Programme Officer

United Nations Children's Fund

Manila, Philippines

The Programme Officer (CRB) is responsible for working on the business regulatory, policy and investment environment to drive sustainable change at scale, mobilizing businesses, regulators, industries, and business stakeholders to take-action in the workplace, the marketplace, the community and the environment in line with the Children’s Rights and Business Principles and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The role is expected to strategically position child rights in corporate sustainability, and UNICEF as a technical expert in the area of Child Rights in the context of Business and Human Rights and responsible business conduct in the Philippines.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Social Policy, the post shall undertake the following tasks:
  • Increasing the evidence base on where and how the world of business is relevant to children to inform priorities for action on children’s rights through UNICEF policy, programme, and partnership action.
  • Supports research efforts, including the collection, analysis, and user-friendly presentation of data, on the status of children’s rights and business, including existing gaps in UNGPs implementation with respect to children in the Philippines, to inform the development of national business landscape analysis, national baseline assessments, regulatory research, and UNICEF baseline reviews, as well as advocacy strategies expected to increase action addressing business impacts on child rights.
  • Provides timely, regular evidence-based analysis and recommendations for effective prioritization in UNICEF planning, programming, and partnerships strategies.
  • Engage with academia and research institutions to drive country ownership at national and subnational levels, in the production of evidence and knowledge on the impacts of business on child rights in the Philippines.
  • Driving UNICEF’s work with the world of business moving towards embracing a systems approach, strengthening engagement with private and public institutions, building relationships within its partnership models, integrating public policy, investors, businesses, regulators and multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives.
  • Strategically lead internal UNICEF programmatic engagement to assess where and how business is relevant to children that support acceleration of results for respective programme sections and/or cross-sectoral.
  • Support within UNICEF objective setting and theory of change that integrate business into strategic plans at national and subnational levels.
  • With the support of global and regional tools and guidance, promote and scale practical and evidence-based solutions to prevent and mitigate business adverse impact on children, including on priority issues identified in UNICEF SitAn and other relevant analysis conducted in the Philippines.
  • Influence and engage with governments to adopt relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks and standards for relevant industries including creating mechanisms for supply chain due diligence.
  • Advocate for robust children’s rights ESG monitoring and reporting measures to leverage the power of institutional investors.
  • Work with business platforms, commissions, and standard setting bodies to integrate measures to prevent adverse impact on children into business management and practices.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders towards building commitment of the national business sector to respect children’s rights and creating a technical support infrastructure for companies to undertake child rights due diligence and action in line with the CRBPs.
  • Ensure the voice and perspectives of children are considered in existing policy and regulatory frameworks shaping business conduct in the Philippines, as well as initiatives driven by civil society organizations and the UN system.
  • Support the review of periodic reports submitted by the Philippines to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child through the provision of complementary information affecting children in the ground, including related to business activities.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, evaluate and update UNICEF Philippines CRB strategy and approaches best to translate the strategy into action in support of programmatic results across the sections. This may include strategy paper (or inputs to programme strategy notes) and annual work plans are timely executed and followed-up to support country programme development cycles, as well as regional and global milestones.
  • Liaise with UNICEF country, regional and global offices to ensure coordination and alignment and to share lessons learned and promote South-South exchanges in CRB programming.
Bringing action by the business world to address adverse impact together with UNICEF planning, programming, and partnerships to support in-house capacity building on the application of the CRB as main change strategy for sustained realization of children’s rights:
  • Continuously equip UNICEF teams to become fit for purpose to engage with business through technical guidance and capacity building on integrating business into planning and programming.
This includes:
  • taking benefit of existing guidance on Rights and Results-Based Management (RRBM), UNICEF’s principles for engagement with business, strategic decision making, and procedures on how to engage with business.
  • integrating child rights and business considerations in research evidence generation and knowledge products developed by planning, programme, and evaluation sections,
  • providing technical support to programme and corporate partnership sections in identifying sectoral needs for potential corporate engagement initiatives and innovations as programme strategies.
  • Integrate strategies to address adverse business impact on children in specific UNICEF Programme agendas contributing to outcomes in nutrition (including Family-Friendly Policies and healthy food environments for children, including food retailers), ECD (including Family-Friendly Policies and Parenting), child protection (including Digital CRB, work to address child labor, and protection from violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse), social policy and social protection (including Family-Friendly Policies and public finance management), cross-sectoral approaches to address gender inequalities (including Family-Friendly Policies) and climate change and environment (including Business and Community Resilience and humanitarian action).
  • Contribute with technical expertise on child rights and business to UNICEF’s public
  • private partnership strategies, including innovative finance, private sector partnerships and engagement with multilateral institutions.
  • Support the different phases of the UNICEF Philippines country programme cycle, including rolling planning, monitoring, and reporting on existing change strategies related to business engagement and child rights.
  • Provide technical knowledge and direction to develop UNICEF programme management documents to reflect the CRB approach, into but not limited to annual work plans, periodic updates reports and other documentation.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Social Policy, Social Sciences, Law Science, International Relations, Political Science, Business Administration, or another relevant technical field.
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in relevant field required.
  • Five (5) years of progressive work experience in Child Rights, Business and Human Rights or Corporate sustainability preferred.
  • Experience in integrating human (or child) rights, including their gender dimensions in programs, and with institutional mandates of human rights organizations, prevailing policies, procedures, and mechanisms is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and advocacy in the fields of responsible business conduct, corporate
  • sustainability and human rights and work with policy and regulatory frameworks would be an asset. Knowledge of
  • different business industries and its regulatory function will be an asset.
  • Work experience in business at the national and/or transnational levels would be an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Solid knowledge and experience in corporate partnership management is a plus.
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Pilipino is required.