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, an advocate
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated.
There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.
Health systems strengthening (HSS), addressing inequities in health outcomes and promoting integrated, multi‐ sectoral policies and programs are necessary approaches to achieve universal health coverage reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized children and women. UNICEF’s HSS strategy targets national, sub-national and community levels of the health system with inter-related systems strengthening interventions: 1) national-level: support MoH to develop equity-focused health policies, strategies and plans, 2) district-level: improve management capacity for evidence-based planning and monitoring, to expand service delivery, 3) community-level: strengthen community platforms and ensure they are well integrated into sub-national health systems.
Central to UNICEF’s HSS approach is contributing to the social protection system and plan for financing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through primary health care (PHC) costing, development of investment cases, financial and fiscal space analysis and leveraging of resources (e.g., promoting insurance schemes focusing on the most vulnerable and prioritizing primary health care), budgeting and design of financing mechanisms to benefit children and women. Given the focus on a comprehensive and coordinated approach, linkages with social welfare services, early child development and adolescent engagement are also promoted.
Scope of work
in the UNICEF ECA region with direct guidance and technical oversight on Health Financing with a focus on Primary Health Care costing (including immunization programmes). The Health Financing expert will provide support to ECARO COs in the area of primary health care and health financing. This includes fiscal space analysis, costing of interventions, health planning and budgeting including supply chain, health insurance, and reform of public financial management systems for the health sector at both national and sub-national level. The ultimate objective is to contribute to health system strengthening to achieve Universal Health Coverage with a focus on Primary Health Care and Routine Immunization. The consultant is expected to develop close collaboration with other key partners at regional and national level, including other UN agencies and International Financial Institutions. Additionally, the consultant will work closely with the UNICEF ECARO Social Policy section on assessing design and implementation of health insurance schemes at community and country level. The ultimate objective of UNICEF’s work in health financing is to influence the size, composition, equity, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of health spending at national and subnational level.
Purpose of Activity and description of the Assignment
It is expected that the strategic and technical leadership of the incumbent will significantly impact overall child survival and development across countries in the region. The efficacy and efficiency of the support provided by the position in terms of partner coordination, provision of guidance, resource and partner leveraging, and technical support will contribute to strong strategic and technical positioning of UNICEF at the regional and country level. This will ultimately contribute to enhancing the leadership, credibility, and ability of UNICEF in health financing as critical components of its efforts to improving child survival and development in Europe and Central Asia.
1. Influence policies, plans and priorities
2. Strategic and technical guidance and support
3. Strengthen health financing partnerships at regional level
4. Knowledge management
5. Other related duties
|Desk review and introductory meetings with the Government, UNICEF, and other stakeholders||Country-specific work plan developed and agreed
|By 30 November 2023|
|Report and action plan following PHC Conference in Astana||Report and multisectoral action plan developed
|From November until 31 December 2023|
|Develop tools and training materials for Capacity Building on using impact assessment and costing tools (covering PHC and immunization): 3 batches||Training conducted (20 days)||From December 2023 until 31 January 2024|
|Develop tools and training materials for Capacity Building on Public Financing for Children for Health: 1 batch||Training conducted (20 days)||By 29 February 2024|
|Draft concept note and ToR for a Regional PHC Partner Coordination Platform for joint strategic engagement and technical support to governments||Concept Note developed (20 days)||By 31 March 2024|
|Develop Regional PHC Implementation Plan||Plan developed (20 days)||By 30 April 2024|
|Guide and support efforts for strengthening health systems, including community health and immunization||Continuous support to RO and Cos (20 days)||Monthly from November 2023 to 31 December 2024|
|Promote scale up of effective interventions and innovations||Continuous support to RO and Cos (20 days)||Monthly from November 2023 to 31 December 2024|
|Check in calls with WHO and other development partners including GAVI||Represent UNICEF on PHC Financing (20 days)||Monthly from November 2023 to 31 December 2024|
|Develop investment cases on various thematic areas (PHC, Immunization, UPHV…)||3 investment cases developed (20 days)||By 31 August 2024|
|Develop costing tools on various thematic areas (PHC, Immunization, UPHV…)||3 costing exercises completed (20 days)||By 30 September 2024|
|Support five countries with developing National PHC Implementation Plans||Country-specific plans developed (20 days)||By 31 October 2024|
|Final report of the consultancy||Final report (30 days)||From November until 31 December 2024|
Estimated Duration of the Contract
270 working days from 01 November 2023 to 31 December 2024
Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel
This is an Istanbul-office based consultancy.
Travels will be expected as part of this assignment. The consultant will arrange her/his travel and will be reimbursed as when they take place based on actual costs in support for the Activities and Deliverables.
Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule
Please propose a Professional Fee for 270 working days between 01 November to 31 December 2024 to undertake this assignment.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Technical Expertise and Experience
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS), and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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.
Please include a full CV, and a Financial Proposal in your application by indicating your availability and a lumpsum based on 270 working days to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a professional fee will not be considered. 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.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.