UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting


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For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.   

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. 

Explore the vacancies below to learn more about the qualifications and how to apply to current vacancies in social and economic policy positions.

Social Protection Consultant - Operational Guidance and Policy Development on Integrated Social Protection Systems

Under the guidance of the Social Protection Specialist (DPP/SPEA) and in consultation with senior staff, the main objective of this consultancy is to provide policy and technical products to ensure the effective policy/practice application of UNICEF’s Social Protection Strategic Framework. Based on the priority areas identified in the SPEA 2013 Work Plan for Social Protection, and given the need for surge capacity in the Policy Analysis/Social Protection team to fill technical and capacity gaps, consultancy services are required to develop and deliver key products in three areas:

  • Integrated Social Protection Systems: National evidence on ‘what works’ and value added of an integrated social protection systems approach 
  • Humanitarian Action and Social Protection
  • Surge Capacity - Technical assistance and strategy development

Duration: 11 months full-time; from April 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. The consultant will work largely on-site, although there is some flexibility to work part of the time off-site.

Key skills, technical background and experience required:
- Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in economics, social sciences, public policy and/or international development policy
- 6-8 years of professional work experience in policy, technical assistance, capacity building related to social policy and/or social protection
- Expert knowledge on social protection policy debates and evidence required
- Previous experience in social protection policy development or programme implementation at national level is a plus
- Excellent networking and interpersonal skills required
- Previous research experience on poverty and/or development. Experience in quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis is a plus
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required; skills in another UN language desirable
- Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner
- Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to contribute to a team

See the complete Terms of Reference.

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV and P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html) to Jyablonski@unicef.org and dmartins@unicef.org with subject line “Social Protection Consultant” by 20 March 2013. Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above. Submissions made without a daily rate will not be considered.


Social Policy Specialist, P-4, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
You will be accountable for effective engagement in social policy dialogue with the Government for programme development, advocating for increased public resource allocation and budgeting towards the social sector and sustainable decentralization of social services and local capacity building in support of the goal of universal coverage of essential social services and the creation of a protective environment for children. You will conduct data collection and analysis to fill information gaps and to strengthen capacity for advocacy for children's rights, and to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.     

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, public relations, media, communication, or other relevant disciplines.
- Eight years of relevant work experience. 
- Developing country and field work experience.
- Background/ Familiarity with Emergency. 
- Fluency in French and English.

To apply, visit unicef.org/about/employ to register in our e-recruitment system, quoting I-VN-2012-001999. Application close date: 21-Dec-12



UNICEF’s salary and benefits package is based on the United Nations Common System; visit the salaries and allowances website for further information.

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 our organization.