National Consultancy: Social Assistance Advisor within the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and the National Social Assistance Fund (NSAF)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

The National Social Assistance Fund (NSAF) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) has implemented several cash transfer programmes to provide support to different vulnerable groups. These include the Cash Transfer programme for pregnant women and children up to the age of 2 years, launched in mid-2019; the Cash Transfer Programme for poor and vulnerable households affected by COVID-19, launched in mid-2020; and the Cash Transfer Programme for at-risk households affected by inflation and the 2022 flood, launched in December 2022. These programmes are managed through a digitization system called the Management Information System (MIS), which involves various stakeholders such as provincial departments, communes, and public health facilities.

Recently, the National Social Assistance Family Package was approved by the National Social Protection Councils. It integrates four cash transfer programmes: the Cash Transfer Programme for Pregnant Women and Children under 2 years, the Cash Transfer Programme for Elderly people, the Cash Transfer Programme for persons with disabilities, and the scholarship programme. The National Social Assistance Fund (NSAF) of MoSVY will be the lead implementing institution for this integrated programme.

The National Social Assistance Family Package for IDPoor households and Vulnerable is designed to enhance referrals and connections between various cash transfer programmes and social protection and social services, such as TVET cash transfers and referral social service system for individual vulnerable in ID-Poor households, including people with disabilities, elderly, and people living with HIV/AIDS, and labor market programs for vocational training beneficiaries. To ensure the smooth preparation and implementation of these initiatives, it is crucial to have a specialized Social Protection/Social Assistance national consultant who can support in developing operational manuals for the TVET Cash Transfer Programme, guideline for a referral system for the Family Package, Shock Responsive Family Package, as well as capacity development plan for rolling out these initiatives.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Academic qualification at the master’s level in the relevant fields such as social sciences, political science, economics etc.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience working with government institutions in providing advisory roles in policy formulation and inter-ministerial coordination
  • Proven experience with design and/or implementation of social assistance and social service programmes


  • Demonstrated knowledge Social Protection, particularly social assistance, and social services
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of the social protection programme context
  • Excellent management, interpersonal, planning and coordination skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships


  • Native in Khmer with high command of English.

Please find the terms of reference for this consultancy and the financial proposal template in the attachments below.

 ToR Social Assistance Advisor to NSAF and MoSVY – TMS.pdf

 Financial Proposal template.docx

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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.

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. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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