Social Policy Specialist at the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

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    UNICEF contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria with a mandate to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
    UNICEF’s Nigeria country programme:
    Aims to accelerate the realization of the rights of all c…

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    Social Policy Specialist

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 5 years
    • Location Bauchi , Sokoto
    • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit&nbsp

    Job Number: 533792
    Level: NOC
    Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
    Duration: 1st August, 2020 – 29th July, 2021
    Reporting to: Chief field Officer (Bauchi), Chief Field Officer (Sokoto)

    How Can You Make a Difference?

    • A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within UNICEF Nigeria for a passionate and committed Social Policy Specialist in the Abuja CO. Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for providing technical support to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social policy programing 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) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services.
    • This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.

    Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities

    • Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
    • Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
    • Improving use of public financial resources for children
    • Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.
    • 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: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field. 
    • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience required.
    • Experience working in a developing country is considered a strong asset.
    • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered a strong asset
    • Fluency in English.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is considered as an asset

    For every Child, you demonstrate:
    UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies: 

    • Builds and maintains partnerships (II);
    • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II);
    • Drive to achieve results for impact (II);
    • Innovates and embraces change (II);
    • Manages ambiguity and complexity (II);
    • Thinks and acts strategically (II)
    • Works collaboratively with others (II)
    • Nurtures, leads and manages people (II

    The functional competencies required for this position are…

    • Planning and Organizing [III]
    • Formulating Strategies and Concept [II]
    • Analyzing (III)
    • Relating and Networking [II]

    View our competency framework at here

    Method of Application

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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
    • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF on to apply

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