Deadline: 30 September 2021
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Social Policy Specialist in Nairobi, Kenya.
UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Social Policy Specialist will perform the following functions:
- Lead data and evidence generation to advocate for greater and better public investments in children
- Provide technical leadership for the scaling up of UNICEF’s Public Finance for Children (PF4C) work in line with the Country Programme Document.
- Lead UNICEF engagement in the federal and Member States level planning and budgeting to influence allocation decisions and improve the performance of spending on children
- Coordinates UNICEF’s advocacy and contribution to the formulation, review and monitoring of the Medium-Term plans (MTP), sector plans, etc. to ensure that child priorities are fully reflected.
- Engage in the budget process to influence allocation decisions and improve the performance of spending on children.
- Present, discuss and advocate for recommendations from evidence generation activities to be adopted by the MoF and social sector ministries.
- Strengthen the capacity of the federal and Member States governments to plan, budget and monitor spending on child-focused sectors.
- Closely works with MoF, social sector ministries and PFM development partners to develop and build nationally owned multi-year PF4C capacity building plan with tools and materials that are embedded into the national PFM capacity development plan.
- Empower citizens, including children and adolescents, to track spending and participate in federal and States budget processes.
- Promote public access to budget data throughout the budget cycle and dialogue around open budget initiatives.
- Strengthen partnerships and advocacy for greater and better public investments in children.
- Establish effective partnerships with the government and development partners, including by promoting awareness, building capacity, and organizing information exchanges and events.
Applicants must have:
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s) in Economics and/or Public Finance is preferred.
- Advanced University Degree in Public Policy and/or Administration or other relevant discipline will be considered.
- Minimum 8 year’s progressive, professional work experience in national budgeting, public financial management and public sector financing.
- Experience in budget analysis, costing and developing investment cases in key sectors for children such as health, education, water and sanitation, social protection, nutrition is an asset.
- Excellent writing and communication skills required.
- Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit UNICEF.