UNICEF recruits 01 Social Policy Specialist, Social Protection, (P-3)

UNICEF recruits 01 Social Policy Specialist, Social Protection, (P-3)


Cotonou, Bénin
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement
Temporary Appointment Social Policy Specialist, Social Protection, (P-3), Cotonou, Benin # 112802
Job Number: 529478 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Benin
Work Type : Temporary 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, we need a social protection
Since January 2019, Benin Government and UNICEF Country Office have been implementing a new program of cooperation 2019-2023 that aims to support national efforts to give children and adolescents – especially the most disadvantaged – equal opportunities to access and use basic services. To help achieve this goal, UNICEF Benin has received support from the Government of Netherlands to support the Government of Benin with designing and implementing a Cash Plus Care program. The objective of this program is to contribute to ending child marriage through improved access to decentralized basic social services and social protection for adolescent girls while strengthening the social and child protection systems and promoting positive social norms to eradicate the practice involving parents, caregivers, young people, community leaders and influencers. Indeed, many girls in Benin are forced into marriage before they are physically and emotionally mature to become a wife or a mother. 3 in 10 women aged 20 to 49 years were married before the age of 18 and 1 in 10 before 15 years with huge disparities by departments. The phenomenon affects more girls in the northern part of the country. There are several reasons for this situation, including high levels of poverty, gender inequalities, high school-drop rates, particularly for girls, lack of knowledge of child rights, and harmful social norms. The Cash Plus Care program aims to end child marriage through impacting these underlying causes of child marriage in Benin.
In this context, UNICEF Benin seeks a Social Protection Specialist with prior experience in design, implementation and M&E of social protection Programmes, including programs integrated with the delivery of basic social services. Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for providing dedicated technical and capacity support for the effective design, roll-out and implementation of the Cash Plus Care Programme. This includes the implementation of 3 main activities: (i) design and planning of the unconditional cash transfer (UCT) component; (ii) coordinate the design and implementation of integrate care component including the social gender social norms package; and (iii) monitoring, evaluation and generation of evidence and policy documents for the expansion and long-term sustainability of the Cash Plus care Programme.
How can you make a difference?
This position will work under the overall guidance of the Chief of Social Policy and under the technical guidance of the Social Policy Specialist and the Chief of Child Protection in close collaboration with UNICEF Benin country office coordination and sections.
The incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
 1. Technical capacity and coordination support for the design of the unconditional Cash Transfer component. This activity includes the following duties:
• During an inception phase (Dec 2019 – April 2020), conduct a feasibility study of Cash Plus Care Programme which will, among others, refine the theory of change supporting the Cash Plus Care Programme, identify the adequate design features including the transfer level and UCT recipients, and social assistance delivery mechanism under the leadership of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Microfinance (MASM) and in close collaboration with national and sub-national governments taking into account synergies with social protection programs in place (ACCESS, SWEDD, etc.),
• Support the development an integrated M&E framework as well as the institutional framework for implementation, the roles of the stakeholders in particular lines ministries, and the mechanisms for the mid-term evaluation and the final evaluation
• Identify anticipated Risks and develop mitigation measures.
• Support the design of the integrated social and gender norms package including the framework for participatory community engagement
• Elaborate an operations manual and implementation roadmap of the cash package in target communes in Alibori and Borgou and coordinate the mapping of materials, tools, and implementation plans of the different sectoral interventions planned
• Review the institutional and operational capacity of MASM to deliver the cash plus care programme, in particular the cash component and protection services.
• Develop a capacity building plan of national and decentralized partners to successfully implement the cash plus Programme in Alibori and Borgou
• Propose a plan to scale-up the Cash Plus Care Programme
 2. Technical capacity support for the Implementation of Cash Plus Care Programme
• Support the implementation of operations manual of the Cash Plus care Programme in target communes of Alibori and Borgou
• Support the implementation of the capacity building plan of national and decentralized partners in close collaboration with the government lead
 3. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration for Cash Pus Care Programme
• Ensure the Social Protection and Gender technical and financial partners are kept appraised and synergies are built with existing programs.
• Actively participate and represent UNICEF in nationwide coordination forums and sub-national coordination when/where needed.
• Propose to supervisor potential partnerships 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.
• Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavors and to coordinate financial management requirements and accountability.
• Ensure operational linkages between the Cash Plus Care programme and relevant UNICEF sectorial activities including Child Protection, Education, Health and WASH.
 4. Monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management of Cash Plus care Programme
• Ensure the M&E framework implementation
• Support to government to monitor the implementation of Cash Plus Care Programme through Programme visits, quarterly, middle and annual reviews.
• Prepare relevant programme reports required for management, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc. Support improved monitoring and research around cash plus care programme impact on child outcomes and use of data and research findings for strengthened Programme results
• Support the development of periodic reports on lessons learned and good practices from the implementation of Cash Plus care Programme.
• Produce relevant knowledge management products on the cash plus care activities through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as generating and documenting lessons learned;
• Manage a comprehensive and up to date repository of all tools utilized in the implementation of the Cash Plus Care Programme such as the operations manual, risk assessment matrix, M&E framework and tools and training packages.
• Conduct regular operational analysis of the programme, identify areas of poor performance, bottlenecks, and identify solutions such as design improvements, additional trainings and technical support.
• Under the supervisor’s guidance and in collaboration with the relevant sectoral colleagues, identify as needed funding opportunities and write fundraising proposals in support of the expansion of the programme.
• Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
1. Education
An advanced university degree in international development, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
2. Work Experience
A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience designing, implementing and managing a social protection/cash transfer programme is required.
• Experience working in a developing country is required
• Knowledge about and experience coordinating with government owned and/or donor-funded social assistance programmes
• Strong knowledge of social protection policy debates and evidence is required.
• Experience in multi-stakeholder co-ordination and facilitation.
• Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner.
• Experience in coordinating evaluation and research around social protection programmes a strong asset
• Familiarity with UNICEF’s programmes a strong asset
• Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset.
3. Language Proficiency
Fluency in French and English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is considered as an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…
i)  Core Values (Required)
 • Care
 • Respect
 • Integrity
 • Trust
 • Accountability
ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
  •  Communication (II)  •  Working with People (II)  •  Drive for Results (II)
ii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  •  Leading and Supervising (II)
  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)
  •  Analyzing (III)
  •  Relating and networking (II)
  •  Persuading & Influencing (II)
  •  Planning & Organizing (II)
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 Wed Feb 12 2020 19:00:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)


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