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Social Policy Specialist (P4), Harare, Zimbabwe (1 year Fixed Term contract)

Harare (Zimbabwe)

Under the general guidance of the Representative, and in close collaboration with the Chief of Social Policy and Research, the incumbent is responsible for the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social protection programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving social protection coverage and impact on children and the quality, equity and coverage of social protection 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, nutrition, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.

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 opportunity

UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights. We work closely with the Government of Zimbabwe, with whom we have signed a Basic Cooperation Agreement, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), sister agencies of the United Nations, and the private sector to deliver much-needed assistance to children and women.

The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.

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How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Representative, and in close collaboration with the Chief of Social Policy and Research, the incumbent is responsible for the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social protection programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving social protection coverage and impact on children and the quality, equity and coverage of social protection 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, nutrition, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Social Protection Program Development and Planning
  2. Strengthening Social Protection Coverage and Impact for Children
  3. Programme Management
  4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

Please refer to the attached job description for more information Download File JD Social Policy Specialist.pdf

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.  
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience is required.

  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.

  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Social Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-19

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