Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
For every child, SPORT
Job organizational context
The Office of Research-Innocenti (OoR-Innocenti) is the dedicated research office of UNICEF. It undertakes and commissions research on emerging or current issues of relevance for children in order to inform the strategic directions, policies and programmes of UNICEF and its partners. The Office explores emerging issues, identifies research gaps, brings together existing researchers, and supports or undertakes research and data collection to address critical questions and to inform global debates.
Every Child has the right to learn. However, the gap between what education systems are providing in terms of learning achievements, and what children, communities and economies need, is growing. The breadth and depth of this learning crisis provides the greatest global challenge to preparing children and adolescents for life, work and active citizenship. UNICEF vision for education is that ‘every child learns’, articulated in the 2019-2030 Education Strategy across three inter-related goals: (i) equitable access to learning opportunities; (ii) improved learning and skills for all; (iii) improved learning and protection for children in emergencies and transitions. The generation and use of research and robust evidence are key for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Education Strategy and the UNICEF Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 as reflected in the Priorities for research and data in support of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan – Using the power of evidence to drive change for children.
Sport for development (S4D) refers to the use of sport, or any a form of physical activity, to provide both children and adults with the opportunity to achieve their full potential through initiatives that promote personal and social development. The international evidence-base on child-focused S4D supports the important role sport can play in improving the lives of children around the world, especially the most marginalised, regarding education, social inclusion, child protection and empowerment. However, there are still significant evidence gaps on how S4D programmes and stakeholders across different policy domains can help further support short-term outcomes and longer-term objectives, such as the achievements of defence of the rights of the child and child-focused SDGs.
In 2006, Barcelona Football Club (FC Barcelona) and the Barça Foundation signed a pioneering partnership with UNICEF. The partners’ focus is to improve children’s lives through sport, play and protection. In 2018, in collaboration with the Barca Foundation, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti launched a research project that aims to understand and build the global evidence base for advocacy, policy and practice on the use of sport in fulfilling children’s development and overall well-being through S4D programmes.
Purpose of the post
The Office aims to strengthen its capacity to deliver the production and use of high-quality research about child-focused S4D programmes. The post holder will coordinate the design and implementation of the S4D research portfolio. The post-holder will work with S4D partners (Barça Foundation and others), colleagues in the Office of Research-Innocenti, Headquarters, Regional and Country offices to build on the existing research and to develop new ones. The role will also involve fostering the development of new partnerships and mobilizing resources for the generation of research and data on S4D and their utilization by decision and policy makers at country level.
The position will report to the Chief, Education Research, Office of Research-Innocenti, Florence Italy
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will work on the following key functions, duties and tasks:
Design, management and resource mobilization for research on S4D
Partnerships and knowledge exchange on S4D
Technical guidance and support to UNICEF Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices and Governments
Contribution to the Office of Research-Innocenti work programme and support to the cross-cutting research agenda
Education and Experience requirements:
Language Requirements: Fluency in English required; Fluency in Spanish desirable