Closing Date : 2017-01-18
Duty Station : Beirut, Lebanon
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Lebanon
Closing date: 18 Jan 2017

Purpose:

Accountable for effective engagement in and support to the analytical function, with particular focus on economic analysis linked to social policy and planning for children, advocating for increased public resource allocation and robust budgeting towards the social sector, local capacity building for mainstreaming child rights to support universal coverage of essential social services and creation of a protective environment for children, including in humanitarian context. Conducts data collection and analysis to fill information gaps and to strengthen capacity for advocacy for children's rights, and to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.

Key Accountabilities and Duties:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Social Policy, the Social Policy and Economics Specialist, will be responsible for following activities:

Social and Economic Policy Dialogue and Programme Development

Engage in constructive social and economic policy dialogue with Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society, UN agencies and other stakeholders to support the development of social and economic policies and programmes that contribute to the progressive realization of children's rights.

2.National and Subnational Planning and Capacity Building

Support the design and implementation of capacity building activities for national and subnational authorities on child-rights related issues, including strengthening their capacity to formulate plans for children and to monitor child indicators. Provide technical assistance on an on-going basis to central and local authorities on mainstreaming child rights in planning and programme delivery.Strengthen implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society to track trends in multidimensional child poverty, and to ensure that the services reach the most vulnerable pockets of children and families. Provide on-going support to Governorate/ municipality level authorities on the analysis of subnational multidimensional child poverty data for sound and up-to-date assessments of the situation of children to inform evidenced-based development of policies, programmes, plans for childrenProvide technical inputs to ensure that national social policies and planning documents articulate and prioritize multidimensional child poverty.Support strengthening child participation to monitor child rights and participate in decision making processes both at the national and subnational levels.

Public Financial Management for Children

Analyse, monitor and update current information on allocations and expenditure patterns to support advocacy for prioritizing resource allocations to social services that directly impact children, particularly the most vulnerable, to ensure that programmes are inclusive, reflect the best interest of children, and reduce multidimensional child poverty.In coordination with other UNICEF programmes, provides technical economic expertise in budget monitoring and analysis, public expenditure tracking, costing of policy options, and participation in public expenditure reviews, with a view to influencing these processes and increasing public allocations to children and vulnerable groups.Provide technical support to and build capacity of national and subnational actors on child-friendly budgeting.

Social and Economic Policy Analysis and Advocacy

Support the design of research agenda on social and economic issues related to children, including emerging issues such as urbanization and climate change.Establish and support collaborative child-focused research efforts with independent research organizations/knowledge centres, with a particular focus on multidimensional poverty, child-friendly budgeting and social exclusion.Promotes and raises awareness on children's rightswith both the general public and with children's rights policy makers, utilizing effective information dissemination, mass media campaign, special events, and other means, to ensure local buy-in, commitment, and continued relevance of UNICEF programming. Highlight interventions to attain social policy goals which are designed to reduce inequalities, specifically related to gender and children with disabilities.

Partnerships

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 and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.

UNICEF Programme Management

Ensures that the social planning project enhances public 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.Supports and contributes to effective and efficient design, planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme, with attention to gender equality, identify and track gender inequalities and promote intervention to strengthen gender equality.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

Education:

An advanced university degree (Master's) in Economics, Public Financial Management, Public Policy and/or Administration or other relevant discipline.

Work Experience:

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in social development, project administration, monitoring and evaluation. Background/familiarity with EmergencyAt least 2 years of experience in conducting socio-economic analysis of child policies. Experience in public financial management an asset.In depth understanding of the development and political context in Lebanon. Demonstrated experience working with the Government at the national or subnational level is highly preferred.Fluency in English (both written and verbal) is required.Strong writing skills are required for high level advocacy and publication of documents.

Competencies:

Core Values:

Diversity and InclusionIntegrityCommitment

Core Competencies:

Communication (II)Working With People (II)Drive for Results (II)

Functional Competencies:

Leading and Supervising (II)Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)Analysing (III)Relating and Networking (II)Persuading and Influencing (II)Planning and Organizing (III)


How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=502210

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