International Consultant to analyze the costs and financing of Birth registration in Sudan – UNICEF


International Consultant to analyze the costs and financing of Birth registration in Sudan, 6 months (75 working days), Khartoum with travels to the fields, Sudan. Req No# 535872

Job Description

Job no:535872
Contract type:Consultancy
Categories:Child Protection, Consultancy
Advertised:16 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline:30 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential to the benefit of a better world.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope 

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan’s, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

The objective of the consultancy is to provide technical support to the Ministry of Interior in order to obtain evidence on the costs of providing birth registration services for children, and to obtain information on the level of government budget support to birth registration at the national, state and locality level, as well as the costs borne by families. The study will be used to assist the government in effective financial planning for birth registration to ensure equitable access for all children through enabling a costed Birth registration exercise. This study will be conducted in close coordination with the Ministry of interior, Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.

The proposed tasks are is highly technical and requires experience on sound economic and budgetary analysis in addition to previous experience in conducting cost and financing analyses in developing countries.

Basic objectives of consultancy

Assess current practices in relation to BR

  • Desk review to identify and assess current practices in relation to BR.
  • Analyze results from both secondary and primary sources to assist with the development of an evidence-based study.
  • Interview different stakeholders.
  • Identify any current best practices and Determine a common vision of good (better) practices
  • Identify the various stakeholders, their roles and responsibilities and work with stakeholders to understand practices that would allow for improvements.

Support the development of a comprehensive report based on reliable data and evidence from the system and identify the barriers

  • Develop the survey instruments and tools including the final reporting format
  • Data arrangement and analysis with team.
  • Prepare a first draft of the report including detailed analysis based on data review and survey feedback

Develop a robust analysis on the cost benefit for birth registration and birth certificate in Sudan 

  • Consultation meeting with stakeholders on the findings.
  • Finalization of the report based on the data collected and inclusion of feedback from government and UNICEF.

More detailed specific time bound deliverables in addition to the ones listed above expected for each task will be discussed in details, including the deliverable date, quality of deliverable, any proration of fees due to delay or un acceptable quality, with the selected consultant before issuing the contract.  

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

  • Minimum of a Masters’ degree in economics/public financing systems, Child protection or related field.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in carrying out financial feasibility studies in the field of child protection in developing countries
  • Spoken and written fluency in English, knowledge of Arabic language is desirable.
  • Experience of working with Ministries in other developing countries on similar issues
  • Excellent analytical, communication and, report writing skills
  • Previous work experience in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and proficiency in Arabic language is an asset.
  • Previous experience with UNICEF in this field is essential.
  • Developing country work experience and-or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate

Our core values of Commitment, Density and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

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.

No Fee


Advertised: 16 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 30 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time

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