Terms of Reference: Analysis of budget allocation for Psychosocial Support in 6 SADC countries

Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 20 April, 2018
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) provides technical capacity enhancement to its partners to strengthen communities’ and families’ ability to promote the psychosocial and mental wellbeing of their children and youth.  Our vision is all girls, boys and youth enjoy psychosocial and mental wellbeing.
We provide technical assistance and lead advocacy for sustained psychosocial support mainstreaming into programmes and services for girls, boys, youth, families and communities in East and Southern Africa so that they live with hope, dignity and happiness.  REPSSI has a presence in 13 countries of East and Southern Africa, 11 of which are in SADC, and partners with governments, development partners, international organizations and NGOs to achieve our goal.
REPSSI is a technical partner to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in their programme for Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth.  Through this partnership, REPSSI has engaged in the development of the regional OVCY strategy, business plan, Minimum Package of Services for OVCY (MPS) and Psychosocial Support (PSS) Conceptual Framework, as well as domestication of these.

PURPOSE and SCOPE OF the consultancy

REPSSI has provided additional technical support to some SADC Member States to domesticate the MPS and PSS Conceptual Framework. It is through government budgets that the domestication of these standards and framework can be implemented and services to children delivered. The scope of the proposed exercise is to analyse national budget allocations towards psychosocial support services and activities in 6 SADC countries. The analysis will cover the period 2015-2017 and will focus on four sectors, i.e. Social development, Health, Education, and Youth Development.

  • To identify policies, frameworks and standards on psychosocial support (or which capture elements of PSS)
  • To develop tools for PSS responsive budget tracking and monitoring.
  • To analyse budgetary allocations and spending patterns towards psychosocial support for Children and Youth
  • To analyse trends in budgetary allocations towards psychosocial support for Children and Youth with the aim of identifying progress and gaps
  • To identify key advocacy issues and policy recommendations to improve the response to budgeting for PSS


The following are the deliverables

  • Inception report, outlining the proposed methodology and timeline
  • A comprehensive analysis report capturing the objectives of this assignment
  • PSS sensitive budget tracking and monitoring tools


  • Have relevant working experience of at least five (5) years in budgetary research at national and regional level
  • Knowledge and understanding of budgeting and financial management procedures within the children and youth sectors.
  • Proven experience in conducting budget studies within the child Protection and Youth Development sectors.
  • Advanced degree in economics, social policy or public financial management is an added advantage

Expression of interest

Potential candidates are requested to submit the following to hradmin@repssi.org by 20 April 2018:

  • CVs and company profile.
  • A cover letter outlining your skills and experience
  • A work-plan outline and budget (including your fees)

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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