Closing Date : 2019-07-24
Duty Station : Nairobi, Kenya
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 24 Jul 2019

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 good future

To provide expert advice, analysis and technical support to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa on social protection programming and the scale up of child-sensitive social protection interventions in the region. In particular, the Social Policy Specialist (Social Protection) will provide oversight, quality assurance and technical support to Governments and Country Offices for strengthening national child sensitive social protection systems, including social cash transfers and other social protection mechanisms, which address both economic and social vulnerability of children and their families, including in the context of HIV/AIDS and humanitarian situation.

How can you make a difference?

1- Effective expert advice, analysis and technical support is provided to countries in ESAR

Provide support to Country Offices on developing, implementing, financing and evaluating policy development, frameworks, strategies and programmes for social protection with a focus on building national and sustainable social protection systems and linking social protections interventions to other critical sectors for children (health, nutrition, etc..). This includes (i) identifying capacity building needs, providing in-country technical assistance, and organizing trainings and other means of addressing gaps; (ii) advising COs on strategic investment and partnerships for scaling up social protection; and (iii) ensuring that COs have the capacity to protect and reduce the risk and vulnerability faced by vulnerable children, adolescents and their families, in both development and emergency situations, through social protection programming.

2- Data-driven analysis is provided and knowledge is managed for effective advocacy and social protection programming

Keep abreast of latest methods, ideas and research findings in social protection across sectors, including HIV/AIDS, health, education, and nutrition, through close contact and exchanges with UNICEF Office of Research, as well as external, professional organizations, universities, research institutes. Collect information on state budget and spending patterns of social protection on an on-going basis to support advocacy for financing social protection. Digest, disseminate and raise the profile of this evidence and knowledge among staff in UNICEF and other agencies and partners, through the maintenance and updating of a knowledge base on social protection. Ensure COs have access to this knowledge in order to develop evidence based advocacy and interventions for UNICEF supported programming and broader strategic planning and budgeting instruments such as National Development Plans, Poverty Reduction Strategic Plans, and CCA/UN Development Assistance Frameworks, etc. Promote and support systematic data collection on social protection interventions including innovative research methodologies and impact evaluations.

3- Effective partnerships with regional bodies and other regional partners is developed for scaling up child-sensitive social protection systems in ESAR:

(i) Provide technical support and support the convening role of the regional office by liaising with regional bodies (such as AU, SADC, EAC), bilateral agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations and other UN agencies at the regional level to promote strategic programming and planning approaches to social protection in both development and emergency situations; (ii) Collaborate closely with regional bodies and civil society networks to strengthen exchange of programme information, strategies and experience; cooperate on regional and subregional projects and activities; and improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness through coordinated actions. (iii) Represent UNICEF at social protection meetings, seminars and advocacy events.

4- The regional social protection priority is effectively planned, funded, implemented and managed in support of the Regional Office Management Plan.

(i) Manage the regional office work in social protection. Participate in the preparation of all regional reports, budget reviews, regional analyses, and regional office work planning exercises. (ii) Contribute to inter-sectoral coordination and collaboration with other regional office sections, including HIV/ AIDS, Child Protection, nutrition, Humanitarian and Resilience, Communications, education, and, planning and M&E. (iii) Contribute to increasing the financial resources available for social protection activities in the region by advising on leveraging resources with governments and donors, supporting country offices on the preparation of project proposals and, in close consultation with PPD and the HQ PD- Social Inclusion and HIV/AIDS divisions, as well as coordinate with donors active in these areas in the region.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Advanced university degree in Economics or other relevant field in the social sciencesA minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, implementation, management, research, analysis and evaluation of social protection programs, including social cash transfer programs in developing countries, some of which should be in the region concerned. Experience in policy development, advocacy and social mobilization is also essential.Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.Fluency in English and another UN working language required. Knowledge of the working language of one or more countries of the region 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:

Leading and Supervising [ II ] Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ] Analyzing [ III] Relating and Networking [ III ] Persuading and Influencing [ II ] Planning and Organizing [ III ]

View our competency framework athttp://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.

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.

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.


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=523797

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