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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Niamey
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Supply Chain
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-12

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READVERTISEMENT - Programme Officer (HACT & Quality Assurance), FT, P2, Niamey/Niger # 86181

Niamey (Niger)

Under the general guidance of the Chief of Operations, the Programme Officer (HACT) provides professional financial, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process by preparing, managing and/or executing a variety of technical and administrative tasks to facilitate the effective implementation of HACT in line with the UNICEF HACT Policy and UNICEF HACT procedure.

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, a geographically and mobile workforce

Niger is a landlocked Sahelian country of 20.7 million people, most of whom live in rural areas (84%). The population is young, with 52% of Nigeriens being under 15, and nearly half of the population is poor (45.1%), despite reductions in the poverty rate over the past decade. The country, which ranked second to last on the 2016 Human Development Index, sees its development constrained by several factors: climatic conditions that hinder rural development, vulnerability due to the absence of economic diversification, high population growth, gender equality issues, low levels of literacy and education, and the size and landlocked nature of the country, which obstruct the provision of essential goods and services to the population.

In 2017, Niger continued to face a multifaceted humanitarian crisis that included not only conflict and displacement but also food insecurity and malnutrition, floods, and epidemic outbreaks.

 

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Chief of Operations, the Programme Officer (HACT) provides professional financial, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process by preparing, managing and/or executing a variety of technical and administrative tasks to facilitate the effective implementation of HACT in line with the UNICEF HACT Policy and UNICEF HACT procedure.

This will involve

1. Support to the HACT planning during the programming process

  • Participate in HACT planning and discussions and support the development and completion of HACT plans through research, collection, analysis and reporting of related information/data to facilitate planning and priority setting for HACT activities.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout the process by executing/administering technical, operational and administrative transactions and preparing related materials/documentations to ensure the incorporation of HACT into the country programme.
  • Prepare CO-wide micro assessment and assurance plans in collaboration with other programme. staff and relevant operations colleagues
  • Prepare information on shared implementing partners to facilitate joint planning and execution of micro assessments and audits in line with the UNICEF HACT procedure

2. Support to implementation of HACT activities

  • Serve as the reference person on HACT implementation in the office.
  • Facilitate the execution of HACT activities undertaken by external service providers through scheduling, arranging briefings and related administrative needs to ensure service providers have appropriate and comprehensive information for effective and efficient completion of assignments.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate spot checks of implementing partners in collaboration with other CO staff.
  • Support the preparation of HACT implementation status report in InSight through collation of implementation information from relevant CO colleagues.
  • Contribute to the development and monitoring of implementation of CO HACT related SOPs and internal procedures, including for escalation of issues identified through assurance activities.

3.  Review and use of HACT reports

  • Support the recording and updating of risk ratings of implementing partners in VISION through review of the Vendor Master and provision of relevant information to appropriate colleagues in the CO.
  • Establish a central repository for HACT decisions, documentation and reports to provide timely and current information to facilitate implementation of HACT in the CO.
  • Review assessments and programme assurance reports to identify areas of weaknesses related to the implementation of HACT and keep supervisor/partners informed of findings for timely action and/or intervention.

4.  Networking and inter-agency partnership

  • Provide technical information and operational support to implementing partners, UN system partners and other stakeholders in the CO on the implementation of HACT to reinforce UN/CO harmonization and coordination.
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of HACT information and knowledge to facilitate/build their capacity for implementing HACT.
  • Participate in appropriate inter-agency meetings/events to facilitate and promote sharing of information, knowledge, experiences and best practices.
  • Interact regularly with other country offices and the regional office on HACT.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Identify, synthesize and share lessons learned from HACT and its implementation for integration into broader knowledge development planning and management efforts.
  • Identify, synthesize and share lessons learned and best practice in the implementation of HACT.
  • Contribute to design and implementation of capacity development strategy/initiatives for implementing partners which can be supported by UNICEF through identification of common weaknesses in financial and procurement management from review of micro assessment and assurance activity reports of high and significant risk partners.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of capacity development strategy/initiatives for CO staff to ensure that staff has the knowledge and skills to fulfill their responsibilities under HACT.

6. Ensure financial, supply and administrative transactions comply with UNICEF rules and regulations

  • Monitor financial including DCT disbursements, supply and administrative transactions to ensure their conformity to UNICEF rules and regulations, accounting procedures and partnership regulations. Prepare a monthly report of conformity to be reviewed by the Chief of Operations for the Head of Office
  • Review transactions to ensure their compliance to the table of authority (ToA), monitor the accuracy and timeliness of the payments, supply/logistics and administrative transactions processing

7. Review internal control systems

  • Conduct the regular review of internal control systems and SOPs in the main and zone offices to ensure their effectiveness and suggest any relevant improvement to be reviewed by the Chief of Operations and approved by the CMT.

 

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

Education

  • A university degree (Minimum BAC+3) in one of the following fields is required: Development studies, International Development, Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics, Auditing, Project/Programme Management or another relevant technical field.

Experience

  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme development/management, financial planning and management, or another related area.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in French & English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

 

For every Child, you demonstrate :

Our Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (I)
  • Drive for results (I)

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

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 sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

 

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.

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