Re-advertisement: Social Policy Officer (Local Governance), (NO-2), Garowe, Somalia #72327
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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.
1. Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
- Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services â€“ in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.
- Collects systematically qualitative data for the sound and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women to provide the base-lines for result-based decisions on interventions and evaluations.
- Provides technical support for the development of information systems for monitoring child rights indicators, with emphasis on community and child participation.
- Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.
- Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children
- Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, at federal state ministries, and local government entities/authorities bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
- Provides professional assistance in UNICEF's engagement in social policy dialogue and community driven development with the Government, maintains constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of social policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children's and women's rights and strengthening of implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society, and ensures that the services reach out in innovative, effective ways to those most vulnerable pockets of children and families that have been previously left out.
- In collaboration with UNICEF, UN agencies and government programme officers, designs and manages the implementation of UN Joint Program on Local Governance( JPLG) plans of action aiming at: (a) increased community participation in development programmes which include children, women and marginalized groups; and (b) social mobilization of communities and civil society organizations to advocate for increased equitable service delivery and strengthened coordination between sectors and national/sub-national plans.
2. Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.
- Where national decentralization processes are taking place, collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities. Provides on-going support to facilitate decentralization process where the national decentralization process is taking place, collaborates with the central and local authorities to assist in planning, policy discussion and service delivery closely responding to the needs of local communities.
- Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.
- Provides technical supervision, stewardship, and guidance to the technical decentralization consultants at sector ministries (health, water, and education) as well as the Vice President's office under the (JPLG-Phase III),
- Design, implementation, monitoring, and provide technical support for decentralized service delivery and sector strategies,
- Participates and provides technical support in the local coordination meetings such as local JPLG monthly and Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings.
3. Improving use of public financial resources for children
- Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF's advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children.
- Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
- Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
- Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation
4. UNICEF Programme Management
- Helps manage and coordinate technical support around child poverty, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-up and delivery.
- Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF Programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
- Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme. Ensures that the local governance planning project enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.
- Manages UNICEF's inputs in the JPLG program for Puntland, specifically the local governance and civic engagement, community development aspects of the programme; participates in joint programme review meetings and monitoring of local partners. This includes managing (DCT, budget review, and preparation, etc.) and tracking progress as per the deliverables in the agreements/contracts and the joint work plan, undertaking field visits to review jointly with the communities, progress as far as implementation is concerned and documenting achievements as well as constraints, recommending possible steps for addressing identified constraints in implementation.
- Is responsible for the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation.
- Analyzes and evaluates zonal policy and programming environment and designs and implements project activities to strengthen the overall policy environment for children, including advocacy for CRC ratification and implementation.
- Participates in planning at the zonal level with partners UN Agencies (UN Joint Program on Local Governance -JPLG meetings), Ministries and local NGOs. This includes ensuring that responsibilities assigned to UNICEF under the joint work plan corresponds to UNICEF's mandate and resources (human and financial), ensuring that lessons learnt from the JPLG pilot project as far as community capacity development is concerned are adopted within the joint programme.
- Supports and contributes zonal inputs to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme. Ensures that the local governance, community development programming enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems. Participates in UNICEF internal key decision-making platforms such as Zonal Management Team Meetings (ZMT) and Sunday Management Meetings (SMM).
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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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Opening Date Wed Jul 31 2019 01:15:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) E. Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Wed Aug 14 2019 01:15:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)