• Career Opportunities at UNICEF - 6 Positions

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    For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. 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, foundations and governments.

    Chief HIV/AIDS


    Purpose of the Position

    Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, accountable for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of the HIV/AIDS programme within the country programme; accountable for ensuring that all aspects of the HIV/AIDS programme promote gender equality, with an emphasis on gender disaggregation and gender disparity identification to guide policies, programmes, monitoring and evaluation.

    Directs, leads and manages a group of professional and support staff to develop, manage and administer the sectoral or inter-sectoral project/programme, with a view to the gender mainstreaming across all aspects of the country programme. Coordinates internally and externally UNICEF's engagement in HIV and AIDS.

    Key Expected Results

    1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis, with consistent integration of sex-disaggregated data, and its periodic update made for effective project planning, development and management.

    2. Technical leadership and coordination provided for key HIV/AIDS programme/projects and documents, reports, plan of action, and targeted training/learning programmes, including advocacy in gender equality, ensuring promotion of effective knowledge management.

    3. Quality of rights-based HIV/AIDS projects /programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to project management process through results-based management.

    4. Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined project strategies and approaches and integration with gender mainstreaming across sectors.

    5. Project delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

    6. UNICEF's global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the HIV/AIDS sector, focusing on the contributions of gender equality in achieving these goals.

    7. Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply and non-supply assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the HIV/AIDS sector.

    8. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration, sharing UNICEF's position on gender equality as useful.

    Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

    1. Project Planning, Development and Management.

    • Enhance effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.

    2. Knowledge Management.

    • Further promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities. Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned, highlighting gender disparities and interventions to achieve gender equality; provides solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

    3. Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach.

    • Promote the quality of rights-based HIV/AIDS projects and programmes, especially those that increase equality with a life-cycle and a right-based approach, by participating in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or project management processes using a gender-sensitive results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

    4. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

    • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches, with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.

    5. Project Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

    • Ensure project, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual HIV/AIDS sector status reports, ensuring that quantitative and qualitative lessons learned in gender disparities in HIV/AIDS are included as a standard feature.

    6. Promotion of UNICEF's Global Goals

    • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.

    7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

    • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.  Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

    8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

    • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve HIV/AIDS programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
    • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
    • Overall coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors, ensuring that interventions to reduce gender inequalities are mainstreamed across the sectors.
    • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of HIV/AIDS project or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
    • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of HIV/AIDS programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve HIV/AIDS programme goals.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    • An Advanced University Degree in public health, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required*.
    • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in public HIV/AIDS planning and management and/or in relevant areas of health care, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness, at the international level some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in HIV/AIDS programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
    • Background/familiarity with emergency operations and staff security.
    • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values 

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies

    • Communication - Level II
    • Working with People - Level II
    • Drive for Results - Level II

    Functional Competencies

    • Leading and Supervising - Level I
    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II
    • Analyzing - Level III
    • Relating and Networking - Level II
    • Deciding and Initiating Action - Level II
    • Applying Technical Expertise - Level III

    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 organisation.

    Health Specialist (RMNCH)


    Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

    1. Under the overall guidance of the Regional Health Advisor, provide technical leadership, strategic advice and technical guidance, ensure effective coordination and collaboration among UN agencies, key development partners, regional bodies, donors, and NGOs in support of efficient regional-level technical support, capacity development assistance, the development and dissemination of strategic information, joint advocacy and resource mobilization to support RMNCH programme in countries.

    2. Provide leadership, technical support and strategic guidance to countries to improve quality of MNH services (antenatal, perinatal and postnatal care) and strengthen the link with community platforms (care seeking, referral, follow up and treatment), with special attention to integration with programmes such as EPI, nutrition, WASH, ECD and birth registration.

    3. Provide technical assistance, oversight and programme monitoring through field visits and regular contact with country offices, especially for quality improvement of MNH services and their linkages with community health systems. Monitor and follow up recommendations made during the field visits.

    4. Through strategic partnerships, mobilize resources to support RMNCAH programmes in countries. Ensure sound management of grants, timely and quality production of briefing notes, donor reports, annual reports and other documents deemed critical.

    5. Support strategic operational research efforts in RMNCAH in the region that may contribute to reduce evidence gaps and inform optimal programme implementation.

    6. Support efforts on health emergencies in the regional multi-sectoral team, with focus on promoting Risked Informed Programming and coordination of timely response of health emergencies under WHO cluster lead and as per CCC.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    • Advanced University Degree in public health (MD + MPh, PhD or equivalent) or a related technical field is required*. Specialization in maternal and newborn health in low capacity countries an asset.
    • At least eight years relevant progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels, including support to quality improvement of maternal and newborn health programs and programme/project management.
    • Experience working in the UN or other international development organizations, experience in adults' training and experience in community systems strengthening an asset.
    • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian) is an asset.

    *A relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor's), in combination with 2 years of additional relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies

    • Communication - Level II
    • Working with People - Level II
    • Drive for Results - Level II

    Functional Competencies

    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II
    • Analyzing - Level III
    • Relating and Networking - Level II
    • Deciding and Initiating Action - Level II
    • Applying Technical Expertise - Level III

    Senior Human Resources Assistant


    Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

    • Receives short-lists for IP posts, prepares recruitment documentation, administers selection process in the Regional Office, maintains tracking information, coordinating and scheduling of interviews and written tests.
    • Assists in the SSR process for vacant positions in ESAR by preparing candidates files and coordinating/scheduling interviews. Maintains records of all ESARO Job Descriptions, and ensures that they are updated as per the guidelines.
    • Supports the oversight function of the Regional Human Resources Section in reviewing national professional officer recruitment recommendations from country offices, ensuring completeness of documentation and workflow process in e-recruitment system; prepares checklist for review by HR Specialist/Office and approval by the Regional Chief of Human Resources. Maintains tracking records and prepares statistics.
    • Responsible for quality assurance and confirmation of classifications done by country office for GS posts submitted for PBR approval, making appropriate recommendations for final action, including entry actions in VISION.
    • Assists in the preparation of the Regional Office Management Plan by preparing the organization chart and all other annexes.
    • Carries out transactions in VISION pertaining to raising of consultancy contracts, ensuring due process was followed, completeness of supporting documentation, and compliance with relevant policies.
    • Contributes to the review of the Regional Human Resources Management Reporting, by receiving reports from country office, checking accuracy of submissions and cooperating with COs for their completion.
    • Assists with the review of SPAs, confirm eligibility, draft required correspondence and recommendation.
    • Assists in the collection of Frequently Asked Questions for ESARO database and sharing with HR Practitioners in the region.


    Essential Requirements:


    Education: Completion of secondary education, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization. 


    Experience: A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible human resources, administrative or clerical work experience required. Training on job classification an asset.


    Languages: Fluency of English and local language of the duty station required.

    Resource Mobilization Officer (Kenya Nationals only)


    QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES required to perform the duties of the post:

    EDUCATION: Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, or a combination of Bachelor Degree with relevant work experience.

    WORK EXPERIENCE: Two years of progressively responsible professional work experience in resource mobilization or communication field handling development issues. Experience in UN system would be an asset.

    LANGUAGES: Fluency in English is required and knowledge of another UN language is desirable.  Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is required.


    -Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form; specific skills in writing reports, proposals.

    -Proven ability to effectively manage relationship with programme colleagues and donors, government officials and other UNICEF partners.

    -Knowledge of computer systems, internet navigation and various office applications, specifically interactive digital media. 

    -Proven ability to work as part of a team

    Coordinator (Polio and Health C4D)


    Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

    • Under the guidance of the Regional Health Adviser and global Polio programme, support the overall coordination of Polio outbreak preparedness and response activities in Polio affected and/or high risk countries in ESA region. This includes management and oversight function of polio eradication activities in accordance with UNICEF Global Polio Eradication Compact.
    • In coordination with EPI team actively contribute to multilateral Global Polio Eradication initiative partnership in the Horn of Africa region, advancing UNICEF agenda and reporting on organization accountabilities in polio eradication. Represent polio programme in ESAR in various technical forums and decision-making platforms including Horn of Africa Polio Technical Advisory Group and other bodies.
    • In coordination with country offices and HQ Polio team, oversee polio programme related financial resource requirements, annual work planning, human resources and staffing needs, Rotary Polio Plus Committee fundraising efforts, donor reporting, and other management aspects of the programme to enable implementation of Polio SIA as per GPEI calendar and relevant response in accordance with SOP in case of an new polio outbreak. Regular coordinate and monitor polio related grants, ensuring timely and quality production of donor report, regular programme updates, annual report and other programme documents.
    • Oversee the day-to-day work of Polio staff/consultants, providing relevant support and guidance, ensuring integration of progrmme components. Maintain close links with routine immunization (EPI) team, contributing to polio legacy work and using polio assets to strengthen routine immunization services.
    • Lead and provide technical oversight in the development, testing and implementation of polio communication for development strategies, including community based participatory approaches that integrate innovations for demand creation and active community engagement in ESA region.
    • Provide technical support to COs and their government counterparts to enhance their capacity to generate and use social data (on reasons for missing children, social norms, bottlenecks etc.) for the planning of C4D interventions, aimed at both collective actions by communities and individual behavior change for creating enabling environment for polio eradication.
    • Facilitate documentation and dissemination of best practices on all aspects of the polio programme, including working through different communication channels (including traditional media and face-to-face communication as well as new technologies).
    • Monitor and evaluate polio outbreak preparedness & response as per SOPs, applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites. Disseminate communication research findings; ensure exchanges of experience and new methods to CO staff, government officials and other UNICEF partners.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    • Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Communication, Health Education, and others) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
    • Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
    • Management and/or implementation work experience in Polio Eradication programme is an asset.
    • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian) an asset.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values 

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies

    • Communication - Level II
    • Working with People - Level II
    • Drive for Results - Level II

    Functional Competencies

    • Leading and Supervising - Level I
    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II
    • Relating and Networking - Level II
    • Persuading and Influencing - Level II
    • Applying Technical Expertise - Level III
    • Entrepreneurial Thinking - Level II

    Social Policy Specialist (Social Protection, Inclusion and Gender)


    Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

     Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action

    •  Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
    • 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

    Providing technical support for gender programming for children in line with UNICEF Gender Action Plan (GAP)

    • Provide management and advisory support to the Country Management Team (CMT), program coordination team and sectoral colleagues to ensure the strategic integration of gender into program documents, planning documents, and program implementation
    • Identify results areas in gender for the country program, and assist sectoral areas in achieving results through technical assistance, and capacity building.
    • Provide high quality gender analysis, programmatic reporting and support to the Country Office, Regional Office and Headquarters as requested, and actively participate in UNICEF's gender network as well as represent UNICEF in UN/NGO and Government lead gender networks/taskforce
    • Support the development of adequate gender data, monitoring and evaluation processes in the Country Office, including building best practice examples and innovative research in gender programming in Somalia

    Providing technical support for strategic planning and direction for social protection programming in Somalia

    • Advises key national and state government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners on policies, strategies, approaches and best practices on social protection, to support program development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
    • Participates in country program planning, preparation and review to formulate, design, manage, and communicate social protection programmes, including setting priorities and results-based management goals.
    • Leads technical engagement with partners in government and the development community on improving social protection response in protracted crises. This includes advocacy for flexible programming modalities and close cooperation with emergency/humanitarian teams for joint social protection-humanitarian response.

    Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

    •  Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
    • Leads social protection coordination forums as a tool for advocacy and technical leadership on social protection in Somalia. These include, inter alia, the social protection component of the Somalia-Donor Aid Coordination mechanisms, an informal social protection donor working group, and a UN-NGO working group focused on moving beyond cash-based programming in prolonged crises.
    • Undertakes improved monitoring and research around social protection's potential impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
    • Provides consistent and high-quality training and capacity building for government partners on social protection theory, systems, and programming.

    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.

     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 – in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.
    • Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, 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.

     UNICEF Programme Management

    • Manages and coordinates technical support around child poverty, social protection, 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 social 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.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate


    Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines.


    • Minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience is required
    •  Strong substantive technical, programmatic, and research skills in gender and development, and a proven ability to integrate gender into programmatic responses
    • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 years of experience leading social protection engagements with government in fragile or low-income states is required.
    •  A strong record of high-quality research and/or publications would be an advantage.

    Core Values

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core competencies

    • Communication
    • Working with People
    • Drive for Results

    Functional Competencies

    • Leading and supervising (II)
    • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
    • Analyzing (III)
    • Relating and networking (II)
    • Persuading & Influencing (II)
    • Planning & Organizing (III)

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