National Consultancy: Public Finance and Social Protection Consultant, Karachi, Pakistan, 6 months (For Pakistani Nationals only)

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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

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 safe home!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

How can you make a difference?

The social policy is a new section in UNICEF Pakistan country program. The program focuses on supporting implementation of child rights through policy advocacy, capacity development and evidence generation on child poverty, public finance for children PF4C and social protection. The proposed incumbent is expected to support UNICEF’s strategic thinking and engagement with government partners for advancing equity and quality of basic social services for all children through improved public finance and governance in Punjab region. The consultant will liaise closely with provincial department and officials for smooth implementation of work plan and strategic priorities for social policy program. The consultant will also work closely with all sector teams, Chief of Field Office and Islamabad team.

In view of this, Social Policy section intends to hire a short term consultant to provide technical support to i) policy level coordination and convening with Govt. counterparts mainly P&D, Finance and other Depts.; ii) support design of capacity building and advocacy initiatives on PF4C related initiatives; iii) support policy coordination and evidence building on social protection systems; and iv) Assist the section in generating research based policy papers and secondary data analysis in light of COVID-19 pandemic.

The incumbent shall be based in P&D and Finance Dept. Sindh and work closely with relevant focal points; the incumbent will also work with Social Policy section Islamabad and seek strategic guidance from relevant officials in Depts. Chief Social Policy and Chief Filed Office to perform day to day tasks. .

  1. Facilitate Depts. in launch and dissemination of PF4C study
  2. Provide support to social protection scoping exercise
  3. Lead preparation of SDG policy papers and data analysis in light of COVID 19

To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:


  • Support Depts. In preparation and approval of Capacity Development Plan
  • Provide logistical and operational support to PF4C training for stakeholders at district and provincial level
  • Work closely with SW Dept. and PCO to organise policy consultation with Parliamentarians, P&D, and other Depts. To discuss strategic recommendations and way forward on social protection scoping study by EPRI
  • Support P&D Dept. in rolling out child poverty analysis in coordination with UNDP, OPHI and PCO
  • Provide periodic updates to CFO and SP Islamabad team on status of implementation
  • Support P&D. Dept. in conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments of OOSC children and disability vulnerability assessment in light of COVID 19
  • Provide technical support to SDG Unit, P&D Dept. and UNDP in preparation of policy papers on SDG Localization


  • Draft capacity development plan prepared
  • Training event organized and report prepared
  • At least 2 events organized
  • Activity reports prepared
  • Study initiated with support of OPHI
  • At least 2 Quarterly progress reports submitted
  • Draft Research papers prepared
  • Draft Research Papers prepared and disseminated

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Statistics/Economics, or another relevant technical field. (Development Studies, Economics, Public Policy, Social policy, Anthropology, Political science, International Relations) *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of data, social policy, public finance and research in development sector with advance degree
  • Excellent understanding of public and private sector landscape at federal and provincial level.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with public sector stakeholders i.e. Planning and Development Dept., Ministry Finance and other Depts.
  • Experience of managing policy level researches and analytical projects
  • Excellent experience of policy level coordination and presentation within range of stakeholders
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in: Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness; Works Collaboratively with others; Builds and Maintains Partnerships; Innovates and Embraces Change; Thinks and Acts Strategically; Drives to achieve impactful results and Manages ambiguity and complexity. View our competency framework at: 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


  • Estimated Duration: 6 months, estimate starting date: 15 June 2021
  • The consultant will be based in Karachi
  • The consultancy is at NOB equivalent level.
  • Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating monthly fee as part of the application against each deliverable.
  • HEC Attested and verified degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. Candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.


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.

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