Programme Manager - Human Rights

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st 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.

The Human Rights Unit is one of the cross-cutting teams located within Programme Division with staff in New York and Geneva. The Unit specifically focuses on State Accountability, particularly on strategic engagement with Human Rights Mechanisms, and capacity building of National Human Rights Institutions to monitor child rights promotion and protection and ensure access to remedies in case of violations.

The Human Rights Unit also provides technical assistance to other HQ sections and divisions as well as Regional/Country Offices to, inter alia, ensure the mainstreaming of human rights across sectors and capacity building on child rights. It also aims at having child rights adequately reflected in policies and strategies developed at global level.

For every child, a hope:

You will be responsible for strengthening the application of human rights principles as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the sector and cross-sector planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNICEF’s programmes. You will also provide technical leadership by developing technical guidance and operational tools to guide human rights-based programming at the field, including in humanitarian contexts, supporting the development of operational research and evidence on human rights to address the main drivers of inequity and discrimination, to support country/regional programming, disseminate evidence of results and good practices in human-rights and equity-based programming and engaging in strategic advocacy, inter-agency and partnerships activities.

How can you make a difference?

  • Provide high quality technical input and concrete guidance on human rights in sectoral and cross-sectoral programming to address the main causes of inequities affecting children, such as ethnicity, gender, disability and draft policy documents, operational and technical guidance for UNICEF programming sectors on children’s rights and the implementation of a rights-based approach.
  • Participate in and coordinate UNICEF’s involvement in intergovernmental processes, human rights institutions, work in interagency task forces/working groups on human rights issues.
  • Develop strategies and engages in advocacy with human right institutions/mechanisms and the UN system at global level to address issues of inequity and discrimination affecting children, including gender, ethnicity, disability and others.
  • Conduct operational research on human rights and equity, including policy and legal research and analysis on State Accountability with regards to child’s rights issues, particularly analysis of the CRC, CEDAW and CRPD to build evidence and inform human rights-based programming.
  • Provide legal and human rights expertise to the field on harmonization of child-related human rights instruments (CRC, CEDW, CRPD) with national legislation; develop and disseminate documented experiences, lessons learned and good practices on rights-based approaches to programmes and interpret CRC/articles for UNICEF application and analyses specific to emerging issues for UNICEF policy development as required.
  • Provide technical support to field offices by developing capacities, technical guidance and operational tools to support State Accountability and to guide human rights based planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of country and regional programmes, including in humanitarian contexts.
  • Support the effective management and coordination of the Human Rights Unit by leading the strategic development and monitoring of implementation of the Unit’s annual plan and budget. Support the effective coordination between staff in New York and Geneva.
  • Support the coordination and management of the Human Rights Unit through supervision of staff members, interns and consultants.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in law, preferably human rights law; or degree in international relations, political science, public affairs and/or international development, with a strong background in human rights and development and/or related field is required.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant progressive international development, human rights in general, women and children’s rights in particular, with a focus on equity, minority rights, legislative reform, including harmonization of national legislation with international human rights norms and implementation of legal frameworks and/or related field is required
  • Direct field level experience in programme formulation, and implementation required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to speak effectively in internal and external forums is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate abstract concepts relevant to human rights, gender equality and development into concrete programme activities and results;
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.


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