UNICEF recruits 01 Social Policy (Social Protection) Specialist, P4
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Social Policy (Social Protection) Specialist, P4 Fixed Term, Unicef Bangui – CAR
Job no: 539564Contract type: Fixed Term AppointmentLevel: P-4Location: Central Afr.RepCategories: Social and Economic Policy
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I – Job orqanizational context.The Chief of Social Policy reports to the Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction and is responsible for providing overall guidance, technical support and quality assurance to the management of implementing partnerships as well as direct implementation of the integrated social protection and social policy programme in Jordan Country Office (JCO), in line with respective operational policies and procedures and mainstreaming of risk based implementing partnership management as well as at the Country Office (CO) level.
II – Purpose for the job:Managing and supervising all stages of social protection and policy programing, and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; (d) governance and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services; (e) setting up systems for effective programme delivery, contribution management, monitoring and reporting; and (f) identification of strategic partnership.
How can you make a difference?
III – Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1 . Managerial leadership and supervisionEstablish the social protection section’s annual work plan with the social protection team; set priorities/targets and performance measurement, monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to enable the team to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently. Plan and ensure timely performance management and assessment of the Team.Supervise team members by providing them with clear objectives and goals, direction and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
2. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children:Develops social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners (World Bank, EU, ECHO, FAO, UNHCR, WFP, Basic Needs Working Group).Promotes strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection.
3. Quality assurance & Programme Design:Design and ensure implementation of quality assurance strategies/processes for the implementation of the integrated programme Makani-Cash plus Civil Society Organizations (CSO) procedure in the JCO. This includes processes to ensure that implementing partners are selected and assessed in accordance with the CSO procedure and that all documentation is in line with corporate standards as stipulated in the CSO procedure.
Support the design, implementation and monitoring of an integrated National Social Protection program, in close collaboration with other partners (World Bank, EU, FAO, WFP, The Cash Working Group etc.)Support the design and dissemination of program implementation tools (Operation Manual, Monitoring and Evaluation tools, result tracking tools) by social protection stakeholders, includin UNICEF artners as and when needed.
Reinforce the development of linkages between the Humanitarian NGOs and Governmental programs in social protectionReinforce linkages and complementarity between social protection and other social services, such as education and others, through the national coordination mechanism Promote the use of innovations in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social protection programsReinforce the data collection and management system, and the effectiveness of the Social protection coordination mechanism, at the national and regional levels.
4. Effective UNICEF Programme Management:Manages and coordinates technical support around social protection and ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion to adequately support scale-up and delivery.Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.Ensures effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme. Ensures that the social planning project enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.
5. Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme actionOversees the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scalingup specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children.
6. Improving use of public financial resources for childrenUndertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children. Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.Identifies policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.Undertakes, and builds capacity of partners for, improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation.
7. Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policyOversees the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child powertyevidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, 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.Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
8. Advocacy, networking and partnership buildingBuild and strengthen strategic partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies, social protection and social policy institutions, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration.Oversee the analysis of national budgets for social protection / social policy, cost analysis and value-for-money studies, to advocate for improvements in sector efficiencyProduce materials for social protection and social policy programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.Represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in planning and agenda setting.Interact with global and regional initiatives and partnerships for social protection and social policy.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
IV. Recruitment Qualifications
An advanced university degree in development studies, social policy, social protection, international development, business administration, economics, or other relevant field is required.
Experience:A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in social protection, child protection and systems strengthening is required at the national and international level some of which with the UN and/or in a developing country. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered a strong asset.
Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
Core CompetenciesNurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)Works Collaboratively with others (3)Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)Innovates and Embraces Change (3)Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)Drives to achieve impactful results (3)Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)
Functional CompetenciesAnalyzing (3)
Persuading & Influencing (2)Planning & Organizing (3)
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Remarks: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.
Application date: 30 July 2021 COB
Deadline: 30 Jul 2021 W. Central Africa Standard TimePOSTUUNICEF recruits 01 Social Policy (Social Protection) Specialist, P4LER