Job: UNICEF Programme Specialist "Programme Guidance" - NYC - Apply by December 18

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Purpose of the Position
Under the supervision of the Chief, Programme Guidance Unit, the incumbent will be accountable for preparing analytical inputs into the programme guidance system and wider organizational learning, based on actual experiences and lessons from programme cooperation, for replication and scaling up. The incumbent will also help to ensure that technical guidance and training materials prepared by other divisions are consistent with established programme policies and procedures, and reflect the human rights based approach and results orientation.
Key Expected Results
1. Quality Country-level Programming

Identify, verify and synthesize good practices for application by Country Offices of programming policies and procedures, including in results oriented programme planning and management, the human rights based approach, gender mainstreaming, the equity re-focus and MoRES, and the strategic use of the Situation Analysis of Children and Women.
End Result(s):
Country Programmes of Cooperation prepared, implemented and managed to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.

2. Linking Results Frameworks for Children

Identify, verify and synthesize good practices by Country Offices and UN partner agencies, in the preparation of UN contribution to national analysis and UNDAFs, and joint reviews.
End Result(s):
Improved alignment and relevance of UNICEF and partner programmes with national priorities for children and women, the MDGs, the Millennium Declaration and other UN human rights instruments, conventions and treaties.

3. Inter-agency Programme Practices

Represent UNICEF and provide inputs into internal and selected inter-agency technical working groups and taskforces on specific issues related to programming policy and procedures, as directed by and in consultation with the supervisor. Participate, as a priority, in the UN Development Group work on the harmonized approach to cash transfers (HACT), human rights approaches and provide inputs into the guidance work of technical clusters of Programme Division related to established programming procedures (e.g. Situation Analysis, partnership agreements, on formulating rights based and results oriented programmes and strategies).
End Result(s):
Inter-agency programme policies and procedures harmonized and rationalized for improved effectiveness and efficiency

4. Training Materials Development

Assist in the review of, and provide inputs to guidance and training materials prepared by DPS, EMOPS and PD, to ensure consistency with established Programming Policies and Procedures in the context of the human rights based approach, the application of humanitarian principles, gender mainstreaming, the equity re-focus and MoRES and mainstreaming humanitarian action into regular programme work by Country Offices. Facilitate and participate in programme process and related training events as needed.
End Result(s):
High quality programme guidance and training materials available reflecting UNICEF principles, core strategies and proven innovations

5. Country Office Support

Review, provide inputs into, and ensure consistency with established Programme Policies and Procedures of VISION-related materials to maximize utility of VISION for Country Office processes.
End Result(s):
VISION fully aligned with country programme policies and procedures; programme staff skilled in application of VISION
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced university degree in any of the following: Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Business Administration, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF
Eight years of relevant work experience at the national and international levels in social development, management, monitoring and evaluation. At least 3 years of work in a UNICEF Country Office. A very solid understanding of UNICEF programme policies and procedures - and experience in their application - is an important requirement of the post.
Fluency in English and another UN language.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.

Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.

Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources.

Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.

Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.

Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of  individuals across organizational departments.

Contributes and tries out innovative approaches and insights.

Tags: UN, UNICEF, business administration, international relations, longterm, programme specialist, public administration, social sciences

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