Executive Specialist, P-3, Addis Ababa (International Fixed Term Post)
Job Number: 527969 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Ethiopia
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, collaboration
UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for more than 65 years supporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realization of the rights of children and women. UNICEF has presence in all the 8 regions in Ethiopia.
We do this by supporting the achievements of the Growth and Transformation Plan II as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our programmes in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Policy and Evidence on Social Inclusion.
In addition, UNICEF Ethiopia has been leading the support in humanitarian programmes relentlessly working towards responding to emergency needs.
The Executive Specialist is responsible for supporting the Representative’s office in implementing and following up on key strategic priorities; coordinating, managing and planning activities in a systematic and organized manner; and lastly, managing an effective system for incoming information, including correspondence and decision memos
How can you make a difference?
Reporting to the Country Representative, the Executive Specialist liaises with colleagues within the same office, at HQ, and in the field, on matters of non-routine significance in order to prepare documents for the supervisor and manage the flow of information.
Regular contacts with external parties, including UN office, donors and International organizations, are made to provide the supervisor’s contacts with background information on relevant topics prior to meetings, to respond queries on behalf of the supervisor at his/her discretions and to obtain assistance of others on matters of relevant to the office.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Follow-up on policies and instructions presented by the supervisor. Keep the supervisor aware of developments in UNICEF’s major world-wide operations and of policy issues related directly to UNICEF or to humanitarian issues under the broader UN system.
May assist the supervisor in drafting regular information notes to the Executive Director that provide briefings on areas of concern to UNICEF and that propose areas where action by the Executive Office would further the objectives of the Office.
Contribute to coordinating drafts of position papers and other documents relevant to the activities of the office.
Assist the supervisor in the preparation of statements that represent UNICEF’s overall policies and which highlight specific areas of concern. Propose and draft substantive correspondence for the supervisor.
Support the supervisor in efforts to raise the profile of UNICEF and the agency’s concerns within the context of the broader United Nations system.
Manage the flow of information to the supervisor, identify priority matters that need to be urgently addressed by the supervisor and propose actions; analyze supporting documentation and summarize most relevant points for the supervisor; ensure that appropriate action is taken by responsible section heads on matters brought to the attention of the supervisor.
Confer with section heads/ directors to secure timely and authoritative information relevant to matters requiring action, decisions or the approval of the Supervisor.
Ensure that the supervisor is prepared for meetings and missions by drafting talking points, by researching relevant information; and by establishing contacts (within and outside UNICEF) on the subject matters to be discussed.
Accompany the supervisor to meetings and on missions in order to prepare notes on the discussions, ensure follow-up in matters raised, and support the supervisor with any relevant input.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree is required in International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, or another relevant technical field.
*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in external relations, public affairs or international development cooperation, preferably within the UN, or in a government institution, NGO. Prior experience of working in coordination , planning, or in an executive office will be an asset.
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is 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.
The competencies required for this post are….
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.
Closing Date Fri Nov 29 2019 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)