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UNICEF Somalia played a key role in making sure that child-focused data, with attention to gender and minorities, was included in the country’s first national development plan in 30 years. We have been tackling issues such as child mortality, better access to health services, severe malnutrition, and stronger child rights. We are working with partners to address the alarming food insecurity and malnutrition levels in Somalia. We are supporting community based reintegration programs for children released from armed groups, and are working on developing a social protection policy. We are also conducting robust HACT implementation.
Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.
How can you make a difference?
Under the general guidance and direction of the Chief of Social Policy, Equity and Gender this post is responsible for managing and supervising all aspects of UNICEF Somalia’s Social Protection engagement. This role includes a strong emphasis on 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; (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social protection and social services; and (e) social protection policies and programmes to increase the social and economic inclusion of marginalized populations. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on resilience, gender, education, health, emergency, child protection, water and sanitation, and related areas.
Providing technical support for strategic planning and direction for social protection programming in Somalia
· Advises key national and state government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners on policies, strategies, approaches and best practices on social protection, to support program development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
· Participates in country program planning, preparation and review to formulate, design, manage, and communicate social protection programmes, including setting priorities and results-based management goals.
· Leads technical engagement with partners in government and the development community on improving social protection response in protracted crises. This includes advocacy for flexible programming modalities and close cooperation with emergency/humanitarian teams for joint social protection-humanitarian response.
Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
· Supports the development of shock responsive social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
· Leads social protection coordination forums as a tool for advocacy and technical leadership on social protection in Somalia. These include, inter alia, the social protection sub-working group under the Resilience Pillar of the National Development Plan, and a UN-NGO working group focused on moving beyond cash-based programming in prolonged crises.
· Undertakes improved monitoring and research around shock responsive social protection’s potential impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
· Provides consistent and high-quality training and capacity building for government partners on social protection theory, systems, and programming.
Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and 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.
· 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.
· Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
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.
Fundraising and Advocacy
· Identifies critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity, and actively facilitates effective collaboration with government, other organizations, and within the UN family.
· Build evidence and understanding on the role of shock responsive social protection in resilience building and disaster preparedness and response.
· Undertakes advocacy for the use of long-term predictable funding in Somalia for Social Protection. Builds support amongst both donors and government for social protection as an investment case.
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.
· 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…
· **Education:**Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines.
· **Experience:**Minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience is required. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is required. Demonstrated experience leading social protection engagements with government in fragile or low-income states is required. A strong record of high-quality research and/or publications would be an advantage.
· **Language:**Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The technical competencies required for this post are….
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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.
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.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
* Please note that is a non-family duty station.
Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service
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.
Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.
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