UNICEF Consultancy - Jobs in Uganda

UNICEF Consultancy - Jobs in Uganda

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.

Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.


  • Under the joint supervision of the Chiefs Social Policy and Child Protection at UNICEF Uganda, and the Director Social Protection in MoGLSD, the consultant will to provide support to the MoGLSD, chair of the social development sector, to re-think the programme based budgeting architecture of the social development sector.
  • This effort entails a thorough review of existing programmes, and a clear articulation of programmatic gaps upon which to formulate new programmes, e.g. social welfare.
  • This work is expected to improve and strengthen government's efforts to fully and more effectively implement the mandate of the social development sector, by establishing sound mechanisms to protect children and vulnerable populations from violence and neglect.


    Between 1992 and 2010 Uganda experienced high growth rates of around 8 percent per year, helping to bring poverty levels. However, since then progress has stalled with recent economic diagnostics showing a worsening in poverty levels and widening inequality.

    To address these challenges, the government has committed to achieving ’growth with equity’, to ensure the proceeds of growth is distributed to all sections of society.

    The social development sector supports this commitment by promoting and supporting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups, including improving access and demand to services.

    Specifically, the social development sector’s mandate is to ‘provide community level activities to reduce poverty and to create the necessary conducive environment for the other sectors to effectively deliver services to all sections of the population.’

    The sector is guided by the Social Development Sector Plan covering the Financial Years 2015/16-2019/20.

    In support of the National Development Plan, the Social Development Sector objectives are to:

  • Promote decent employment opportunities and labor productivity;
  • Enhance effective participation of communities in the development process;
  • Improve the resilience and productive capacity of the vulnerable persons for inclusive growth;
  • Improve the capacity of youth to harness their potential and increase self-employment, productivity and competitiveness;
  • Promote rights, gender equality and women empowerment in the development process;
  • Improve the performance of the Social Development Sector SDS institutions; and
    Redress imbalances and promote equal opportunity for all.
  • To achieve the above objectives the social development sector has established the following programmatic architecture:
  • Social protection for vulnerable groups
  • Promotion of decent employment
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
  • General Admin Policy and Planning
  • Community mobilization and empowerment
  • Promotion of equal opportunities and redressing imbalances
  • Gender, community and economic development
    Notably, the current programmatic structure and resulting budget allocations are not fully aligned with the Social Development Strategic Plan and budget priorities.
  • Best practice suggests that the budget architecture should be the key mechanism for translating sector priorities into actions, and thus results.
  • Arguably, however, the current structure displays visible
    inefficiencies (e.g. overlapping programme areas) and programmatic gaps (e.g. social welfare, child protection), limiting the sector’s ability to achieve its desired outcomes.
  • It is against this backdrop that UNICEF Uganda seeks the services of a consultant to support the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to review and re-align the social development sector’s programmatic structure to better support its mandate and achieve its objectives as outlined above.
  • In an effort to further support government’s transition towards programme based budgeting (PBB), this assignment builds on previous work to identify budget, programmatic and planning challenges facing the sector.

    Key Tasks:
  • Rethinking core programme areas to produce a more consistent and effective grouping of related social development interventions and activities to achieve the social development sector mandate.
  • Supporting MoGLSD and the MoFPED to adopt the new programme based budgeting architecture through the integration of the new proposed structure in the sector BFP FY 2020/21, the resulting national BFP, and ultimately the IFMS.
  • Providing advocacy support to increase awareness of programmatic gaps (e.g. social welfare, child protection) within MGLSD and across government.

  • Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy and/or Administration or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in budgeting, public financial management, and sector financing
  • In depth understanding of Public Financial Management, as well as knowledge and experience with policy planning and implementation processes is a must
  • Contextual knowledge of Uganda and familiarity with UNICEF programming is an asset
  • Experience in context specific, budget analysis in key sectors for children such as health, education, water and sanitation, social protection, nutrition is an asset
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently, with multiple partners especially government and research sectors
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skill in a multi-cultural environment, be able to work as a team

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 23rd May 2019
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Consultancy - Jobs in Uganda

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