Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Globally, across the humanitarian sector, there is growing recognition that cash and voucher transfers can support people affected by disasters in ways that maintain human dignity, provide access to food and shelter, and help rebuild and protect livelihoods. The question is no longer whether cash is an appropriate way to meet the needs of people engulfed in crisis, but rather on how we can use cash transfers to effectively meet the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized children and families.
Lessons learnt from the 2015 Nepal earthquake response, and around the world, demonstrates that using existing government social security programmes to deliver emergency cash transfers in a low and middle -income countries, is a viable and sustainable emergency response mechanism. Sri Lanka has a wealth of national capacity to lead an emergency response with the existing disaster management structures, institutions and human resources at national and sub-national levels. Similarly, there are many social protection schemes being implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka to uplift the living standards of the most vulnerable and marginalized families. These existing social protection schemes can be an effective mechanism to support vulnerable people during emergencies, to rapidly recover from repeated crisis.
To this end, a workshop was held on 15 February 2017, to bring together government, UN and non-governmental actors involved in disaster management, humanitarian assistance and social protection in order to share regional and global experience and to initiate a discussion on how to establish a more permanent disaster response mechanism for vulnerable groups by building on the existing social protection system. The workshop was organised jointly by the National Child Protection Authority and UNICEF Sri Lanka. Other participating organisations included the Ministry of Disaster Management, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare, Department of National Budgets, National Planning Department, Department of External Resources, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UN Habitat, UNDP, IOM, WFP, Sarvodaya, LEADS, World Vision, Oxfam, Save the Children. The workshop concluded with a discussion on way forward to enable Sri Lanka’s existing social safety nets more shock responsive.
In order to follow up and fully implement the identified and prioritized actions to enable a more shock responsive social protection system for Sri Lanka, UNICEF plans to recruit two consultants, one international and one national, to support the Government of Sri Lanka. The consultancy would result in establishing an inter-governmental coordinating mechanism for pursuing the agenda of establishing an emergency response mechanism through the social protection system; undertake an assessment of the shock-responsiveness of the existing social protection system and its potential as a mechanism for future disaster response and produce a concrete proposal for establishing an emergency cash transfer response mechanism using existing social protection system together with the relevant Government counterparts.
It is expected that this assignment will be performed through the teamwork of an international and national consultnats (to be recruited separately; the latter with the participation of the international consultant). The current TOR specifies the tasks for the national consultancy to achieve the below objectives.
Purpose of the Assignment
Tosupportform an inter-governmental coordination mechanism for pursuing the agenda for establishing an emergency response mechanism through the social protection system, supported by evidence generated through an assessment of the shock-responsiveness of the existing social protection systems.
Assignment activities and tasks
Assessment of the social protection system
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Education: Advanced university degree (Masters) in Economics, Social Science, Public Administration/Public Policy, Development Policy, or a related technical field.
Specialist skills/Training: Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute complex processes across a wide range of stakeholders, advanced ability to work quickly and under pressure; proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team; prior experiences working in social protection systems including cash transfers in emergencies.
Years of relevant experience: Minimum five (5) years of professional work experience in policy, technical assistance related to social policy and/or social protection. Experience in emergency cash programming would be a strong asset.
Competencies of Successful Candidate: In-depth knowledge on the social protection systems in Sri Lanka and emergency cash transfer programmes; access to networks of professionals in related fields; ability to work cordially in an environment with persons of different backgrounds and opinions; ability to navigate challenges in completing tasks and ability ensure deliverables in a timely manner; Excellent organization skills, attention to detail and ability to contribute to a team.
Languages required: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; strong interpersonal and presentation as well as facilitation skills; a good command of Sinhalese and/or Tamil is a must.