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Consultant

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Technical expertise
  • Relevant advanced academic degree (Social sciences, development studies, economics or related fields); previous experience leading teams; knowledge of social protection programs; health policies; labour markets; social security benefits and, maternity benefits.
  • Demonstrated international/local experience in undertaking complex social and public policy analysis;
  • Demonstrated ability for managing stakeholders and high level government representatives.
  • Specific experience in undertaking complex social and economic research and providing authoritative analysis and guidance for policy makers.
  • Demonstrated ability for managing stakeholders and high level government representatives.
  • Ability to facilitate consultative/validation workshop towards consensus building.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Proven ability to:
    • handle multiple tasks under pressure with short deadlines;
    • ability to work independently, seeking guidance on complex issues; and
    • excellent interpersonal skills, proven team orientation and the ability to work across unit boundaries

Responsibilities

1. Conduct a feasibility study:
a. Design of the new maternity benefit;
Support NHIF regarding the design of the maternity cash benefit for all NHIF beneficiaries and different design options and criteria that need to be considered. This includes the waiting duration for new / inactive members, the level of maternity income benefits, leave period, frequency of payment and the different options on how NHIF recovers the costs (contribution rates and other policy options). Potential impacts on the legal framework will be identified.
b. Assess the institutional capacity to deliver the new benefit;
Institutional arrangements and operational processes that might need to be adapted should also be covered in the study.**
c. Assessment of the financial impact of the introduction of the new benefit
The ILO actuarial platform ILO-HEALTH will be used to assess the financial impact of the different design options for the new benefit, with a view to inform the policy dialogue and decision on the final design and related contribution level for the new benefit. This includes a demographic and employment analysis of the population as well as specifically of the membership of NHIF. The consultant will be expected to gather relevant data to support the ILO HQ team to perform the financial impact assessment and include the results in the report. **
2. Organise a learning and dialogue forum on maternity protection:
The consultants are expected to support the organization of a two day dialogue with government representatives, workers and employers’ representatives, including those in the informal and rural economy, civil society, Council of Governors and other key stakeholders. The forum should cover relevant ILO standards on social security with an emphasis on maternity protection, the type of benefits for maternity protection, the financing of the maternity benefit, institutional and legal arrangements and international good practices of maternity protection.
Project Management
The consultant/consultancy firm will work under the supervision of the ILO. Oversight and guidance will be provided by the Technical Committee comprising project staff of ILO and NHIF which will endorse outputs and deliverables.
Expected Products / Outputs
The consultancy will be expected to deliver the following:
  1. Inception report with work plan
  2. Consultative stakeholder dialogue forum and Key Informant Interviews
  3. Preliminary feasibility study report presenting design options for the new maternity income benefit (based on stakeholder engagement and desk review).
  4. Stakeholder dialogue to validate the options of the preliminary feasibility study and design options.
  5. Final consolidated and validated report (after review of NHIF and ILO)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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