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  • Posted: May 4, 2020
    Deadline: May 17, 2020
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    UNICEF is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, ...
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    Deputy Regional Director, East and South Africa Region, (D-1)

    Job no: 531108
    Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
    Level: D-1
    Categories: D-1, Senior Leadership Vacancies

    UNICEF is seeking to appoint a Deputy Regional Director for the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. The Deputy Regional Director supports the Regional Director in the management of the Regional Office. S/he provides leadership and support to Country and Area offices, ensuring coordination and synergy between regional staff and country office leadership in information exchange and maintaining strategic alliances.

    The Deputy Regional Director advises and assists the Regional Director on matters relating to regional policy formulation and implementation supporting UNICEF programme, operations and communications strategy. S/he represents the Regional Director within and outside the United Nations system, as required.

    The incumbent will provide oversight for programme management in the region, providing direction, leadership and guidance to the multi-disciplinary team of professionals of the regional office to ensure the achievement of organizational mission, strategy, goals and objectives. The Deputy Regional Director may directly supervise the Operational or Programme areas as designated by the Regional Director.

    How can you make a difference?

    The Deputy Regional Director is accountable to the Regional Director in supporting the overall achievement of the goals, strategy and objectives of UNICEF-assisted regional programmes, the overall quality of emergency response, as well as the effective coordination and oversight of UNICEF offices in the region.

    The Deputy Regional Director’s key functions and accountabilities include Regional level leadership and guidance:

    • Effective leadership and technical guidance, oversight and coordination is provided to ensure the achievement of programme goals at regional level, and through the functions of various Regional Advisors and multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral teams.
    • Effective oversight and guidance results in full implementation of the Regional Office Management. Plan and related objectives, work plan and activities of the Regional Office team.
    • Coordination of the work of Regional Office teams ensures the effective and efficient management and administration of UNICEF's resources in accordance with established policies, standards, rules and procedures.
    • Effective leadership exerted in the appropriate alignment of global and regional policies, strategy and programme priorities for effective achievement of regional programme objectives through the rights and results-based management approach.
    • Effective programme results are achieved for the survival, protection, development and participation of children and women in regional development efforts.
    • Proactive representation of UNICEF in key inter-agency fora at the regional level ensures effective contribution to and integration of UNICEF programme initiatives in broader UN programme activities.
    • Use of programme resources and programme and management performance within the region is regularly monitored with a view to supporting actions that improve country programme performance.
    • Progress, effectiveness and relevance of UNICEF country programme employs results based
    • programming through regular reviews and structured evaluations.
    • Strategic level advice and guidance to Country Office and Country Programme teams secures optimal results in the development, review and monitoring of Country Programmes of Cooperation (programmes, budgets and resources), in line with national development priorities, and the UN Development Assistance Framework.

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

    Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Social Development, Development Planning, or other relevant disciplines.

    • At least 13 years of professional work experience in formulation of policy in international or national administration and translation of policies into practice; experience in external aid administration and senior level international development administration.
    • Experience as a UNICEF representative is extremely important and highly desirable, preferably at a commensurate level of the functions to be encumbered.
    • Experience and proven track record in managing emergencies, sensitive and complex situations and security-related issues.
    • Effective people management and proven ability to guide, motivate and lead a large multi-disciplinary team.
    • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is an important asset.

    Person Profile:

    • Senior leadership experience and skills;
    • Extensive broad-based programming experience, specifically thorough understanding of development, humanitarian, early recovery and middle-income programming;
    • Proven knowledge and experience in formulating strategies and managing a large size programme (sectoral, development, humanitarian, advocacy, policy dialogue and capacity building) and/or office;
    • Experience in ensuring integration and synergy across sectoral in accordance with best practices
    • Strong track record on strategic planning and results-based management;
    • Proven risk management skills and efficient management of financial resources;
    • Experience in development effectiveness and UN Coherence processes; political maturity and strong diplomacy skills that translate in the ability to work with a range of partners;
    • Proven ability to negotiate and advocate effectively and to build relations with a variety of donor and partners.

    For every child, you demonstrate…

    Core Values

    • Commitment
    • Respect
    • Integrity
    • Trust
    • Accountability

    Leadership Competencies

    • Delivers Results
    • Engages and Nurtures
    • Demonstrates Self-Awareness
    • Manages Complexity and Change
    • Creates and Maintains Impact and Partnership
    • Innovates and Takes Risks

    This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.
    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.

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    Sub-Saharan Roster of Consultants in Child Poverty, Public Financial Management and Social Protection, including Emergency Cash Transfers


    In sub-Saharan Africa, UNICEF provides analytical and technical support in child poverty analysis, public financial management and social protection, including emergency cash transfers, in order to support more equitable and sustainable results for children. To support Country Offices in their work in these areas, UNICEF has two Regional Offices, one for Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESARO), based in Kenya, and one supporting Western and Central Africa Region (WCARO), located in Senegal. The Regional Offices have established regional rosters of consultants to facilitate the swift engagement of social and economic policy expertise. However, given the similar profiles of candidates across the continent, UNICEF is now in the process of updating this roster, which will be utilized by Country Offices throughout sub-Saharan Africa for different assignments.

    How can you make a difference?

    Scope of Work and Duties

    UNICEF ESARO and WCARO invites qualified experts to express their interest in being included in the Roster of Consultants to deliver advisory services, access to knowledge, and technical expertise to UNICEF’s social policy portfolio in the following areas:

    • Child poverty analysis and advocacy
    • Public finance for children (PF4C)
    • Child-sensitive social protection
    • Emergency cash transfers

    Consultants may provide a range of advisory services to UNICEF’s Regional Offices, Country Offices and their government partners in the four thematic areas above. The range of tasks for the consultants may include research and assessments, diagnostic missions, provision of strategic and operational guidance, training and capacity building, development of policy papers, and monitoring and evaluation. Precise tasks, outputs, reporting and working relationships will be specified at the time of contracting for the given assignments.

    The roster will serve as human resources repository from which the Regional Offices or Country Offices can draw pre-vetted, well-qualified experts quickly and efficiently for assignments. Note that experts may specialize in more than one of the desired fields. It is therefore requested that candidates self-identify both their field and tier of expertise as well as their language proficiencies.
    Required Skills and Experience

    Child poverty experts

    • Advanced university degree in economics, statistics, public policies, development studies, social policies or other relevant field.
    • Substantial experience in poverty analysis, including child poverty, multi-dimensional poverty and multiple overlapping deprivations.
    • Proven track record in working with large national survey data (e.g. integrated household surveys, census, demographic and health survey, multiple indicator cluster surveys, etc.)
    • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including ability to use advanced Excel functions and relevant software such as Stata, Eviews, R, SPSS, etc.
    • Strong report writing, data visualization, and presentation skills.
    • Proven experience with capacity development of partners especially National Statistical Agencies and relevant government departments.
      Demonstrable capacity to translate evidence into policy and programmatic proposals.
    • Good inter-personal and communication (oral and written) skills – publication record on areas related to child poverty is preferred
    • Fluency in English or French is required (dependent upon assignment). Knowledge of other languages applicable to the region (Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) is a plus.

    Public finance experts

    • Advanced university degree or equivalent in economics, statistics, public administration, public policy, development studies or other relevant field.
    • Hands-on experience with public finance management (PFM) issues, including PFM legal and policy frameworks; medium-term revenue and expenditure planning; government budgeting approaches and classification systems; financial accountability systems, including Chart of Accounts; fiscal decentralization and intergovernmental transfer systems; budget transparency; fiscal space analyses; costing; designing and implementing Public Expenditure Reviews, Pubic Expenditure Tracking Surveys; value for money analysis; cost-efficiency analysis; cost-benefit analysis; cost of inaction analysis, etc.
    • Demonstrable experience working in child-focused sectors, including, but not limited to child protection, health, education, nutrition, social protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
    • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including ability to use advanced Excel functions and relevant software such as Stata, Eviews, R, SPSS, etc.
    • Proven experience with capacity development initiatives targeting legislative and executive arms of government
    • Understanding of public finance reform in the Sub-Saharan Africa context is a strong advantage.
    • Good inter-personal and communication (oral and written) skills - publication record in areas related to public finance preferred.
    • Fluency in English or French is required (dependent upon assignment). Knowledge of other languages applicable to the region (Portuguese and Spanish) is a plus.

    Social protection experts

    • Advanced university degree in public policy, economics, social policy or related field.
    • Substantial experience in the field of social assistance, cash transfer programming, social insurance (including health insurance), social services and/or labor market analysis and employment policies.
    • Demonstrated understanding of child-sensitive social protection, disability sensitive and/or gender sensitive social protection a plus.
    • Proven track record in all / some of the following areas: research and evaluation (Poverty analysis, risk and vulnerability assessments, Cost-benefit and benefit incidence analyses, Social protection systems mapping and functional reviews,  Programmes and systems evaluations, Qualitative research methods, Meta-analysis/synthesis); systems and programmes (Design of protocols and tools for outreach, targeting, referrals, coordination, communications, etc., Design and management of beneficiary ID and administrative data systems/ management information systems/ social registries; shock responsive social protection including assessment, design and/or piloting of SRSP programmes; information dissemination and communication (knowledge sharing and advocacy); high-level policy analysis and advice (development of national strategies, policies and plans, development of regulations and by-laws, development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks for national social protection policies, analysis and development of legal, regulatory and/or policy frameworks); cash plus design and implementation (linking social protection programmes with complimentary social services, strengthening social welfare workforce, facilitating multi-sectoral collaboration).
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex topics on social protection.
    • Analytical thinking and strategic planning skills, ability to facilitate, consult and negotiate with a broad range of government and non-government partners.
    • Experience working on social protection in Sub-Saharan Africa is a strong advantage.
    • Familiarity with the UN agenda, including the social protection floor, SPIAC-B and the SDGs.
    • Good inter-personal and communication (oral and written) skills – publication record on areas related to social protection is a plus.
    • Full working knowledge of English or French, including excellent report writing and presentation skills in the relevant language is required. Knowledge of other languages applicable to the region (Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) is a plus

    Emergency cash transfer experts

    • Advanced university degree or equivalent in public policy, economics, development studies or other relevant field.
    • Hands-on experience with humanitarian/emergency response, including support to improving early warning systems, strengthen local child/adolescent and community-based needs assessments including market assessments, rapid beneficiary identification and registration, development or adaptation of administrative data systems, identification, contracting and management of local payment service providers, social accountability through emergency intervention post-distribution and system performance monitoring
    • Proven experience with capacity development of partners is a strong advantage.
    • Understanding of the humanitarian context in sub-Saharan Africa is a strong advantage, experience in protracted crises is an asset.
    • Good inter-personal and communication (oral and written) skills.
    • Fluency in English or French is required (dependent upon assignment). Knowledge of other languages applicable to the region (Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) is a plus.

    Evaluation of Applicants

    Applicants will be screened against the qualifications and competencies specified above for each thematic area. The inclusion into the Roster of Consultants will be offered to those individual consultants whose applications have been evaluated and determined as: (i) meeting the required skills and experience and (ii) having received high scores against the evaluation criteria. Note that references will be checked prior to contracting by the requesting CO. 

    Technical criteria

    • Level and relevance of education to the selected thematic area – max. 20 points
    • Relevance of professional experience in the selected thematic area – max. 40 points
    • Record of drafting policy papers and high-quality products – max. 20 points
    • Experience working with UNICEF, other international organizations and national partners in the region – max. 15 points
    • Fluency in languages relevant to the region – max. 5 points

    Successful candidates will be included in the Roster of Consultants for a period of 2 years with option for renewal. Entry into the consultant roster system does not mean that a contract with UNICEF is guaranteed. This will depend on forthcoming needs. Where a request for services arises, UNICEF offices will approach the selected consultants from the roster with a specific Terms of Reference outlining the assignment and check with consultants for their interest and availability.

    Application Instructions

    Candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to be included in the Regional Roster for Sub-Saharan Africa, a pool of consultants available for assignments during 2020-2022. Applications should be submitted online by 17 May 2020.

    Expression of interest must include:

    • Fully completed online profile 
    • Cover letter describing your qualifications and past experiences (maximum 2 pages), which very clearly indicates your daily rate in USD (Note: applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered)
    • Curriculum vitae (CV), including a list of relevant publications with links
    • Submission of at least two evaluation reports from previous consulting assignments
    • Completion of Mandatory Questionnaire at the end of the online application
    • Names and contacts of three referees (applications without referees will not be considered)


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