UNICEF Consultant - Support, Prevention and Early Intervention in Social Development Budgets Jobs in South Africa

UNICEF Consultant - Support, Prevention and Early Intervention in Social Development Budgets Jobs in South Africa


  • 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, development

    Background and Justification

  • Budget Briefs are seen as providing a good entry point for country-level budget analysis and advocacy. In the context of South Africa, work on budget awareness and advocacy has been deemed to be timely, given the present economic climate in the country and the many competing demands placed on budgets in an increasingly tight fiscal situation. Budget Briefs are seen, therefore, as a valuable advocacy tool to enhance the focus on children-specific spending programmes and to ensure that the limited resources are spent in the best possible way.

  • The Budget Brief series in 2021 explores the issue of equity and progress in major policy reforms in children’s programmes and services. A careful analysis is done to determine whether any sector budget has positive (or negative) implications for the survival, growth, and development of children.

  • South Africa is known for its high levels of violence against women and children. The government has responded by moving “violence against women and children” to the top of its policy agenda. This was also accompanied by a host of other interventions, such as providing additional funding to support provincial governments to provide a more stable source of funding for Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs).

  • The Children’s Act of 2005 asserts the importance of prevention and early intervention to mitigate the social and economic effects of late response and intervention for children and adults. There remains a need, therefore, to understand the status and priority given to prevention and early intervention programmes in provincial social development departments.

  • The MEC for Social Development in provinces is required to produce provincial profiles pertaining to prevention and early intervention and the completion of these profiles will have implications for the resources needed to address prevention and early interventions. Furthermore, the Children’s Act requires the MEC for Social Development to finance prevention and early intervention programmes as a matter of priority, and it is important to understand the nature and extent of funding of prevention and early intervention programmes.

    Scope of Work

    Goal and Objective:

  • Under the supervision of the Social Policy Manager in the Social Policy programme, the consultant will

  • Establish whether proposed reforms to prevention and early intervention programming are in the process of being implemented. This include

  • Whether a new programme budget, exclusively devoted to prevention and early intervention, has been established

  • The extent of implementation of this policy reform across provincial social development departments, and

  • The quantum of funding that has been made available to this planned dedicated programme (as a % of total funding for a provincial social development department).

  • Where implementation of this proposed policy reform has been deferred, to establish the reasons behind the delay, whether at the national government or the provincial government level.

  • Based on the initial findings, to develop a restricted set of recommendations for how the government can expand the financing of prevention and early intervention programmes to strengthen the country’s
    emphasis on a developmental social welfare system.

  • The Budget Brief should provide an update on the status of this proposed policy reform in all nine provincial social development departments.

  • Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: This work relates directly to achieving output 4.1 in the Annual Work Plan of the Social Policy programme, which involves undertaking annual budget analysis: publish budget briefs on education, health, social development including public finance at national and subnational levels.

  • Activities and Tasks: the list of activities and task include

  • Submit an Inception Report detailing Consultant’s understanding of the task at hand, proposed methodology and sources of data to be used in assignment, including at national and provincial levels;

  • Draft, refine and finalize a “Prevention and Early Intervention Budget Brief” that focuses on the Goal and Objectives set out in Section 1 of this TOR;

  • In the draft Prevention and Early Intervention Budget Brief mentioned above, detailing the key results and what implications these have for the well-being and development of children ; and

  • Submit final “Prevention and Early Intervention Budget Brief.”

    Payment Schedule

  • The schedule of payments is indicated as per the table in the preceding section.

  • Payment to the Consultant will only be done upon satisfactory completion of deliverables as agreed in the work plan. Payment is staggered as per the approved work plan of the Consultant and per the payment schedule listed in the table above.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in economics, statistics, health management, public policy, development studies or an advanced social science qualification

  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

  • The Consultant will have an excellent understanding of social welfare policy and budget trends in South Africa;

  • The Consultant will have done applied budget analyses of the social sectors in South Africa;

  • A minimum of eight years of technical consultancy in the applied budget field and policy research on social welfare is required.

  • 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, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The UNICEF competencies required for this post are

  • Excellent data analytical ability, exceptional writing skills, knowledge of the South African social services sector, knowledge of sub-national financing arrangements, and knowledge of targeting policies in the social services sector in South Africa.

  • The Consultant should have an excellent understanding and competence in written and spoken English.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Consultant - Support, Prevention and Early Intervention in Social Development Budgets Jobs in South Africa


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