About UNICEF: Employment

Representative, D-1, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire

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 a Representative, D-1, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.


Under the general supervision of the Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the overall development, formulation, conception and management of the UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation (Medium to large size CO), approved by the Executive Board.  Key responsibilities include:
• Represents 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.
• Accountable for the formulation and management of the UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation, as approved by the Executive Board. 
• 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. 
• Responsible for all aspects of office management of the UNICEF country office. 
• Supports implementation of the UNICEF supported emergency programme, ensuring that the Situation Analysis and EPRP are regularly updated. 
• Participates in organizational and institutional initiatives to strengthen UN Coherence. Ensuring that joint programming (including joint programmes) and common services are achieved to the extent possible.
• Provides 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, assists 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. 


• Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.
• Twelve to thirteen years of relevant professional work experience.  Experience in programme/ projects management.  Building strategic alliances and partnerships and 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 English and French.


For more than three decades after its independence, Cote d’Ivoire was well-known for its rapid and sound economic growth built around social cohesion, respect for its ethnic diversity and an open coexistence amongst various religious groups.  This longstanding model of socio-economic stability slipped into an internal strife following the military coup of December 1999. Since then, peace deals have followed each other with little results until a comprehensive political accord was reached in 2007 which paved the way for the presidential election of October 2010.   The refusal of the outgoing president to abide to the victory of his political opponent led to post-electoral conflict which claimed over three thousand lives.  This violent stalemate ended with the intervention of the United Nations which forcefully instated the winner of an electoral process which was conducted in full respect of democratic principles.
Today, the country is rebuilding its infrastructures, revamping its social services, taking stock of its economic potential, using its well educated work force and capitalizing on the strong support of the international community and the private sector to reduce the poverty gap, mitigate the social consequences of the conflict, and regain its leadership role in the West Africa sub-region – both politically and economically.  

However, almost 18 months after the end of the violent conflict, slow progress on security sector reform, national reconciliation, DDR, transitional justice, fight against impunity, public governance and suitable investments in social services (to name a few obstacles) has led to increased frustration amongst the population and a rise of insecurity fueled by an uncontrolled circulation of small arms and light weapons.  The difficulty met by the Government to curtail these problems and accelerate much needed reforms (security, land ownership, community cohesion…) has allowed a simmering crisis of protection which affects women and children in general and, registered refugees (87,000) and IDPs (47,000) in particular.

It is against this promising yet complex and fragile post-conflict situation that UNICEF strives to work with other UN agencies to assist the government and help civil society organization take stock of the return of peace to “build back better” – particularly for the most vulnerable – and increase quality access in education, protection, health and nutrition, WASH within the broader framework of social protection.

• High proficiency in relating and networking, persuading and influencing and communication to perform political work at high level.
• Expertise in evidence-based policymaking, understanding of evaluations and statistics and macro-economics.
• Experience in delivering programs in a post conflict country with the ability to adopt a flexible range of simultaneous responses ranging from development, transition to emergency.
• Capacity to articulate various UNICEF’ policies and operational responses to deliver the most suitable services to children affected by an acute poverty and/or the tail end effects of the recent emergency including serious protection issues.
• Sound financial and human resources management skill.
• Leadership and management skills to effectively coach the Country Management Team and maintain good staff morale and staff safety needed for effective delivery of services to women and children.
• Political astuteness, tact and sensitivity to understand and respect Government’s perspective, pace and priorities.
• Ability to work in a UN integrated mission.
• Demonstrated qualities for fundraising.
• Capacity to interact with other representatives of the Region as to ensure strategic contribution to management of cross-border issues which affect the country.

This is a vacancy in UNICEF’s Senior Staff Rotation and Reassignment Exercise (SSRRE 2013). Applicants are invited to express a maximum of five post choices, listed in ranking order of preference within this exercise. For staff within the UN system, please note that at least three of the posts applied to should be at the applicant’s present level.

Applicants are requested to submit a P. 11 form, CV and ONE cover letter for all positions applied to (please note positions and ranking order of choice in cover letter). Please send your application to recruit.ssr@unicef.org by 23 November 2012.

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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