Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF, Various Duty Stations

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Deadline: 14 August 2016

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Social Policy Specialist in Various Duty Stations.

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The Social Policy Specialist will be accountable for the planning, implementation and monitoring of programme and advocacy support to increase policy attention and action on child poverty including work aimed at improving (a) social protection coverage and impact on children.

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The Social Policy Specialist will perform the following functions-

  • Support the collection and analysis of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
  • Provide timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development.
  • Support the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of an impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized.
  • Contribute to improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
  • Undertake budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children.
  • Support the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions
  • Provide on-going support in making decentralization sustainable through adequate local support while keeping decentralized services both accessible and effective.
  • Collaborate with the central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.
  • Support correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.
  • Identify other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

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  • Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • Developing country work experience required, familiarity with emergencies is an asset.
  • Proficiency in English and working knowledge of another official language of the United Nations.

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNICEF.

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