Economic and Social Policy Specialists in West and Central Africa

The Regional Chief, Economic and Social Policy, provides advice on UNICEF's engagement in economic and social policy processes that affect child well-being across the 24 countries of West and Central Africa.

He/she works closely with staff in the UNICEF Country Offices in the region and provides leadership in the provision of technical assistance to countries, knowledge management, quality control, strategic representation and the development of partnerships.

The Social Policy Specialists in Bamako, Libreville and Freetown work with national governments and other partners to strengthen policies for poverty reduction, achievement of the MDGs and improvements in child well-being.

They are responsible for the management of research and policy analysis, engagement in policy processes, technical assistance to governments, policy dialogue and advocacy.

The main policy focus is on:

  • Child poverty and PRSPs;
  • Government budgets and the financing of basic social services;
  • Social protection.

    A major current priority is to protect children and poverty reduction goals in countries’ policy response to the global economic crisis.


  • Advanced University degree in Economics or related Social Science
  • Eight to ten years of progressively responsible relevant professional work experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Fluency in English and French (French is not required for the post in Freetown)

    If you have the experience of working in a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, send a detailed curriculum vitae in English, and a duly completed United Nations Personal History form, quoting quoting “Econ & SP Specialists” to:


    Please also fill out this Self-Assessment Form.

    UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff.

    Well qualified candidates, particularly women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Deadline: 30th September

    For more information and application, visit: Economic and Social Policy Specialists in West and Central Africa Website

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