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Area Representative, P-5, Libreville, Gabon

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF, the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, seeks an Area Representative, P-5, Libreville, Gabon.

Purpose:

Under general supervision by the Regional Director, the incumbent will:

·         Be responsible for overall development, formulation, conception and management of UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation (Medium to large size CO), approved by the Executive Board. 

·         Represent the Executive Director in all aspects of UNICEF's co-operation with the Government/Country Office. Collaborate as part of the UNCT in this regard.

·         Be accountable for the formulation and management of the UNICEF Country Programme of Co-operation, as approved by the Executive Board. 

·         Be accountable for UNICEF's advocacy with the government and other partners for the enhancement of the survival, protection, development and participation of children and women in national development efforts. 

·         Be responsible for all aspects of office management of the UNICEF country office. 

·         Support implementation of the UNICEF supported emergency programme, ensuring that the Situation Analysis and EPRP are regularly updated. 

·         Participate in organizational and institutional initiatives to strengthen UN Coherence. Ensure that joint programming (including joint programmes) and common services are achieved to the extent possible.

·         Provide policy support, guidance and advocacy on the development and establishment of common services arrangements agreed to by participating organizations/agencies at the country level.  To ensure that these joint operational arrangements, assist UNICEF in its objective to provide efficient and economical support services to the implementation of the country programme.

·         Provides policy support, guidance and advocacy as required in emergency situations and other humanitarian programme implementation. Collaborate as part of the UNCT in this regard.

Qualification:

·         Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.

·         Ten years of relevant professional work experience.  Experience in programme/ projects management and building strategic alliances and partnerships/resource mobilization.

·         International and Developing country work experience and field work experience. 

·         Background/familiarity with Emergency.

·         Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.

·         Integration and synthesis of various programme activities in accordance with professional practices and UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.

·         Expert knowledge of advanced concepts in primary discipline, with a broad knowledge of related disciplines, in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures.

·         Building strategic alliances and partnerships/Resource mobilization: leverages the larger resources of national governments and other development partners.

·         Fluency in French and very good working knowledge of English are absolute.

Remarks:

Gabonis one of West and Central Africa's more stable countries. Between independence from France in 1960 and 2009, Gabon had just two presidents. The late president Omar Bongo was in power for over four decades.

Despite being made up of more than 40 ethnic groups, Gabon has escaped the strife afflicting other West and Central African states. This is partly down to its relative prosperity due to oil and to the presence of French troops.

Thanks to its oil exports and a small population it enjoys more wealth per head of population than many of its neighbors. However, most of its people live in poverty. As oil reserves diminish, eco-tourism could grow in economic importance. Gabon's rainforests teem with wildlife, including lowland gorillas and forest elephants. National parks make up around one tenth of the land area. At the international level though, tension persists over three small islands in oil-rich off-shore waters claimed by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Sao Tome and Principe, one of Africa's smallest countries, consists of two islands of volcanic origin and a number of smaller islets.

Drilling is under way and commercial production is expected to begin within a few years. The country, once a leading cocoa producer, is poised to profit from the commercial exploitation of large offshore reserves of oil. The country is heavily dependent on donors and hopes to reduce that dependence and cocoa exports by exploiting offshore oil. Despite its richness in oil and natural resources, many people live in poverty. The country is also disadvantaged by its remoteness as from outside many people don’t know much about it or find it difficult to get there.

At the international level, Sao Tome and Nigeria share offshore oil fields which have yet to be exploited. Nigeria intervened to prevent a coup in 2003.  

Gabon, Sao Tome and Equatorial Guinea used to form a cluster under one management in the UNICEF structure, with the main office being located in Gabon. Since 2012, Equatorial Guinea stands alone as a full-fledged CountryOffice. The cluster is now reduced to the 2 other countries.  The three countreis share however the same Operations Center based in Libreville

Because of the relative wealth of the countries and the small sizes of their population the UNICEF Country Programmes focus on advocacy, policy development, capacity building, partnerships and alliances building to improve child survival, strengthen child protection mechanisms, enhance access to and retention in quality education, improve social protection systems. Thus the main programme areas for UNICEF include social policy, capacity development, budgeting, and M&E

Specific requirements for the Representative

·         Sao Tome and Principe has Portuguese as official language. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable and would be a plus.

·         Capacity and experience to lead and motivate a team remotely with frequent travels to Sao Tome.

·         Ability to establish and maintain high level contacts with both countries decision and policy-makers, including the Head of State, Ministers of line ministries, as well as with representatives of donors, and other external aid agencies present in both countries.

·         Capacity to ensure visibility and rally support for children within the government and among other partners, with focus on reducing gender, geographical inequalities

·         Excellent communication/representation skills.

·         Strong, politically-influenced development environment which requires astute political analysis and diplomatic skills, plus the ability to clearly articulate the human rights mission of UNICEF.

·         Previous experience as a Representative with a strong policy and advocacy record with the host governments, member states, and the UN system.

Applicants are requested to submit a P. 11 form or their Candidate Profile if registered in UNICEF’s eRecruitment system, CV and a cover letter to recruit.ssr@unicef.org by 8 February 2013.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

 


 

 

 

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