Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 17 Apr 2018
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, …
The UNICEF Programme in Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the triple threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.
In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication.
How can you make a difference?
Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, the incumbent will provide technical leadership and coordination for design, planning, implementation and monitoring of the cross-sectoral HIV and adolescent development activities within the UNICEF country programme. The incumbent will lead the mainstreaming of HIV, gender equality and integrated adolescent development initiatives within the country programme with a priority focus on accelerating results for adolescents in line with UNICEF’s global and regional priorities.
Responsibilities and Tasks:
1. Project Planning, Development and Management.
Participate and/or conduct/update situation analysis and assessments on gender responsive HIV and adolescent development related issues to ensure that comprehensive, relevant and evidenced-based data for the country are collected to guide country office HIV and adolescent development programming, monitoring and delivery of programme/project services.
Participate in strategic programme discussion to provide input, advice and operational support to the development of an integrated gender responsive HIV and adolescent development programmes/projects. Formulate, design and prepare gender responsive HIV and adolescent programmes/projects proposal, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Programme and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
Establish plans of action, programme goals and results, using results-based planning methodology and terminology (RBM) and contribute to gender responsive HIV and adolescent development documentation for Country Office Programme recommendation ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
Consult and collaborate with internal colleagues through the Adolescent, HIV and Gender Task Force to provide innovative technical and operational support to cross cutting gender responsive HIV and adolescent development programme planning, management and implementation to ensure synergy, integration, coherence and harmonization of HIV and adolescent development activities and initiatives within the country programme.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish gender responsive HIV and adolescent development benchmarks, performance indicators to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in HIV and adolescent programmes.
Participate in HIV and adolescent development monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
Prepare/assess HIV and adolescent development monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programme and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
Plan, monitor and control the optimum/appropriate use of programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) certifying/confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures, standards of accountability and integrity and donor commitments, and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
Prepare mandated and key programme/project reports for donors and other partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
3. Advisory services and technical support
Provide technical advice and guidance to key government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on programme policies, strategies and best practices and approaches on gender responsive HIV and adolescent development related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results.
Participate in programme strategic discussions/planning to provide technical advice/contribute to policy discussions and agenda setting to promote gender responsive HIV and adolescent interventions especially in the areas of gender inequality, social inclusion, human rights and humanitarian situations to ensure that at risks and vulnerable adolescents are fully covered in times of greatest needs.
Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking and advocacy to exchange knowledge/expertise, leverage resources/action, build alliances and engage participation of communities in programme design, delivery and demand creation.
Develop strategies and/or prepare communication and information materials for maximum impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and to enhance resource mobilization for UNICEF gender responsive HIV and adolescent development programmes/projects.
Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on HIV and adolescent development related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues UNDAF planning and preparation of gender responsive HIV and adolescent development programmes/projects.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Promote critical thinking and introduce technological and programme innovations and approaches to accelerate results and increase coverage, access and quality of high impact gender responsive HIV and adolescent development interventions.
Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best and cutting edge practices in gender responsive HIV and adolescent development management methodologies and information systems. Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
Organize, plan and/or implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on gender responsive HIV and adolescent development related programmes/projects.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An An advanced university degree in public health, adolescent health, or a social science field.
A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in public HIV programme planning and management with and for adolescents and/or in relevant areas of adolescent health and development and social and behavioral change communication at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country, is required.
Relevant experience in gender responsive HIV and adolescent development programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an 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…
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;
Core Values (Required)
Functional Competencies (Required)
Diversity and Inclusion
Drive for Result (II)
Working With People (II)
Leading and supervising (I)
Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
Relating and networking (II)
Deciding and initiating action (II)
Persuading and influencing (III)
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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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=512096