Individual Consultant at UNICEF Zambia , January 2016


UNICEF Zambia is recruiting an International consultant to support a civil society partner with the revision of a social accountability program. The Terms of Reference below provide details for this assignment.

Summary:
Title International Consultancy to Support to Civil Society for Poverty Reduction for the development of the new Deepening Accountability Programme for 2016-2020. Purpose Ensure that CSPR’s Deepening Accountability Programme is updated, reflecting lessons learned and recommendations from previous years’ implementation, and ready for roll-out from mid-2016 onwards Location Zambia and home-based Duration 2 months Start Date As soon as possible Reporting to Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Zambia

Background:

In its quest to enhance transparency, accountability and citizenry participation in the planning and budgetary process Government through the Ministry of Finance has developed the Planning and Budgeting Policy. In response to this emerging role for civil society and communities in the national and local planning and budget processes Civil Society for Poverty Reduction desires also to enhance its work on social accountability by making it more participatory and improving the quality of data collection and reporting . The results of budget tracking and service delivery monitoring should feed into planning and budgeting process at district, province, and national level.

Civil Society for Poverty Reduction budget execution and service delivery barometer has been in use since 2009. The Barometer rates Governments performance on service delivery and budget execution. The barometer measures performance in six selected sectors namely Agriculture, Education, Health, Infrastructure (Roads and Bridges) Water and Sanitation and Social Protection. The Barometer serves the purpose of being an important advocacy tool for fostering increased budgetary allocations, spending and prudent utilization of funds so as to have meaningful results for poverty reduction. CSPR has been the voice of the poor in the fight against poverty in order to ensure that civil society effectively and meaningfully participates in the design, formulation and implementation of the National Development Plans (NDPs) and is able to monitor the NDPs. This work is to ensure that government provides a means by which Zambia can effectively strategize to reduce the levels of poverty.

The project ‘Deepening Accountability in Budget Execution and Service Delivery through Active Citizens and Responsive Leaders’ seeks to empower communities and local civil society organisations (CSOs) to effectively participate and engage government institutions at various levels in order to make them responsive and accountable in the budget execution and service delivery systems. Also, based on this community-driven budget and expenditure tracking work as well as on central level budget analysis, the Programme has since its inception been able to inform broader CSPR advocacy around pro-poor budget allocations at the central level. Finally, across these areas of work the project has effectively contributed to the monitoring of Zambia’s Sixth National Development Plan (2011-2016), which constitutes the country’s main cross-sector planning and resource allocation framework.

Under the Deepening Accountability programme, CSPR works with local community facilitators who include men, women and youths—in budget tracking and service delivery monitoring in their communities. CSPR collect budget information from the detailed budget (yellow book) and disbursements are obtained from relevant Government offices at the District office by community facilitators. Budget allocations, disbursements, inputs, and the quality of service delivery are then recorded on score cards, after physical verification by the community facilitators. Once the results of the budget tracking and service delivery monitoring are available, interface meetings are held between the community members and frontline service providers to confirm results and formulate recommendations. This approach has been lauded by various stakeholders in the country due to its people-centred nature. The Programme has recorded successes in influencing local level service delivery. CSPR‘s community monitoring model has been adopted by the Ministry of National Development Planning (MoNDP formerly MoF) Monitoring and Evaluation Department into their M&E framework.

The Deepening Accountability Programme in its current version closes 31st December 2015. CSPR and stakeholders have formulated recommendations on the approach (e.g. how information is collected, recorded and disseminated) during a review workshop in October 2015. The recommendations include calls for more comprehensive inclusion of marginalised groups, real-time monitoring, better linkages to the Government planning and budget process, and stronger involvement of elected officials (in district councils and Parliament). These recommendations have been adopted in the new strategic plan, which CSPR is developing. Also, CSPR has developed a ‘documentation of experiences’ paper on the Deepening Accountability Programme to take stock of achievements and lessons from the implementation of the current social accountability work.
Hence, this TORs calls for technical support to develop a new Deepening Accountability Programme document, revise the modalities for collection, reporting and dissemination of results, and make these ready for roll-out during the upcoming CSPR programme cycle (2016-2020).

Objectives/Target: Purpose:
Main objectives: o Develop a new Deepening Accountability Programme document, which includes lessons learned and recommendations from previous years’ implementation o Integrate an ICT component in the data collection and reporting o stages of the approach o Revise the methodology of the budget tracking and service delivery monitoring approach based on available recommendations and revise the main tools (budget tracking forms, service delivery questionnaire and Barometer) used for data collection and reporting.

Scope of Work:
The consultant is expected to develop the new programme document, which will include a log-frame, objectives, an outline of the methodology, and the revised tools. Therefore the assignment will involve a desk review, interviews and selected consultations. The consultant will work closely with the CSPR team and the Bongo-hive team, which is responsible for technical aspects of ICT integration. CSPR will constitute a task force whose key responsibility will be to guide and support the process. It is expected that the assignment will also involve a field visit to a community programme sites, which will allow the consultant to familiarise with the implementation environment.

The consultant is also expected to work closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation Department in the National Development Planning Ministry, as the Planning and Budgeting Policy has outlined that communities and civil society organisations are key stakeholders who should participate in the planning and budgeting process. The assignment is for two months including a two to three week stay in Lusaka.

Tasks, Deliverables and Timeframe:
Tasks ? Conduct a desk review of relevant policies (National Planning and Budget Policy, Decentralisation Policy and implementation plan) and relevant background documentation: all Barometer reports produced so far, selected district level project documents, the documentation of experiences paper, workshop reports, and CSPR strategic plan among others; ? Conduct selected interviews with stakeholders: relevant ministries, NGO partners, Cooperating Partners; ? Conduct a field visit to engage with provincial, district, and community level stakeholders; ? Support the Bongo-hive and CSPR teams in the conceptualisation and development of an integrated ICT platform for social accountability; ? Draft a new Deepening Accountability programme document for 2016-2020 ? Revise the programme’s data collection and reporting tools ? Develop key performance indicators for programme, monitoring and evaluation.

Key Deliverables:
1. A Deepening Accountability programme document for 2016-2020, including log-frame and ICT component;
2. A set of revised tools for data collection, reporting, and dissemination.
Timeframe Anticipated start of the assignment is mid-January 2015 and anticipated duration of the contract is 2 months, with due dates for first drafts of deliverables in table below. Revised drafts of all deliverables, incorporating feedback received through UNICEF, are to be delivered as per negotiated due dates prior to the end of the contract.

Deliverables Due dates Review of existing tool and recommendations on how to integrate ICT End February A Deepening Accountability programme document for 2016-2020 End March
Qualifications and Experience:
Given the nature of the work, this assignment will be commissioned from an individual consultant with a public finance or social accountability profile. Specific required qualifications are as follows:
• Advanced degree in public finance, economics, social sciences, or any other relevant discipline; 
• Relevant 5-10 year professional experience (public finance including budgeting tracking; expenditure reviews; social accountability frameworks; systems development; capacity development; communication); 
• Strong track record of working with multiple stakeholders (including government, civil society organizations, grassroots organizations etc.); 
• Familiarity with social accountability in a developing country context; 
• Familiarity with and professional experience in Zambia will be an asset; 
• Experience with using ICT in budget tracking and service delivery monitoring will be an asset.
• HOW TO APPLY Application along with P-11 Form should be sent to lusaka@unicef.org with a copy to msekeleti@unicef.org by Wednesday 5 February 2016: The Expression of Interest Form and P-11 Form can be accessed from http://www.unicef.org/zambia/ToR_-

Consultancy_on_Social_Accountability_program_Zambia(International_Consultant).pdf Please indicate availability, an indication of fee rate, and include a recent CV. “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 the organization’’

How to apply: 
HOW TO APPLY Application along with P-11 Form should be sent to lusaka@unicef.org with a copy to msekeleti@unicef.org by Wednesday 5 February 2016: The Expression of Interest Form and P-11 

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