National Consultancy: Public Finance and Social Protection Consultant, Lahore, 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 seek strategic guidance from Chief Social Policy and Chief Field Office to perform strategic functions and work closely with Social Policy Officer for execution of work plan. More specifically, the incumbent is expected to support following key areas:

  1. Improving use of public financial resources for children
  2. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children in the context of COVID-19
  3. Improve data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programming action in light of COVID 19

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


  • Organize inception discussion with P&D, Finance Dept. and OPM to review and roll out PF4C study for 2021/22;
  • Support implementation of PF4C capacity development plan for Punjab province;
  • Facilitate organizing of PF4C training for stakeholders;
  • Organize and execute advocacy meetings with Government Departments, Members of Provincial Assembly using results from the PF4C analysis;
  • Develop at least two policy briefs on PF4C in Punjab based on the PF4C analysis study;
  • Support EPRI to engage with social protection stakeholders for participation in social protection scoping mission;
  • Support coordination efforts of SP Islamabad team with P&D to kick start child poverty analysis;
  • Support SP Islamabad team and CFO in smooth implementation of SP Punjab work plan; and
  • Liaison and coordinating with BoS on data generation activities including MICS+, EP/DP profiles.


  • Meeting Organized with clear meeting minutes and action points prepared and signed by Secretary P&D
  • Draft capacity development plan prepared;
  • Training event organised and report prepared;
  • Advocacy events organised and conducted on PF4C;
  • At least two policy briefs;
  • At least1 events organized;
  • Activity reports prepared;
  • Study initiated with support of OPHI;
  • At least 2 Quarterly progress reports submitted; and
  • Meeting minutes and data products produced.

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
  • Demonstrated experience in working with multiple stakeholders across CSOs, government and civil society in the areas of research and evaluation

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 Lahore
  • 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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