About UNICEF: Employment

Representative, P-5, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

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, P-5, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.


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.


• 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 English and Spanish. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an asset (see more under remarks).


Equatorial Guinea, a small country of less than one million people has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world since the production of oil began in the 1990s. The country is the third largest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa and is now classified as a high income country.  Yet, despite its huge financial resources, the country presents all the characteristics of a poor country with poor social indicators and the widest gap between economic indicators and social indicators
Equatorial Guinea continues to face major governance challenges and high income inequality.  There is a quasi inexistent national statistical system resulting in spotty, outdated, unreliable and not disaggregated data Child poverty and vulnerability rates are shockingly high.  Limited basic service delivery and low utilization rates of services explain some of the key causes of high child and maternal mortality rates, child malnutrition, and elevated school dropout rates. HIV/AIDS is of high prevalence.
UNICEF with other UN agencies and WHO in particular have been working closely with the Government and have provided continuous support to activities aimed at advancing child survival in the country. Aim is now to scale up health, education, protection and other programmes in favour of women and children. The Government is encouraging and fostering a particular focus on health.
• Strong background and degree in health with a proven track of experience of health program delivery and advocacy.
• Fluency in Spanish which is the language primarily spoken in Equatorial Guinea. Good working level in English
• Equatorial Guinea has French and Portuguese as recognized 2nd and 3rd official languages. Fluency in any of those 2 languages may be a substitute for Spanish, provided intensive language training in Spanish is undertaken before arrival at the duty station.
• High proficiency in relating and networking, persuading and influencing and communication to perform political work at high level.
• Very good judgment to determine what is best for children in a complex socio-economic context.
• Sound financial and human resources management skills.
• Leadership and management skills to build Country Management Team and to maintain good staff morale.
• Political acumen, 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.

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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