Purpose of the post:
The incumbent will be responsible for building partnerships, advocating and influencing the policy, planning, implementation, monitoring of programme for promoting the attainment of rights of children, for an assigned programme or specific projects in the State of Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka.
The jobholder works at the State and District level. He/She also works under the daily supervision of the Chief of Field Office and take sector specific guidance from the Chief of Advocacy and Partnership Section in New Delhi.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:-
Influencing Policy Advocacy
Assists the Chief of Field Office in the development of the strategy and plan for child rights advocacy, based on state priorities, to increase media visibility& discourse, public action and discourse among civil society and legislative assembly members on the changes required in policies/legal frameworks and implementation of those policies/legal frameworks.
Convenes strategic partnerships with media, local celebrities & sportspersons, private sector, civil society corporates and other partners to impact on overall advocacy for children’s policies, to support programmes and resources in the States.
Interacts with media and other partners, on the management of advocacy and communication initiatives. Participates in meetings with Ministries/Departments, media, civil society partners responsible for advocacy, Legislative Assembly members and follows up on implementation of agreements and plans.
Assists in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in advocacy management and evaluation.
With guidance from the Chief of Field Office, proposes strategies for advocacy. Prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates advocacy initiatives in the state. Analyzes and evaluates data/evidence for use to meet advocacy priorities and objectives of the state.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Facilitates the review of communication initiatives in the state. Undertakes field visits to monitor advocacy & partnerships initiatives (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.
Identifies and recommends necessary action for adjustments in planned advocacy activities. Provides advice and assistance to government officials and other partners in the planning and management of advocacy and communication campaigns.
Contributes to the preparation of the Situation Analysis, led by SPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing sections related to advocacy/communication/partnerships of the Analysis.
Work plan development
Responsible for the development of the Advocacy & Partnerships work plan, and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives. Provides guidance and support to subordinate staff to manage and implement the plans.
Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government
Assists government authorities to plan and organize capacity building programmes for strengthening advocacy and communication campaigns. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of state initiatives.
Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.
Proactively collaborates within state and/or sector with programme colleagues to give and receive knowledge and assistance. Pooling resources for more effective programming. Assists in development of appropriate communication and advocacy strategy to support programmes. Supports/profiling and visibility for state initiatives on inclusive programming .
Supplies and Cash Assistance
Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff/programme support on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures monitors and submits financial status reports to Chief of Field Office as required.
Writes programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
Minimum Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:
• Advanced university degree in any of the following: Social Sciences, Communications, Journalism, Public relations or related area.
• Fluency in written and oral English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
ii) Functional Competencies (Required)
a) Specific Technical Knowledge required (for the job)
b) Common Technical Knowledge required (for the job group)
c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)
UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.
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