Chief Field Office
Job Code :UNCFO
Closing Date: 20th October 2010
Purpose of the post:
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 State development efforts. Represents the ICO Representative in all aspects of UNICEF's co-operation with the State Government. Responsible for all aspects of office management of the UNICEF state office.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:-
Representation and advocacy:
On behalf of the Country Representative, represent UNICEF in the state(s) of assignment, advocate for policies supportive of UNICEF goals & objectives, building alliances in government, NGOs and community groups towards the achievement of these goals. Represent UNICEF in meetings with senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and maintain an effective working relationship with them, advocating for the rights of children in all fora. Represent UNICEF and ensure increased commitment to UN Reform in order to accelerate and improve the process in the state(s) of assignment. Provide overall direction and guidance on reform issues within the State(s).
Programme planning and development:
Be aware of development policies of Central and State Government and the socio-economic scenario of the area; support State Government to develop Situation Analysis/Human Development report. Support the State Government/s to develop State Plans of Action for children based on up to date situation analysis; support the implementation of UNICEF supported programme within the UNICEF-GOI country programme using appropriate strategies and interventions relevant to the State and Country Programme.
Lead and guide a team of professional and support staff ensuring effective and appropriate use of all human and material resources, overseeing implementation of UNICEF supported programmes, developing annual plans of action, working closely with government and other partners to ensure smooth and efficient execution of project activities. Coordinate inter-sect oral programme activities to contribute to the achievement of programme objectives and relevant MDGs.
Coordinate programme evaluation efforts ensuring timely review and course correction of current programme strategies. Direct, supervise and coordinate the preparation of all programme reports required by the Executive Board, country office, and donors. Develop and make effective use of programme monitoring systems ensuring that information generated leads to decisions to improve project performance and feedback to field staff.
Direct, supervise and coordinate the office work plan in ProMS, including programme and operations, monitor progress quarterly to ensure objectives are met. Closely monitor financial commitments, expenditure and liquidation of programme and admin. funds allotted to the field office under the integrated budget in accordance with financial rules and regulation, ensuring accountability for resources allocated to the office and compliance with all operational systems and procedures. Establish and monitor relevant internal controls.
Assign tasks to staff in Field Office, monitor performance, complete the PAS process as required; ensure appropriate professional development and training of staff, identifying and recommending human resources required for programmes. Implement the MEP under the overall framework of the Country MEP goals and as relevant to the specific State setting. Hire appropriate services as required through SSA, TFTAs and outsourcing, following UNICEF's rules and regulations. Monitor performance as needed.
Provide leadership and support to the State Office Team, for optimal management of the State Office. Ensure the organisation of regular staff and programme meetings and follow up to decisions and recommendations. Provide input in the Country Management Team.
Carry out any other function as directed by the Representative and/or Chief, Field Services
Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:
• Advanced University degree in social sciences or equivalent. Leadership and Management training an asset. Knowledge of UNICEF programming policies and procedures an advantage.
• Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national or international level in identification, planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of social development programmes.
• Fluency in English. Knowledge of local working language of duty station an asset.
• Excellent management and interpersonal skills
• Ability to advocate and undertake policy dialogue with senior officials or state government and non-governmental organizations
• Ability to negotiate, influence policy, plan and implement programmes
• Knowledge and use of standard office automation applications related to word processing, graphics presentations etc. as well as Management Information Systems and databases. Knowledge and training on use of work planning tools/Results Based Management an asset.
Application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th October 2010. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the Job Code of the post and location applied for in the subject line of your e-mail/application.
Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.
UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.