Unicef Social Policy Specialist - Social Protection - Jobs in Kenya

Unicef Social Policy Specialist - Social Protection - Jobs in Kenya

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend
their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

The Regional Gender Advisor works with Country Offices(CO), national governments and key partners in supporting the development and
implementation of high quality and results oriented gender-related programmes, policies, strategies and systems across sectors.

Working closely with the Country Representative, Deputy Representative,
sectoral chiefs, and gender specialists and focal points, the incumbent ensures strategic direction, technical excellence and quality of programmatic work on gender equality as well as enhanced
systems, capacity, and cross-sectoral collaboration.

Key functions, Account-abilities

  • Provide strong technical leadership on gender and development, enhancing the ability of the Regional Office and Country Offices to
    lead and deliver high quality programmatic results on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as specified within the
    programmatic framework of the Gender Action Plan (2018-2021).
  • Work closely with the Regional and Country Management teams, the HQ gender team, and in strong collaboration with sectoral colleagues to
    develop, model, and scale up effective and innovative programme strategies and approaches that lead to measurable results on gender.
  • Foster cross-sectoral programming, helping the RO and CO’s to leverage sectoral synergies on gender to deliver results in multiple result
  • Provide high quality technical oversight to country and regional office teams in the specification, design and implementation of
    priority programming on gender.
  • Support the development of effective programme guidelines and tools.
  • Review and analyze technical, programmatic and substantive CO and RO programme documents, proposals, reports, and materials, and provide
    quality assurance support.
  • Provide strategic advice and oversight to country offices in the adolescent development and participation area in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes of cooperation with government counterparts.
  • In close convergence with other ESARO sections, provide guidance and direction for programming with and for adolescents, ensuring that the equity, gender equality and the empowerment of girl’s perspective is
    mainstreamed according to UNICEF’s GAP (2018-2021).

    Capacity Enhancement

  • Strengthen CO and RO capacity to fundraise, plan and budget for gender
    equality programmes, to bring on board staff with the relevant gender expertise, to undertake smart and efficient cross-sectoral programming, and to develop the most robust partnerships for the
    delivery and measurement of gender results.
  • Work closely with the HQ gender team to undertake CO and RO trainings
    and hands-on capacity building efforts that strengthen gender focal points as well as sectoral and management staff.
  • Work through both gender and sectoral networks to deliver technical, strategic and measurement training and tools on gender.
  • Support the regional adaptation of training materials, manuals and tools on gender and adolescents, and ensure their availability and use
    in capacity-building activities.
  • Help identify and maintain a roster of technical experts on gender and adolescents in the region who can provide support at country and
    regional levels.

    Research, Evidence, and Knowledge Sharing

  • Strengthen the quality of research and evidence building on gender related programming in the Regional and Country offices, bringing in
    the latest learning and insights from the field of gender and development, and putting in place a coherent, well-prioritized research agenda in alignment with the GAP.
  • Support the RO and CO’s to develop evidence-based programme designs and strategies on gender, incorporating robust measurement and
    evaluation of results.
  • Work with sectoral counterparts to incorporate sound gender indicators and measures in programme and policy initiatives, proposals, and
    advocacy efforts.
  • Analyze and synthesize substantive trends and innovations in research findings on gender in order to produce new, cutting edge technical
    knowledge that can be used to guide programme interventions.
  • Maintain technical expertise, including open knowledge sharing with the HQ gender team and regional/national institutions.
  • Manage and coordinate a regional knowledge network on gender and serve
    as the focal point for contributing to the global knowledge network.
  • Ensure that COs remain abreast of UNICEF’s global resources and leaning as well as current thinking and academic advances in
    substantive areas of gender programming, with a focus on strengthening innovative and multi-sectoral responses to promote gender equality.
  • Review literature and innovations/good practice to improve regional
    approaches and strategies related to adolescents.

    Cohesion, Prioritization and Coordination

  • Lead the formulation, adaptation, and communication of a cohesive set
    of regional strategic programme priorities on gender equality in line with the GAP.
  • Advise and support the RO and CO management and strategy teams on the inclusion of a cohesive set of programme, policy, advocacy and
    fundraising priorities on gender, facilitating harmonization with the overall strategic vision for regional and country programming.
  • Prioritize and coordinate synergistic opportunities for cross-sectoral
    collaboration on gender results within country programmes, ensuring consistency and coherence with the GAP.
  • Support coordination of activities and information across sectoral initiatives and country programmes to achieve gender-related programme objectives in the countries and the region.
  • Prioritize and coordinate synergistic opportunities for cross-sectoral
    collaboration on adolescent results within country programmes, ensuring consistency and coherence with the global and regional
  • Build partnerships with UN agencies and other institutions at regional level to ensure UNICEF concerns are mainstreamed in regional and
    country policy initiatives, and to raise sensitive or cross-country

  • An advanced university degree (master’s or Ph.D.) in the social sciences (i.e. sociology, demography, psychology, political science,
    or economics), public health, public policy, or international development.
  • A concentration in gender is a strong asset.

  • A minimum of twelve years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led substantive
    programming and research on gender and development in key issue areas that are the focus of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan.
  • Experience in delivering results-based programmes on gender and development is essential.
  • Experience in programme management and leadership, especially at country/field level is a strong asset.

    Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is a strong 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 competencies required for this post are….

    Core Values
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

    Core competencies
  • Communication (III)
  • Working with People (III)
  • Drive for Results (III)

    Functional Competencies:
  • Leading and Supervising (III)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (III)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and Networking (III)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (III)
  • Persuading and Influencing (III)
  • Applying technical skills (III)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (III)

    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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected
    to adhere to these standards and principles.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 12th May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Unicef Social Policy Specialist - Social Protection - Jobs in Kenya

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