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Policy and Planning Specialist (de facto Deputy Head of Office)

Minsk | Belarus


Category : National Post Level& Number : NOD, #BEL 15901

Post Title: Policy and Planning Specialist (de facto Deputy Head of Office) Duration: 2 years, extendable Date of Entry: November 1, 2015 Closing date for applications : 21 September 2015


Under the general supervision of the Representative:

  • provides strategic direction and coordination of knowledge management and effective engagement in social policy dialogue with Government, parliament, civil society, and other partners advocating for increased public resources towards child related policies and programmes and improved provisions of child rights in the country. Ensures that equity and gender equality perspective are mainstreamed in all aspects of substantive work across the country programme.
  • accountable for programme coordination and managerial guidance to the office on policy direction and programme initiatives at all phases of programme formulation, planning, design and implementation of a small size country programme, focused on achievement of UNICEF organizational priorities in a middle income country and on regional Knowledge Leadership Agenda.


Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

  1. Belarus CO effectively influences national policies and results for children through a coordinated policy inputs and knowledge management, using upstream policy work, lessons learned from demonstration modelling and sharing of good practices within Belarus and across borders.
  2. Implementation of the Country Programme and its activities promoted in line with national reform priorities, both vertically at international, national, regional and local levels and horizontally across different sectors of social protection, child protection, health, education and justice.
  3. Economic Social Policy engagement is streamlined through all programme components with a strong equity focus in support of specific sectoral reforms in health, education and protection, as well as cross sectoral strategies in ECD, adolescents and social inclusion.
  4. Situation Analysis is prepared/updated, critical bottlenecks and intervention points identified, measures or adjustments proposed, programme work plans and recommendations are prepared and incorporated, and the application of gender mainstreaming is integral to all work processes.
  5. Rights-based and Results-based management approach is fully incorporated into all phases of programming, and the value and quality of programme strategies and implementation are effectively enhanced. Rights perspective and advocacy at the national, community and family levels are incorporated into policy analysis for establishing and elevating UNICEF’s credibility in national and international policy debates.
  6. Constructive dialogue through advocacy and networking is initiated at national, regional and local levels involving key stakeholders for improved exchange and coordination between sectors and strengthened social policy and strategy development, including budgeting for children.
  7. Commitment and institutional capacities of national, regional and local partners strengthened through identification and provision of effective technical assistance and knowledge sharing.
  8. Programme resources (funds and human resources) are effectively planned and optimally used, using sound risk management approaches.


Post is office-based, with frequent travel to project sites within the country and occasionally outside.


· Advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations, or other relevant disciplines.

· A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience. Work experience in the UN or other international development organization is an asset.

· Knowledge of SAP is an advantage.

· Proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft software.

· UNICEF is a non-smoking organization.


Fluent English and Russian

Other skills and attributes

· Proven organization, analytical, negotiation, communication (oral and written), interpersonal and training skills. Advanced drafting and reporting skills.

· High sense of responsibility. Tact, discretion, initiative and good judgment in dealing with staff members, local authorities and counterparts.

· Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.

Applicants should be nationals of Belarus and should submit their applications in English (a cover letter, CV and P11 form (pls download from UNICEF site) to the attention of the Operations Manager, UNICEF Office in Belarus by e-mail: by closing date 21 September 2015 to be eligible for consideration.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position is re-advertised and previous applicants need not apply. They will be automatically included in the list.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Minsk | Belarus
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-21

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