UNICEF Maldives requires an international consultant for technical support in a broad range of social policy areas to address the challenges facing the children and women of the country. The consultant will be required to advise the Representative and the UNICEF Maldives programme team in advocacy for increased public resource allocation and budgeting towards the social sector. The objective will be to support the goal of universal coverage of basic social services and the creation of a protective environment for children. S/He will be required to actively engage with Government, UN agencies civil society and the private sector to support implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.

The consultant will facilitate dialogue amongst key stakeholders and contribute to strengthen establishment of relevant legal and policy frameworks, convene and engage with relevant partners to ensure that children’s rights and gender issues are adequately reflected in all legislation, regulations and policies directly related to realization of child rights.

1.What is the basic project objective to which the consultancy is related Provide technical guidance to the Representative and the programme team on policy direction, work plans and control mechanism and by monitoring compliance and performance standards in accordance with the UNDAF, CPD and policy documents of the Government of the Maldives.
2.Duty station: Male’ with travel to selected islands
3.Supervisor : Zeba Tanvir Bukhari ( Representative) Major tasks to be accomplished (estimate the time required to complete each task)

Under the guidance of the Country Representative, and with the technical support of the Regional advisor social policy, the successful candidate will support the Maldives Country Office in:

i. Advocacy for economic policies, legislative measures and budgetary allocations that advance the realization of children’s and women’s rights and gender equality. Analyze social and economic policies and budgetary allocations and identify strategies that advance the realization of the rights of children and women with equity with a specific focus on decentralization, private-public partnership and social protection. Provide advice to Government on strengthening of decentralized implementation and monitoring of social services to ensure that these services reach out in innovative and effective ways to the most vulnerable children and families.

ii. Partnering with governments, parliamentarians, development entities and civil society organizations, to understand and document the impact of public policy on children in the Maldives. Participate in social policy discussions on social development with the Government, engage in and establish constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of social policies contributing to the progressive realization of child rights.

iii. Supporting the CO in the formulation, design, and planning of policies and results-based management to achieve UNICEF's medium-term strategic priorities. Oversee systematic collection of qualitative data and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women to provide the base-lines for result based decisions on interventions and evaluations. Develop information systems for monitoring child rights indicators with emphasis on community and child participation.

iv. Undertake analysis of sector budgets and update current information on budgeting and spending patterns for social sector programmes. Monitor the decentralization status of social services on an on-going basis to support advocacy for greater public resources and budget allocation for social development and the prioritization of resource allocations for universal coverage of essential services for children.

v. Participate in policy dialogue and monitor the discussions on the way that budgets are debated, formulated, executed and monitored in Maldives. Contribute to exchanges on the sharing of resources and impact of public investments allocated to realizing child rights in the country.

vi. Analyze the macroeconomic context of social sector investments and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns as well as implications on Child Rights and propose/ promote appropriate responses in respect of such issues.

vii. Ensure that the policy, advocacy and research portfolio enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the M & E component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.

viii. Contribute to the capacity building of staff and selected partners in the key areas of social policy. Identify critical partners, promote awareness and build capacity of partners and actively facilitate effective collaboration within the UN family. Identification and capacity building of possible future local staff to work on Social policy at MCO.

ix. Develop and finalize a fund raising proposal for UNICEF to float to potential donors for promotion of social policy work in the Maldives.

x. Develop and finalize donor reports and annual report of UNICEF. 5. End product (e.g. final report, article, document, etc.)

i. Map of social protection interventions with an analysis of impact on children and on equity, and critical assessment of different targeting procedures. i. Proposal for UNICEF support to social policy work in the Maldives. Outline conceptual foundations and practice of decentralized delivery of social services. Identifying cross-sectoral successes and problems linked with decentralization, major enabling or constraining factors and strategies adapted to accommodate these factors with equity perspective. These include functional assignments, budgetary allocations, financial flows, human resource issues, and the role of demand and community mobilization amongst others. ii. Monthly reports. iii. Fund raising proposal on Social Policy for UNICEF Maldives to submit to potential donors.

1. Estimated duration of contract and deadline for submission of end-product

August 28, 2011-February 27, 2012

1. Official travel involved (itinerary and duration)

Office based work with frequent travel to Atolls and islands as per need (itinerary to be developed)


Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required

Advanced university degree in economics or other relevant disciplines such as Public (Social) Policy, Social Protection, International Development
3. Relevant professional work in international development, some of which must be in developing countries.
4. Depth and span of experience in developing economic and social policy.
5. Knowledge of economic and social research, policy analysis and public-sector budgeting.
6. Demonstrated ability to analyse macroeconomic data.
7. Demonstrated ability to analyse and integrate diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
8. Demonstrated ability to provide strategic solutions to challenging issues.
9. Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking. Fluent in English.
10. Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
11. Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.
12. Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization. Good training and facilitation skills.
13. Excellent writing and reporting skills.
14. Past experience of working with UNICEF.
15. Minimum 8-10 years of relevant professional work experience

If you are interested for this consultancy, kindly submit your updated CV and UN Personal History Form by Monday 5 September 2011 to: C. V. Balakrishnan Operations Officer UNICEF Maldives e-mail: vbalakrishnan@unicef.org and cc to knoordeen@unicef.org