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Consultancy for Modernization of the Social Protection Systems in Jamaica, Towards an Adaptive, Shock Responsive, Inclusive System- Jamaica Office, 5 Months/Remote

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Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Kingston
Level: Consultancy
Location: Jamaica
Categories: Social Policy

Location of Consultancy:  Kingston, Jamaica

Duration:   5 Months

Anticipated Start Date:  October 2022

Anticipated End Date:  March 2023

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.

How can you make a difference?

Download File ToR- Payment Modalities for PWD and Establishment of New Protocols.pdf


To achieve this objective, the consultant will be required to undertake the following actions:
1. Develop a work plan outlining the schedule and description of activities to be undertaken, report outline, estimated level of effort and support required.
2. Conduct a desk review of current legislation, policies, and reports and examine gaps between the intended and actual outcome in relation to services and the provision of benefits for PwD’s.
a. Including, recent experiences of programmes such as the Covid Allocation of Resources for Employees (CARE) and other routine provisions such as Economic Empowerment Grant etc.
3. Examine the existing delivery mechanism(s) used by the Social Protection System to transfer benefits to persons with disabilities and make appropriate recommendations to improve:
a. Ease of access in consideration of auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, or visual disabilities to comprehend and retrieve benefits.
b. Adequacy of coverage across the island to facilitate collection of benefits in a timely manner.
c. Efficiency gains against alternate payment methods to support timely and efficient delivery of cash benefits, guided by real time technology.
4. Discuss with stakeholders from NGO’s CSO’s and Not for Profit Organisations to examine concerns and collate recommendation to improve the disbursement and collection of social assistance benefits for persons with disabilities.
5. Review existing processes and protocols designed to support the rapid disbursement of cash-based interventions in emergencies.
6. Assess the technological landscape highlighting opportunities that can enhance procedures related to the transfer of cash benefits for PwD’s.
7. Develop new protocols to support an increase in the collection of benefits for persons with disabilities.
8. Examine inter-ministerial arrangements to improve targeting and coordination; reduce duplication; increase disbursement; and support horizonal expansion of the social protection system in emergencies.
9. Analyse the protocols to guide collaboration between social protection, disaster risk management and humanitarian sectors in emergencies, and where necessary make recommendations for improvements related to payment systems.
10. Review data management protocols and procedures across key MDA’s serving persons with disabilities toward enhancing data sharing and access for PWD’s
11. Review communication procedures and make recommendations for improvement to support the timely dissemination of information, especially within emergencies.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:-


  • a) At least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, statistics, information management, social policy or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.
  • b) Demonstrated practical experience with system analysis and design.
  • c) A minimum of 5 years’ experience in qualitative research.
  • d) Excellent track record of achievement with assignments of similar scope.
  • e) Experience working with Government Ministries and the public sector in general, preferably with the Social Security in developing countries would be an asset.


Demonstrated work in Social Policy and Development Studies.
• Knowledge of procedures, protocols and policies related to persons with disabilities would be an asset.
• Good written and oral communication skills.
• Open, willing, and able to interact with different stakeholders.
Please see the enclosed Terms of Reference for more details and information regarding deliverables

For every Child, you demonstrate.

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF competencies: building and maintains partnerships, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, drive to achieve results for impact, innovates and embraces change, manages ambiguity and complexity, thinks and acts strategically, works collaboratively with others and nurtures, and, leads and manages people.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

How to Apply? 

Individuals are invited to present a technical and a financial proposal that includes total cost and the timeline for
completing the assignment.
Applications should be submitted online and should include;
1. Curriculum vitae
2.  Technical proposal, which should include details on how the consultant intends to conduct fieldwork in a timely manner.
3. Financial proposal and timeline for completing the assignment
4. Three contact references from previous work experience.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines and completion of all mandatory trainings. Performance indicators against which the satisfactory conclusion of this contract will be assessed include: timeliness/quality of submission and responsiveness to UNICEF and counterpart feedback.



UNICEF shall hold all property rights, such as copyright, patents and registered trademarks, on matter directly related to, or derived from, the work carried out through this contract with UNICEF.


Consultants and Individual contractors, even those working from home, must complete the following online courses prior to signature of contract.  All certificates should be presented as part of the contract.

Consultants and Individual Contractors must complete the following course before commencement of any travel on behalf of UNICEF. 

Any consultant or individual contractor who is issued a UNICEF email address must complete the following courses no later than 30 days after signature of contract. 

Individuals will be required to complete mandatory trainings after being awarded the consultancy and will be required to complete mandatory trainings, sign and submit key documentation and provide proof of health insurance before signing the contract to commence services.   

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract 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 and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors 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 (if 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. 

Insurance: The selected consultant must demonstrate a proof of medical/health insurance prior to the beginning of the consultancy and must be valid for the entire duration of the contract. In duty stations where UNICEF provides medical evacuation, the medical insurance that the contractor holds should include provisions for medical evacuation.

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

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