Social Policy Officer

UN Children's Fund, Garowe, Somalia

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th May, 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.

And we never give up.

For every child, Equity and Growth,

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. 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.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Chief NEZ and the technical supervision of the Program Specialist (Local Governance), the Social Policy Officer (Local Governance) is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in all stages of social policy programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services; and (c) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, nutrition, child protection, and water and sanitation.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy.
  • Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.
  • Improving use of public financial resources for children.
  • UNICEF program management.

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

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of two years' experience at a professional level managing and implementing projects in local governance, community mobilization and social development preferably in the areas of participatory planning, social mobilization and community empowerment as a professional level.
  • Training in community planning, behavior analysis, formative research, and evaluation of communication interventions.
  • Knowledge of current developments in the fields of adult learning theory, community organization and participation.
  • Knowledge and experience on gender, youth, child sensitive, resilience/DRR programming and planning in local governance an added asset.
  • Knowledge and working experience on PF4C Public Finance for Children at national and local level is an added asset.
  • Proven ability to manage budgets, write proposals, project agreement documents.
  • Strong community communication skills, willingness to spend time in the field.
  • Ability to research, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information.
  • Ability to express clearly and concisely, ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  • Proven skills in communication, networking, advocacy and negotiation, especially at the community level.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


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