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15 Mar 2019

Re-advertisement: Social Policy Officer (Gender and Social Protection)

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Re-advertisement: Social Policy Officer (Gender and Social Protection), NOB, Hargeisa, Somalia, Post #105634, 520218

Job no: 520218
Position type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Somalia
Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn’l(ESARO)
School/Unit: Somalia
Department/Office: Hargeisa, Somalia
Categories: Gender Equality, Social and Economic Policy, NO-2
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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Equality

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Implementation of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan 2018-2021 in alignment with the Strategic Plan demonstrates the organization’s commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as its core mandate.

UNICEF’s work on gender equality is guided by the Gender Action Plan 2018-2021 (GAP 2.0), is the organization’s roadmap for supporting the achievement of gender equality goals as outlined in Agenda 2030/SDGs, with a focus on adolescent girls’ empowerment; equality in life outcomes and socialization for girls and boys; and gender responsive communities and systems that support women and children.


And we never give up.

For every child, Hope

How can you make a difference?

Job organizational context:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office, and the technical guidance of the country office Gender Specialist and Social Protection Programme Specialist, the Social Policy Officer (Gender & Social Protection) is accountable for providing technical support and assistance (i) to ensure gender-responsiveness across zonal programming, and (ii) on social protection programing and related advocacy. The Officer is part of the Social Policy, Equity and Gender programme section, and will focus on gender mainstreaming and social protection programming support for Somaliland zonal office.

In order to increase dedicated gender capacity and technical support in the UNICEF zonal office for Somaliland, UNICEF Somalia is looking to recruit a Social Policy Officer with a technical background working on gender mainstreaming in development and/or humanitarian programme response. The Officer will be responsible for supporting programme teams in the zonal office to ensure gender considerations are mainstreamed into programme planning and development processes, as well as monitoring, reporting and evaluation processes. This will also require advocacy efforts with external stakeholders including government counterparts and local actors.

UNICEF Somalia is currently working with government partners to support the design of a social protection policy. The Officer will be responsible for supporting this process from the Somaliland zonal office, including engaging with government partners and other stakeholders, and under the technical guidance of the Social Protection Specialist based in Mogadishu.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Technical support for gender mainstreaming
Provide technical support and guidance to national government, NGOs, UN Agencies and other country-level and local-level partners on aspects of gender programming and to ensure incorporation of gender mainstreaming in programmes/projects, policy initiatives, proposals, and M&E systems.
Support sections in the development of strategies and programmes to implement gender mainstreaming as per the GAP (2.0)
Support the development of adequate emergency preparedness measures, updating of contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms that reflect gender needs.
Support the development of sex-disaggregated data collection on information crucial for the planning and implementation of UNICEF programming.
Support the development of and undertake gender training for UNICEF staff and partner staff across sectors that incorporates gender issues and relevant strategies.
Lead and/or participate in needs assessment missions on gender
Identify implementing/operational partners, and new opportunities for engagement in order to ensure effective, gender-inclusive programming.
Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized.
Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection and HIV.
Supports improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
Supports the implementation of safety net programming, including those utilizing cash transfers and linkages to service delivery. Advocates for the role of social protection in Somalia.
Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action
Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.
Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children
Improving use of public financial resources for children
Undertakes 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.
Works 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.
Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
Undertakes, 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, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation
Advocacy, networking and partnership building
Liaise and consult with sections, government and other external partners (civil society, NGOs, UN Agencies, private sector) to identify areas for convergence, and develop and reinforce partnerships in gender programming.
Forge and support internal and external partnerships and networks in the development of harmonized, gender-transformative programme interventions.
Build strategic alliances for gender equality with various partners, including institutional links with UN agencies and other relevant entities.
Collaborate with other UN agencies and partners to enhance robust gender results in sectoral programmes at the country level. If necessary, represent UNICEF in external meetings on gender integration into sectoral and cross-sectoral results
Lead mapping of potential new partnerships in the zone and leverage existing partnerships to accelerate GAP implementation at the country level in determined priority areas.
Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
Supports 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.
Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, 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.
Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
UNICEF Programme Management
Manages and coordinates technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-up and delivery. Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme. Ensures that the social planning project enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectorial and decentralized information systems.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

A university degree in Gender, Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines is required.
Minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience is required.
Experience working with safety nets, social protection, cash programming and policy development
Experience working on gender mainstreaming
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Please note this a re-advert and candidates who previously applied need not to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Feb 27 2019 E. Africa Standard Time
Application close: Mar 20 2019 E. Africa Standard Time


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