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, Brazzaville, Congo.
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.
The Congo is potentially at a turning point in its development. The write-off of most of the country’s public external debt, coupled with the consolidation of peace and security since the end of the civil war, the increase in Congo’s oil production and soaring world oil prices have created a context that is more favourable than ever for economic growth, poverty reduction and social development.
Despite oil extraction, 47 percent of the population in Congo lives in poverty. Wide geographic, gender, economic and ethnic disparities are observed across the country in both access and utilization of basic social services especially for children.
Improvements in results for children therefore depend almost entirely on domestic policy choices, financing decisions and institutional capacity. Social policy is the cornerstone of UNICEF programme in Congo. Over the past few years, UNICEF is supporting policy analysis and policy dialogue with the Government to chart a way forward for the use of fiscal space for better child sensitive budgeting and the financing of the social sectors, while also building a stronger social protection system especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized population in an environment with some governance issues.
The country office has adopted social policies as a major guiding programme, with sectorial programmes on education, protection, health, nutrition and WASH.
• High proficiency in relating and networking, persuading and influencing and communication to perform political work at high level.
• Expertise in evidence-based policy development, understanding of evaluations and statistics and macro-economics.
• Experience in delivering programs in a mix of middle income and low income environment.
• Very good judgment to determine what is best for children in a complex socio-political development 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.
• Ability to provide strategic orientation to the programmatic challenges UNICEF is facing in 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.