Job no: 508550
Position type: Fixed Term StaffApply now
Location: Sri Lanka
School/Unit: Sri Lanka
Department/Office: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Categories: Social and Economic Policy, P-4
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, an advocate
The UNICEF Country Programme 2018-2022 marks an important milestone in supporting Sri Lanka to transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to bridge the transformation from a post conflict society to a more stable democracy; with economic aspirations to become an upper-middle-income, even high-income country.
The overarching theme of the UNICEF Country Programme is: “investing in the cognitive capital of the next generation as the foundation for the country’s social and economic development”. Cognitive capital represents the complete set of intellectual, socio-emotional and executive function skills that allow for creativity, flexibility and ability to work collaboratively.
The vision of the new UNICEF Country Programme is to contribute to national efforts to accelerate the realization of child rights for all children in Sri Lanka, including the most deprived, while promoting strategic investments in children and adolescents to enhance Sri Lanka’s cognitive capital as the basis for sustainable development.
The Social Policy and Child Rights Monitoring outcome will support strengthening policies and systems so that children particularly the most marginalized children and adolescents progressively benefit from effective, equitable and inclusive social services and social protection system. More specifically, UNICEF will work with its partners to develop and strengthen a national, independent child rights monitoring system; improve the linkages of policy and planning to budget allocations and thus to long-term outcomes for children; and enhance government’s capacity to improve and operationalize the basic blocks of social protection systems for programme priority areas.
How can you make a difference?
The Chief of Social Policy reports to the Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction, and is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; (c) social protection coverage and impact on children; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Managerial leadership
- Establish the Section’s annual work plan with the social policy team; set priorities/targets and performance measurement. Monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
- Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to enable the team to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently. Plan and ensure timely performance management and assessment of the Team.
- Supervise team members by providing them with clear objectives and goals, direction and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.2. Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action
- Oversees 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
3. 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.
- Identifies 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
4. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
- Develops 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.
- Promotes 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.
- Undertakes improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results. 5. Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.
- Where the 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 and service delivery more closely respond 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. 6. Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
- Oversees the 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.
7. 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.
- Ensures 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…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in
Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines
- A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience is required.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered a strong asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
With post specific functional competencies at the given levels;
Leading and supervising (II), Formulating strategies and concepts (II), Analyzing (III), Relating and networking (II), Persuading & Influencing (II), Planning & Organizing (III)
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages
qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
Advertised: Nov 01 2017 India Standard Time
Application close: Nov 14 2017 India Standard Time