Organization: UN Children’s Fund
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For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:
In an effort to measurably improve UNICEF’s ability to deliver better results for children, 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.
Organizational Context and Purpose for the job:
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.
Job organizational context:
The position entails supporting the State child protection, child survival and education policy strategies’ development, monitoring, data analysis and planning. The focus will be on introducing upstream programming strategies which include the three pillars of the Social Policy Outcome, namely public finance for children, decentralization and child friendly local governance as well as building of a social protection system to protect vulnerable families and their children. These policy areas will be applied to the child survival, child protection and education realm. Additionally the position will require a strong results-based management and innovations lens in the respective portfolios, supporting knowledge management and an analytical monitoring and evaluation tool for equitable access in child protection, child survival and education. The incumbent will work with a wide range of partners linked to State and District governments, academia, private sector, community led organizations and Civil Society Organizations. Given the inter-sectoral nature of child protection, child survival and education, emphasis is put on the importance of the roles of other relevant social protection sectors cross cutting areas such as early childhood and adolescent development. Continued investment in research and institutional strengthening remains crucial for better results in child protection, child survival and education. Ultimately the position will support the setup of a child rights monitoring mechanism and will shape the future UNICEF response in Indian middle-income context.
The incumbent will be leading a team of experts on child-centered social policy related programming and will work under the guidance and supervision of the Deputy Representative, D-1, based in New Delhi.
Purpose for the job:
The States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have reached middle income status and have systems and policies in place to enhance the child rights agenda and reduce vulnerabilities of children and women. The UNICEF programme strategies need to align and transition to an upstream and social policy support strategy. The shift in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will show the way for the future of UNICEF in India, its added value and core strategy. The Social Policy Specialist will be an important new role to implement the overall ‘Inclusive Social Policy’ agenda in the two states resulting in the strengthening of the UNICEF social policy response overall. The new position reports to the Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction, and is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on secondary education, Early Childhood Development, child survival, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.
Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
- Coordinate and provide guidance on annual work plan with the team of social policy specialists; in consultation with the Deputy Representative, define the strategy and priorities/targets for the programme and performance measurements. Monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
- Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to enable the team to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently. Plan and ensure timely performance management and assessment of the Team.
- Provide technical guidance to the team members by providing them with clear objectives and goals, direction and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action:
- Oversees the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening states capacity to collect data routinely, report and use it for policy decision-making. Uses the evidence and engages in high level advocacy with senior state officials in support of inclusive social policy strategies and interventions.
- 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 multi-dimensional 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.
Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children:
- Provides high level technical inputs/advice toward the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, and special attention to the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
- Promotes strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners 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 and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection and HIV.
- Undertakes improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings to advocate for inclusive social policy improvement and strengthening programme results.
Improving Use of public financial resources for children:
- Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations, effective and efficient use of resources for essential services for children. Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
- Identifies policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social services and 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.
Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services:
- Where the national decentralization processes are taking place, 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 the most vulnerable 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.
Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy:
- Oversees the 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.
UNICEF Programme Management:
- Manages and coordinates 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 overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
- Ensures 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.
Impact of Results:
The strategic and effective advocacy, planning and formulation of social policy programs/projects and the achievement of sustainable results, contributes to achievement of goals and objectives to create a protective environment for children and thus ensure their survival, development and well-being in society. Achievements in social policy programs and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide program services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.
Competencies and level of proficiency required:
- Diversity and inclusion
- Communication (III)
- Working with people (III)
- Drive for results (III)
- Leading and supervising (III)
- Formulating strategies and concepts (III)
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and networking (III)
- Persuading & Influencing (III)
- Planning & Organizing (II)
Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines.
At least 8 (eight) years of relevant professional work experience in child protection, child survival or education policies related fields that involves substantive and relevant experience in policy and system strengthening. Familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
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- Selected applicant will have an initial two (2) year fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
- UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a nonsmoking working environment.
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