Job no: 511073
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Congo, Dem. Rep
Categories: P-5, Chief Field Office
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, hope…
In spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 176th out of 188 countries in the 2015 human development report. Child poverty is widespread, particularly in conflict-affected and hard-to reach areas. According to a recent UNICEF study, 80 percent of children aged zero to 15 years old experience at least two major child rights deprivations. Despite sustained growth in recent years, the size of DRC’s economy remains far too small to provide enough government revenue to meet the basic needs of the population, children in particular. Since 2016, political instability, the persistence of conflicts in Eastern DRC and a sharp fall in global commodity prices have been aggravating factors.
DRC is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the World where UNICEF works to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
How can you make a difference?
Under the general guidance of the Chief Field Operations, the incumbent is responsible for providing leadership for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNICEF programme and operations in North Kivu and Maniema Provinces, including emergency preparedness and response programmes that address the consequences of armed conflicts, epidemics and insecurity in the region.
- Ensure effective management of the field office through proper leadership, planning, control, organisation and motivation of staff in accordance with UNICEF personnel rules and regulations, financial policies and procedures.
- Provide overall guidance for programme planning, implementation and analysis through ongoing consultations, intersectoral exchange with project officers and partners, in close collaboration with the Programme Section Chiefs in Kinshasa and the Chief Field Operations, to achieve programme objectives.
- Undertake field visits to monitor and evaluate programmes, as well as conduct periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Decide on required corrective action. Provide technical advice and assistance to local authorities and other partners in the planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of programmes/projects including CAGs, seeking guidance from Kinshasa based sections on policy and operational issues. Establish the programme work plan together with an effective monitoring and evaluation plan in collaboration with the Kinshasa based units, monitor compliance and provide training support and guidance to the project team to ensure objectives are met. Identify human resource requirements and training needs.
- Represent UNICEF in meetings with senior local authorities, the UN Mission (MONUSCO) as well multi-lateral, bilateral agencies and NGOs; interact, negotiate and advocate programme goals and strategies. Identify strategic alliances, and influence policy development to facilitate achievement of programme objectives.
- Monitor and analyze the social, political and economic trends in the region as they affect women and children. Maintain an appropriate intersectoral information and communication approach to contribute to the formulation of the country programme goals and objectives, its strategies and implementation framework. Prepare annual project plans of action for the area, ensuring consistency with the national level strategies, objectives and project plans of action.
- Coordinate with the operations/supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and counterpart accountability. Certify disbursements of funds, monitor and submit financial status report to Senior Programme Officer or Representative as required.
- Write programme/project status reports required for management, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
- Support overall management through participation in management meetings within the office and in Kinshasa to review major office operations, human resources, and programme budget.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education: Advanced university degree in social sciences or related field.
- Experience: Ten (10) years progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in social development, management, monitoring and evaluation. Developing country work experience. Background / familiarity with Emergency is an asset. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies highly desirable.
- Language: Fluency in French and English is required.
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.
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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.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
* Please note that is a non-family duty station.
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.
Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service
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