Chief Social Policy, P-5
UNICEF, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Closing Date for Applications:
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
1. Managerial Guidance, Policy Advice and Coordination
- Provides overall leadership and managerial guidance to senior level programme teams on policy direction, work plans and control mechanisms, and by monitoring compliance and performance standards in accordance with the Country Programme Recommendation and the Country Programme Management Plan.
- Coordinates with partners at HQ, Regional and Country levels and provides managerial and technical advice and support to the Organization in the development of programme policy and strategy to address priority issues in the area of social policy.
- In collaboration with local and regional partners, provides support and oversight both for specific technical projects regarding the National Plans of Action or sectoral activities, and for participation in the country programming process.
- Determines specific needs for support on social policy and other programmatic issues either directly through country visits or through assistance from national or regional consultants; promoting south-south and triangular collaboration.
2. Social policy dialogue and programme development
- Participates in social policy dialogue and development with the Government, engages in and establishes constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of social policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children's rights and strengthening of implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society, and ensures that the services reach out in innovative, effective ways to those most vulnerable pockets of children and families that have been previously left out.
- Promotes evidence based advocacy for policy and legislative reform, supports child rights-based reviews of national, provincial and local legislation, in close consultation with community-level structures
3. Monitoring state budget resources
- Monitors and analyses current information on state budgeting and spending patterns for social programmes and decentralization status of social services on an on-going basis to support advocacy for greater public resources and budget allocation for social development, the prioritization of resource allocation for children, and universal coverage of essential services for children, to ensure that they reflect the best interest of all children in Malaysia.
- Keeps abreast of emerging issues and trends; analyses their implications for children and supports advocacy on appropriate responses;
4. Data collection, analysis and results-based approach
- Ensures the collection of quantitative and qualitative data for the sound and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women to provide the base-lines for result-based decisions on interventions and evaluations and to support the government in monitoring the progress against SDG indicators as they pertain to women and children.
- Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives.
- Analyzes the macroeconomic context of social policy programmes 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.
- Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, Private sector, NGOs, civil society, parliamentarians and local leaders, 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.
6. UNICEF Programme Management
- Leads the Programme team to ensure the achievement of programme and project goals for the effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme;
- Ensure programmatic synergies and cross-sectoral integration in support of programme and project goals;
- Leads and develops the Social Policy and Protection portfolio of the Country Programme.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, public relations, media, communication, or other relevant disciplines.
- A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional work experience in programme coordination, and management of all phases of programme formulation, planning, design and implementation;
- Engagement in social policy dialogue with the Government for programme development, data collection and analysis is an asset.
- Experience in Middle Income/High Income Countries (MIC/HIC) is required and developing country experience an asset.
- Background/familiarity with Emergency is an asset.
- Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required.
- Knowledge an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russia and/or Spanish) is considered an asset.