Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. And we never give up!
For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:
In an effort to measurably improve UNICEF's ability to deliver better results for children, there is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Organizational Context and Purpose for the job:
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Job organizational context:
The post of Programme Specialist (Planning) is located in the Monitoring for Result Unit in the Office of the Deputy Representative, Programmes.
Purpose for the job:
The Programme Specialist (Planning) reports to the Chief Planning, Monitoring and Reporting. The purpose of the post is to provide professional technical, operational and administrative support/advice to advance the mainstreaming and integrating Results-based Management (RBM) in India Country Office that covers the field offices through capacity development, application of RBM principles and standards in all aspects of programme implementation; and to strengthen the quality of planning, monitoring and reporting in the country office. The above could be achieved through coordination for planning, monitoring and reporting processes. The post also support quality assurance mechanism of Country Programme planning exercise with a broad range of functions, including policy and programmatic work to ensure alignment of Country Programme with the Government of India’s priorities and UNICEF Organizational policies and priorities.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
Integration of Results Based Management in all aspects of programme implementation, capacity development of staff and partners:
Setting standards for programme performance planning and monitoring:
Provide technical support, guidance and quality assurance including the identification of capacity development needs for the development, review and reporting of gender responsive, risk-informed country programmes of cooperation. This includes support for the development and review of Situation Analyses, Programme Strategy Notes (PSN), Theories of Change (TOC), Country Programme Documents (CPD), Integrated Results and Resources Frameworks, Costed Evaluation Plans (CEP), Country Office Management Plans (CPMP), Annual Management Plans (AMP), Annual Work Plans (AWP) and Country Office Annual Reports (COAR).
UN Coherence and inter agency collaboration:
Provide guidance and support to the country office for the development of UNSDF and participate in inter-agency meetings as required to support UN coherence initiatives, particularly as they relate to the integration of RBM into Common Country Assessments (CCAs) and UNSDFs in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Networking and partnership building:
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:
Contribute to the development/introduction of innovations and new ways of undertaking programme planning, reviews and reporting that promote high quality standards and increase efficiency of these processes. Such innovations and should eventually improve UNICEF's ability to demonstrate results and its commitment to achieve the SDG imperative: 'leave no one behind and to reach those furthest behind first'.
Impact of Results:
Experience: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme planning, results-based management, monitoring and evaluation.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.