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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-27

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Deputy Representative, P-5, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

The Deputy Representative reports to the Country Office (CO) Representative for general supervision and direction. The DR serves as principal support and adviser on the overall management of the CO, development of CO policies and strategies; and under delegated authority, for coordinating and managing all phases of the Country Office Program from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with the UNICEF Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, dedication.

The Deputy Representative reports to the Country Office (CO) Representative for general supervision and direction. The DR serves as principal support and adviser on the overall management of the CO, development of CO policies and strategies; and under delegated authority, for coordinating and managing all phases of the Country Office Program from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with the UNICEF Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

How can you make a difference?

Key Functions and Accountabilities:

1. CO program planning and development:

  • Coordinate the planning and conduct of situation analysis by the various sectors in the CO to establish comprehensive and current data and information for program development planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide advice to the Representative on strategies, direction and planning of programs and projects to translate analytical data/information (from situation analysis) and national priorities and goals into concrete country programs and projects that advance UNICEF goals in the country on child rights, survival and development.
  • Guide and advise the various sectoral teams throughout the process of program formulation, planning and preparation of the Country Program ensuring harmonization of approaches and alignment with the UNICEF Strategic Plan, corporate guidelines, policies/procedures and regional and national priorities.
  • Provide technical and operational guidance to the heads of sectors and their teams, as delegated by the Representative, throughout all stages of the programming process to ensure cooperation, collaboration and harmonization of programs and projects.
  • Coordinate necessary technical programming support from PD/Regional Office.
  • Review the Country Program recommendation before approval by the Representative to ensure the quality of the Country Program recommendation and alignment with the UNICEF Strategic plan, compliance with policies and procedures and that documentation materials are completed accurately and comprehensively to facilitate Executive Board review and approval.

2. Support to the Representative on managing the CO:

  • Serve as officer in charge in the absence of the Representative.
  • Monitor and assess programs and operations and provide advice on best and innovative programming and management practices to enhance programming and operations.
  • Advise the Representative on CO annual work planning, setting priorities/targets and establishing performance measurements. Monitor implementation and progress of work plans; collaborate with colleagues to assist, advise and guide to ensure achievement of results according to targets and performance standards. Take timely decisions to achieve results and/or alert the Representative for timely action.
  • Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to his/her team to enable them to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently. Plan and ensure timely performance planning, management and assessment.
  • Work collaboratively with the Representative and the various sectors to facilitate/contribute to the preparation of CO budget proposal. Monitor critical issues to resolve problems and/or recommend to the Representative appropriate action to ensure appropriate and optimum use of resources.

3. Monitoring and quality control of programs:

  • Participate in meetings/events and annual/mid-term reviews with government and other counterparts/stakeholders to contribute to strategic program discussions, planning and assessments.
  • Evaluate overall program progress; identify weaknesses, bottlenecks and potential problems. Collaborate with the sectors and/or other partners and stakeholders to resolve issues and/or advise the Representative on resolutions to ensure delivery of results as planned and allocated.
  • Monitor the optimum and appropriate use of program resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) and verify compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity. Approve disbursements and allocations in accordance with delegation of authority established by the Representative.
  • Coordinate and/or provide advice on the preparation of mandated program and operational reports. Confirm accuracy of reports prior to approval by the Representative.

4. Representation, alliance building and UN System coordination:

  • Represent UNICEF (as appropriate/delegated) in organizational, regional, global, public information/relations events and key meetings to contribute to strategic discussions on programming issues, policy dialogue, discuss initiatives, report on progress achieved, present papers/ideas and/or advocate UNICEF's vision in the Country that is consistent with the UNICEF Strategic Plan and supportive of national development goals and priorities.
  • Represent the UNICEF Representative in the UN Country Team (UNCT) to collaborate with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, cooperation and harmonization of programming, common services and operations. Ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda/priority setting.
  • Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF (One) country development planning of programs/projects.
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government institutions, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia to advocate UNICEF goals to advance child's right to survival, development and well-being, mobilize resources, seek cooperation and establish alliances.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Advise the Representative and other internal colleagues in the CO on the conceptualization, development and implementation of policies and procedures, use of latest information technology and introduction of innovation and best practices in the CO to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy in programming and operations.
  • Coordinate the collection, institutionalization and sharing of lessons learned to enhance performance and to use lessons learned in development/policy planning.
  • Promote learning and development through planning and organization of training events

 

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

  • An Advanced University Degree in social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development or other related fields, is required.
  • 10 years of relevant work experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in developing countries is required.
  • Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an
    asset.

Person Profile:

  • Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget.
  • Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
  • Identifies urgent and potentially risky decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates organization-wide activities.
  • Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization's future potential.
  • Has high-level leadership and supervisory skills; provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching.
  • Negotiates effectively with people inside and outside the organization by adopting a range of approaches.
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups. Actively nurtures good relationships with people across all organizational levels and boundaries, and with government leaders and stakeholders.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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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