National Consultant: Senior Social Protection Expert

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Background

Ghana has a rich tradition of social protection interventions aimed at alleviating and reducing poverty. Although the National Social Protection Strategy developed in 2007 and revised in 2012 had significant positive impacts on poverty reduction, it was the Social Protection Rationalization Study (2013) and the diagnostic processes used to formulate the Medium-Term National Development Framework (GSGDA II) that highlighted the need for a holistic National Social Protection Policy. The MoGCSP led the development of the policy which was approved by Cabinet in 2015.

The Policy’s objective is to:

  • Provide a framework for delivering social protection coherently and holistically;
  • Build on the values and principles of fundamental human rights espoused by the Constitution;
  • Interpret social protection and the social protection floor in the Ghanaian context;
  • Begin from targeting the poor with improved access to healthcare, basic income, access to economic activities and social security;
  • Scale up social protection incrementally to address the demands and risks individuals encounter at different stages of the life-cycle.

The Ministry in collaboration with stakeholders finalized and approved an Implementation Plan for the Policy in 2017. It specified the main actions for achieving the objectives as laid out in the policy, the key performance indicators for measuring progress towards the attainment of the stated objectives and the Government Departments and Agencies expected to take the specified actions. The Policy is to be implemented in the next one and half decades from 2018 till 2031 in three phases; short (2018-2020), medium (2021-2024) and long term (2025-2031). The MoGCSP as the coordinating Ministry for social protection, is expected to lead on various activities in the plan and to also collaborate with other sectoral Ministries and Agencies on the activities under their purview. The Social Protection Directorate (SPD) under the Ministry has prioritized some activities for implementation this year which is reflected in their 2018 annual work plan which also happens to be the first year of implementation of their short-term plan.

Purpose of the Assignment

This consultant will provide the Ministry with on-going technical and coordination guidance to facilitate:

  • A Consensus among the various sector leads on working together to achieve the plan objectives as well as the development of relevant functional tools and templates for implementation monitoring and reporting on progress in their various sectors.
  • Collaboration with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for policy and programme monitoring, including engagement strategy and creation of a coordinated CSO platform on social accountability to support delivery of social protection services.
  • High level engagements with policy makers on the inclusive development agenda.

The consultant is expected to work closely with the Social Protection Director and its partners to ensure a consolidated and coordinated effort needed for the successful implementation of the prioritized activities.

Tasks to be Completed

This assignment is to provide advisory/technical services to the Social Protection Directorate and relevant partners to ensure effective roll out of the policy with focus on the areas outlined below:

1. Technical Guidance on Implementation of the Social Protection Policy

To ensure the full operationalization of the Implementation Plan, it is important to measure progress being made on the Plan itself. This will enable the Ministry to identify gaps and challenges with implementation and adapt as required. The Ministry is expected to work with other sector agencies on various activities that are not directly under their purview but which they need to coordinate and ensure those activities are implemented and followed through as prescribed by the policy. The Consultant will be expected to:

  • Steer the SPD to effectively coordinate with other sectors/agencies to ensure harmonized approach towards the roll out of the policy. This will include the operationalization of the social protection monitoring and evaluation framework and the development of the first social protection sector annual performance report;
  • Review progress made on the Social Protection Implementation Plan and Transition Agenda and identify gaps;
  • Facilitate consultations with relevant stakeholders on the Social Protection Policy Implementation Plan and on the Government of Ghana’s functional social welfare support programme document;
  • Provide strategic guidance/advise to the Social Protection Director as may be required during the contract period

2. Facilitate Collaborative work with Civil Society Organizations on Social Accountability in the delivery of Social Protection

The Social Protection Policy recognizes the important role played by CSOs in social protection delivery. The policy prescribes roles for CSOs specifically in monitoring policy and programme implementation. Based on a social protection CSO mapping exercise conducted by UNICEF earlier this year, the unit seeks to engage relevant CSOs on social accountability in the delivery of social protection that is systematic, results based and sustainable. The Consultant will be expected to:

  • Provide advice on the mechanisms of engagement/forms of partnerships with relevant CSOs;
  • Guide the development of capacity building materials for relevant CSOs in social accountability;
  • Work with CSOs to develop a roadmap for their engagement with UNICEF on social accountability;
  • Provide guidance for establishing partnership between Government and CSOs on social accountability;
  • Facilitate engagements with relevant partners and provide strategic advice and support as may be required.3. Guide the Setup and Scale-up of Social Protection Institutional Structures

The Policy prescribes the setup of social protection institutional structures at various levels to ensure effective coordination and oversight of the sector from the national to the decentralized levels. In collaboration with the Social Protection Directorate and the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS), the Consultant will be expected to:

  • Guide the OHLGS and the SPD to effectively coordinate the activities of all the relevant stakeholders (GOG, World Bank, UNICEF, EU and CSOs) towards the set up and operationalization of social protection institutional structures in some selected Districts;
  • Facilitate engagement with Coordinating Directors of Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies on their role and responsibilities in the social protection decentralized structure;
  • Document the processes for the setup of social protection institutional structures in selected districts and lessons learnt for scale up.4. Provide Technical Guidance on Inclusive Development

This task is to provide support for UNICEF’s ongoing Inclusive Development work. UNICEF together with some partners led the Inclusive Development forum last two years which resulted in the formulation of key outcome statements meant to guide policy design for a more equitable nation. UNICEF seeks to leverage and build on its Inclusive Development work through high level engagements with policy makers and relevant stakeholders for continuous support and commitment to this agenda. The Consultant will be expected to:

  • In collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission and the Ministry of Planning, develop a roadmap for engagement with high level policy makers after the next inclusive growth forum;
  • Support UNICEF, NDPC and the Ministry of Planning to organise policy dialogues with various sectors on specific themes (coming out of the forum);
  • Support the development of outcome statements from the next inclusive growth forum in line with relevant policy provisions.

Deliverables and Time Frame for Submission

The following deliverables are expected:

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Deliverables

Duration

1

Draft and submit the Social Protection sector annual performance report.

5 days

2

Draft and present a progress report on the Social Protection Policy implementation plan and Transition Agenda. (This will include: review of progress made by all the sectors on the social protection implementation plan (2018 activities) and transition agenda, identify gaps and in collaboration with the stakeholders develop strategies to address the gaps).

10 days

3

In collaboration with the SPD, develop guidelines for engaging with sector/agency leads on the implementation plan. This will include the development of templates and tools for collating and reporting on the sector’s performance.

10 days

4

Facilitate series of engagements with CSO groups on social accountability for social protection delivery in collaboration with UNICEF.

10 days

5

Develop training modules and guidelines for CSOs work in social accountability in collaboration with UNICEF and in consultation with relevant CSOs.

10 days

6

Develop and finalize the Inclusive Development outcome statements and roadmap for engagement with high level policy makers.

5 days

7

Draft and submit report on the series of policy dialogues held with relevant partners and recommendations for next steps.

15 days

8

Draft and submit the process document on setup of the initial SP institutional structures and lessons learnt for scale up. This will involve engagements with key stakeholders; EU, World Bank, MoGCSP and the OHLGS.

15 days

9

Facilitate engagement with Coordinating Directors on their role in the Social Protection decentralized structure. (this will involve the organisation and facilitation of a workshop with Coordinating Directors across the country in collaboration with the Head of the Local Government Service).

5 days

Total

85 days

Payment and Payment Schedule

The Consultant will be paid professional fees based on the satisfactory submission of the above deliverables. The following payment schedule is proposed:

Deliverables 1, 2 & 3: 30%

Deliverables 4, & 5: 25%

Deliverables 6, 7, 8 & 9: 45%

Time Frame

It is expected that the assignment will be completed within 85 days in an 11. 5 months period.

Expected Qualifications, Experience, Specialized Knowledge/Skills and Competencies

  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences or any relevant area of study; (A PhD will be an asset);
  • Minimum 15 years of professional and proven experience in working on poverty reduction strategies as well as social protection issues in Ghana;
  • Understanding and experience working with decentralized structures in Ghana is required;
  • Track record of previous engagement with CSOs on social accountability is required;
  • Previous experience in social policy and high level policy advice is required;
  • Previous knowledge of key documents, reports, studies on social protection in Ghana is required;
  • ÂExcellent command of written and spoken English, and outstanding facilitation and coordination skills and experience is required;
  • Strong analytical and networking skills is required;
  • Ability to manage competing demands and interests of different stakeholders is an asset.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.TOR_National Consultant_ Senior Social Protection Expert.docx

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=515100

 

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