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Programme Officer, P2, Temporary Appointment , Kalemie, DRC

Kalemie (Congo Democratic)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kalemie (Congo Democratic)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-20

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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.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

Under the supervision of the P3 Emergency Specialist based in Kalemie  and under the guidance the P4 Cash Specialist based in Kinshasa, provide professional technical assistance and support for programme design, planning and implementation, management and evaluation of programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, in support of programme goals and objectives.

KEY END-RESULTS EXPECTED

1. Effective knowledge management and systems, information exchange and the development of training and orientation materials developed and deployed for strengthening of country programme management and activities.

2. Situation Analysis prepared/updated, critical programme intervention point/measures identified, and programme work plans/recommendations prepared and incorporated. Programme reports prepared as required.

3. Cash-Based assistance implementation

4. Programme funds optimally used.

5. Programme monitoring and evaluations effectively conducted to improve programme performance, and programme status reports timely prepared.

6. Rights-based and results-based programming approach fully incorporated into all phases of programme and projects processes.

7. Commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners gained and established.

8. Rights perspective and advocacy at the community and family levels incorporated in policy analysis for establishing and elevating UNICEF’s credibility in national and international policy debates.

9. Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme development/management/coordination, information sharing and networking.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS 

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1. Knowledge Management for Programmes

Contribute to country programmes by supporting knowledge management through providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of  "lessons learned" and other corporate-level databases.

Participate in information exchange with partners as well as in the development of training and orientation material by providing professional technical assistance. Participate in the preparation of, and making professional contribution to, the preparation of programme reports required for the management.

2. Programme Development and Management

Provide professional technical assistance in the preparation of the Situation Analysis for programme development and management by collecting and analyzing data and monitoring implementation progress. Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse nutrition trends and impact of for ongoing cash/nutrition projects. Develop programme work plans as required. Propose adjustments/changes in work plans. Collaborate with nutrition section and cash specialist in Kinshasa in order to propose program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices for supervisor.

3. Cash-Based assistance implementation

Coordinate and harmonize UNICEF supported humanitarian cash transfer project and provide support and technical assistance on humanitarian cash transfer at all stages, from design to production of concrete results, and in line with the country context

Undertake cash feasibility assessments, where relevant, to inform UNICEF cash programmes, and identify implementing partners, and/or contribute to partners design efforts to ensure that HCT programmes are child-centered

Conduct regular operational analysis of the HCT programmes, identify areas of poor performance, bottlenecks, provide quality assurance and identify solutions such as design improvements, additional trainings and technical support

Ensure Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) is streamlined across the programme implementation cycle with attention to information sharing to beneficiaries, community inclusion in programme implementation, complaints and response mechanism and continuous learning, and propose innovative solutions for not-accessible communities

Prepare programme reports required for management, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Assist in training of any UNICEF or partner staff on cash transfer programming.

Participate in field assessments to identify the beneficiaries’ needs and viable opportunities, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs

Participate in market monitoring and contribute to the development and update of the Country cash profile

4. Optimum Use of Program Funds

Monitors programme implementation progress and compliance.  Monitors the allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Takes appropriate recommendations or actions to optimize use of programme funds.

5. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations

Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.

Collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate in the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation notably with the Emergency Specialist in Kalemie, the Cash Specialist in Kinshasa, the Social Policy and Evaluation section to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery.  Collaborate and prepare annual program status reports in a timely manner, as required.

6.  Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach

Support a rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Collaborate with partners and assist in the strengthening of quality child rights-based programmes through consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects. Contribute to coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Provide professional technical assistance in preparing viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, new initiatives and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women.

7. Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels

Analyze programme related issues and policies from a children's and women's rights perspective and  advocacy at the community and family levels for elevating credibility in national policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.

8. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration.

Facilitate partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Establish and maintain linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.

Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.  Approve allocation and disbursement of funds ensuring they are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated in accordance with the programme budget allotments (PBA).

Provide support to strengthening strategic partnerships around UNICEF supported humanitarian cash transfer

Maintain close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for overall coordination.

Provide professional support in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by the UNICEF programme.

JOB GRADE FACTORS

P2 Grade     

  • The impact of the actions affects the quality of services, efficiency of processing and delivery, performance of systems and teamwork in support of the country programme. Supervise the work of junior staff.
  • Regularly makes recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of UNICEF resources.
  • Work requires understanding of principles and technical knowledge, skills, acquired through formal training at the university level.
  • Conduct research, data collection & analysis requiring analytical and conceptual thinking at a professional level.
  • The work requires evaluation and analysis of programme implementation, with basic professional technical input into programme design, implementation, evaluation, data analysis and progress reporting.

Provide briefings, training, support and/or guidance to programme team and others, requiring communication and presentation skills, human relations skills and teamwork.

  • The decisions and recommendations are primarily based on interpretation of rules, procedures and methods.

Recruitment Qualifications

1. Education

A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Nutrition, Social Sciences, International Relations, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.

2. Experience

A minimum of two years of professional work experience in humanitarian context

Professional experiences in managing nutrition programme or Humanitarian cash transfer program is highly desirable

Experience working in DRC is an asset

Professional experiences in developing data management tools and analysis tool highly desirable especially link to nutrition

Experience in conducting operational research in nutrition sector is an asset

3. Language Requirements

Fluency in French and English is required.

Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

4.  Competencies and level of proficiency required:

i)  Core Values

            •  Care

            •  Respect

            •  Integrity

            •  Trust

            •  Accountability

ii)  Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

iii) Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (2)
  • Learning and researching (2)
  • Planning and organizing (2)

5.  Technical Knowledge  

a)  Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the Job)

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

• UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

•  Methodology of programme/project management

• 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.

• 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.

•  Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

• 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.

• UNSECORD training for members of Security Management Team.

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