Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Consultancy-Domestic Resource Mobilization Specialist at UNICEF Tanzania

  AjiraLeo Tanzania       Wednesday, October 4, 2023
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Consultancy-Domestic Resource Mobilization Specialist, For 3 months, Dar es salaam and Dodoma, Tanzania (Hybrid) |
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Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: Consultancy
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Health


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The Government of Tanzania (GoT) has been, relatively, de-prioritising the budget allocations to the health sector compared to other economic sectors. For example, in FY 2022/23 only 5.18% of the total government budget was allocated to the health sector, which is far lower than the 12% target set in the Fifth Health Sector Strategic Plan. Total expenditure on PHC stands at USD 18 per capita, out of which only USD 8 is provided by the government, which is far lower than the USD 65 global benchmark set to deliver quality PHC services in LMICs. Primary health services financing is currently highly dependent on donor funding. However, external financing has been progressively decreasing, moving from 39% to 33% of the current health expenditure between 2017 and 2024, and is expected to decrease further with the improvement of Tanzania’s economic conditions.

Therefore, there is a need to identify additional sources of domestic revenues to finance primary health services and continue expanding the coverage of quality primary health care services. Many countries have embarked on several domestic resource mobilization efforts to expand the fiscal space for health through a combination of general revenue measures and consumption. For example, Ghana established a National Health Insurance Levy consisting of 2.5% points from the 17.5% VAT, Indonesia earmarked 5% of the central government budgetary allocations and a minimum of 10% of each district’s total budget, both excluding salaries, to health, and Thailand introduced a 2% surcharge on excise taxes imposed on sale from alcohol and tobacco products. 

Countries have taken different approaches to earmark revenues to the health sector, leading to different outcomes in terms of budget transparency and accountability, and the effectiveness of earmarking taxes to increase overall funding for health and make it more stable has been mixed. Although earmarking may increase overall government expenditure, it does not necessarily lead to increased expenditure for a target program due to the fungibility of the overall government budget.
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Scope of Work:

The consultant will be expected to identify opportunities to generate additional resources for the health sector, estimate their revenue generation potential for the health sector, and review the public financial management regulations to ensure additional resources are effectively and efficiently allocated to the sector.

By the end of the assignment, the consultant will be expected to answer the following questions:
  • What are the key issues around revenue mobilization in Tanzania?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the existing health taxes, including sugar-sweetened beverages, alcohol, and tobacco taxes?
  • What options could be explored to increase the revenue base for the health sector, what is the revenue generation potential of such options, and considerations for their implementation?
This will be achieved through the following (non exhaustive) activities:
  • Conduct a landscape analysis of current revenue mobilization strategies
  • Critically assess the practices around health taxes, including sugar-sweetened beverage, alcohol, and tobacco taxes
  • Identify high-level opportunities to increase the current revenue tax base
  • Identify the revenue potential of health taxes, was their collection optimised
  • Provide recommendations to increase the tax revenue base based on the analysis undertaken and best practices adopted in other countries with similar socio-economic profiles
  • Highlight political economy considerations that should be taken into account while implementing the recommendations


Identify evidence-based options to raise revenue to raise additional revenue for the health sector.
  1. Draft report looking at revenue mobilization options, including revenue-raising potential, earmarking modalities, implementation modalities and political economy considerations.
15/11/23 75%  
Disseminate the identified revenue mobilisation options with Government officials

     2.  Dissemination workshop presentation                 3.  Minutes from the meeting

30/11/23 10%  
Submit the final report incorporating options and government perspectives on their feasibility       4.  Final report 15/12/23  15%  
TOTAL                 3 Months  100%
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

Evaluations: The applicant should submit both technical and financial proposal which clearly stipulate how the work will be conducted. The Financial Proposal should include all costs of this assignment including fee, travel costs, accommodation as UNICEF will not pay any DSA.

Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will carry 25% showing the proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable (fees, travels and accommodation) and eventual total consultancy cost.

The consultant will operate remotely with scheduled travel to Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.
The validity of the contract will be for 3 months.
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To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Advanced degree (Master’s or MMed) in Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or a closely related.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience with substantial experience working with governments in low- and middle-income countries on domestic resources mobilization and public financial management issues, ideally in the health sector.
  • Track record of quantitative data analysis
  • Demonstrated experience writing technical documents.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required and Proficiency in Swahili is an asset.
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UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1), Works Collaboratively with others (1), Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1), Innovates and Embraces Change (1), Thinks and Acts Strategically (1), Drive to achieve impactful results (1), Manages ambiguity and complexity (1).
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff , including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.

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

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.
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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: 03 Oct 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 17 Oct 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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