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Social Policy Officer, NOB, Damascus Hub, Syria#118428 (Open to Syrian Nationals Only)

Damascus

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Damascus
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: Closed

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the Social Policy officer in the Governorate is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in all stages of social policy programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) the availability of data to monitor child poverty and the overall socio-economic situation at governorate level; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; and (c) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase the quality, equity and coverage of social services. This encompasses both direct programme work with local government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, nutrition, child protection, and water and sanitation.

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How can you make a difference?

The Social Policy officer in the Governorate is responsible and accountable for providing technical support and supervision in all stages of social policy programming and related advocacy from planning and formulation to delivery of concrete social protection interventions and results for children. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) the availability of data to monitor child poverty and the overall socio-economic situation at governorate level; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; and (c) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase the quality, equity and coverage of social services. The work of the Social Policy Officer encompasses both direct programme work with local government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to UNICEF teams working on education, health, nutrition, child protection, and water and sanitation.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

The main functions and responsibilities of  the Social Policy Officer include but not limited to are as follows:

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.

 2. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

  • Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design and delivery 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 and intervention related to 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. Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.

  • Collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities.
  • Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.

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.

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 minimum of two years of relevant professional experience is required. 
  • Experience working in a humanitarian context is considered as a strong asset.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

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.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

Remarks:

This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

This VA is open to all internal staff and other UNICEF personnel (including consultants, JPOs, UNVs, TAs etc)

Fixed Term Appointment for Two Years

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