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UNICEF Blockchain Funding Opportunity Encourages Female Start-ups

Posted by | 01/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

UNICEF Blockchain Funding Opportunity Encourages Female Start-ups

UNICEF Blockchain Funding Opportunity

Female-founded start-ups are encouraged to apply for the UNICEF Blockchain Funding Opportunity  under the UNICEF Innovation Fund.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments (in USD and/or cryptocurrency) to provide early stage (seed) financing and mentoring to for-profit technology startups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

Applicants have the opportunity to receive a portion of funding in cryptocurrency (bitcoin or ether) through our recently launched CryptoFund. Given the current global climate and a dramatic shift to a digital world as a result of COVID-19, open-source solutions that address critical needs for society are as important as ever.

If you have a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source blockchain prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, we are looking for you

Who we’re looking for
We are currently looking to invest in companies developing blockchain-based software solutions. Examples of areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Financing enables individual people to participate in and contribute to various ecosystems.

We are seeking solutions that :

Enable people to use, earn, and hold cryptocurrencies
Allow people to access decentralised financial instruments
Explore new models to empower communities to act as their own economic hubs
Make financial systems more transparent

Around the world, groups work together to deliver services. Increased transparency and accountability in these processes lead to better results.

We are seeking solutions that:

Allow various group to work together in a transparent and accountable nature (i.e. supply-chain, contract management, data tracking, etc.)
Enable decentralized deal-making, for example through decentralised marketplaces


UNICEF supports the creation of open source software to ultimately enable communities with new tools.

We are interested in solutions that empower local communities to engage with systems in new ways, such as those that:

Explore new ways of making decisions (i.e. using a decentralized method such as DAOS to determine what projects should receive funding)
Protect user data collected through solutions through zero knowledge proofs or other mechanisms.

What does the UNICEF Innovation Fund provide?

Seed funding

The Fund provides up to $100,000 in equity-free seed funding, in USD. The investment is intended for prototype testing and validation, and to get it to a stage where the company has proof that the solution works.

Crypto funding

Selected startups also have the opportunity to receive part of their funding in cryptocurrency. The UNICEF CryptoFund disburses funds in both bitcoin and ether.

Business Growth

The Fund taps into a network of mentors who help startup teams develop their business model and strategy to grow their company and ultimately profit.

Networks and platforms

UNICEF Ventures has a blockchain and computer science team with access to corporate partnerships and use cases that selected blockchain start-ups can benefit from.

Product and Technology Development

Investee’s receive technical assistance from the UNICEF Ventures team and dedicated expert mentors to help validate and improve their solutions.

Maximize impact

As the world’s leading organisation for children, UNICEF has a network of experts and partners across its Country Offices who can provide localized advice and partnerships needed to reach more users.

How to apply:

Step 1) Check the general eligibility criteria:

  • You must be registered as a private company in a UNICEF programme country;
  • You are working on open source technology solutions or willing to be open-source under the following licenses or their equivalent: BSD, GNU, MIT (software), CERN, MIT, TAPR (hardware), or CC-BY (content);
  • You have an existing prototype of the solution with promising results from initial pilots;
  • Your solution has the potential to positively impact the lives of children.

Step 2) Read the full Request for Expressions of Interest document and FAQs

  • Read the full Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) document to understand the submission process and to learn more about the kinds of projects that qualify and how the scoring will be done;
  • Read the FAQs;
  • For any other questions, please submit through the form here.

Step 3) SUBMIT

  • Submit your expression of interest by completing the form.
  • All submissions must be made in English. If you wish to preview the questions to prepare your submission, view/download this PDF.
  • To support your preparation, please note that the submission form also asks for a link to a 2-min pitch video. Detailed instructions can be found in the form.

What happens after your submission?

The submissions deadline is on 11:59 PM ET July 26th, 2020. Only shortlisted companies will be contacted and then requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.



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National/International Individual Consultancy: Communication for Development (C4D)

Posted by | 13/09/2019 | Latest Blog Post

National/International Individual Consultancy: Communication for Development (C4D)


Communication for development (C4D) is and has been one of the key programme implementation strategies within the UNICEF programme for more than a decade and is also fundamental in the new UNICEF strategic Plan 2018-21.
C4D as a strategy is defined as a systematic, planned and evidence-based process to promote positive and measurable individual behavior and social change that is an integral part of development programmes, policy advocacy and humanitarian work (C4D Orientation Package, UNICEF HQ).
It is built on principles of the human rights to participation, expression and access to information. It is a crucial strategy for achieving the sustainable development goals triggering change at all levels, putting people in center of development.
The UNICEF C4D strategy is based on the Social Ecological Model (SEM)  to identify opportunities and entry points for communication interventions that promote individual, community, policy and broader social changes, and link behavioural and social change strategies with efforts to strengthen environmental and community support and participation.
The underlying assumption is that individual behaviour and collective action are shaped by the social structures and environment (including regulation and policy as well as physical environments) in which people as individuals and as a society find themselves and are governed by social norms and cultural beliefs within formal and informal networks of interpersonal relations.
When multiple levels of influence (policy, legislation, organizational, community, interpersonal, individual) are addressed at the same time or in a synergistic manner, behaviour and social changes are more likely to be successful and sustained. Applying SEM, C4D uses a combination of four key approaches in promoting behaviour and social changes in terms of impact, scale, and sustainability.
The approaches are: 1) Behaviour Change Communication (BCC); 2) Communication for Social Change (CFSC); 3) Social Mobilization; and 4) Advocacy (see Figure 1).
Together, these four strategic areas aim to shift attitudes around social norms at the individual, household, community, institutional, and societal levels in order to promote cultural behaviours and collective practices consistent with a complete human rights approach.
The C4D approach seeks to promote change at all levels necessary with the outcome results in mind: changes at individual and household level regarding behaviors directly affecting children such as survival, morbidity, wellbeing and dignity.
In July 2018, the UNICEF Guyana and Suriname Country Office with the technical support  conducted a workshop which aimed both at developing UNICEF and partners’ capacity in C4D and lay the foundations for specific strategies to be further developed. 
The Advisor recommended – amongst others – to 1) finalize the C4D strategies; 2) develop a C4D capacity needs and assessment plan; 3) develop UNICEF Country Office’s overall strategy.
The key milestones, in that phase of work, which was successfully achieved are: (1) primarily support programme counterparts to finalize the development of the C4D sectoral strategies; 2) map C4D capacity and develop a capacity strengthening plan for counterparts; 3) develop an internal C4D strategy for UNICEF office 4) support the organization of workshop to validate C4D strategies with counterparts.
As an agreed next step, the  strategic C4D programmes will be implemented as per identified sector.

The consultant will:

I. Build C4D capacity of UNICEF to guide and support key stakeholders 
II. Support the Ministry of Social Protection, Child Care and Protection Agency, Ministry of Health, Adolescent and PR Units and Ministry of Education (HFLE Unit) to develop  C4D plans  and campaign on Prevention of Sexual Abuse against children and adolescent girls, Reducing adolescent pregnancy, reducing physical violence against children
III. Provide Technical guidance in data collection gathering, using social media, storytelling through multi media and how   to report on and for children (child rights, VAC, health)
IV. Support partner including C4D in yearly planning/ work plan 2020
V. Support UNICEF in C4D progress and result reporting/ Annual report

Qualification or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:

-Master’s Degree in Communications, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Sciences, or related fields obtained at the University.
-At least five years of experience in developing C4D policy, plan, documents and executing programme/projects on child rights issues.
-At least three years of experience in writing behaviour change strategies and reports for or to either the GOS or International Bodies.
-Proficient in English, with proficiency to scan available literature and reports and for efficient communication with key government counterparts; have a good understanding in English for reporting purposes.
-Track record of providing knowledge services to UN agencies, governments, donors and international partners.
-Previous experience on children related research is an asset.
-Access to a network of social sciences (including gender) /anthropological/ communication researchers and academics specifically in Latin -America and the Caribbean is required

Procedures and Logistics

• UNICEF will fund all traveling in and around Guyana.
• The consultant will use her/his computer and other equipment
• Consultant will submit the draft and final reports in an electronic form.


  • Prior to commencing the contract, the consultant will be required to sign a Health Statement and to document that he/she has appropriate health insurance.
  • The consultant will be responsible for the accuracy of that statement.
  • The contract will be between the consultant and UNICEF. The assignment will be supervised by the Adolescent Development Officer.
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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.


All applications must include a technical and financial proposal. Candidates without these, will not be considered

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

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National Consultant photographer at UNICEF

Posted by | 12/09/2019 | Latest Blog Post

National Consultant photographer at UNICEF


Photography plays a crucial role in UNICEF’s work; its role in creating visibility cannot be understated.  UNICEF Ghana uses powerful images to support as well as complement its visibility efforts, these photos are used in publications, annual reports, and donor reports, and on social media platforms. The photos are also shared with other UNICEF offices around the world.
Having a group of dedicated consultants will ensure that the lengthy bidding process is avoided and there is uniformity over the final output.  It is expected that the request for proposals will help the office contract the services of high performing local photographers, to undertake specific tasks suited to their level of expertise.
Photography is a specialized field and even though most staff members take pictures of their projects, professional photos are essential for advocacy. Projects often need to be documented at short notice.  There is a need therefore to have the services of professionals under contract so that they can be deployed quickly should the need arise.
Getting consultant(s) on a long-term arrangement enables the office select the best individual(s) best suited for the assignment as some of the projects require different levels of expertise.
The objective of the consultancy is to provide photographic evidence of UNICEF events, field and other related activities across the 16 regions of Ghana.  Consultant will be required to document the impact of UNICEF’s programmatic work in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene; health and nutrition, education, child protection, social protection, public finance and adolescent and youth participation.
It may include high-level events. Consultant would work according to brief outlined by specific programme or communication manager / officer.  Tasks and activities may require accuracy, patience, ability to travel and work alongside others in difficult terrain and unpredictable circumstances.
Methodology (where applicable depending on the nature of assignment)
The consultant will travel to designated places across the country if required to take high quality photos according to a brief. The photos will be guided by international photography norms that protect children’s identity in both the making and the use of images of children.
The consultant will seek community entry as well as engage families, guardians and caregivers in order to be given the consent to photograph minors where it is required.
The Consultant will follow the UNICEF digital format, captioning and transmission terms (if applicable)
The documentary photographer will be deployed to cover the following:
Local events; such as programme launches, meetings, photo opportunities, activities in the field. UNICEF may assign the consultant to cover other events as per a brief.
Specific Tasks/responsibilities
  • Scope of work for local consultants (entry level) includes launch events, meetings, field visits etc
  • Scope of work for local consultant (senior level – 5 years or more) include high-profile visits, high-level events, some field visits etc.
  • High quality documentary photography per UNICEF standard rules as outlined in the Branding Toolkit and photographic guidance.
  • The coverage will be in Ghana on a range of different assignment/subjects in digital and original format per a brief.
  • Descriptive captions for all broad edit photos from central characters/subjects in the photo coverage serving to tell a first-person story; quotes from a more personal nature from photo coverage character/subjects directly addressing the camera.
  • Submit to UNICEF broad edit of photographs with specifications including photo format, transmission if required, captioning etc, following terms as described in UNICEF Digital Format for transmission terms.
  • Submit with the pictures release forms signed by subjects.
Deliverables and Time Frame for Submission
  •  Two copies (DVD) of selected original photo images in print /slide or appropriate digital format
  •  Upload images to central point virtually with access to designated UNICEF staff Captions, image format and transmission (if applicable) for each photo according to UNICEF requirements.
Please note that the process of review towards finalization shall not attract any cost as well as the format in which it is requested. E.g. DVD or CD.
Supervision and Reporting Arrangement
The consultant will have at least two meetings with the focal person of the project and the Communication Manager and / or the relevant Communication Officer. Delivery of the product will be to the Communication Manager and the focal person of the project.
Method of contracting
Consultant will be given a contract covering duration of 11.5 months. However, assignments will be carried out on case by case basis as consultant will be called upon to carry out specific tasks for short durations as the need arises for which payment will be made on the basis of daily professional fee stipulated in the contract.
Payment and Payment Schedule
The consultant will be paid on a basis of negotiated daily professional fee that will be stated on the contract.  Each task will specifiy number of days to be assigned and paid for from time to time and upon submission of satisfactory and certified deliverables and approval by the supervisor.  Any other related cost must be negotiated and stated in the contract
Expected Qualifications, Experience, specialised knowledge/skills and competencies
Local consultants (entry level):  University Diploma Five – Seven years’ experience in professional documentary photography, with appropriate demonstrated experience manifested through ability to take high quality photos
Local consultants (senior level): University Diploma. Eight years’ experience or more in professional documentary Local consultants (senior level) should show evidence of images in international publications and participation in photography exhibitions
Ability to be spontaneous will be an advantage (candid photography)
Ability to deliver images according to the specified quality and technical requirements
Experience working in rural Ghana preferable but not mandatory
Ability to communicate with children, rural people and local authorities an advantage
Proven ability to work with lighting indoors and cover functions will be required.
Previous experience working with UNICEF will be an advantage
Copyright, Patents and other Proprietary Rights (if applicable)
UNICEF has first selection rights to all originals taken on this assignment with non-exclusive concomitant world rights in all media in perpetuity.  [***For some UNICEF VIP coverage, image release or copyright may be subject to restrictions for embargo or VIP image approval reasons – to be specified in contract. ***]     
At UNICEF’s request, the Contractor shall take all necessary steps, execute all necessary documents and generally assist in securing such proprietary rights and transferring them to UNICEF in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law
General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics
 Consultant will provide his/her own photographic equipment, materials, i.e. computer, office supplies, camera, software, hardware, insurance as well as office space.
 The reproduction rights purchased with the assignment are for “non-exclusive world rights in perpetuity”
 The contractor should provide his/her own materials, i.e. computer, office supplies, etc.
 Any assignment within the agreement will include paid DSA if overnight travel outside Accra is involved.
 Any local travels will be initiated by the supervisor and agreed with the Consultant.  UNICEF will make all travel arrangements except if consultant is authorized in advance to buy tickets
 When travelling with UNICEF staff to field projects consultant will be authorized to have access to UNICEF transport following UNICEF travel rules and regulations.
 Note that final payment will be made only after completion of deliverables
Note: Consultants in practice are external and therefore do not have a direct right to access UNICEF resources.
Policy both Parties should be Aware of
  • Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly.  Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
  • Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime.  All remuneration must be within the contract agreement
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or Contractor.
  • Unless authorized, UNICEF will buy the tickets of the consultant.  In exceptional cases, the consultant may be authorized to buy their travel tickets and shall be reimbursed at the “most economical and direct route” but this must be agreed to beforehand.
  • Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.
  • Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation.
  • The Form ‘Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary’ must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section
  • UNICEF recourse in case of unsatisfactory performance: Payment will only be made for work satisfactorily completed and accepted by UNICEF.
  • Consultants will be required to sign the Health Statement for consultants / individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical evacuation.

Also Read:

Evaluation of Sports and Culture for Development Programme, UNICEF

Application Procedure:
Interested candidates should apply on-line to the link provided indicate their professional fees for the services to be provided in Ghana Cedis.  A list of associated cost elements should be attached to application. 
In addition to the CV/Resume, candidates should attach Two examples of previous work done should be attached (if applicable, e.g. strategic documents, photos, edited work, videos etc)
CV including 1 disc or USB which includes a show-reel of not more than two minutes and a two-minute clip of one documentary which showcases skill and technique and preferably in a rural Ghana – or similar – context.


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Evaluation of Sports and Culture for Development Programme, UNICEF


Globally, Sport and Culture have proven to be effective and flexible tools for promoting peace and development objectives. In the UN General Assembly resolution 70/1, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the roles of sport and culture in advancing social progress are acknowledged as important enablers of sustainable development.
Sport and culture are recognised for their growing contribution to the realisation of development and peace in the promotion of tolerance and respect for children and women. Sport and Culture contribute to the achievement of SDG 3, 4, 5, 11, 16 and 17.
Across the Caribbean, Sport and or Culture programmes draw upon adolescents’ intrinsic attraction and build personal, social and emotional character, while promoting health and positive lifestyles.
Through these complementary areas, children are offered an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and creativity while playing sport and being involved in culture. 
In Guyana, recognising that structured sports, physical activities and cultural expressions are healthy and safe alternatives for adolescents (10-19 years), and recognising that sports and culture are preventive and responsive interventions for adolescents who are exposed/at risk  to violence and abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), the Government of Guyana and UNICEF included Sport and Culture for Development (SC4D) in the 2012-2016 and 2017-2021 programmes of cooperation.
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana over the years has accommodated over 4,000 secondary school children 11-17 years old, who live too far from the school to allow a daily commute, at dormitory schools.
During joint GoG-UNICEF programmatic visits, it was noted that there was a lack of extra-curricular activities in Dormitory Schools in the hinterland Regions i.e.1, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and for children in detention (Region 2) and children in rural communities.
Due to the copious poorly supervised free time students were exposed to risky behaviours, resulting in high incidences of adolescent pregnancy, violence, suicide, substance abuse and school dropout.
To fill this gap, a baseline survey was conducted, and the data was analyses and used by the Government of Guyana in partnership with UNICEF, and with support from the UNICEF UK National Committee, designed and launched the Sport and Culture for Development (SC4D) Programme in 2013.
It was expected that over the first two years of the programme at least 2,360 children and adolescents in seven hinterland dormitory schools; one Juvenile detention facility and holding centre and two rural communities with high incidences of teenage pregnancy, violence, suicide and substance abuse, will benefit.
This programme is expected to provide access to sports and cultural activities but also to critical life skills such as Communication, Leadership, Decision-Making, Problem Solving and Critical-thinking, and information on their rights and responsibilities to support staying in school to complete their primary and secondary education.
UNICEF partnered with the   Ministry of Education (MoE) and two NGOs – the Linden Care Foundation located in Region 10 and FACT ( an NGO in a rural community) in Region 6 and with vulnerable youth at the community level. Once girls and boys identified the sport of their choice and the requisite equipment were procured to ensure that both girls and boys have enough equipment for activities.
This successful pilot was used to inform the implementation of the SC4D programme, from 2015 and 2017, from seven (7) to eighteen (18) dormitory schools in seven regions in Guyana, from two (2) to eleven (11) communities and from one (1) to two (2) juvenile detention/holding centre and one (1) State-run institution for vulnerable children in need of care. 
To determine the changes made by the programme (contribution/attribution) and to ascertain where the programme can be expanded to all secondary schools in Guyana, it is necessary that a Summative evaluation is conducted at this time.
This evaluation follows the norms and standards established by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) ( as well as the UNEG Code of Conduct for Evaluation in the UN system ( and will have to be endorsed by the Evaluators during the evaluation process.
This is a summative evaluation and it is part of UNICEF’s exit plan as the main financier (funds were provided to UNICEF from the British NatCom) and technical-support lead for the programme. This evaluation aims to assess the effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, impact, sustainability and crosscutting contributions of the programme and the findings will inform decisions and preparation for a whole-country implementation i.e. in all primary and secondary schools along with all current centres. 
The evaluation aims to:

1. Determine the extent to which the Sports and Culture for Development Programme (SC4D) in dormitory schools is achieving its objectives.
2. Based on number 1, identify challenges and facilitating factors encountered in the delivery of the SC4D programme
3. Drawing on 1 and 2 compile lessons learned and recommendations to inform the future rollout of the SC4D programme in Guyana.
4. Determine how the approach has been sustainable and provide recommendations to ensure its sustainability
The knowledge sought by this evaluation will:

• Provide information on the reduction, in the past 5 years, related to adolescent pregnancy, violence, suicide, substance abuse and school dropout, that can be attributed, (if any) to this programme and the specific contributions of the programme.
• Inform policy and other decision makers, at the national and sub-national levels if and to what extent each programme outcomes is achieved and to inform a review of outcomes/outputs and other modifications before the whole-country implementation.
• Identify and report over the past five years, on current and possible bottlenecks/barriers, risks and assumptions, enablers and strategies that should be considered for continued implementation and scale up.
• Use the values for money calculations for Cost-Effectiveness, Cost-Utility Analyses, Cost-Benefit and Social Return on Investment (SROI) analyses, to determine if this program gives value for money and or if there are other viable alternatives to achieve the same output/outcomes.
Profile of the Evaluation Team
These terms of reference are for a team of Evaluators (3-4 persons) with at least 10 years of experience conducting evaluations, between them. The contract will be for a period of 6 months. The following characteristics are required and desirable. The evaluation Team Profile should include at least a General Coordinator; a Specialised Evaluator (Culture and Sports specialisation as an advantage); a quantitative and qualitative Methods responsible person; a Value for Money expert, and a fieldwork operations officer.

This consultancy is for a team of Evaluators (3-4 persons) who must possess the following competencies:

• The General Coordinator should possess an Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Anthropology, Sociology, education a specialisation in Sport and Culture (theatre arts) will be an advantage – the other team members should have bachelor’s degrees in relevant fields. 
• A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in leading and managing outcome and impact evaluations.
• Proven experience in conducting evaluations and research; 
• Proven experience in the design and methods of qualitative and quantitative evaluation and research.
• Proven experience in conducting value-for-money and cost-efficiency/effectiveness analysis (and lease one team member should be a VfM expert)
• A demonstrable understanding of equity issues in education
• Proven experience in facilitating and collecting information, including data collection with children
• Knowledge of the SC4D programme in Guyana
• Knowledge of the equity and gender approaches and their application;
• Knowledge of Results-Based Management;
• Fluency in spoken and written English
• Good ability to write reports clearly and concisely.
• Strong organisational, and presentation skills

– Previous work experience with the United Nations System;
– Knowledge of UNEG evaluation standards;
It is recommended that a description of the role and responsibilities of each team member and an explanation of his or her competencies (i.e. matching the required skills) be provided.
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.

All candidates should include a financial and technical proposal. The technical proposal should include a detailed methodological proposal, a CV, a motivation letter, examples of previous evaluations, and other relevant information to ensure the quality of the presented proposal and minimize the disqualifications

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

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National Individual Consultant – LEAP Operations Support in Accra Ghana

Posted by | 12/08/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

National Individual Consultant – LEAP Operations Support in Accra Ghana

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,


The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) is Ghana’s national cash transfer Programme and key part of the Social Protection (SP) system that is recognized under the SP policy.

The overall objective of the Programme is to reduce poverty by increasing consumption and promoting access to social services among the extremely poor and vulnerable. Rigorous evidence shows the impressive impacts of LEAP on improving the lives of very poor households and their communities.

LEAP households have increased their consumption by 67 percent, using the transfer to improve quantity and quality of food. In addition to food security and diversity, LEAP supports households to better access social services and make investments in their children.

The research also shows that LEAP households are better able to invest in productive activities –livestock, fertilizer, improved seeds and small businesses.

LEAP paid cash grants to 326,985 households out of the 407647 enrolled in the LEAP MIS in April 2019[1]. Households eligible for LEAP currently must both 1) meet the poverty eligibility criteria, assessed through a proxy means test; and 2) have household members that fall into at least one of the following categories of persons: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC); Elderly 65 years and above without support; Persons with Severe Disability without a productive capacity; and Pregnant/women with children under a year.

In 2018, the Government of Ghana reviewed some key elements of the design of LEAP to enhance the impact of the programme as part of the new phase of LEAP.

Some of these include broadening of the eligibility criteria for the programme to include all extremely poor households in the country, institutionalizing a system for determining benefit levels, linking members of LEAP households to complementary services and improving the communication with beneficiaries to increase understanding and accountability for service delivery.

The LEAP programme is preparing to implement the new phase of and requires UNICEF support for this important exercise due to UNICEF significant contribution to the design of the new phase and experience in working across multiple sectors in the country. UNICEF is currently providing technical assistance to develop a strategy to reassess eligible households within the programme and implement a suitable beneficiary communication approach.

UNICEF has also initiated discussions between the LEAP secretariat, Ghana Health Services, and the Department of Social Welfare to put in place a system for case management, linkages and referral to services for LEAP household members. For a successful transition, the programme needs to plan and sequence implementation of the new features across the country to maintain the credibility of the programme.

Since the inception of the LEAP Programme in 2008, beneficiary households have not been reassessed to confirm their continued eligibility and the programme therefore has no prior experience for this exercise. Additionally, there is a change in the eligibility requirements of the LEAP programme, which imposes an additional complexity on the approach to use for the exercise to ensure fairness for households that are eligible for the programme. Since this is the first a reassessment will be undertaken for LEAP beneficiaries, it is necessary to carefully analyze the approach, plan the process and aftermath of the exercise with the relevant stakeholder, communicate and implement in manner to maintain the integrity of the programme.

Additionally, linking LEAP families to complementary services and improving programme communication with beneficiaries are key features of the new phase of LEAP that has the potential to enhance multisectoral impacts of the programme. Though LEAP has linked some households to access free health insurance cards from the National Health Insurance Scheme, these linkages need to be expanded and institutionalized. It will be critical to test and select the most suitable delivery models of linking and communicating with beneficiaries for scale up by the programme.

Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to support the LEAP Management Secretariat(LMS) during these programmatic and staffing transitions in a manner that maintains the impact and credibility of the programme. This includes technical support to LMS to develop a strategy and implementation plan for the reassessment of the programme beneficiaries. It also includes implementation support to the heads of relevant units and focal persons who are leading in the implementation of linkages, beneficiary communications, dissemination of the updated LEAP operations manual and implementing the recommendations of the operational assessment of the LEAP e-payment system.

Specifically, the consultancy aims at achieving the following:

  1. Support the LEAP management to plan key activities for implementing reassessment for the LEAP programme.
  2. Support the LMS to implement activities to disseminate the LEAP operations manual and improve e-payment processes.
  3. Support the LEAP operations unit to facilitate linkages to identified social services and interventions.
  4. Support the LEAP programme to pilot modalities for effectively communicating with beneficiaries and integrate lessons to programme communications strategy.

 Specific Tasks to be completed

  1. Develop a detailed operational plan on the reassessment of LEAP based on the strategy in consultation with LEAP management and UNICEF
  2. Support the LMS implement activities to disseminate the revised LEAP Operations Manual & improve LEAP e-payment processes
  3. Facilitate the linkage of LEAP families to Social Services in collaboration with the relevant government agencies
  4. Support the LMS to implement the LEAP beneficiary and community communication activities in collaboration with selected CSOs.


  1. Agreed operational plan for the roll out of the reassessment exercise across the country
  2. Agreed Workplan with UNICEF and LMS with timelines for the submission of the intermediary deliverables for all identified deliverables
  3. Three power point presentations (maximum 20 slides each) based on relevant sections of the revised Operations manual for national, regional and district level stakeholders
  4. A training package for a 5-day training of trainers for district level implementors of the LEAP programme (including slides with pictures, activities, materials etc) based on the revised Operations manual and guidelines
  5. A report on number of districts modeling the linkage of LEAP households to NHIS, case management and other social services
  6. A report on the lessons from pilot of beneficiary communication modalities with specific recommendations for scale up.

Expected Qualifications, Experience, specialised knowledge/skills and competencies

  • Advanced Degree is required, in Business Studies, Management, Finance, Social Studies, Economics, Development Studies, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Experience of minimum of 8 years in managing complex projects.
  • Five years of this experience should be managing or supporting the operations and implementation of large scale cash transfer programmes.
  • Experience in managing or supporting the transition phases of cash transfer programmes.
  • Experience working with national social cash transfer programmes is required.
  • Demonstrated experience working closely with government partners and systems is required.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, facilitation and capacity building skills are required.
  • Excellent ability to work well with diverse people and manage and supervise a team.
  • Strong drive for result and coordination skills.
  • Ability to facilitate trainings and train people.
  • Experience working in the Social Protection sector in Ghana is a plus.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit application to the on-line source as directed:

Also submit a brief write up (2 pages max) describing how you will execute this assignment within the specified timeframe and an indication of the daily fees for the services is required. Interested candidates should also submit a copy of the CV.

Incomplete application will not be considered   

NOTE: Detailed TOR is attached. Download File ToR LEAP Operations Support Consultant.pdf

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