National consultancy: Social Protection Individual Contractor (Open to Malawi Nationals Only)

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For every child, Protection

The Government of Malawi (GoM) through the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW) is implementing an unconditional Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) also known as “Mtukula Pakhomo”. The programme started as a pilot in Mchinji in 2006 and has since scaled up to all the 28 districts in Malawi. The main objectives of the SCTP are to reduce poverty in ultra-poor and labour constrained households, increase school enrolment and improve nutrition. The Impact evaluations conducted in 2016 revealed that there is a positive impact on beneficiaries households including food security, accumulation of assets, improved economic activity and increased children enrollment, among others. However, it was clear that beneficiaries need additional support to ensure a sustained positive impact from the cash assistance they receive.

UNICEF has provided technical assistance to the Government in the overall design, implementation and evidence generation in the scope of the SCTP since 2006. With the continued evolvement of the programme design and its delivery mechanisms (including scale-up of e-payments, migration to effective categorical targeting, increase in coverage, linkages to social services and programmes’ shock-sensitivity), UNICEF will continue its role as primary technical advisor to the MoGCDSW in the coming years as extensive and tailor-made technical support and capacity building around the SCTP is still needed at national, district and community level.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the National Social Protection Individual Contractor is to provide technical support to ongoing joint activities of UNICEF and the SCTP secretariat of MoGCDSW in the areas of tailored capacity development, the design and implementation of innovative payment systems, piloting of graduation pathways, strengthening the development-humanitarian nexus and the general evidence creation within the SCTP.

The National Social Protection Individual Contractor will have the following key areas of responsibility:

  • Support the effective implementation and monitoring of Government supported social protection interventions at the central and district level with a focus on Balaka and Ntcheu Districts
  • Support the implementation, piloting and evidence generation of UNICEF supported social protection interventions in Thyolo district.

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

Academic qualification:

  • A University degree or equivalent in social sciences, Economics, Development Studies, Banking and finance or another relevant discipline (s). An advanced degree is an added advantage.

Work experience:

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience and proven expertise in the area of social protection and/or humanitarian cash-based assistance.
  • Proven experience working on electronic payment systems (Mobile Money Operators (MNOs), financial institutions, Banking) to facilitate large-scale payment to social protection and/or humanitarian interventions is a strong advantage.

Please refer to the attached full Terms of Reference ToR for Social Protection Individual Contractor.pdf for more details on the consultancy and requirements

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Excellent writing skills, analytical skills as well as good computer skills.
  • Proven skills in advocacy planning, and facilitation.
  • Strong communication skills, including with and across diverse teams.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task and handle work in an efficient and timely manner. Demonstrated ability to coordinate tasks to meet the deadlines necessary.

How to apply….

Interested consultants should provide the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Brief technical proposal (no longer than five pages) demonstrating the consultant’s understanding of the assignment and approach/methodology to the assignment
  3. Financial proposal including a breakdown of their all-inclusive fees (including professional fees, travel, living cost, visa and other costs). Complete the attached form Financial Proposal for Consultancy.xlsx
  4. References details

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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.

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