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Community Development Officer (temporary appointment), NOB, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, #101713

Ulan Bator (Mongolia)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Ulan Bator (Mongolia)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-17

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364 days temporary appointment for Mongolian nationals 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 nd territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, child friendly community

UNICEF Mongolia technical support and advocacy led to the formal adoption of child-friendly strategies in four GFAs and strengthened local governments commitment and efforts to implement CFC strategies, better integrate services for the most vulnerable children and replicate successful models from target areas of UNICEF Mongolia 2012-2016 country programme. The MTR that was completed in October 2019 recommended extension of the programme in a fourth province, which will need extra efforts from the UNICEF team.

In addition, there is growing interest, requests for support, guidance, knowledge sharing and innovative approaches to replicating the CFC beyond the GFAs. The Authority for Family, Children and Youth Development has requested UNICEF Mongolia to provide technical assistance to replicate the CFCI in 6 provinces in Mongolia in 2018 and now planning to expand the initiative into larger scale. 

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Chief Social Policy, and in close collaboration with the sectoral teams, the incumbent is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in all stages of child friendly local governance programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at (a) maximizing programmatic impact by creating synergies and converging sectoral interventions at the sub-national level through Child Friendly Communities Strategy (b) strengthening governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the equality, equity and coverage of social services (c) supporting documentation of good practices in close collaboration with communication team This encompasses both direct programme work with local government, civil society and development partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, nutrition, air pollution, child protection, social policy, water and sanitation, adolescent interventions in the geographic focus areas (GFA) of the Country Programme.  Major duties and responsibilities are: 1) Programme development and planning

  • Collect, analyze and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparations
  • Prepare and provide inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials, documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards social policy related outcome and local governance output results in the Country Programme
  • Prepare required documentation/materials to facilitate review and approval processes 

2) Technical and operational support for programme implementation

  • Provide technical support to local government and counterparts in planning, implementation and monitoring of activities of the Child Friendly Communities Strategies and child friendly local governance interventions (sub-programme) in GFAs
  • Provide technical and operational support to local government counterparts, NGO partners and other partners on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and good practices and lessons learnt, to support programme implementation 
  • Organize meetings with local counterparts for consultation on programme implementation and monitoring including quarterly, mid-year and annual implementation review meetings
  • Assist local counterparts in preparing reports and materials for local and national annual implementation review, and prepare draft reports for programme reviews, donors and other reports required by the office

 3) Local government capacity building

  • Provide professional technical assistance and support in planning and organizing training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability; serve as resource person in capacity building interventions for local government
  • Maintain building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of local partners and providing continuous support, coordination and collaboration for sustainability of CFC programme
  • Provide technical support / and or assist in capacity building to the subnational authorities to strengthen cross-sectoral coordination
  • Collaborate with local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of CFC programme and essential social services
  • Assist in identifying and implementing strategies to empower and involve civil society and community based organizations to ensure strategic interaction with local authorities and other stakeholders for improved commitment and budget resources for children

4) Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration

  • Build and maintain close and effective working partnerships with sub-national government counterparts and stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate the programme implementation and capacity building
  • Coordinate activities and exchanges information/ideas with other programmes, to contribute to improve synergies between the programme under the CFC strategy and achievement of overall country programme objectives
  • Assist in development of communication and information materials for local governance programme advocacy and strategies to to promote awareness, establish partnership and support fund raising for local governance
  • Assist in promoting national level replication of lessons learned and good practices from subnational level

5) Program Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Undertakes field visits, and surveys in order to monitor and evaluate programme implementation in GFAs. Identifies problems and proposes remedial action to accelerate/improve programme delivery.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to local government officials and other partners in monitoring and evaluation of CFC programme/project(s).
  • Assist in the development, implementation and documentation of CFC initiatives and other programme pilots, learning/knowledge products and good practices

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

    • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Public Policy and/or Administration, International Relations or other relevant discipline
    • At least three years of solid relevant work experience in working in social development and governance at the sub-national level
    • Fluency in English and Mongolian is required.

Specific Technical Knowledge Required:

    • Knowledge of local level programme planning, monitoring and evaluation
    • Familiarity with decentralization of public services
    • Familiarity with participatory and accountability focused approaches to planning, monitoring, and evaluation of socio-economic development
    • Thorough understanding of public policy design, monitoring and evaluation

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.The functional competencies required for this post are...

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Persuading and Influencing (II)
  • Planning and Organizing (II)

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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