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Chief Social Policy, P-5, Pretoria, South Africa

Vacancy No: E-VN-2013-000265
Duty Station: Pretoria
Country: South Africa
Region: ESARO

Job Level: P-5
Position#: 00047117
Application Close: 22-Feb-13
Contract Type: Long-term Staff (FT)

Purpose of the Position
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Representative, the Chief of Social Policy will be accountable for effective engagement in policy dialogue with a view to promote policies, budgetary allocation and legislative reform in support of the advancement of children's rights in South Africa. This will entail generating evidence and knowledge on the situation of children; analyzing the impact of public policies on children and using this evidence to advocate for policies, budgets and laws that promote equity and foster the realization of children's rights. S/he will also be accountable for facilitating South-South policy dialogue and technical cooperation; promoting child participation in the formulation of legislation, policies and programmes and monitoring of service delivery; and building the capacity of apex national institutions for effective policy advocacy and child rights governance.

Key Expected Results
1. Lead the formulation, development, and monitoring of programme goals, strategies and approaches for the UNICEF plan of cooperation, as they relate to social policy and budgeting. Ensure that social policy/budgeting programme staff plan, implement and monitor assigned activities.

2. Spearhead the organization's advocacy on legislation, policies, and practices that advance the fulfillment of child rights in South Africa. Lead the organization's support to government in social policy analysis, particularly in inequality and poverty analysis. Support the Government of South Africa to prioritize reduction of child poverty and inequality in its policies, programmes and budget allocation.

3. Identify strategic ways in which UNICEF can assist the Government of South Africa to improve service delivery at local governance level, includingdecentralization, capacity building of municipal employees, etc. Oversee the design, implementation, and monitoring of capacity building/service delivery programmes.

4. Identify new methods of utilizing policy and budget analysis, including of social protection, that will lead to more appropriate allocations of funds and other resources to children’s issues. Provide expert guidance and support to the Government of South Africa to analyze budget allocation and expenditure patterns in respect of services to children with recommendations for prioritization and annual planning.

5. Undertakes field visits in order to monitor and evaluate project implementation. Identifies problems and proposes remedial action. Identifies alternative courses of action, to accelerate/improve programme delivery.

6. Establishes effective partnerships for social policy advocacy on child rights with the Government, the Legislature, 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 Millennium Development Goals and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.

7. Coordinates with Operations/Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities. Approves disbursement of funds ensuring proper utilization and accountability, and those activities are within established plans of action, and the programme budget allotments.

8. Represents UNICEF at senior-level Social Policy fora in South Africa, including the UN Theme and Working Groups, etc.

9. Prepares sectoral input to the Country Programme Document (CPD) and all related documents, especially Annual Workplans. Participates in the preparation of all programme reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

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Tags: South Africa, UNICEF, United Nations, child rights, children, human rights, policy

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