Planning Officer

UN Children's Fund, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st October, 2018

Job Description

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.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB (Principal Accountability)

The Planning Officer is accountable for the accomplishment of the stated key end-results but providing professional expertise and assistance in data management, bottom-up-planning, preparation of reports, communication and partnership and in implementing programmes to develop capacity of national and sub national level on planning and monitoring.

How can you make a difference?


Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

Situation Monitoring and data management:

Provide technical support to ensure that the Field Office and sub-national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the division, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country’s wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.

Duties & Tasks

  • In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators (through MICS or other surveys) to improve integrated divisional planning.
  • Support management of available baseline information on divisional statistics and key indicators through established databases for easy access and use. Prepare divisional level statistical reports on the status of children’s and women’s human rights issues, and provide a technical support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the SDGs, toward CRC fulfilment, and toward CEDAW fulfilment.
  • Keep monitoring the situation of children’s and women’s rights with sub-national partners and keep updated with the information of the quality research that address issues and challenges affecting children and their families.

Coordinate with the Field Office and partners and provide assistance in their using up-to-date information in, inter alia, Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, Annual Reviews, Mid-Term Reviews, and Annual Reports or other progress reports.

Planning and coordination:

  • Support sectoral officers when developing bottom-up district and divisional plans ensuring quality control, standardization and convergence. Ensure that field level plans influence national level sectoral plans. Trigger complementarity, synergy and convergence entry points when developing implementation plans and establish a systematic monitoring framework.
  • Cross sectoral programmes: Support CFO for coordinating and monitoring emergent cross-sectoral issues: Child Marriage, climate change, DRR, Urban etc.
  • Support CFOs in conducting quality control of field missions. Support CFO on compilation and quality control of other planning and management requests. Coordination annual report and annual review meetings in support of CFO.

Programme performance monitoring:

  • Provide technical support to ensure that the Field Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans.

Duties & Tasks

  • Provide technical support as necessary to identifying and adjusting a set of programme performance indicators, in the context of the Rolling Field Management Plan and Rolling Divisional Work Plans, as outlined in the CPD.
  • Provide technical support to ensure that monitoring system are in place and that key annual programme indicators are tracked and analysed, including those related to partnerships initiative, and provided regularly to the Field Management Team to guide programme and management decisions.
  • Carry out data collection and analysis from field visits, standardising them across programmes, to feed into to programme performance monitoring.
  • Keep tracking of follow-up action based on management decisions resulting from Field Office performance monitoring and evaluation.
  • Compile monitoring and evaluation information/data, and make them available to programme/planning sections. Contribute to the preparation of management reports (e.g., relevant sections of the annual reports), drawing on monitoring and analysis of key management indicators. Assist in the preparation of reports on systemic issues, good practices or any other analysis or data related to programme implementation and/or evaluation, including programme’s performance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability; as well as good practices in partnerships and collaborative relationships.

P&M Capacity Building

Provide technical support to ensure that the Planning and monitoring capacities of Field Office staff and Sub-national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead bottom-up-planning and monitoring..

Duties & Tasks

Overall implementation of data management, planning and monitoring capacity building strategy for sub-national partners and institutions and corresponding activities for implementation in the context of the CPD. Provide technical support for implementation of capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

Education: Advanced university degree in social sciences, development planning, planning, evaluation, survey implementation, advanced statistical research.

Work Experience:

  • Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities as follows:
  • Two years of relevant professional work experience. Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO)
  • 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 and another UN language. Additional language(s) 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 technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)

Core Values (Required)


  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [ I ]
  • Working with People[ II ]
  • Drive for Result [ I ]

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
  • Analyzing [ II ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
  • Planning and Organizing [ II ]

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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.


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