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UNICEF seeks to recruit a Consultancy to develop a Business Case for Convergence Programming, Gaborone Botswana

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UNICEF seeks to recruit a Consultancy to develop a Business Case for Convergence Programming, Gaborone Botswana


Job no: 515685
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Botswana
Categories: Social and Economic Policy, Consultancy
Advertised: South Africa Standard Time
Applications close: South Africa Standard Time

Apply HERE

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.


Background and Justification

A landlocked country of 2.2 million people, Botswana has been one of the world’s fastest-growing economies for about 50 years, and became an upper-middle-income country in the 1990s. Botswana has made major progress in reducing poverty. Nevertheless, Botswana is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with a Gini coefficient of 60.5 per cent.

Monetary poverty is not the main challenge affecting children’s well-being. A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis conducted by UNICEF revealed that while 19 per cent of the population is poor in monetary terms, 63 per cent of children live in multidimensional poverty which comprises health, nutrition, education, housing, water and sanitation. Almost 43 per cent of children are deprived in two or more dimensions, although they live in households that are above the monetary poverty line. Deprived children tend to live in large, rural households headed by a female with low educational attainment, and with at least one member who is HIV positive, or disabled, or both.

Based on the evidence, the key priorities of the UNICEF Botswana Country Programme 2017 – 2021 are addressing child poverty, with a clear gender equality and equity approach, and adolescents and HIV. These two priorities correspond to the UNICEF comparative advantage in Botswana. UNICEF’s Country Programme in Botswana is aligned with the Government’s Vision 2036, which forms the basis of the 11th National Development Plan 2017 – 2023 (NDP11). The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is also at the forefront of UNICEF’s work.

UNICEF strategies for achieving country programme results include: capacity-development; development of multi-sectoral partnerships; evidence generation; policy dialogue and advocacy; promotion of innovation, learning and local solutions; and support to integration and strengthening cross-sectional linkages. Child rights, gender equality, community engagement and equity underpin all aspects of the country programme. In Botswana, UNICEF provides technical support towards strengthening the policy and legislative environment for children and simultaneously helps the Government test service delivery models to demonstrate scalable options.

As UNICEF Botswana fast approaches the third year of its Country Programme and a mid-term review (mid-2019), the Country Office has been re-assessing its effectiveness and efficiency towards delivering programme results in the context of the country-specific and global development agenda. In recognition that some strategic shifts will facilitate more demonstrable and scalable results, UNICEF Botswana seeks a consultant to help develop a Business Case for an enhanced programming approach that will encompass integrated and/or convergent programme interventions with a more explicit strategy to address the needs of not only children but also adolescents and young people.


Scope of Work

  1. Goal and Objective:

Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Consultant will develop a Business Case and Implementation Plan for a new integrated and/or convergence orientated programming approach. The proposed programming approach will support the existing Country Programme and is intended to build upon ongoing interventions and existing entry points.

  1. Activities and Tasks: 
  • Review UNICEF Country Programme Document (CPD), Strategy Notes, work plans and budgets as well as the Government of Botswana’s Vision 2036, NDP 11 and other sector-specific documents – for an understanding of the country context and approach.
  • Develop and present a brief Inception Report that presents steps that will be undertaken to successfully complete the assignment, and will include a GANTT chart, taking into account examples and lessons from the region and beyond on delivering convergent programming.
  • Map UNICEF achievements thus far with ongoing and planned interventions, including geographical targeting, to assess feasibility of success.
  • Identify entry points from which multi-sectoral programming approaches can be developed, keeping in mind the sustainability aspect of programming and stress testing approaches for scalability.
  • Develop an equity focused Business Case that presents a realistic convergence orientated programming approach that will contribute to a change for children, adolescents and young people in Botswana.
  • Develop an Implementation Plan for the Business Case that includes, inter alia, advocacy messages for key stakeholders, resource considerations and milestones.
  • Present proposed Business Case and Implementation Plan to UNICEF Programme Team and Senior Management Team.
  • Weekly progress meetings with the Deputy Representative.
  1. Work relationships:  

While the consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes, the Consultant will also work very closely with all programme colleagues. Furthermore, the Consultant is expected to meet with relevant Government counterparts and other partners in-country.




(Estimated # of working days)


Schedule of payment

Inception Report Submitted


3 days

3 Oct.


Business Case and Implementation Plan Drafted

20 days

31 Oct.


Validation Meeting with Programme and Senior Management Teams Held


2 days

1 & 2 Nov.

Final Business Case and Implementation Plan Submitted


5 days

9 Nov.


Brief Assignment Report which reflects process undertaken and persons met (max. 2 pages) Submitted

9 Nov.


Administrative issues and Conditions

  • UNICEF will provide office space at its office in Gaborone, Botswana.
  • UNICEF will not provide laptops or desk top computers. The Consultant will provide own laptop.
  • The Consultant will budget for office supplies to be used during this consultancy.
  • The Consultant is expected to work on a full-time basis
  • Field work is unlikely, however, applicable living allowance will be paid for any additional domestic travel in line with the UN DSA rates for subsistence and accommodation.
  • The consultant may not travel to Botswana without a signed contract and authorization to travel prior to the commencement of the journey to the duty station.
  • Unless authorized, UNICEF will buy the (economy fare) ticket of the consultant where applicable. In some 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 beforehand
  • As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

The consultancy will be for the duration of 2 months from 1st October 2018 to 30th November 2018. The consultancy will follow the schedule in line with the expected deliverable above and timelines will only be negotiated if the delay is due to conditions beyond the control of the consultants.

Payment Schedule

Payment will be upon satisfactory completion of deliverables as outlined in the table above

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

  • Master Degree in Development Studies or a related field.
  • 8-10 years of work experience in international development, ideally in an Upper Middle Income Country Context.
  • Sub-Saharan experience considered an added value.
  • Demonstrated experience in cross-sectoral programme review and design.
  • Desired competencies include:
    1. Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills
    2. Ability to analyze complex and divergent information and data
    3. Proven strategy/concept formulation expertise
    4. Results driven


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Apply HERE


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