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Social Policy Consultant Job in Kenya

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Kenya Country Office

Vacancy Announcement – 3 Months

Social Policy Consultant

Date of Issue: 31 May, 2012

Closing Date: 06 June,  2012

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Consultancy in the Social Policy Section, UNICEF Kenya Office.

Purpose of the Post:  Consultancy to support KCO to integrate strategies and systems for Monitoring Results for Equity within priority issues in the Country Programme.: NO-C 

Scope of Work

The purpose of this consultancy is to support UNICEF Kenya office to undertake all the preparatory activities for conducting a review and repositioning of strategies for monitoring results– this will include undertaking desk review of available literature, bottleneck analysis of identified priority issues, development of a consolidated report and work plan for all programme sectors outlining a consolidated framework for monitoring results for equity within the Kenya country programme. 
The consultant will build on the findings and recommendations of  background notes from  self-assessments already completed that provide an understanding on the scope and nature of deprivations, and will work closely work with an office reference group, with sectoral teams, and  gender, rights and emergency focal points.

The consultancy will cover three main components listed below:-
Part 1: Analysis of status of key issues identified within the Kenya country programmes through document review, bottle neck analysis
  • The consultant will undertake a desk review of key documentation in light of the priorities identified by the sections through their self-assessments and conduct an analysis of the current deprivations in relation to the priority issue identified. 
  • Together with the programme sections assess and analyse whether the current programme interventions/packages as outlined in the CPAP (post MTR)help to mitigate or prevent these deprivations; as an outcome of the process undertaken, outline the system wide bottlenecks/barriers (enabling environment, supply, demand, quality, quantity) that impact on  effective coverage/interventions;  together with the technical teams finalise evidence based strategies to remove bottlenecks and barriers and  provide concrete recommendations on how to monitor progress at disaggregated and decentralised levels for the different barriers/bottlenecks.
  • The report will also document existing opportunities for leveraging for results and present timely course of actions for identified bottlenecks. 
Part 2: Mapping of potential opportunities within the country programme and an assessment of staff capabilities
  • The consultancy will undertake country level Mapping and gap analysis of ongoing initiatives that are currently incorporating (or have potential to  incorporate) monitoring of bottlenecks, disaggregated data collection /processing/analysis of relevant data supported by UNICEF and other partners. The goal of the mapping is to document what is happening in terms of internal and partner activities on policy review, research, and monitoring of activities that have the potential to or are addressing the issues and support incorporation of real time monitoring and evaluation strategies. 
  • The consultancy will assess staff and partner capacities and identify opportunities for enhancing the capacity of the office to strengthen the relevance and quality of monitoring.
Part 3: Develop a issue specific monitoring framework for management of results for equity and a staff and partner capacity development plan
  • Develop/design issue specific framework that promotes real time monitoring and evaluation specifically on the priority area identified; that supports mobilization of and buy in from partners for decentralised monitoring of bottlenecks and solutions to address them, helps prepare participatory monitoring frameworks (indicators, MOV) and assessments; and decentralises monitoring processes (level- district, county); tools and methods for validating existing information.
  • Develop a work plan for the roll-out of the issue specific monitoring frameworks and draw a road map for implementation of the frameworks including identification of technical support from the regional office, headquarters etc., a training plan incorporating the above outputs for staff and counterparts and resource mobilization concept note for strengthening and reinforcing MOREs.
Existing Information sources
The consultant will look at but not limited to the following key documents: 

UNICEF Kenya’s key documents (CPPA, CPD, RWPs, AMP, IMEP, SitAn, Annual Reports, Surveys, Studies, Assessments, Evaluations, Programme sector background notes, PCA monitoring frameworks, and other relevant country office documents.

GoK and key partner documents (NIMES, Sector monitoring frameworks, joint programme monitoring frameworks); and associated support to national monitoring processes.
Language:  Fluency in English required.  

Knowledge of another UN language an asset.


The consultant is expected to have the following qualifications and experience:
  • At least a Master’s degree in development cooperation or any other related field
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience and evidence of prior work with in programming, monitoring and research done with or for international organizations with a special focus in developing M&E frameworks for measuring progress towards achieving results
  • Relevant work experience in developing countries; knowledge of issues being addressed by national development plans; including UNICEF’s key documents is an Asset
  • Excellent research and analytical skills in both qualitative and quantitative analysis; 
  • Sound knowledge and practical experience in  developing/designing M&E systems for real time monitoring
  • Excellent  command of the English language, with proven writing skills and  good team work
  • Proficient in computer skills
Conditions (Important)

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that they forward their applications along with their curricula vitae, to;
The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address:

Please indicate Reference No. “KCO/SSA/SP/2012/014” in the email subject.
Interested candidates should also complete the Personal History (P11) form, which can be downloaded from the UNICEF Kenya website (

“Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”
Zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse
UNICEF is a smoke-free environment

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