Deadline: 31 January 2021
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Programme Specialist (Local Governance) in Mogadishu, Somalia.
UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Programme Specialist (Local Governance) will perform the following functions:
- Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
- Provide technical support for the development of information systems for monitoring child rights indicators, with emphasis on community and child participation.
- Provide timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development.
- Facilitate results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.
- Establish effective partnerships with the Government, at federal state ministries, and local government entities/authorities bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services
- Where national decentralization processes are taking place, collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities.
- Provide on-going support to facilitate decentralization process where the national decentralization process is taking place, collaborates with the central and local authorities to assist in planning, policy discussion and service delivery closely responding to the needs of local communities.
- 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.
- Improving use of public financial resources for children
- 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.
- Work with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
- Support the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
- Undertake and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery.
Applicants must have:
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in economics, public policy, social sciences, international relations, political science, or other relevant disciplines is required.
- 5 year’s of relevant professional experience progressively responsible managing and implementing projects in local governance, community mobilization and social development preferably in the areas of participatory planning, social mobilization and community empowerment.
- Good understanding of the decentralization, local governance and decentralized service delivery in Somalia.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is a must and willingness to spend time in the field.
- Experience in project management and coordination managing grants, delivering on results, monitoring, and reporting.
- Experience in supporting multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder interventions targeting community and system capacity building.
- Experience coordinating with other organizations in the collation of information, analysis and development of recommendations.
- Ability to analyze, synthesize information and communicate outcomes clearly to different stakeholders, especially at the community level.
- Capacity to manage various tasks simultaneously in planning, implementing, and monitoring a complex project over an extended period.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and in a team, high-level report-writing skills.
- Nationality of Somalia.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, visit UNICEF.