External Vacancy Announcement: Social Policy Manager (Social Protection), P4 Fixed Term Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Position # 103297
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, a future
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.
How can you make a difference?
Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for advising the Chief, Social Policy and Child Rights Monitoring on the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social protection programing (including shock-responsive and humanitarian cash transfers) 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 for social protection; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social protection services. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health and nutrition, child protection, water and sanitation, and communication for development.
Key functions and accountabilities of the position (detailed job description attached): - SPCRM_103297_Social Policy Manager_P4_Upgrade.pdf
- Improving data on child poverty and vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
- Strengthening integrated social protection coverage and impact for children, including shock responsive
- Improving use of public financial resources for children
- Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social protection programmes and services.
- Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for integrated social protection policy
- UNICEF Programme Management
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Protection, Social Policy, Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Development Studies or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience on social protection in both international and national settings is required.
- Hands-on experience in social protection including shock-responsive, humanitarian cash transfer, and provision of technical assistance, is required.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation, capacity development and innovations in social protection is required.
- Direct experience in design and implementation of cash transfer programmes in partnership with government partners as well as direct implementation of humanitarian cash transfers, targeting instruments, setting up integrated management information systems, electronic payment system, social and behavior change communication, interlinkages with social services, and health micro-insurance programmes is an advantage.
- Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.
- Background and/or familiarity with emergency particularly humanitarian cash transfers is considered as a strong asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
Selection Criteria Are
The selection criteria are the knowledge, abilities, skills and personal attributes that will be used to determine whether or not a candidate is able to perform the job successfully.
Selection Criteria Are
- Eight years of professional experience in social protection for developing countries.
- Knowledge, technical assistance and capacity development on social protection including their shock-responsive to national government in a developing country context.
- Direct experience in design and implementation of cash transfer programmes including in humanitarian context: targeting instruments, setting up integrated management information systems, electronic payment system, social and behavior change communication, and interlinkages with social services (health and nutrition, WASH, ECD etc).
- Expertise in monitoring and evaluation for social protection programme.
- Proven ability to effectively lead a team to deliver results is required (leading and supervising as competency).
- Strong competencies on planning, analyzing and formulating strategies and concepts.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies required for this post are:-
- Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
- Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
- Works Collaboratively with others (3)
- Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
- Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
- Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
- Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
- Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)
The technical competencies required for this post are….
- Planning and organizing (III)
- Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
- Analyzing (III)
- Persuading and Influencing (II)
- Applying technical expertise (III)
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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.
UNICEF is a workplace that welcomes diversity and equal opportunities. If you require any reasonable accommodation for your test, please let us know two days ahead of the test.
UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
The hardship classification and the family status of UNICEF duty stations are subject to periodic review by the International Civil Service Commission. Please be advised that this duty station, in particular, may be subject to change in its hardship classification or security circumstances including family/non-family duty station status during the selection process or immediately following the assumption of duty. Such change may happen at short notice. As of 1 July 2021, Nay Pyi Taw was declared as a non-family duty station.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.