Strategic Planning Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Bamako, Mali

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th April, 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 chance:

Mali Country Office is embarked in a process to develop its new Country Programme Document in a Delivering as One process under United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The strategic planning specialist will provide expertise and support in the areas of UN coherence including Situation Analysis and Common Country Assessment, Quality assurance and equity-focused, results-based and risk-informed programming and reporting processes of the Country Programme. The staff reports directly to the Representative of the Country Office (CO).

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative and in collaboration with the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) section, the incumbent of the post is responsible to ensure that the ongoing programme development process is fully aligned to UN and UNICEF quality standards (SitAn/deprivations analyses, risks mapping, UNDAF, Program Strategic Notes (PSN), Country Program Document (CPD), Country Evaluation Plan (CEP), Country Program Management Plan (CPMP)) and for coordinating closely with the different programme sections on all phases of the Programme development, from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

How can you make a difference?

Key functions/accountabilities of the position include the following:

  • Guide the various sectors throughout the process of programme formulation, planning and preparation of the Country Programme.
  • Advise the Deputy Representative on CO change management process, providing direct support to programme sections and operations units to facilitate transition to new planning and management processes.
  • Prepare the elaboration of the new country programme and ensure adequate programme documentation for the Country Programme Recommendation (CPR) and related documents such as CPD and CPMP, ensuring consistency with UNICEF Strategic Plan and alignment with national priorities, sectoral strategies and goals. Provide technical and operational support throughout the process.
  • Identify training needs and provides on-the-job training to gain performance in all stages of the country programme development process.
  • Advise and guide the Deputy Representative performance standards in the preparation of the country programme Costed evaluation plan.
  • Contribute towards the preparation of the CPD by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the documents and related documents such as Strategic Notes, Rolling Work Plans, ensuring consistency with objectives and goals.
  • Participate in meetings/events and annual/midterm reviews with the government and other counterparts/stakeholders to contribute to strategic programme discussions, planning and assessments.
  • Assist government authorities to plan and organize training programmes. Identify training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme.
  • Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF (One) country development planning and programming and participate in the Common Country Assessment/UNDAF process, ensuring adequate input on the improvement of the well-being of children and women.
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government institutions, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia to advocate UNICEF goals to advance child’s right to survival, development and good being, mobilize resources, seek cooperation and establish alliances.
  • Coordinate UNICEF strategic involvement and inputs into UNDAF documents and processes, including into Results Group, the M&E technical group, and joint-project.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 8 (eight) years of professional development experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in a developing country is required.
  • Technical knowledge and experience in UN/UNICEF planning cycle and Results-Based Management approach is required.
  • Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in Developing country setting is an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English is required.


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