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Background

UNICEF, originally called the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund in full, now officially United Nations Children’s Fund, is an agency of the United Nations responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.

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About UNICEF

UNICEF, which stands for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that focuses on promoting the rights and well-being of children worldwide. It was established in 1946 to provide emergency relief and support to children in countries affected by World War II.

UNICEF’s Mission:
UNICEF’s mission is to ensure that every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, has access to healthcare, education, protection, and support, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable and marginalized children.

Key Areas of Work:

  1. Health and Nutrition: UNICEF works to improve access to quality healthcare services, immunizations, nutrition, and hygiene practices to prevent child mortality and ensure healthy development.
  2. Education: UNICEF supports inclusive, quality education for every child, aiming to provide equitable access to learning opportunities, teacher training, safe school environments, and educational supplies.
  3. Child Protection: UNICEF works to protect children from violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. It advocates for child rights, supports child-friendly justice systems, and provides assistance to children affected by emergencies and conflicts.
  4. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): UNICEF focuses on improving access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education to prevent waterborne diseases and promote healthy living conditions for children and their families.
  5. Social Inclusion: UNICEF promotes social inclusion and fights discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, disability, and other factors. It strives to ensure that every child has equal opportunities and can fully participate in society.
  6. Emergency Response: UNICEF provides rapid and effective humanitarian assistance during emergencies, including natural disasters, conflicts, and epidemics. It delivers life-saving supplies, establishes child-friendly spaces, and supports the recovery and resilience of affected communities.

Why work at UNICEF

Working at UNICEF offers numerous compelling reasons that attract individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children and contributing to global development. Here are some key reasons why people choose to work at UNICEF:

  1. Mission-driven Organization: UNICEF’s mission to protect the rights and well-being of children is highly meaningful and inspiring. Working at UNICEF allows individuals to contribute to significant and impactful work that directly improves the lives of children worldwide.
  2. Global Impact: UNICEF operates in over 190 countries and territories, providing an opportunity to work on a global scale and address various challenges faced by children across different contexts. This global reach allows employees to have a broad and far-reaching impact.
  3. Multidisciplinary Work: UNICEF employs professionals from diverse fields, including development, education, health, social sciences, communications, and more. It fosters a multidisciplinary work environment that encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas to tackle complex issues comprehensively.
  4. Commitment to Equity and Inclusion: UNICEF is committed to promoting equity and inclusion, ensuring that every child has equal opportunities and rights, regardless of their background or circumstances. Working at UNICEF provides an opportunity to contribute to creating a more equitable and inclusive world.
  5. Professional Development: UNICEF emphasizes the professional growth and development of its employees. It offers various learning and development opportunities, including training programs, workshops, and access to a vast network of experts and professionals in the development sector.
  6. Collaborative Work Culture: UNICEF values teamwork, collaboration, and diversity of perspectives. Working with colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures fosters a rich and stimulating work environment, encouraging innovation and creativity.
  7. Field Work and Travel Opportunities: UNICEF’s work often involves field assignments, allowing employees to directly engage with communities and witness the impact of their work firsthand. This provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable field experience and develop a deeper understanding of local contexts.
  8. Competitive Employment Benefits: UNICEF offers competitive employment packages, including salary, benefits, and comprehensive support for staff members and their families. These benefits may include health insurance, retirement plans, leave entitlements, and other allowances.
  9. Prestige and Networking: Working at UNICEF provides an opportunity to be part of a prestigious global organization with a strong reputation in the development sector. It allows individuals to build valuable connections and networks with professionals, experts, and policymakers from around the world.
  10. Personal Fulfillment: Many individuals find personal fulfillment in working for an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and contributing to sustainable development. The work at UNICEF often provides a sense of purpose and satisfaction that goes beyond financial rewards.

Details on the posts

Job no: 572132
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Lviv
Level: NO-2
Location: Ukraine
Categories: Early Childhood Development

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS 

1. Knowledge Management for Programmes

Contribute to country programmes by supporting knowledge management through providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of  “lessons learned” and other corporate-level databases.

Participate in information exchange with partners as well as in the development of training and orientation material by providing professional technical assistance. Participate in the preparation of, and making professional contribution to, the preparation of programme reports required for the management.

2. Programme Development and Management

Provide professional technical assistance in the preparation of the Situation Analysis for programme development and management by collecting and analyzing data and monitoring implementation progress. Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects. Draft or prepare programme work plans as required. Propose adjustments/changes in work plans. Propose program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices for supervisor.

3. Optimum Use Of Program Funds

Monitors programme implementation progress and compliance.  Monitors the allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Takes appropriate recommendations or actions to optimize use of programme funds.

4. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations

Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.

Collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate in the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with the Representative, the Operations Officer, the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery. Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts.  Collaborate and prepare annual program status reports in a timely manner, as required.

5.  Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach

Support a rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Collaborate with partners and assist in the strengthening of quality child rights-based programmes through consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects. Contribute to coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Provide professional technical assistance in preparing viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, new initiatives and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women.

6.  National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability

Provide government authorities with technical assistance and support in planning and organizing training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.

Promote and maintain the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners by identifying these partners and partnerships and providing continuous support, coordination and collaboration for sustainability.

7. Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels

Analyze programme related issues and policies from a children’s and women’s rights perspective and  advocacy at the community and family levels for elevating credibility in national policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.

8.  Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration.

Facilitate partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Establish and maintain linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.

Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.  Approve allocation and disbursement of funds ensuring they are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated in accordance with the programme budget allotments (PBA).

Maintain close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for overall coordination.

Provide professional support in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by the UNICEF programme.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

1. Education

A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.

2. Experience

  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in early childhood development related areas is required.   
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset.

3. Language Requirements

Fluency in English and Ukrainian is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Skills: 

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