National Consultancy: IT Specialist to NSAF specialising in Mobile Applications Development for Social Assistance programs

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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.

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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

In December 2023, the Royal Government of Cambodia officially launched the Guideline on the Implementation of the Family Package of Social Assistance. This integrated approach towards social assistance has been designed to offer comprehensive support to vulnerable families and individuals by streamlining administrative procedures and expanding eligibility. It encapsulates key elements such as the cash transfers to reduce poverty and vulnerabilities and enhancing human capital in the Cambodian population. Key programmes include the Cash Transfer Programme for Pregnant Women and Children under 2 years (CT-PWC), Scholarship Programme for Primary and Secondary School Students, Cash Transfer for Persons with Disabilities (CT-PWD), and the Cash Transfer for the Elderly aged 60 and above. The foundational principle of these programmes is non-discrimination with the intention of reducing HIV-risk through all-encompassing support to underprivileged individuals, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or HIV status, thereby addressing issues associated with low income, limited education, and health-seeking behaviour.

The National Social Assistance Fund (NSAF) has implemented several digitized Information Management Systems to expand and improve services. These systems manage various national cash transfer programmes, such as the Cash Transfer for Pregnant Women and Children under two, the Cash Transfer for IDpoor households and vulnerable during COVID-19, cash transfer for At-risk households affected by floods and global inflation, and the TVET Cash Transfer programmes. These digital systems aim to establish a standardized approach for using mobile applications and web-based cash transfer delivery systems. Building on the experiences and lessons learned from these digital systems, the integrated Mobile Application and MIS for the implementation of the integrated cash transfer programme, "the Family Package", has been fully developed, tested, and has operationalized the implementation of the Family Package, scheduled to roll out in April 2024.

In order to expedite the successful execution and potential enhancements of these programmes, as well as to ensure the interoperability of data systems with other social protection programmes, monitoring and evaluation systems, TVET, disability management information systems (DMIS), and other related platforms, a National IT Specialist is required. This IT specialist will assist the National Social Assistance Fund (NSAF) with the development and modification of mobile applications for Social Assistance. These apps include the Family Package and TVET applications, modules for monitoring, risk and vulnerability assessment, and feedback mechanism, with a primary focus on interoperability of data systems among platforms.

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

Minimum Qualification

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science, software engineering, or a related field
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in software development, Mobile/App development, or related fields is required.


  • Solid Experience building Progressive Web Applications, Native Android applications in JAVA,
  • Native IOS applications in SWIFT
  • Advanced Java and Swift coding, debugging, and compilation experience.
  • Knowledge of using the Flutter framework
  • Experience with programming in Objective-C
  • NET coding experience is a plus.
  • Proven experience interfacing securely with core banking systems
  • Expert level coding utilizing PHP, the Laravel Framework (or other PHP framework)
  • Complex database structures
  • Ability to write unit tests, perform other code tests, and UI and UX testing.
  • Proficiency in designing and implementing secure systems that utilize a multitude of real-time transactions.

Please find the terms of reference for this consultancy and the financial proposal template in the attachments below.

ToR for App development specialist to NSAF - TMS.pdf

Financial proposal template.docx

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 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.

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.


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. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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