Social Policy Officer, (NO-1), Mexico City, Mexico #103327
The work on social protection aims at ensuring that every child is effectively covered by social protection programmes and services. Currently, the Mexican government is implementing a series of social protection programmes targeted to the poorest populations, and it is pivotal for UNICEF to accompany such process specially to enhance child- sensitive measures and promote linkages with other sectors and services.
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For every child, protection
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, 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.
Job organizational context:
UNICEF Mexico’s current Country Programme (2020-2025) focuses on four main areas including (i) nutrition, (ii) education, (iii) child protection and (iv) social protection.
The work on social protection aims at ensuring that every child is effectively covered by social protection programmes and services. Currently, the Mexican government is implementing a series of social protection programmes targeted to the poorest populations, and it is pivotal for UNICEF to accompany such process specially to enhance child-sensitive measures and promote linkages with other sectors and services.
How can you make a difference?
Under the general guidance of the Chief of Social Policy, the Social Policy officer is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in the development of strategic child poverty analysis and the design and implementation of key social protection interventions that complement the government´s programmes.
This will entail work with government at both at national and subnational levels, academia, and civil society partners as well as strong collaboration with other teams working on education, nutrition, and child protection, among other sectors.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
- Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
- Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.
- Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children.
2. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
- Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention on the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
- Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to governments both at national and subnational levels to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services on nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, and child protection.
- Supports improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
3. Improving use of public financial resources for children
- Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
- Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation.
4. Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
- Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.
- Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
5. UNICEF Programme Management
- Helps manage and coordinate technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-up and delivery. Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into the overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
- Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme. Ensures that the social planning project enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
- A Master’s degree in related Public Polity, Social Policy and/or Economics is strongly desired.
- A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience is required in any of the following areas: social policy, social protection, labor economics, and economic analysis, whether in government or in international development agencies.
- Strong knowledge of the Mexican context regarding social development and the policy-making process is strongly desired.
- Experience working in the design and implementation of social protection programmes in a developing country is considered a strong asset.
- Fluency in Spanish is required.
- A proficient level of English is required, but complete fluency is preferred. If the person hired is not fluent, he/she will have to commit to improving their English skills in the first six/twelve months of work.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
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UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
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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.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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.
- This is a national officer position, opened for Mexico citizens only.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.