Public Finance for Children

World Resources Institute

Belgrade, Serbia

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The consultants will deliver advisory services, access to knowledge, and technical expertise to UNICEF’s social policy portfolio in the area of Public Finance for Children. The range of tasks may include research and assessments, diagnostics, provision of strategic and operational guidance, training and capacity building, development of policy papers, monitoring and evaluation, and others as may be required. Precise tasks, outputs, reporting and working relationships will be specified in a separate ToR at the time of contracting for the given assignment. The roster will serve as human resources repository from which the Country Office can draw pre-vetted, well qualified experts quickly and efficiently for assignments.

 Work Assignment Overview:

The concrete assessment will be specified in a separate ToR at the time of contracting for the given assignment and will include some of the following types of tasks:

  • Research and assessments of relevant materials and data in the area of Public Finance for Children,
  • Diagnostics of situation regarding the Public Finance for Children using all available information,
  • Provision of strategic and operational guidance as required,
  • Training and capacity building for relevant stakeholders and partners, which might include filed visits,
  • Development of specific policy papers, assessments, reports and similar documents in the area of Public Finance for Children,
  • Monitoring and evaluation in area of Public Finance for Children, in a manner and in specific areas that will be explained in a separate ToR at the time of contracting for the given assignment.

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

  • University degree in economics, public administration, public policy or other relevant fields;
  • Minimum 9 years’ experience for senior experts; Minimum 5 years’ experience for medium level experts; Minimum 3 years’ experience for junior experts;
  • Proven track record in all / some of the following areas:
  • Hands-on experience with PFM issues, including experience with public finance in decentralized contexts; budget analysis, costing and developing investment cases in key sectors for children such as health, education, and social protection; designing and implementing Public Expenditure Review, and poverty and social impact analysis tools; value for money analysis; developing child budgets, or results-based budgeting tools; high level policy analysis and advice; and other public finance tools;
  • Experience in the analysis and monitoring of social spending and public finance in line with UNICEF’s strategic priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience at analysing large-scale household and/or other survey and administrative data, preferably in regard to children’s outcomes; experience with longitudinal data an asset;
  • Assessing the impact of social spending on children’s wellbeing and equity;
  • Assessing the impact of shocks on social spending e.g. COVID-19;
  • Assessing the child sensitivity and gender responsiveness of public finance;
  • Collation and analysis of secondary data including sub-national public spending;
  • Experience in quantitative and big data analysis, and in statistical analysis with ability to carry out statistical analyses autonomously; Excellent analytical skills and advanced quantitative skills;
  • Previous experience in poverty analysis, including child poverty, multi-dimensional poverty and multiple overlapping deprivations is advantage;


  • Current knowledge of social sector in Serbia;
  • Proven experience with capacity development of partners is a strong advantage;
  • Good inter-personal and communication (oral and written) skills;
  • Publication record in areas related to public finance preferred;
  • Full working knowledge of English, including excellent report writing and presentation skills in English.
  • Fluency in Serbian language.