UNICEF Social Policy Specialist - Social Protection Jobs in Uganda

UNICEF Social Policy Specialist - Social Protection Jobs in Uganda

Job Number: 527791 | Vacancy Link

Locations: Africa: Uganda

Work Type : Temporary Appointment

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.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a fair chance

Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.

Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

Visit this link for more information on working with UNICEF Uganda. https://youtu.be/1n3WU86XUQA

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Social Policy Manager, the incumbent is responsible for providing technical support to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of social policy programing and related advocacy, from strategic planning and formulation, to delivery of concrete and sustainable results.

This includes

(a) coordinating the implementation of a regional systems-strengthening intervention to address the health, nutrition needs and vulnerabilities of mothers and children;

(b) monitoring the roll-out of systems strengthening and social protection activities, including stakeholder engagement, information collection and coordination, and liaising with programme partners; and

(c) coordinating the evaluation of the integrated programmatic efforts to measure the impact and economic efficiency of the joint “Child-Sensitive Social Protection in Refugee-Hosting Districts of West Nile, Uganda” intervention, measure operational efficiencies, and analyse qualitative and quantitative research towards more effective programming and public policies.

The incumbent will further support the work of the Social Policy and Advocacy team by engaging with government and civil society partners, carrying out programmatic activities, and driving evidence-generation and data-driven decision-making.

incumbent will support linkages with other UNICEF sections, most prominently Child Survival and Development.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Improving data and evidence on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
  • Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children through systems strengthening
  • Improving use of public financial resources for children
  • Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social 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: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.

  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required.

  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.

  • Experience working in national health and nutrition structures and systems is desirable.

  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.

  • Fluency in English is required

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability, and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The competencies required for this post are Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Persuading & Influencing and Planning & Organizing.

    View our competency framework at


    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.


    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    UNICEF Social Policy Specialist - Social Protection Jobs in Uganda

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