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Jul 172018
 

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Viet Nam
Closing date: 29 Jul 2018

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Background

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recognizes that the proactive, transparent and balanced management of a country’s public finances is instrumental for promoting and protecting children’s rights. Parliaments around the world play an important role in advocating, approving, monitoring and overseeing the allocation of public funds for the realization of children’s rights. Legislative bodies have tremendous potential to facilitate deliberations across multiple groups such as business groups, academics, policy lobbies and social organizations to develop broad-based consensus around budgetary priorities. Parliaments, however, often require the support in capacity strengthening or resources to ensure the adequate design and planning of programs and services to serve the needs of the most vulnerable[1].

In Viet Nam, the 2015 State Budget Law stipulated clear roles of the National Assembly in making decisions in budget policies on taxation and debt management, 5-year financial plans, budget estimates, allocation of central government budget, inter-governmental transfers, investments in national target programmes and other important projects, and importantly oversight of the state budget enactment. At sub-national level, people’s councils play crucial roles, similar to the National Assembly, to oversee policy implementation and make important decisions, which are vital for realization of children’s rights on the ground. Therefore, UNICEF Viet Nam through its cooperation programme with the National Assembly aims to further strengthen the capacity of deputies and members of people’s councils in overseeing child related laws and policies, particularly budget oversight for realization of children’s rights.

Justification

In the context of Ho Chi Minh city which has achieved its financial autonomy status, the role of the people’s council is especially important in resource allocation and utilization for realization of gender equality and child rights. Building on institutional strengths of the people’s council in Ho Chi Minh city, and within in the One UN context, UNICEF and UN Women have been working together to strengthen the capacity of HCMC People’s Council members in budget oversight for gender responsiveness and child rights through development of a guideline on child- and gender-responsive budgeting and budget oversight for children’s rights and gender equality, facilitation of training and coaching in rolling out these tools during the budgetary processes. These tasks require specialized expertise in several areas, i.e. public financial management in Vietnamese context, child rights and gender equality. As such, it is necessary for UNICEF have national consultancy in developing a specific module on budget oversight for children’s rights as part of the above mentioned comprehensive guideline.

Purpose

The main purpose of this consultancy is to strengthen the capacity of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council members in budget oversight for child rights realisation.

Location

Home-based assignment with 3 trips to Ho Chi Minh City.

Duration

Around 30 days tentatively from August – December 2018.

Objectives, tasks, expected deliverables and timeline:

Specific objectives of this assignment include:

  • Develop a practical guideline on child-responsive budgeting for the People’s Councils at sub-national levels as part of an overall document on child- and gender-responsive budgeting,
  • Develop and deliver a practical training program (including training materials) to roll out this guideline for all members of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council, and
  • Provide on-site coaching to pre-test the guideline.
  • In order to undertake this activity, it is envisaged that two consultants will be required to work in a team to fulfil the above objectives – one lead consultant with the background in public finance management while the other consultant will need to complement with his/her expertise and experience in capacity development, especially for government agencies and/or elected bodies. It is expected that the lead consultant in consultation with UNICEF will be responsible for selecting the second consultant and proposing a detailed work plan with his/her team member with specific outputs required for this member. The Lead Consultant will be solely responsible for the other consultant, including support for quality insurance of deliverables.

    In addition, as presented above, this work is the initiative between UNICEF, UN Women and Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Council and Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the consultants are expected to closely work with UN Women and their consultants to ensure the module on budget oversight for children’s rights is an integral part of the overall guideline supported by UN Women and UNICEF.

    This assignment should deploy different methods: i) Desk review of relevant international and national guidance, frameworks, policies and plans related to realization of child rights and public finance for children; ii) Development of user-friendly module and adult-learning program on budget oversight for realization of children rights as part of the comprehensive guideline on gender-responsible budgeting and budget oversight for children’s rights supported by UN Women and UNICEF respectively; and iii) Provide hands-on coaching to pre-test the guideline in at least two districts of Ho Chi Minh City.

    [1] UNICEF (2016) Working Paper Series No#1 on Evidence and Guidance on Working with Parliaments on Budget Advocacy, Monitoring and Oversight for Children’s Rights: Synthesis of Findings

    Detailed Tasks and Deliverables as attached TOR.Consultancy Notice TOR for PF4C oversight with people council_PME-HR QA.DOCX

    Qualification/Specialized Knowledge and Experience

    Management and Reporting

    The overall oversight is the Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Social Policy and Governance Programme, UNICEF Viet Nam while the day-to-day management of this assignment is the relevant Programme Specialist (Social Policy and Governance Programme).

    Performance indicators for evaluation

    Indicators for completion and satisfaction measurement are based on UNICEF Viet Nam evaluation and judgement, and not that of the Consultant. This means that deliverables will be deemed satisfactory only if said so by the Supervisors of the Consultancy. The Supervisors are required to provide timely and written feedback to the Consultant in order to avoid miscommunication. The evaluation of UNICEF Viet Nam for the performance of this consultancy is made upon the indicators below:

  • Timeliness of the deliverables;
  • Timeliness of feedback from all stakeholders;
  • Quality of feedback from all stakeholders;
  • Quality of the deliverables;
  • Qualification/Specialized Knowledge and Experience

    Requirements for the lead consultant:

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Post-graduate degree in public finance, economics or equivalent fields with at least 15 years of experience in public finance management, especially for social and children issues;
  • Knowledge and Skills

  • Good knowledge and understanding of Vietnamese budgetary and decision making processes.
  • Competencies

  • Track record on successful delivery of high level expert advice to governments, elected bodies and international organisations;
  • Capacity to design and deliver training in budget monitoring and oversights for the Government and elected bodies.
  • Languages

  • Fluent in both English and Vietnamese
  • Requirements for the member consultant:

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Post-graduate degree in public policies, public administration or equivalent fields with at least 15 years of experience in public policy making and/or policy advice, especially for social and children issues
  • Knowledge and Skills

  • Good knowledge and understanding of Vietnamese budgetary and decision making processes.
  • Competencies

  • Track record on successful delivery of high level expert advice to governments and elected bodies;
  • Capacity to design and deliver training in public social policies, especially in budget monitoring and oversights for elected bodies (the National Assembly and People’s Councils) is an asset.
  • Languages

  • Fluent in Vietnamese
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Assessment criteria

    For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:

    Technical Qualification (max. 100 points) weight 70 %

    Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30 %

    Technical Evaluation (70%)

    100 points

  • Post-graduate degree in public finance, economics or equivalent fields with at least 15 years of experience in public finance management, especially for social and children issues;
  • 25

  • Good knowledge and understanding of Vietnamese budgetary and decision making processes.
  • 30

  • Track record on successful delivery of high level expert advice to governments, elected bodies and international organisations;
  • 25

  • Capacity to design and deliver training in budget monitoring and oversights for the Government and elected bodies.
  • 20

    Financial evaluation (30%)

    100 points

    The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

    The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview if needed.

    Submission of applications

    Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/

  • Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;
  • Technical proposal which clearly explains the outline on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables (preferably less than 3 pages);
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
  • Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee, travel and accommodation cost for this assignment as per work assignment.
  • CV/P11 form (UN Personal History Form)
  • Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 29 July 2018 at 23:55 hours Viet Nam Time.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514622

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