International/National Consultancy: Public Finance For the Social Sector – UNICEF


Job Description

Job no:556837
Contract type:Consultant
Duty Station:Khartoum
Categories:Social Policy
Advertised:07 Nov 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline:14 Nov 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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, 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 Kordofans, 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 purpose of this assignment is to strengthen UNICEF’s capacity to undertake timely and robust analysis of social and economic policies, especially government spending, to further strengthen the evidence base for the upcoming Country Program Document (CPD) four the coming four years, and enable a meaningful engagement with policy and budget makers at both national and sub-national level on Public Finance for Children (PF4C). UNICEF’s ultimate objective is to see public spending in Sudan become increasingly child responsive, equitable, efficient and effective. It is only through the transformation of public spending and effective planning and implementation of these budgets that the Government can improve the supply, equity, and quality of social services to children, especially the poorest and most deprived.  

1.      Collection and analysis of budget allocation and expenditure data

• Periodically collect budget and expenditure data on social sector areas such as health, education, social protection, WASH, child immunization and nutrition, and child protection, at both national and sub-national levels.

• Systematically organize and present data in excel format, including through use of visuals

• Analysis of public spending patterns and bottlenecks.

• Contribute to the production of budget and thematic briefs and follow-up advocacy based on the above analysis.

2.      PF4C macroeconomic scanning

• Periodically analyze macro-economic indicators to inform UNICEF’s work on PF4C.

• Keep track of, and analyze government’s socio-economic policies, strategies and programs with a bearing on PF4C/ social sector to inform programming and advocacy by UNICEF and its partners.

• Analyze and interpret regional and international commitments which relate to public spending and service delivery to children in Sudan.

• Analyze national (political, economic and socio-cultural) developments which may impact on public spending and service delivery to children in Sudan.

3.      Support PF4C-related research

• Support UNICEF with data collection and analysis for PF4C related researches such as investment cases, Public Expenditure Reviews, Fiscal Space Analysis budget absorption capacity studies and fiscal space analysis.

• Undertake secondary analysis of key reports and major national surveys to establish links with public spending patterns and provide on-demand support to PF4C work.

However, a detailed workplan and delivery schedule will be discussed and agreed upon before the specific project/activity commences to outline clear expectations.

**Delivery on this scope is expected to be 50% of time home based and  50% office based.  

**Deliverable-based Terms Of Reference and payment schedule.

**The assignment is open to both national and international consultants and the value for money assessment will be based on the total costs inclusive of travel expense estimates.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in economics, business studies, development studies, public administration or any other related social sciences.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Knowledge of public finance management is mandatory
  • Good analytical skills, especially applied to economics and public finance
  • Advanced quantitative analysis and capacity to synthesize huge data sets and information in a clear and user-friendly manner, using EXCEL.
  • Knowledge of the Sudanese budget cycle, and key actors is required
  • Good understanding of the political economy of Sudan is required 
  • 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 values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 


To view our competency framework, please visit here


UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 07 Nov 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 14 Nov 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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