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Representative, P-5, Conakry, 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, Conakry, 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 French. Good working level in English.


Guinea is marked by economic and social difficulties and ranked 156th out of 169 countries on the 2010 Human Development Index. Between 2006 and 2010, the average annual growth rate of gross domestic product was approximately 2.2 per cent, while the annual population growth rate was estimated at 3.1 per cent. The poverty rate climbed from 53 per cent in 2008 to just over 58 per cent in 2011. An analysis of regional disparities shows that the three poorest quintiles (approximately 60 per cent of the population) have a much lower quality of life than the other two quintiles.

The fall in foreign aid, mainly owing to the political instability of recent years, and the inequitable distribution of available resources, have led to a decline in the delivery of and access to basic social services for the poorest populations, especially those in rural areas, worsening the child well-being indicators.

In terms of the supply and demand of services, the worsening situation of children and women is the result of (a) underinvestment in basic social services, which deepens disparities; (b) inadequate facilities that do not provide quality services; and (c) social norms, behaviours and family practices. These factors, together with outdated and unreliable data, undermine child survival and growth, and help to keep child and mother well-being high.

The Government of Guinea submitted its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 1999; its second report, submitted in 2008, will not be discussed until June 2012, highlighting the ineffective follow-up to the Committee's recommendations.

The country is engaged in and has reached the completion point of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative; that achievement and the investments expected in the mining sector represent potential sources of financial resources for the Government.

. Experience in reinforcing social services, at the central and decentralised levels, in states transitioning out of crisis.
. Expertise in evidence-based policymaking, understanding of evaluations and statistics and macro-economics.
. Good judgment to determine what is best for children in a complex socio-political development context.
. High proficiency in relating and networking, persuading and influencing and communication to perform political work at high level.
. Political acumen, tact and sensitivity to understand and respect Government's perspective, pace and priorities.
. Demonstrated qualities for fundraising.
. Sound financial and human resources management skill.
. Leadership and management skills to further develop Country Management Team and maintain staff morale.

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.