Planning Specialist (Planning and Performance Monitoring), P3 - Fixed Term-Geneva Switzerland PN#52560
As part of the ECARO regional team, UNICEF is looking for an Programme Planning Specialist who the guidance of the Regional Chief of Programme and Planning, the purpose of the post is to coordinate Europe and Central Asia Regional Office planning, monitoring and reporting processes and support quality assurance mechanisms of Country Programme planning exercises in 22 programme countries of Europe and Central Asia with a broad range of functions- including policy and programmatic work- to ensure alignment of regional and country programmes with UNICEF Organizational policies and priorities.
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, Planning
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Purpose for the job:
Under the guidance of the Regional Chief of Programme and Planning, the purpose of the post is to coordinate Europe and Central Asia Regional Office planning, monitoring and reporting processes and support quality assurance mechanisms of Country Programme planning exercises in 22 programme countries of Europe and Central Asia with a broad range of functions- including policy and programmatic work- to ensure alignment of regional and country programmes with UNICEF Organizational policies and priorities.
The Post will also oversee the work on Knowledge Management for ECARO, integrating the innovative tools in the programme planning cycle, facilitating interaction on best practices between COs from within and outside the region, and pursuing linkages with regional initiatives of the UN, such as the regional knowledge hubs, and joint regional reporting mechanisms. Further, the post is expected to utilize and develop data visualization tools to simplify the analytical aspects of the post.
How can you make a difference?
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1- Strategic Planning, knowledge management and capacity building.
2- Support to regional office planning, performance monitoring and reporting.
3- Setting regional standards for programme performance planning.
4- UN Coherence and inter agency collaboration.
5- PM&E section Internal Planning and Reporting.
6- Networking and partnership building.
Impact of Results:
Technical and administrative decisions are regularly made to ensure timely and appropriate support to country offices on programme planning, including quality assurance issues through coordination and consolidation of regional office inputs to key Country Programme planning documents so as to ensure that these meet quality standards and that they are aligned to organizational policies and priorities. Judgement, analytical capacities and drafting skills are required to prepare high quality documents for presentation to the Executive Board; to ensure Regional Office oversight to Country Office Annual Reports; to prepare the Regional Office Annual Reports and other strategic documents of relevance to the region.
Recommendation are made on the quality of official documents such as CPDs, PRs, UNSDCF, CCAs, Situations Analysis, Country Office Annual reports, and Regional Office Annual Reports. Such recommendations have a direct impact on the effectiveness of resources. Collaboration with Regional Institutions, design and support for regional and sub regional initiatives involve regular decisions which are directly linked to the use of UNICEF resources including staff time.
Misinterpretation of country situation and trends can lead to wrong direction of the country programme resulting in country objectives not being met and a significant proportion of UNICEF resources being misspent. Ineffective coordination and interaction with regional advisors, country offices and regional partners, UN and other, will negatively affect the credibility and acceptability of UNICEF interventions. Ineffective support of capacity building and training activities can adversely affect UNICEF capacity for programme planning and implementation.
Supervision is limited to guidance on overall regional framework and organizational policy and priorities from the Regional Chief Programme Planning and Data. Within these limits, the incumbent is expected to perform independently and consults with supervisor when major decisions and actions must be undertaken
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An Advanced university degree in social sciences or other related field.
- A minimum of five years progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in social development, management, planning, monitoring and evaluation. Relevant experience/exposure to emergency is an asset
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Relevant experience in Middle/High Income Country context. Strong skills in SharePoint and Data visualization tools, will be valued.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and Russian will be considered an asset.
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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are:
Core Competencies (For Staff without Supervisory Responsibilities):
* Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
* Works Collaboratively with others (1)
* Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
* Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
* Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
* Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
* Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
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.