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, Banjul, Gambia.
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. Another UN language an asset.
With a population of approximately two million inhabitants, The Gambia is one of Africa's smallest countries and unlike many of its West African neighbors it has enjoyed long spells of stability since independence, despite several bloodless coups d’état.
Stability has not translated into prosperity though. Despite the presence of the Gambia River, which runs through the middle of the country, only one-sixth of the land is arable and poor soil quality has led to the predominance of one crop - peanuts. This has made The Gambia heavily dependent on peanut exports - and a hostage to fluctuations in the production and world prices of the crop.
The country has few natural resources (but is seen as an important transit point for drug smugglers) and consequently, relies on foreign aid to fill gaps in its balance of payments. Current government wants to turn The Gambia into an oil-producing state.
Though a stable country, the high turnover among government members is a challenge for UNICEF in advocating for mothers, new born and children. The Organization interventions include nutrition, health, HIV/AIDS, WASH, protection, education and social policy.
• Absolute fluency in English.
• Experience in strong policy and advocacy with the host government, member states, and the UN system.
• Political acumen, tact and sensitivity to understand and respect Government’s perspective, pace and priorities while addressing sensitive issues around development.
• Strong fundraising, resources mobilization and resources allocation skills to meet the Government high expectations on UN agencies.
• Strong people skills with ability to motivate the team and guide them in the strategic direction of UNICEF and UNDAF in a limited context (geography, budget, etc.
• Experience in management and people skills.
• Capacity to manage/strategize and build capacity of UNICEF staff, with sound professional knowledge of UNICEF issues/priorities and excellent team building skills.
• Very strong understanding of program development in a limited context (geography, budget, etc.),
• Capacity to work in a team and in close relationship with the UNCT and the evolving Integrated UN Mission.
• Ability to establish and maintain high level contacts with the country's decision and policy-makers, including the head of state, as well as with representatives of donors, and other external aid agencies present in 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.