14 days

Total number of days

30 days

PAYMENT SCHEDULE. Payments will be made upon submission and acceptance of the specified deliverables in the table above under section TASKS, DELIVERABLE AND TIME FRAME. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or failure to meet deadlines. The Consultant will be paid 100% of total cost upon submission of the final outputs.

ASSESSMENT / SELECTION PROCESS AND METHODS

  • Evaluations: The applicant should submit both technical and financial proposals which clearly stipulate how the work will be conducted. The Financial Proposal should include all costs of this assignment including fee, travel costs, accommodation as UNICEF will not pay any DSA.
  • Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will carry 25% showing the proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable (fees, travels and accommodation) and eventual total consultancy cost.

Technical proposal will be evaluated on the following the criteria:

  • Years of expertise and experience
  • Academic qualifications
  • Specialized expertise
  • Relevant Experience

Desk-based review of selected publication and existing analyses and research to edit/consolidate/contextualize as well as summarize the findings to produce the output highlighted above.

MEDICAL EVACUATION COVERAGE****. The consultant will be required to submit the proof of medical/Health Insurance with medical evacuation coverage.

DURATION AND LOCATION OF THE CONSULTANCY This consultancy covers a period of 30 working days from 1 December 2022 to 31 May 2023. The incumbent will be working remotely. (no travel needed for this consultancy)

REPORTING The consultancy will be reporting to the economists of the Social Policy Section.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • University degree in social sciences or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional work experience at national and international level in analysis, report writing and copy editing on child rights related work.
  • Extensive experience elaborating analytical studies as well as producing timely and high-quality analytical reports.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, advocacy and report writing skills.
  • Computer literacy, especially with excel, is required.

How to apply

Interested and eligible candidates (1) a cover letter (the cover letter should indicate relevant experience, availability and daily rate), (2) Resume, (3) Personal History (P11) form, (4) two samples of previous similar work and (5) three references.

All complete applications will be reviewed by Social Policy and Advocacy/UNICEF Tanzania.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/.

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