About UNICEF: Employment

Representative, P-5, Accra, Ghana

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, Accra, Ghana.


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.


Ghana is the first African nation in the region to achieve independence from a colonial power, in this instance Britain.
Despite being rich in mineral resources, and endowed with a good education system and efficient civil service, Ghana fell victim to political instability, corruption and mismanagement soon after independence in 1957. In 1966 its first president and pan-African hero, Kwame Nkrumah, was deposed in a coup, heralding years of mostly military rule. In 1981 Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings staged his second coup, after which the country began to move towards economic stability and democracy.  Ghana is now noted for more than twenty years good governance, open democracy, including press freedom.
A well-administered country by regional standards, Ghana is often seen as a model for political and economic stability and reform in Africa. Ghana has a high-profile peacekeeping role; troops have been deployed in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan and DR Congo.
Cocoa exports are an essential part of the economy; Ghana is the world's second-largest producer behind her neighboring country Ivory Coast. Ghana is also Africa's biggest gold miner after South Africa. At a growth rate of 14.4% in 2011, Ghana is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and newest oil producer, encouraging expectations of a major economic boost.
UNICEF has been working with the Government and other development partners to improve child survival, water and sanitation systems, enhance access to quality education and expand HIV prevention, strengthen social policy and social protection systems, ensure the implementation of child protection and support capacity development for policy formulation, budgeting, M&E. The UN in Ghana is a self-starter for Delivering as One.
• Fluency in English is absolute.
• Capacity to effectively participate in the DPs and Government dialogue structures and to represent UNICEF in the various SWAps and sector coordination fora.
• Ability to establish and maintain high level contacts with the country's decision and policy-makers, including the Head of State, Ministers of line ministries, as well as with representatives of donors, and other external aid agencies present in the country.
• Capacity to ensure visibility and rally support for children within the UNICT, within the government and among other partners, with focus on reducing gender, geographical and gender inequalities , with excellent communication/representation skills.
• Strong, politically-influenced development environment which requires astute political analysis and diplomatic skills, plus the ability to clearly articulate the human rights mission of UNICEF.
• Previous experience as a Representative, preferably in an integrated mission environment with a strong policy and advocacy record with the host government, member states, and the UN system.

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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