Programme Officer (P-2), Nutrition Section, Programme Division, NYHQ, Temporary Appointment, # 00113191

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 4 May 2020

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, an equal chance.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, 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?

To meet UNICEF’s ambitious agenda, you will operationalize the strategies and work plans through effective and efficient knowledge management and planning, as well as support management and coordination of partnerships through efficient utilization and monitoring of resources across an increasing number of country offices. You will provide professional operational assistance throughout the programming process from programmatic planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of operational tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting

Summary of key functions and accountabilities:

Grant management and partnerships support

  • Facilitate the preparation and submission of annual concept notes/proposals. This will include (but not be limited to): ensuring compliance with UNICEF, USAID-FFP and DFID guidelines, coordinating with UNICEF Public Partnerships Division (PPD) Supply Division (SD), Regional and Country Offices (ROs and COs) to ensuring the quality of final proposals and budgets submitted to USAID-FFP.
  • Develop and maintain a tracking system to track concept note submission, agreement receipts and grant information for each annual contribution, to be shared with PPD, ROs and COs, flag any bottlenecks or delays to UNICEF colleagues and USAID-FFP.
  • Monitor and report on the use of USAID-FFP and DFID programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Strengthen, reorganize and/or create processes to streamline engagement with ROs, COs and partners to further increase efficiency and response times to time sensitive needs.
  • Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results. Establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial requirements and accountability. Approve allocation and disbursement of funds ensuring they are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated in accordance with the programme budget allotments.
  • Provide technical and operational support to stakeholders on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies and processes to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.

Knowledge generation, management and innovation

  • Contribute to the generation and documentation of best practices and processes resulting from USAID-FFP and DFID- funded programs and activities, thereby facilitating organizational learning and increasing programme efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Participate in the preparation of, and making professional contribution to, programme reports required for management, donors, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
  • Through coordination and collaboration with the Information Communications Technology Division (ICTD), develop the necessary tools, using UNICEF-licensed applications or otherwise, to facilitate knowledge sharing across ROs, COs and partners.

Communications and networking support

  • Produce communication products to support campaigns, priorities and resource mobilization efforts, assist in drafting and editing articles, briefing notes, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials for both internal and external use, as appropriate.
  • Establish or maintain an up-to-date documentation centre for communication materials including publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources, etc.
  • Recommend appropriate information and communication materials for use in media, and other advocacy and communication activities. Recommend the appropriateness, quality and dissemination of printed and audio-visual materials.
  • Recommend contacts, networks, resources and processes to support communications activities.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) in Public health, International Development or Social sciences is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible professional work related to knowledge management, planning, grant management and/or project management is required.
  • Demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills experience as well as editing and administrative skills, including ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience and manage multiple tasks under minimal supervision in effective and efficient manner;
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visitUNICEF’s Entitlements’ page. If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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