Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th 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, a hope

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. In that regard, the CRC applies to all children in a country, not only of a country. Migrant and displaced children have the same right to fulfillment of their rights as enshrined in the CRC as any other child. UNICEF’s Migration Unit in Programmes Division (PD) provides global programme leadership to achieve results for the most disadvantaged and excluded children everywhere, in response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international commitments related to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the follow-up of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. The Migration Unit works to protect the rights of all children affected by migration through providing crucial programming support and policy guidance to country and regional offices, having a direct impact of the lives of migrant and displaced children on the ground. The Unit also guides policy dialogue with governments and civil society partners and supports corporate campaigns. Capacity building, both internally and with external stakeholders, is key to the work of the team.

The unit also support the United Nations Network on Migration (Network), which has been established to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to Member States on migration as they respond to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

How can you make a difference?

You will lead UNICEF’s capacity building initiative, provide strategic and technical support to engage with the Network, key partners and member states, and support in partnerships building and fundraising efforts in support of achievement of UNICEF’s goals and objectives for children on the move.

Lead in technical assistance and support to capacity building of UNICEF staff and key stakeholders on migration management

  • Lead the development, the roll-out and promotion of an online training course “Children on the Move 101” for UNICEF staff on children on the move and migration management to build the capacity of UNICEF staff across programmatic fields (child protection, education, health, social protection) on better designing, managing and evaluating programming for children on the move.
  • Lead the development roll-out and promotion of an offline training package on Children on the Move that will be go-to resource for introductory trainings on children on the move.
  • Facilitate UNICEF Training of Trainer Sessions with regional focal points to roll-out both offline and online materials.
  • Facilitate training with external stakeholders, such as regional organisations, key partners and government counterparts.
  • Facilitate government peer-learning activities and ensure full alignment and synergies Strategic and technical support to the Senior Advisor to engage with the UN Migration Network, key partners and member states related to Global Compact for Migration (GCM) implementation
  • Support the Senior Advisor in maintaining effective communications with civil society and constituent parts of the Network and other migration actors, with a particular focus on child rights partners and initiatives.
  • Support the UNICEF secondment to the UN Migration Network in the establishment of a Connection Hub and Global Knowledge Platform, with specific focus on child-related good practices and capacity building requests, including on data collection, analysis and dissemination as per the workplan’s thematic workstream

Provide support establishing and managing new partnerships for Children on the Move

  • Coordinate the inter-sectoral and inter-divisional fundraising Task Team to identify priority funding gaps, opportunities and coordinate joint proposal writing
  • Assist the Senior Advisor in identifying opportunities for funding and in preparing any supporting documentation
  • Drive forward the establishment of a new partnership and provide support to the management of this partnership

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

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Migration Studies, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines and/or in relevant field is required.
  • A minimum of 5 (five) years of professional work experience in national and/or international level in international development in migration governance and displacement, social policy, human rights, international relations and humanitarian context is required.
  • Prior experience with UNICEF is an advantage, with varied experiences across HQ, Regional and Country Offices is an asset.
  • Prior experience in capacity building specifically on migration is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.


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