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Iran (Islamic Republic of): National Consultant on Public Finance Managament (Iranian National Only)

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Closing date: 27 Nov 2017

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.


Prepare and present an overview of the Public Finance Management System in the Islamic Republic of Iran



Duration of Contract

20 working days

Start Date

26 November 2017

Reporting to

Social Policy Unit, UNICEF Iran

Budget Code/PBA No


Estimated budget

US$ 2,400

Project & activity code

Social Policy / Output 3.1 / Knowledge Management and Child Poverty


Public finance management plays a significant role in achieving the development goals set in the national plans. Partnerships around public finance are immensely important for all stakeholders considering the crucial role budgeting plays in delivering variety of services to the population. Financial resources are never sufficient to respond to the incremental needs of the population. Governments undergo financial constraints increasingly due to the changing global political and economic situations and because of negative effects of the climate change.

The Law of the 6th Five-Year Development Plan of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Article 6) prioritizes savings in public expenditures, reforming the government income regime and cutting off the dependence of the state budget on oil revenues. This implies the Government puts systems in place to properly react to the changing environment and shrinking opportunities with the purpose to minimize negative effects on the well-being of the population.

International treaties also prioritize the state financing as a core means to delivering results. UNICEF is mandated to support government partners in meeting their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In particular, UNICEF is a lead agency charged with promoting compliance with Article 4 of the CRC, which requires governments to undertake measures to fulfil children’s rights “to the maximum extent of their available resources.”

Another international treaty - the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights highlights the following: “Each State party to the present Covenant undertakes to take steps, individually and through international assistance and co-operation, especially economic and technical, to the maximum of its available resources, with a view to achieving progressively the full realisation of the rights recognized in the present Covenant by all appropriate means, including particularly the adoption of legislative measures.”

Governments are keen to allocate resources to support the well-being of different groups of the population in order to gain efficiency from the investments made. Children are distinguished with their age specific needs and require a greater and focused attention of the public finance management system. As indicated in UNICEF’s child rights toolkit (2013), the science of child development tells us that even temporary deprivations experienced by young children can have irreversible effects on their future capabilities and, in turn, a nation’s future prospects. Interventions and policy choices made today will determine whether millions of children and youth are able to reach their full potential or are left to face a future of worsening inequity and marginalization.


UNICEF Iran is keen to enhance its knowledge and understanding on public finance system of the Islamic Republic of Iran with a view to reinforce its partnerships with Government institutions on public finance management. Therefore, the core objective of this assignment is to comprehend the current system of public finance management in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The overview should cover the following:

  • Macro-economic situation and the fiscal space
  • Legal norms and legislation on public finance management
  • Stages of the budget cycle (planning, preparation, execution, monitoring and reporting)
  • Decision-making process within the public finance management system
  • Vertical and horizontal relations within the public finance management system
  • State budget content and budgeting for social sectors (education, health, social protection)
  • State budget allocation and the children’s needs: reflection on the child sensitivity in the state budget

Entry points and possibilities for UNICEF’s partnerships in making the budget more responsive to children’s needs.

Methodology and Technical Approach

The following methodology is proposed for implementation of the assignment:

  • Desk review
  • Review available documents pertinent to public finance management in the Islamic Republic of Iran:
  • Legislative norms (list of the normative documents with a brief description of the scope of each document)
  • Government institutions’ budget reports
  • Analytical reports from the Government institutions or development partners
  • Prepare a desk review report covering the following:
  • A concise analysis of the current macro-economic situation with its implications on the country’s fiscal space
  • Description of the public finance management system in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Description of the state budget process and the decision-making arrangements, roles and responsibilities (both horizontal and vertical)
  • Description of the state budget content based on the publicly available data with a particular focus on budget allocations for education, health and social protection sectors
  • Reflection of the extent to which the state budget can be considered child-friendly[1] from the perspective of a superficial analysis
  • Presentation of results
  • Prepare a draft report based on the results of the desk study and share with UNICEF
  • Prepare a Power Point Presentation and debrief UNICEF staff on the results of the desk study
  • Incorporate substantial feedback in the report from UNICEF
  • Preparation of both Farsi and English Report
  • Submit the final report and the Power Point Presentation (both Farsi and English version) to UNICEF.


The period for the assignment is one month.

Activities, Deliverables, Indicators, Timeframe and Schedule of Payment


Corresponding Deliverable



Payment %

No of Working Days

Month 1

Week 1-2

Week 3-4

Activity 1:

Review of available documents pertinent to Public Finance Management in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Deliverable 1:

1.1 Desk review report

Submission of the deliverable 1

10 working days

40% Upon Completion of Deliverable 1

Activity 2:

Presentation of the desk review results to UNICEF Iran team

Deliverable 2:

2.1 Power Point Presentation

Submission of the deliverable 2

7 working days

60% Upon Completion of Deliverables 2 and 3

Activity 2:

Submission of the final report

Deliverable 3:

3.1 Final report

Submission of the deliverable 3

3 working days

Total number of Working Days: 20

Management and Organisation

Management: The Contract will be supervised by UNICEF Iran’s Social Policy Specialist.

Travel: No travel is anticipated for accomplishment of the assignment.

Budget and terms of payment

The assignment will be funded from UNICEF Regular and Other Resources. The Contract fee shall be paid in two instalments, upon approval of relevant deliverables by UNICEF, based on the above schedule. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of the payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered, or for failure to meet the deadline.

Conditions of Work

The Consultant(s) shall use their own facilities to manage the work, but, where circumstances demand otherwise, shall be allowed to make use of available UNICEF office space, computer and internet facilities with prior notification and arrangement with the UNICEF. The provision of these facilities by UNICEF shall be subject to their availability.


The Consultant(s) assigned must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Finance, Public Administration and alike. (MoV: Curriculum Vitae / Educational Credentials)
  • Extensive research and work experience in public finance management (MoV: Curriculum Vitae / Sample of written work)
  • Proven knowledge on Iran’s public finance management system (MoV: Technical Proposal)
  • Proficiency in English and Farsi languages

Call for Proposals

A proposal shall include the following:

  • Full curriculum vitae: the service provider’s qualifications and experience
  • The technical proposal including the approach that the service provider will follow in executing the assignment.
  • Names of collaborators (if any) with their full curriculum vitae.
  • Reference to similar work (final products that are available and accessible)
  • Financial proposal


Technical Evaluation (Score: 75/100)

The technical proposal and technical qualifications (section 8.1 above) shall account for 75 points of the total score for selection. The criteria for the evaluation of the technical proposal is consistent with the methodological approach outlined in the ToR. The minimum passing score for the technical evaluation is 60. The technical proposal will be evaluated based on the following main elements:

  • Relevant education and work experience as detailed in section 8.1 above (25 points)
  • Robustness of the proposed methodological approach (30 points)
  • A work plan detailing sequence and time-frame of the activities (5 points)

Financial Proposal (Score: 25/100)

The financial proposal shall account for 25 points of the total score for selection.

Cumulative Analysis of the Financial Proposals

  • The lowest price scores the maximum score for the financial proposal, i.e. 25 points.

All other price proposals receive scores in inverse proportion:

Score for price proposal A = (25 * Price of the lowest priced proposal)/Price of proposal A

  • The total score for the final evaluation shall be 100.

Technical Proposal

Financial Proposal

Total Score




Ethical Note

All the products, including data and analyses, developed in the course of this consultancy are the intellectual property of UNICEF. The Consultant may not share these products without the expressed permission and acknowledgement of UNICEF Iran. All the products developed during the course of this consultancy must comply with the standards of research integrity.

[1] UNICEF defines a child friendly budget as one that “- reflects the realization of children‘s rights. Specifically, national budgets that adequately address children‘s issues, such as poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy or child protection can be considered to be equitable child friendly budget”, Child Responsive Budgeting: The case of Trinidad and Tobago, UNICEF, 2010

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