UNICEF recruits 01 Regional Adviser Social Policy
Regional Adviser Social Policy (P-5), ESARO, Nairobi, Kenya #43547
Job Number: 520105 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Kenya
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 to thrive
How can you make a difference?
Key Functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
1. Regional advisory services and technical support on strategic planning/discussion
Advise key national and sub-national government officials, development partners (IFI, NGOs, UN, regional bodies, and donors), and other country office partners on policies, strategies, approaches and best practices on social policies and related issues, to support policy, system, and programme development, planning, management, implementation and delivery of results in ESAR.
Participate in regional/country programme planning, preparation and review to provide advice on formulation, design, management, enhancement and communication of social policy programmes, including setting priorities and results-based management goals.
Participate in key regional events and strategic discussions to influence policy discussions and agenda setting on social policy related issues.
Develop and recommend regional programme policies, strategies and approaches. Lead and organize regional strategic discussions and planning on social policy and related programming issues.
2. Support to country offices on programme development and planning
Collaborate with Regional Management/Country Office teams throughout all stages of social policy programming to provide technical support, advice, and capacity strengthening to improve programme preparation, implementation and monitoring for results.
Provide policy guidance and technical support to national external partners/internal colleagues to develop national policies and strategies for UNICEF-assisted programmes.
Contribute to the planning and updating of the situation analysis, including inter alia national and regional social and economic trends, to ensure that current and comprehensive data on social policy issues is available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and protection.
Manage and coordinate technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance, ensuring it is well-planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to support effective implementation and impact. Ensure risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
Keep abreast of national/regional/international development priorities on social policy to leverage UNICEF’s position and competencies with donors, national governments, communities and constituents to advocate and promote social protection interventions and policies.
Provide technical advice to facilitate the preparation of the Country Office social policy programme recommendations and to ensure alignment of programmes goals with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans.
Consult and collaborate with national/global colleagues/partners/allies to develop a partnerships framework to address specific needs and to leverage resources for enhancing and scaling up social policy programmes.
3. Regional programme monitoring and assessment
Ensure effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation of social policy programme portfolios within the region. Ensure that the social policy agenda enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that monitoring and evaluation activities strengthen knowledge of the social sectors and provide support to sectoral information systems.
Collaborate with HQ Advisers, Regional/Country Monitoring and Evaluation Advisers/Officers to establish benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results on social policy programmes.
Participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises, research partnerships, programme reviews and annual sector reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to provide advice on required action/interventions to achieve results.
Assess CO’s monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programme management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
Submit and share assessments on social policy programming in country offices, highlighting critical issues and suggestions for enhancing performance and delivery of sustainable results.
4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
Establish effective partnerships with governments, IFIs, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society, regional bodies, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
Collaborate with and advise country offices in the region to develop strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support resource mobilization for UNICEF and Country Office social policy programmes and projects.
Participate and/or represent UNICEF (as delegated/designated) in key events/meetings and in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on social policy and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are clearly articulated and fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with regional inter-agency partners/colleagues UNDAF planning and preparation of related programmes and projects.
Foster and strengthen a strong network for sharing experiences and knowledge. Monitor and assess socio-economic policy outcomes, outputs and activities in the RO and in COs and advise on actions to improve cost-effectiveness and increase value added.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Promote critical thinking and introduce technological and programme innovations, approaches and good practices in the region for sustainable social policy programmes through advocacy and technical advisory services
Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices in the region’s social policy programmes. Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
Identify, assess, vet and disseminate a roster of qualified experts and highly recognized institutions for easy access and use by stakeholders. Support identification, recruitment, and retention of talent in social policy positions.
Lead and develop policies and procedures; and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes.
Lead, plan and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of UNICEF staff and clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on social policy programming, advocacy and technical support.
Impact of the Results
The ability of the Regional Adviser to provide expert and authoritative advisory services to Country Offices and other partners throughout all stages of programming results, in well prepared social policy programmes and enhanced capacity of stakeholders for self-management and for achieving organizational goals, to create a protective environment for children against harm and all forms of violence and thus ensure their survival, development and well-being in society. Achievements in social programmes and projects, in turn, contribute to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promote greater social equality in the country.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience, including specific and demonstrable experience leading and implementing social policy programmes in an international context, is required.
Experience working in a developing country is essential.
Background and/or familiarity with emergency, including support to the design and/or implementation of social programmes in fragile contexts, is considered as a strong asset.
Excellent track record and demonstrated results in building, leveraging, and nurturing productive strategic and technical partnerships with relevant IFIs, major donors, relevant regional bodies, UN agencies, academic institutions, civil society, experts and UNICEF focal points in the areas of social and economic policy is a strong asset.
Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and provide strategic technical insights and guidance on national and regional social, economic, and political trends is an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is a strong 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….
Diversity and inclusion
Working with people (III)
Drive for results (III)
Leading and supervising (III)
Formulating strategies/concepts (III)
Relating and networking (III)
Deciding and initiating action (III)
Persuading and influencing (III)
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 Tue Mar 26 2019 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)