Programme Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund , Yemen

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th September, 2021

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.

For every child, Accountability

  • UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for children rights. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle. UNICEF strive to ensure that all children are born alive, stay safe and keep learning.
  • With the protracted crisis in Yemen and the growing humanitarian needs of children and families in Yemen, UNICEF is strengthening its cash-based response to respond to their needs. The Emergency Cash Transfer Project (ECTP) targets 1.5 million vulnerable beneficiary cases (over 9 million people) across all Yemen districts and governorates with unconditional cash transfers in response to the socio-economic crisis. The ECTP is being rolled out nationally by UNICEF as the executing agency, with funds and technical assistance from the World Bank through the International Development Association. UNICEF has established a Project Management Unit (PMU) with staff members operating in Yemen and Jordan, to oversee the implementation. Thanks to the project success, established networks and protocols, PMU is now implementing other cash and voucher initiatives.
  • Following an agreement between the World Bank and UNICEF to implement an Emergency Cash Transfers (ECT) for Social Welfare Fund (SWF) Beneficiaries’ project that would target 1.5 million beneficiary cases or almost 8 million people across all 22 governorates of Yemen with an estimated throughput of over $200 million, the Yemen Country Office (YCO), is looking for an Operations Manager to oversee the Financial, HR and Contractual Management for the ECT project.

How can you make a difference?

  • Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, with a matrix management relationship to the Deputy Representative and in close collaboration with the YCO established Accountability for Affected Population (AAP) Coordinating Body and Chiefs of UNICEF Sections, the Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) Specialist is responsible for providing technical support and guidance in the design, coordination and implementation of a common system and action plan to scale up and harmonize AAP within YCO, as well as providing technical and operational support in the management, coordination and implementation of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) interventions, ensuring views, preferences and priorities of affected populations are incorporated into all stages of the Country Office programme cycle and effectively inform the humanitarian response plans.

Your main responsibilities are:

  • Supporting the Country Office in ensuring that AAP is mainstreamed across the different programmes, ensuring that AAP principles and approaches are applied in the whole programme cycle and including at LOC and PD levels.
  • Coordinating, developing and facilitating capacity building activities for improved understanding of AAP principles and approaches, tailored for UNICEF staff and partner
  • Supporting advocacy and networking for improved understanding of and adoption of AAP principles and approaches within the YCO programme cycle.
  • Coordinating the design and implementation of an action plan to scale up and harmonize the Grievance Redressal Mechanisms (GRM) within YCO.
  • Representing and coordinating collective AAP approaches and initiatives in the humanitarian response including by establishing interlinkages with the UNCTIPMT and other UN wide programming, to ensure that strategic planning (HRP, HAC), cluster coordination and monitoring processes are AAP informed.
  • Strengthening AAP evidence generation, innovation and knowledge management.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree in social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another related field is required.
  • A minimum of Five (5) years' experience in the humanitarian sector with significant field.
  • experience working on AAP interventions in technical and/or leadership role.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing evidence-based community engagement strategies in humanitarian contexts .
  • Experience in designing and facilitating participatory sensitization and capacity building sessions at different levels with diverse, multicultural teams.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in a challenging and highly fluid environment, flexibility and ability to handle constant change.
  • Proven ability to live and work in challenging physical conditions.
  • Experience working in a developing and emergency environment is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge in Arabic will be an asset.


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