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Policy & Planning Specialist, (NOC), Minsk, Belarus, #110592 - Open to Belarusian citizens only!

Minsk (Belarus)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Minsk (Belarus)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-15

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Open to Belarusian citizens only!

Open to Belarusian citizens only!


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.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general supervision of the Representative you will:

  1. coordinate knowledge acquisition and sharing, and effective engagement of the office in policy dialogue with Government, parliament, civil society, and other partners.
  2. advocate for sufficient public resources for policies, programmes and national reforms benefitting marginalized children and the implementation of all child rights in Belarus.
  3. coordinate and facilitate external dialogue on UNICEF engagement on SDG and helps to develop joint policy positions within the UN system and the aid community.
  4. support the in formulating, planning, and implementation of policy related results of the country programme, with a focus on UNICEF organisational priorities.
  5. support the in monitoring policy results and reporting on the impact of improved national policy. 


1. Belarus CO effectively influences national policies and results for children through systematic policy analysis and knowledge management, distillation of lessons from past and ongoing national reforms, successful and unsuccessful policy work including from demonstration projects, and the adaptation of good practices from within Belarus and across borders. Through prioritising of policy interventions and related advocacy, Belarus CO contributes to Regional and Global priorities.

2. The Country Programme and its activities are designed and implemented in accordance with the policy environment and planned and ongoing national reform processes, 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 and Social Policy engagement is central to all programme components, with a strong equity focus in support of specific national reforms and investments in health, education, social protection and inclusion, justice, ECD, and programmes for adolescents. 3. National budgets, including sector budgets, are analysed and discussed with stakeholders to assist government in directing resources to the most needy child populations.

4. The Human Rights perspective is fully incorporated into the entire programming process. Advocacy and policy advice related to national, community and family interests are grounded in the human rights based approach. UNICEF’s credibility in national and international policy debates is enhanced.

5. UNICEF Belarus policy positions and programmes are harmonized with those of other UN agencies, the development community and other influencers.

6. Pilot or demonstration projects are designed and implemented around clear policy recommendations, which are correctly articulated, tested, and evaluated, resulting in compelling policy advocacy documents.


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

  1. Education

Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Social Development, Development Planning, or other relevant disciplines.

  1. Work Experience

Five years increasingly responsible relevant experience in the area of policy analysis, development programming, UN System Field experience in programme planning and design, Human Rights Advocacy.. Developing country work experience.

  1. Language Proficiency 

Fluency in English and Russian

another UN language (IP) is an advantage

         4.  Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)  

i)  Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment   

•  Diversity and Inclusion

•  Integrity    


  1. Core Competencies (Required)

      •  Communication [II] 

      •  Working with People [II]      

      •  Drive for Results [II]  

  2. Functional Competencies (Required)

      •  Leading and Supervising  [II]                  

      •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]

      •  Analyzing   [II] 

      •  Relating and Networking [II]

      •  Deciding and Initiating Action [II]

      •  Pursuading and Influencing  [II]

             iv)  Technical Knowledge  

 a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required


• Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.

• Integration and synthesis of various cross cutting programme activities.

• International development programme policy, procedures and guidelines.

              • Knowledge of advanced concepts of business/public administration.  

              • Knowledge of Social development related disciplines.

              • In-depth training capacity in development cooperation.

• Building strategic alliances and partnerships/resource mobilization.

                   b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (the job group)

•  Methodology of programme/project management, building strategic alliances and partnerships/Resource mobilization

• UNICEF programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies.

• Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches/SP.

• UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.

UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.

• UNICEF policies and strategies promoting and supporting equality and diversity. 

 c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.

UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions

• UN security operations and guidelines.

• UN system in terms of UN coordination, especially of the 4 Ex Com. Agencies

UNSECORD training for members of Security Management Team.




The competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

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.



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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