Deadline: 7 May 2016
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Social Policy & Economic Specialist in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The Social Policy & Economic Specialist 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.
UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Social Policy & Economic Specialist will perform the following functions-
- Participate in social policy dialogue and development with the Government, engages in and establishes constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of social policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children’s rights and strengthening of implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society, and ensures that the services reach out in innovative, effective ways to those most vulnerable pockets of children and families that have been previously left out.
- Monitor and updates current information on state budgeting and spending patterns for social programmes and decentralization status of social services on an on-going basis to support advocacy for greater public resources and budget allocation for social development, the prioritization of resource allocation for children, and universal coverage of essential services for children, to ensure that they reflect the best interest of children.
- 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 community-based capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of social policy and programmes.
- Develop programme plans of action for children at provincial and district/municipality levels; strengthens coordination between sectors and between different levels of government structures for policy implementation.
Applicants must have-
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, public relations, media, communication, or other relevant disciplines.
- Five years of relevant professional work experience in research and policy and budget analysis.
- Developing country work experience in socio-economic development.
- Background/familiarity with Emergency.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit UNICEF.