Consultant (Program Analysis), Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Hosted Fund, 12 Months, REMOTE, Req:571675

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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, EDUCATION 

There are few greater challenges faced by the global community than the twin crises of learning poverty and youth unemployment. In response, the Education Commission (chaired by Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education) and the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen) came together with our founding CEO (Her Excellency Dr.) Amel Karboul to create EOF. We aim to improve the education and employment outcomes of 10 million children and youth, by supporting governments to utilize a range of innovative finance instruments at scale, including outcomes funds and other results-based financing (RBF) instruments.

EOF is backed by a range of world leaders who support us to shape our approach and achieve our ambitious aims, as well as leaders in education and impact investing:

Consultant (Program Analysis), Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Hosted Fund, 12 Months, REMOTE, Req:571675 1

Consultant (Program Analysis), Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Hosted Fund, 12 Months, REMOTE, Req:571675 2EOF supports improvements in the quality of education and skills programs, with a special focus on girls and underserved populations, including those in the hardest to reach rural areas. It measures (and pays for) what matters – both core skills like literacy and numeracy, but also critical 21st Century skills such as socio-emotional skills, ICT skills, and other broader fundamentals of a quality education. It helps close the persistent gap between the skills needed by employers and those attained by today’s youth.

For all the above, EOF pays primarily on the basis of the results achieved, ensuring that taxpayer-funded domestic resources, aid, and philanthropic funds are only used to pay for what works. This is a game-changing way to finance results in education, focusing attention and realigning systems on the most challenging but most important measure of a program’s performance: whether it is improving lives.

Together with our supporters, we believe this is the early stages of a much larger movement, with huge potential to increase learning outcomes for children and youth around the world, though improved aid effectiveness and government spending.

Since our inception in 2018, EOF has:

  • Partnered with governments in Ghana and Sierra Leone to establish the two largest outcomes funds to date in developing countries, mobilising ~$50M for these programs.
  • Established itself as a leading global player in RBF, and the only dedicated center of expertise for RBF in education and skills.
  • Become the first outcomes fund hosted by the United Nations within UNICEF, as a scalable platform to partner with governments around the world.
  • Established a major partnership with the LEGO Foundation, to develop a scale portfolio of RBF programs in early childhood across a diverse range of countries, as well as to amplify the movement and ecosystem of partners around this approach.
  • Had our innovative approach featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, FT, Economist, Brookings, and more.
  • Built our institutional capacity to contract and implement large-scale outcomes funds more efficiently and effectively than historic impact bonds.
  • Established a strong culture of performance and an active focus on ongoing professional development for all our team.

How can you make a difference?

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

As Consultant (Program Analysis), you will provide research and analytical support for the scoping, design and launch of EOF’s programs. You will report directly to EOF’s Program Manager and collaborate with all members of EOF’s central team.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT

Deliverable

Description

Estimated number of working days

Deadline/ timeline

Deliverable 1: Design and facilitate an innovative finance learning session of 90 minutes: session materials produced, and session run internally for EOF’s program team. Prepare materials and facilitate one learning session for EOF’s core team in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Basic Education and Skills for Employment. 5 By end of March 2025
Deliverable 2: Draft narrative reports for donors on EOF’s programs (estimated 12 reports over the 12-month contract, each 5–10-page Word Documents). In consultation with EOF’s leadership team, draft narrative reports for donors on EOF’s donors. Incorporate feedback from EOF’s technical program and partnerships team.

24

(2 per report)

By the end of each month
Deliverable 3: Desk-research and analysis for EOF’s program concept development report on up to 5 topics (for each topic, a 10-page document prepared). Conduct research and analysis to contribute towards a concept development report for one of EOF’s programs. Topics will include but not be limited to: political economy and sector analysis, theory of change, stakeholder analysis and engagement plans. Incorporate feedback from EOF’s technical program and partnerships team. 80

One report by the end of the program’s concept development phase.

Indicative timeline – By 31 June 2024

Deliverable 4: Desk-research and analysis for EOF’s program design on up to 5 topics (for each topic, a 10-page document prepared). Conduct research and analysis to contribute towards the program design for one of EOF’s programs. Topics will include but not be limited to: RBF (Results Based Financing) mechanism design, procurement plans, materials for technical working groups and stakeholder meetings. Incorporate feedback from EOF’s technical program and partnerships team. 80

By the end of the program’s design phase

Indicative timeline – By 30 June 2024

Deliverable 5: Program workplan, risk register, and decision log related to program implementation (updated documents, and fortnightly executive summaries of 5-10 pages written for EOF’s Program Manager). Updates to documentation during the implementation phase of one of EOF’s programs, including an updated workplan, risk register and decision log, plus materials prepared in advance of program governance meetings. 80 Fortnightly executive summaries for EOF’s Program Manager

 Total estimated working days – 189*

*Total estimated working days –

  • 29 days for deliverables 1 and 2
  • 160 days from any of deliverables 3, 4, or 5
  • 189 days total

Please note that EOF’s programs include concept development, design, and implementation phases. Consultants will be expected to work on two phases at any given time.

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

  • A university degree in business, economics, political science, finance, education or a related field is required. A master’s degree is desirable but not required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in Strategy consulting, Think tanks / research institutes, Investment or development banking, Charity or public sectors, International development, Education, or related fields.
  • Experience in education, early childhood development, or skills/employment programs.
  • Experience in innovative financing, in particular with RBF instruments or incentive structures.
  • Experience working in Africa/the Middle East.
  • Experience in evaluation design and/or management.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

 UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors 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. 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 

Remarks:  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Interested candidates are required to fully complete their application profile, upload a cover letter and their financial proposal (daily fee rate in USD).

Applications with incomplete profile and without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy 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. Consultants 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. 

Advertised: 02 May 2024 GMT Daylight Time
Deadline: 16 May 2024 GMT Daylight Time

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