Programme Officer

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2019

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.

For decades, UNICEF has played a crucial role in the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of data about children. UNICEF supports governments to more effectively use data about children to inform investment decisions, policies and programmes, as well as to strengthen national data collection and analysis systems. UNICEF plays a key role in developing, testing and disseminating new data-related tools and methodologies. UNICEF’s own data bases and data analyses inform policy dialogue, advocacy and campaigning at country, regional and global levels.

With the emphasis on data in the Sustainable Development Goals and the rapid evolution of data-related technologies, UNICEF’s data work has become even more crucial in advancing results for disadvantaged children in the years ahead.

For every child, deliver

The position is located in the Associate Director’s Office in the Data and Analytics Section within the Division of Data, Research and Policy (DRP) at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. Under the general supervision of the Planning and Monitoring Specialist, the position will be providing overall support to the planning and coordination function in the office and to the delivery of cross-cutting priorities and deliverables. The position will also be working closely with the Chief, Data Analysis and Innovation Unit in providing support to the management and operations of the Section’s largest team.

How can you make a difference?

  • Provide overall support to the planning and coordination function in the office, including the coordination of cross-unit tasks and deliverables for the achievement of priority Section deliverables and results.
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of section-wide databases, as well as coordinate and facilitate section-wide data functions and systems, including maintaining databases where data are derived from other agencies/organizations, which are relevant to UNICEF, as well specific issue-based research and project activities.
  • Support the management and operation of the Data Analysis and Innovation Unit by following up on actions of the senior staff meetings, monitoring the implementation of the Unit’s annual work plan, coordinating cross-Unit’s collaborative activities, as well as maintaining communication to ensure cross-sectoral collaboration.
  • Support the management of the Production Hub, including planning and monitoring the tasks of the members of the Hub and assisting the priority-setting of the tasks as needed.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in a data related field, international development, public policy or other relevant technical area is required. Additional years of professional experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree.
  • Training in statistical analysis or business analysis, information analysis or systems analysis is considered an asset.
  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant professional experience at the national or international levels in statistical data processing, data analysis, and the development and maintenance of statistical databases required.
  • Experience with data sources, data assessment, and data analysis of interest to UNICEF, particularly related to data on children and women are considered an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with project management, as well as strong communication and data visualization skills are considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.


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