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 champion
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
How can you make a difference?
Under the general guidance of the Deputy Representative, responsible for the programme planning, monitoring and reporting function (PMR) of a large size country programme. The post provides professional technical, operational and administrative support throughout the planning, monitoring, evaluation process preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical tasks to contribute to evaluation planning, implementation, oversight and reporting to ensure that evaluations are carried out according to schedule and that results and recommendations are implemented and followed up.
Setting Standards for Programme performance planning and monitoring
- Coordinates the preparation of programme planning documents, including emergency response plans, Annual Work Plans, contingency plans, and other as needed. Leads the process of organising and managing annual/mid-year/mid-term/end term country programme reviews ensuring consistency with objectives and goals set out in the CPD and contribute to the Annual Management Plan. Identifies problems or alternative courses of action to accelerate/ improve programme delivery.
- Participates in multi-sectoral planning processes, such as SHARP. Participates in the development of programme/project goals and objectives and planning the implementation of programme/project strategies.
- Supports the implementation of Field Offices plans and supports them in things related advocacy, planning, monitoring and reporting. Undertakes programme and budget reviews and maintains oversight for effective utilization of programme budget.
- In collaboration with sections and field offices, identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building of staff and counterparts in human rights, gender equality, and results based planning and community engagement and mobilization to ensure sustainability of programmes
- Undertakes visits to counterparts and field offices to identify and manage risks in programme planning and implementation. Participates in field visits to monitor programme implementation.
- Contributes to quality and timely corporate reporting requirements, including Sitreps, donor reports and annual reports. Ensures that programme results are adequately and accurately reflected in such reports
- Supports sections and field offices to map partners in technical areas and support in quality assurance of concept notes and programme documents for finalizing partnership agreements
- Supports sections and field offices to utilize strategic information from studies, surveys, evaluations and data to develop programme results, programme/project strategies and implementation and reporting frameworks that are equity and gender equality focused.
- Monitor follow-up actions based on management decisions resulting from Country Office performance monitoring and evaluation.
- Support the programme components to effectively monitor and report on the intersectoral programme results, cross sectoral programme component results and field office results to facilitate programme coherence and convergence where appropriate.
- Contribute to development of programme monitoring framework for the learning zones including technical backstopping to the field team for convergent programming.
- Provide technical support to programme sections to effectively monitor and report on the intersectoral programme results.
Monitoring Budget and Expenditure
Provide technical support and supervision to the Budget unit in managing grants and tracking allocations and expenditure within the approved allocation framework of the Country Office. Actively follow up with Programme sections on the budget planning and expenditure.
HACT Assurance and risk management
- Manage and supervise the implementation of the HACT assurance activities in line with UNICEF procedures and policies.
- Provide guidance to partnership development for programme implementation.
Networking and partnership building
- Provide technical and operational support to a wide range of stakeholders and on UNICEF and UNEG policies, practices, standards and norms.
- Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate and build their capacity for planning and implementation.
- Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings/events on to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned from evaluations for integration into broader knowledge development planning and management efforts.
- Research and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems for evaluations.
- Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- Education: Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning, social development, management, monitoring and evaluation or related fields.
- Work Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities. At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
- Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language 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 functional competencies required for this post are:
- Leading and Supervising [ II ]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
- Analyzing [ II ]
- Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
- Planning and Organizing [ III ]
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.