Chief Field Office, (P-4), Buea, Cameroon, #109305
Job Number: 519259 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Cameroon
Work Type : Fixed Term Appointment
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, a chance in life!
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, nutrition, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
How can you make a difference?
Purpose of the Position
The purpose of the post is to provide leadership and management to the UNICEF programmatic interventions in NW/SW Cameroon, which are focused on emergency response, and to link these activities to recovery and development activities. The post will supervise sectoral staff and ensure an integrated response for children, informed by the dynamic context in the two regions. The post will develop strategies so that UNICEF activities can reach the most vulnerable population in hard to reach areas, by developing relations with local actors, and support programmatic activities.
Under the guidance of the Chief Field Operations, the Chief Field Office (CFO) is accountable for managing and leading the UNICEF activities. The CFO represents UNICEF in NW and SW Cameroon, leads and oversees the various program sectors and operational service teams ensuring the delivery of quality results in accordance with UNICEF Programme of cooperation, country Programme management plan and overall vision set forward by the Representative.
Key Expected Results
1. Effective management of UNICEF presence, staff and assets
Represent UNICEF in the region, by participating in meetings and events, moving forward the agenda for children. Facilitate, take and implement measures to ensure that UNICEF personnel work within acceptable risk levels, and UNICEF assets are appropriately safeguarded. Effectively lead the Field Office team and manage the performance and conduct the staff members to deliver results for children.
2. Knowledge Manaqement for Proqrammes
Support area/country programmes knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of « lessons learned » and other corporate-level databases. Participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.
3. Programme Development and Manaqement
Identify critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyze count level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
Draft changes to/or prepare Programme work plans as required. Prepare program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.
Establishes Programme workplans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the Programme team in order to meet objectives. Identifies human resources requirements and on-going staff development needs.
Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of Programme/projects in collaboration with Government and other partners.
Prepares relevant Programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, Programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
4. Optimum Use of Program Funds
Establishes and supervises Programme work plans and monitor progress and compliance. Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of Programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of Programme funds. Ensures Programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to Programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
5. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations
Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess Programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
Carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate the major Programme evaluation exercises in consultation with the Representative, the Operations Officer, the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of Programme delivery. Participates in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.
6. Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach
Adopts rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of Programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Formulates consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects. Brings coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to Programme planning and design.
Prepares and submits viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on Programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.
7. National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability
Provide authorities and service providers with technical support and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and Programme sustainability.
Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.
8. Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels
Conduct policy analysis from a children’s and women’s rights perspective and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication in line with UNICEF national advocacy guidelines and strategy.
9. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration
Develops partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on Programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Linkages to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate Programme data.
Collaborates with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavors and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
Maintains close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination on programmes.
Plans, develops and implements sectorial Programme(s) by collaborating with the government and other partners. Provide leadership in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF Programme and country level cooperation.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, international relations, public administration, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.
A minimum of eight years of professional work experience in programme management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, project administration is required. Experience in an emergency country is required. Experience in humanitarian Monitoring and Evaluation is required. Knowledge of the context is an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Fluency in English and knowledge of French are required. Knowledge of another UN language or local knowledge of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
* Please note that there are family restrictions in this duty station.
* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.
Closing Date Fri Feb 15 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)