Social Policy Officer, NO-1 (for BiH Nationals only)

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For every child, a Champion

UNICEF in BiH supports the achievement of the rights of children in four main areas: child protection, social protection, education, and health/Early Childhood Development.

The right to social security, social insurance and to an adequate standard of living for every child is included in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A package of financial support and social care services is one of the most effective investments for children, supporting them to realize their rights to survive, thrive, learn and participate equally in society. Evidence shows that Social Protection is a crucial policy tool for addressing equity and social justice. On one hand it strengthens the capacity of families to care for their children and at the same time it removes economic and social barriers to accessing social services. It has proven to reduce poverty and inequity, to lead to improvements in education and health outcomes and to contribute to the prevention of institutionalization, school drop-out and stunting. UNICEF cooperates with all relevant social protection authorities in BiH on ongoing reforms and convenes actors to disseminate best practices and knowledge exchange. An important element of UNICEF’s Social Protection Programme includes strengthening the capacity of the social protection sector for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Disaster risk reduction is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyze and reduce the causal factors of disasters. Reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property and improving preparedness and early warning for adverse events are all examples of disaster risk reduction.UNICEF cooperates with other UN agencies on the comprehensive Programme aimed to support people – with focus on the most vulnerable – and high-risk local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to prepare for and adapt to disaster risks and shocks across various development sectors. The Programme aims to introduce and operationalize an integrated model of disaster risk governance and livelihood enhancement at the local level, as a springboard to a bottom-up introduction of Disaster Risk Reduction governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Under this joint programme, UNICEF will focus on increasing resilience of the social protection systems and services in target localities, as well as integrating vulnerability-sensitive Disaster Risk Reduction approach into the operation of social welfare institutions. This is planned to be achieved through capacity development of the Centers for Social Welfare, anchoring standards and procedures for emergency preparedness and response in close collaboration with civil protection authorities, as well as providing services to the vulnerable population groups in disaster times.

Purpose for the job: Under the general guidance of the Social Protection Specialist, the Social Policy officer is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results, with a specific focus on mainstreaming of DRR into the Social Protection Systems at local levels. This encompasses both direct programme work with Social Protection government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, and child protection.

Impact of results: The efficient and effective technical, administrative and operational support provided to Social Protection and Inclusion programme, with specific sustainable results achieved through the strategic advocacy, planning and formulation of the Disaster Risk Reduction element in the social protection sector at local levels. Achievements in social policy programs and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to support provision of social services for the most vulnerable children and families that promotes greater social equality in the country.

How can you make a difference?

  1. Improving data on  vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action
  •  Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on vulnerabilities, including strengthening local 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 programmatic social protection interventions to reduce vulnerabilities.
  • 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
  1. Strengthening  social protection coverage and impact for children
  • Supports the development of social protection action plans and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention to the most marginalized.  Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
  • Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, including through providing technical support to partners to improve the social protection disaster risk reduction and improve linkages with other services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education and , child protection.
  • Supports improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
  1. Improving use of public financial resources for children at local levels
  • Supports the identification of policy options for improved local financing of social protection disaster risk reduction 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 local level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation.
  1. 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 responds to the needs of local communities.
  • Collaborates 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.

5.  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 and country-wide disaster risk reduction Platform.
  • Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family, especially around the joint DRR interevntions.

6.  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 sectoral and decentralized information systems.

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

  • A university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines is required
  • Minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience is required
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered a strong asset
  • Fluency in English and local languages is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 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.

The technical competencies required for this post are: Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning & Researching, and Planning & Organizing .

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

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

Advertised: Singapore Standard Time
Applications close: Singapore Standard Time

More information: http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/515510?lApplicationSubSourceID

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