Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 30 Dec 2019
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, fair chance!
Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.
UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, amongothersthings, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.
In particular, UNICEFwill work so that:
Every child survives and thrives — being in good health,immunised, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
Every child learns.
Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistanand videos on YouTube and Vimeo
The Deputy Chief supports and advises on the overall management of the Polio programme, development of polio policies and strategies; and under delegated authority, for coordinating and managing all phases of the Country Office Polio Program from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with the UNICEF Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.
How can you make a difference?
Key functions/ accountabilities for the post are as under:
Country office and National Emergency Operation Centre polio program planning and development
Under the National Emergency Operation Centre for polio in Pakistan working with government and partners as ‘one team under one roof’ coordinate planning and conduct situation analysis by the various sectors in the polio programme to establish a comprehensive and current data and information for program development planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.
Provide advice to the Polio Team Lead on strategies, direction and planning of programs and projects to translate analytical data/information (from situation analysis) and national priorities and goals into concrete country programs and projects that advances UNICEF goals in the country on polio eradication.
Guide and advise the various polio sub-teams (in Islamabad and the Zonal Offices teams throughout the process of program formulation, planning and preparation of the Polio Annual Work plans ensuring harmonization of approaches and alignment with the UNICEF and Partners GPEI, corporate guidelines, policies/procedures and regional and national priorities.
Provide technical and operational guidance to the heads of sub-units and their team, as delegated by the PTL, throughout all stages of the programming process to ensure cooperation, collaboration and harmonization of programs and projects.
Coordinate necessary technical programming support from Regional Office and UNICEF HQ.
Effective resource mobilization, advocacy, communication and networking are achieved through partnership and collaboration
Support to the Polio Team Lead on managing the country-wide Polio Eradication Programme for Pakistan
Serve as office in charge in the absence of the Polio Team Effective leadership and managerial guidance and coordination under supervision of Polio Team Lead is provided to the polio team to ensure the achievement of UNICEFs commitment to NEAP programme goals including oversight and management of UNICEF polio team approx. 15,000 front-line vaccinators and approx. 1,500 social mobilistaion network.
Implementation of the UNICEF area of focus in the NEAP and its activities.
Monitor and assess programs and operations and provide advice on best and innovative programming and management practices to enhance programming and operations.
Advise the Polio Team Lead on Polio Section annual work planning, setting priorities/targets and establishing performance measurements. Monitor implementation and progress of work plans at NEOC; collaborate with colleagues to assist, advise and guide to ensure achievement of results according to targets and performance standards. Take timely decisions to achieve results and/or alert the PTL for timely action.
Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to his/her team to enable them to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently. Plan and ensure timely performance planning, management and assessment.
Work collaboratively with the PTL and the various sub-units and Field Offices to facilitate/contribute to the preparation of CO AWP. Monitor critical issues to resolve problems and/or recommend to the PTL appropriate action to ensure appropriate and optimum use of resources.
Coordinate donor proposal and report input for polio sub-units and zonal offices.
Monitoring and quality control of programs
Participate in meetings/events and annual/mid-term reviews with government and other counterparts/stakeholders (WHO and principle donors) to contribute to strategic program discussions, planning and assessments.
Evaluate overall program progress; identify weaknesses, bottlenecks and potential problems. Collaborate with the sectors and/or other partners and stakeholders to resolve issues and/or advise the PTL on resolutions to ensure delivery of results as planned and allocated.
Monitor the optimum and appropriate use of program resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) and verify compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity. Approve disbursements and allocations in accordance with delegation of authority established by the PTL.
Coordinate and/or provide advice on the preparation of mandated program and operational reports. Confirm accuracy of reports prior to approval by the PTL.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Advise the PTL and other internal colleagues in the CO on the conceptualization, development and implementation of policies and procedures, use of latest information technology and introduction of innovation and best practices in the CO to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy in programming and operations.
Coordinate the collection, institutionalization and sharing of lessons learned to enhance performance and to use lessons learned in development/policy planning.
Promote learning and development through planning and organization of training events, activities and other capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies/productivity of staff members.
Programme synergy between polio eradication and routine immunization
In collaboration with the Health section, forges internal and external partnerships in the development and monitoring of harmonized programme synergy for polio and routine immunization.
Builds strategic alliances with various international and regional partners, national associations, entrepreneurs, academics, religious organizations and NGOs, and broaden UNICEF engagement to integrated programme in polio endemic areas to improve service uptake, reduce community resistance and contribute towards polio eradication.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, business management or other related fields, is required. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
A minimum of 10 years professional development experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in a developing countries is required.
Relevant professional experience 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 values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are Formulating strategies/concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Deciding and initiating action, Persuading and influencing, Leading and supervising.
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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. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
– 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 advanced 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=528362