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For every child,
The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) supports Country Offices and governments to advance towards the full realization of all child rights across the region with a country presence in 21 countries and territories to ensure that no child is left behind. The Regional Office plays both a technical advisory and oversight role, guiding country offices in designing, implementing and documenting results for children.
In this context, UNICEF seeks to expand its vision in the development of policies, strategies, programmes and systems in the area of Child Rights Monitoring. Facilitating the application, adaptation and achievement of these UNICEF global and regional goals, polices, and strategies to the Europe and Central Asia Region (ECAR) context and evolving UNICEF role. In this context UNICEF is also responsible for providing Country Offices with expert advice, vision, oversight, knowledge management; coordinating situation appraisal, harmonization of programme strategy, capacity building; supporting child rights monitoring systems, networking and strategic partnership.
How can you make a difference?
As the Child Rights Monitoring (CRM) Manager, you will provide guidance, oversight, quality assurance coordination and support the operationalization of policy and strategies, to Country Offices ensuring that in the UNICEF Regional Office and throughout the ECA Region there is useful, valid and reliable up-to-date evidence and information disaggregated by gender and socio-economic status on:
- The situation of children’s and women’s rights in the Region; Enhancing UNICEF decentralized child rights monitoring function through the provision of technical advice, innovative solutions and coordination in the implementation of child rights monitoring strategies, and by supporting capacity development and knowledge management, as well as representation and strategic partnership building for child rights throughout the region.
- The performance of UNICEF-supported and governments’ own programmes, regarding relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability for enhancing equity and child rights, as well as — in emergency contexts — their coverage, coordination and coherence.
As an incumbent you will be responsible for the accomplishment of the following overall end-results:
- Strategic positioning of child rights in national planning systems in ECAR.
- Engage with COs to increase capacity to monitor and provide policy advice for progressive realization of child rights.
- Strategize with COs on efforts to build national systems for monitoring child rights.
- Availability and quality of data for children.
- Under the Guidance of the Chief Programme, Planning and Data, , coordinate regional Child Rights initiatives, with UN System and development partners.
To achieve the key end results, you will primarily need to perform the following tasks:
- Advisory capacity and policy development. Together with the Regional Chief of Planning, Child Rights monitoring strategies are developed, operationalised and updated. Country Office Representatives, the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, and Regional Advisors and their staff are advised on child rights monitoring. UNICEF’s regional child rights monitoring strategies and guidance are developed and disseminated to Country Office CRM-E/M&E staff. To support the above process, regionally relevant analytical tools are selected and adapted for the region in collaboration with developments partners at international and regional level, including questionnaire design, relevant software for data analysis`, as well as region-specific qualitative and semi-qualitative methodologies. Policy guidance and adaptation of child rights monitoring mechanisms, as well as oversight on the implementation in the region of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) to assess trends and progress towards equity and child rights realisation.
- Regional strategy coordination and support to national alliance building. Regional child rights monitoring strategy is developed and coordinated, in synergy with the Programme and Section and implemented in collaboration with management at country, regional and HQ levels. Work to establish high-level partnerships with the EU, and its institutions, UNECE and lead the Data and Statistics engagement with UN and non-UN Partners. UNICEF is effectively represented, and partnerships forged by supporting CRM. Represent UNICEF in technical meetings with high-level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bilateral agencies and NGO’s and interact to influence policy on CRM issues, especially related to ECAR and EU on-going evaluative work.
- Technical leadership and quality assurance of Country Programmes.Ensure alignment of the CRM work with the planning cycles of national governments and harmonization within Country Programme cycles. Liaise and provide feedback to DAMP and PD on child rights and programme monitoring. Adapt or develop region-specific policy guidelines, in close coordination with other development partners at country level as well as regional institutions. Coordinate the implementation of such guidelines and tools at country level and assist in mobilizing and managing resources for countries in the region for such activities. Guidance and support to forge strategic alliances with national partners, with National Planning institutions and National Statistics Offices. Contribute to ensuring the coherence of Country Programs in terms of convergence of various activities and advise on corrective action. Draw the attention of senior management both in the Regional Office and in Country Offices of the CRM needs and demands and the required action. Provide substantive input to the RMT on CRM issues and undertake secretariat function for the RMT on regional performance indicators, contribute to the development of the Programme and Planning Section workplan and in preparation of various regional office documents, such as Regional Office Management Plans, RO Annual Management Plans, RMT reports, Regional Office Annual and other reports, donor reports on regional programmes. Periodically draw the attention of RMT on emerging issues related to quality and relevance of child rights monitoring in the region.
- Knowledge management. Up-to-date knowledge in the areas of CRM is maintained and expanded, is well disseminated across the Organisation and shared with other advisors and regional/national institutions. Contribute towards identification of knowledge gaps/research needs at country and regional level and assist in planning studies on ground-breaking themes that have great potential for programme development in new areas relevant to the ECA Region. Where necessary and advisable, lead or participate in field-level activities such as government-requested assessments of routine monitoring systems in the social services. Reinforce the region’s institutional memory of lessons learned through, inter-alia, contribution to Executive Board papers, and by facilitating information-sharing and exchange within the Organisation and among countries.
- Capacity development. CRM capacities of UNICEF Regional and Country Office staff and partners are continually strengthened through an effective capacity development approach, enabling counterparts to progressively establish a national system for child rights monitoring. Provide overall leadership and coordination to capacity building initiatives in child rights monitoring, for field offices and national counterparts (especially with Ministries of Planning, National Statistical Offices) through regional training, human resource development and regional networking; liaise and harmonize with regional institutions, international organisations (including relevant structures within the EU/EC/CoE and CIS, UN Agencies and the World Bank), UNICEF HQ and IRC Florence Research Centre.
- Emergency preparedness and response. CRM implications of emergency preparedness assessed, and effective support provided. In humanitarian response situations, provide professional support to Country Offices for one or more rapid assessments (inter- agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out within the first 48-72 hours, working in close collaboration with humanitarian clusters partners. Lead and/or participate in needs assessment mission in conjunction with HQ Divisions and field staff. Support funding appeals in consultation with the concerned country offices and HQ.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced University degree in areas related to monitoring and/or social sciences with exposure to policy and international development. Higher level studies (PhD) in a related field in highly valued.
- At least Ten years progressively responsible professional work experience in all aspects of policy analysis, child rights monitoring, SDG Monitoring, data management and statistics, programme management, and/or advisory support resulting in recognized expertise in the technical area. Engagement at regional level, in support of field implementation is highly valued.
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in development and applications of policy analysis, situation analysis, child rights monitoring, social development programme and development of social statistics
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in methodologies for monitoring analysis, and Results-Based Management, including theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation.
- Proven expertise in development and implementation on regional strategies anchored on data and evidence generation.
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in monitoring frameworks, data analysis, and reporting
- Knowledge of latest research and technical innovations in situation monitoring.
- Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Russian is highly desired.
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.
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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.
How to apply
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531361