Programme Specialist - Knowledge Management

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th January, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. 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.

For every child, save lives

UNICEF is mandated by UN General Assembly to advocate the protection of children's right, to help meet their basis needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. To achieve this UNICEF generates the latest evidence on children and works with governments and the public to ensure children receive the services they need, that their voices are heard, and that there is a progressive realization of their rights. Specially, with partners, including governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society actors and the private sector, UNICEF promotes the strengthening of all components of child protection systems - human resources, finances, laws, standards, governance, monitoring and services. Depending on the country context, child protection systems may cut across part of the social welfare, education, health, and security sectors. 

How can you make a difference?

The Programme Division is taking steps to strengthen Knowledge Management (KM) function. You will be responsible for managing all aspects of knowledge management in the division, including coordination across sections and with other divisions, development, planning and management of the KM strategy, standards and initiatives, and monitoring the effectiveness of KM functions and its contributions to results.

Specifically, you will work in the following areas of responsibility:

Strategic Leadership: Lead the Programme Division’s knowledge management function, including the development and implementation of a ivision-wide strategy of Knowledge Management and assessment of its contributions to broader strategies and policies around evidence generation and use.

Knowledge Management and Plans

  • Develop and manage division-wide actions to strengthen the process, platforms and human resources for KM, key standards and procedures, for determining the relevance of key knowledge based practices.
  • Plan and execute a portfolio of evidence and knowledge-drive initiatives in support of key priority areas of the Division.

Establishment and management of IT tools for KM: Support the development and management of reliable, innovative electronic platform and tools to facilitate knowledge management within the Division and across other divisions and facilitate alignment of ICT initiatives related to KM such as Enterprise Content Management (ECM).

Coordination and Partnership: Coordinate with sections to strengthen the synergy of key KM initiatives, collaborate with regional/country office for improved complementarities and coherence of KM vis-à-vis strategic organization results.

Monitoring and Reporting: Monitor and report on key KM performance objectives attributable to the Division and sections, and advise Senior Management on areas of shortfall, provide key inputs to documentation and reporting on KM and evidence generation and use .

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in knowledge management, public policy, international development, planning or other relevant field(s) is required.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience at the national and international levels in knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, programme management or other relevant field(s) is required
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of IT tools for knowledge management is required.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.


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