Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd October, 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.

For every child, results

This is a HQ Divisional post in New York, reporting to the Chief of Strategic Planning & Corporate Analysis in the Division of Analysis, Planning, and Monitoring (DAPM). The newly-established Division is responsible for driving, shaping and overseeing UNICEF’s evidence-informed analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and reporting, enabling the organization in a coherent manner at headquarters, regional offices and country offices to accelerate results for children at-scale based on data, evidence, and analysis, and the application of human-rights based and results-based management approaches.

How can you make a difference?

Your primary role is to ensure efficient, coordinated, timely and coherent corporate strategic planning and analysis across UNICEF. More specifically, the unit is responsible for, amongst others:

  • Planning and coordination of the process for development, monitoring, review and reporting on Strategic Plan;
  • Analysis of corporate performance on Strategic Plan results and approaches;
  • Coordination of corporate planning, monitoring and analyses of performance with respect of OMP, ROMP, GRP, RR allocation, and;
  • Management and analysis of corporate results and resources alignment.

You will be able to support all corporate and organizational planning and reporting processes managed by the Strategic Planning & Corporate Analysis Unit. The main purpose of the job is to ensure that these planning and reporting processes - and the associated decision-making processes – are informed by the highest standard of evidence-based analysis.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Unit Chief, you will collaboratively work with all HQ divisions in UNICEF, Regional and Country offices to ensure that the analytical outputs meet the organization’s most critical needs in reporting on its performance to the Global Management Team (GMT), the Executive Board, ECOSOC, the UN General Assembly, and the general public through various corporate reports. You will also work with the Chief of Strategic Planning & Corporate Analysis to ensure that the analytical work undertaken by the Unit and the Division meets the needs of senior management for decision-making on corporate strategy and performance.

This will involve:

  • Strategic Plan Performance Analysis: You will develop a framework and methodology as appropriate for systematically and predictably analyzing and tracking Strategic Plan performance across UNICEF’s Goal Areas, change strategies and organization enablers.
  • Strategic Plan Funding Analysis: You will develop and implement an approach for systematically and predictably analyzing and tracking funding gaps and patterns in relation to the UNICEF Strategic Plan results.
  • Analysis of lessons learned: You will collaborate with teams from across UNICEF to support senior management and broader corporate decision-making processes with timely and relevant analysis of UNICEF’s corporate and organizational performance linked with both the Strategic Plan and other lower level management plans at office and divisional level.
  • Support to Annual Report, Data Companion and other corporate reporting processes: You will also work with other members of the team on ensuring the timely submission of high-quality corporate reports, particularly the Executive Director’s Annual Report and its annexes. Specific duties may include working with Strategic Plan data to develop reporting values for the report and quality assuring the inputs of other UNICEF divisions.
  • Support to Corporate Strategic Planning: You will also provide support at key times to critical corporate strategic planning processes, such as the Mid-Term Review of the Strategic Plan and the development of a new Strategic Plan. Specific duties may include working on the theories of change, the results framework, and the lessons learned.
  • In addition to the highly specific responsibilities and duties outlined above, you will be able to attend coordination or reference group meetings, support annual or mid-term reviews, participate and contribute to task teams with and across the division, participate as required in inter-agency processes, support the work planning and annual reporting of the unit, and other assigned tasks as required.

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

  • An advanced (Master’s or above) university degree in social sciences, political science, economics, statistics, or a related field is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in performance analysis, monitoring, reporting, and/or evaluation is required.
  • Prior experience in results-based management and monitoring and evaluation methodologies is required.
  • Prior experience in working with systems and technology for data analysis is highly desirable.
  • 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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