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Social Protection Specialist
|Location :||Erbil, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||22-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||100 WDs Over 10 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||100 WDs Over 10 months|
KRG launched the Social Protection Strategic Framework (SPSF), on September 21, 2016, and developed it with support from the World Bank. The KRG SPSF covers three main pillars of social protection: Social Safety Nets, Pensions and Social Insurance, and Labor Market Policies and Programs. It was formally endorsed by the KRG Council of Ministers in October 2016. The KRG SPSF is integral to the Economic Reform Roadmap developed by KRG with support from the World Bank as well as the KRG Vision 2020 plan. KRG’s stated intention for the SPSF is “to improve living conditions of the poor, address the causes of poverty and foster upward mobility… [and] redesigning our programs so that by 2020, assistance is targeted to those in need and creates economic opportunities for all.”
However, the ambitions laid out in the SPSF require detailed technical assistance to move forward, as the current state of social programs in KRG requires improvements in efficiency and targeting the most needy. A primary concern is that currently, KRG Social Safety Nets (SSNs) provide cash transfers on the basis of broad social categories instead of more effective targeting mechanisms to determine eligibility. For example, these categories included Orphans, Widowed Women, and Married Students. Monthly transfers are made to those individuals beneficiaries registered with the KRG Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) in these and other categories. However, this may sometimes allow certain beneficiaries to receive financial support from the government even if not in financial need. A recent study determined that only 25 percent of beneficiaries are actually in the lowest, poorest quintile of the KRG population, while 75 percent of beneficiaries are distributed in the four richer quintiles.
To better enable the poor to benefit from this program, a new targeting mechanism is required. The KRG economy is largely a cash-based system, which makes it difficult to effectively measure the income of households or to understand their means. Without an effective way to measure household means, it is difficult to verify the eligibility of households applying for SSN funds. A more effective targeting mechanism for the KRG region is Proxy-Means Testing (PMT), which focuses on expenditure rather than income by focusing on certain indicators that measure how much households are spending. Following a 2017 “Poverty Targeting” Pilot Program conducted by KRG, World Bank (WB) and UNDP FFER-KRG, the value of this approach was made clear. KRG has chosen to adopt WB recommendations to reform the Social Safety Net through the implementation of a Poverty Targeting mechanism, and verification of beneficiaries through PMT.
The next phase of work required is intended to follow through on the achievements and findings of the pilot program:
To carry forward the recommendations from the WB Poverty Targeting pilot, KRG has approached UNDP FFER-KRG to provide them with necessary technical assistance, and UNDP FFER-KRG is therefore recruiting a Social Protection Specialist to provide technical assistance to KRG MOLSA on the above five areas of work.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The specialist will work under the direction of the UNDP FFER-KRG Project manager and will work closely with KRG MOLSA Social Safety Net Department to provide technical assistance on the above five areas of work.
3. Expected outputs and Deliverables
The Social Protection specialist is expected to produce the following deliverables, but shall not be limited to these alone:
4. Time and Method of Payment
The price proposal should be an “all-inclusive” lump sum fixed rate.
The Specialist will report to FFER-KRG project manager. The specialist will be working at MOLSA during those days on the field. The Specialist will be provided with office space.
This is on field assignment; the specialist is expected to work at the Ministry of Labor and Social affairs during the working days as per work requirements and agreement with FFER-KRG project manager.
The assignment is for 100 WDs over 10 months period (100 WDs on the Field), starting from the date that work assigned to specialist official by FFER-KRG Project Manager.
Required Skills and Experience
Qualifications and Requirements
The Social Protection Specialist will require the following qualifications, experience, competencies and language skills. Only applicants who meet these criteria will be short-listed and will be contacted:
A. Education and Professional Qualifications Required:
B. Experience Required:
C. Languages Required:
D. Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
The award of contract will be made to the individual whose offer has been evaluated and determined to be:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.