Social Policy Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Uganda

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th November, 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 fair chance

Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Social Policy Manager, the incumbent is responsible for providing technical support to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of social policy programing and related advocacy, from strategic planning and formulation, to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes (a) coordinating the implementation of a regional systems-strengthening intervention to address the health, nutrition needs and vulnerabilities of mothers and children; (b) monitoring the roll-out of systems strengthening and social protection activities, including stakeholder engagement, information collection and coordination, and liaising with programme partners; and (c) coordinating the evaluation of the integrated programmatic efforts to measure the impact and economic efficiency of the joint “Child-Sensitive Social Protection in Refugee-Hosting Districts of West Nile, Uganda” intervention, measure operational efficiencies, and analyse qualitative and quantitative research towards more effective programming and public policies. The incumbent will further support the work of the Social Policy and Advocacy team by engaging with government and civil society partners, carrying out programmatic activities, and driving evidence-generation and data-driven decision-making. The incumbent will support linkages with other UNICEF sections, most prominently Child Survival and Development.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Improving data and evidence on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
  • Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children through systems strengthening
  • Improving use of public financial resources for children
  • Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
  • UNICEF Programme Management

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

  • An advanced 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 five years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.
  • Experience working in national health and nutrition structures and systems is desirable.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English is required


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