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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
 
Kenya Country Office

Vacancy Announcement  
“KCO/SP/2014-081”  

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Duty Station: Nairobi

Social Policy & Economics Specialist, NO-D, POST#90590

Type of Contract:
 Fixed Term
             
 
Date of Issue:
 05 December 2014

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position in UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO), Nairobi.


Purpose of the Post:  Under the overall guidance of the Chief, Social Policy, accountable for effective engagement in social policy dialogue with the Government for programme development, advocating for increased public resource allocation and budgeting towards the social sector and sustainable decentralization of social services and local capacity building in support of the goal of universal coverage of essential social services and the creation of a protective environment for children. 


Conducts data collection and analysis to fill information gaps and to strengthen capacity for advocacy for children’s rights, and to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Social policy dialogue and programme development
 
  • Participates in social policy dialogue and development with the Government, engages in and establishes constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of social policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children’s rights and strengthening of implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society, and ensures that the services reach out in innovative, effective ways to those most vulnerable pockets of children and families that have been previously left out.
Monitoring state and sub national budget resources
  • Monitors and updates current information on state budgeting and spending patterns for social programmes and decentralization status of social services on an on-going basis to support advocacy for greater public resources and budget allocation for social development, the prioritization of resource allocation for children, and universal coverage of essential services for children, to ensure that they reflect the best interest of children.
Sustainable decentralization and capacity building
  • Provides on-going support in making decentralization sustainable through adequate local support while keeping decentralized services both accessible and effective; 
  • Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen community-based capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of social policy and programmes; 
  • Develops programme plans of action for children at provincial and district/municipality levels; strengthens coordination between sectors and between different levels of government structures for policy implementation.
Data collection, analysis and results-based approach
  • Collects systematically qualitative data for the sound and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women to provide the base-lines for result-based decisions on interventions and evaluations.  
  • Develops information systems for monitoring child rights indicators, with emphasis on gender equality, community and child participation; 
  • 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; 
  • Analyzes the macroeconomic context of social policy programmes 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
Advocacy and communication
  • Promotes and raises awareness on children’s rights with both the general public and with policy makers, effective information dissemination, mass media campaign, special events, and other means, to ensure local buy-in, commitment, and continued relevance of UNICEF programming.
Partnerships
  • 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 Millennium Development Goals and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda; identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
UNICEF Programme Management
  • 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.
Required Qualifications: Advanced degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, public relations, media, communication, or other relevant disciplines.

Experience:
  • Eight years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Developing country work experience
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
Language: Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station. 

Competencies:
 
 
Core Values (Required)
 
i) Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication [III]
  • Working with People [II]
  • Drive for Results [II]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Leading and Supervising [II]                      
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
  • Analysing   [III] 
  • Relating and Networking [III]
  • Persuading and Influencing [II]
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their P11, curriculum vitae, P11 (CLICK HERE to download) (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:   

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Please indicate
 Reference No. “KCO/SP/2014-081” in the email subject.

Closing Date: 18 December 2014

Vacancy Announcement:“KCO/HLTH/2014 - 082”

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Duty Station:
Lodwar

Health Specialist (MCNH), NO-C, Post#90644

Type of Contract:
 Fixed Term

Date of Issue:
 05 December 2014

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position Lodwar Filed Office of UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO).


Purpose of the Post:  Under the supervision of the Chief Field Office, the MNCH Specialist and the overall guidance of the Health Specialist MNH the incumbent will manage the UNICEF support to the county government and its partners to implement policy, strengthen capacities required for the provision of MNCH services, within the framework of the devolved system of governance.  
Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Support MNCH coordination at the sub-national level:
 


  • Under the guidance of the head of the Field office and the Health specialists in Nairobi, participate and support in relevant county coordination meetings, document decisions made, and update the overall project work-plan accordingly. Relay any resulting management decisions to colleagues in the Nairobi Office;
  • Keep abreast of public health developments in the county that could have an impact on the MNCH Program (positive or negative) and proactively propose how to respond to these developments;
  • Working closely with the M&E team under his/her supervision, ensure that relevant and accurate information is available for partners as needed.
Oversee financial disbursements and supply requisitions:
  • Working closely with the Programme Assistant, supply and finance divisions, and national office staff, review and initiate MOH and partner requests for cash transfers and reports on fund utilization from the county;
  • Update the MNH Specialist regularly on fund utilization status. Based on needs assessments, and with assistance from the supply division, support the county level to prepare supply requisitions and monitor delivery;
  • While the Assurance Officer and supply Unit colleagues will conduct end-user monitoring of supplies, the MNCH Officer should also monitor the placement and use of UNICEF-purchased supplies in the region.
  • Ensure related UNICEF and collaborating partners staff comply with UNICEF’s financial rules including emergency fast-track procedures;
  • In close collaboration with Operations and Supply staff, regularly monitor and report on use of related supplies and other resources donated to the government and non-government partners;
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section and Government authorities to maintain sound internal controls, supportive of specific health interventions as well as to ensure accountability.
Maintain MNCH work-plan: Based on regular reports received from the Assurance Officer and M&E Team, and on feedback obtained directly from the field and partners, maintain the overall project work-plan and proactively propose solutions to delays or other implementation challenges. 

Work closely with field staff and MOH colleagues to prepare county-specific work-plans and suitable budgets, and regularly track progress through both reports received from colleagues and direct field visits. 

The officer will be expected to document and disseminate lessons learned while implementing country-specific capacity building activities. 

Additionally, in the region he or she will apply his/her technical expertise to;
  • Ensure UNICEF, government and non-government staff apply right-based approaches to programming and humanitarian principles;
  • Promote the quality of rights-based Health programmes through the formulation of programme goals and strategies and approaches.
Partnerships and leveraging resources
  • Maintain close working relationships with other related UNICEF sectors, particularly nutrition, HIV, WASH, and programme communication;
  • Coordinate with related UNICEF national Health specialists to ensure strategies are aligned with national, regional and global strategies;
  • Establish active and participatory partnerships with related Health sector stakeholders (Government, WHO, other UN agencies, NGOs and bilateral agencies) and interact with them at different stages of Health programme design and implementation and identify opportunities for leveraging resources to be brought to the attention of MNH Specialist in Nairobi;
  • Participate in inter-sectoral collaboration (Child Health and Community Health Services with other programme colleagues for the systematic delivery of an integrated package of MNCH services.
Generate progress reports and support donor visits: Under his/her supervision, the M&E and PHO will be responsible for generating draft progress reports every six months. 

The MNCH Officer will be responsible for reviewing and finalizing these reports, based on his or her direct knowledge of the overall situation at national and county levels, and his or her relationship with the donor agencies. 

The MNCH officer shall also oversee all donor visits to the field, through close collaboration with others in the field office.

Required Qualifications:
 Advanced University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health, Medicine, Health Research, International Health, Health Policy and Management or a field relevant to international development assistance in Health.

Experience:
  • At least five years progressive experience in public health or related field with focus on maternal and child survival and development programs.  
  • Experience working with National and Regional government will be an asset
Language: Good knowledge of English language and knowledge of the working language of the duty station.

Competencies
 
i) Core Values (Required)
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion   
  • Integrity
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication [Level II]
  • Working with People [Level II] 
  • Drive for Results [Level II]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Leading and Supervising [Level I]         
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [Level II]
  • Analysing [Level III] 
  • Relating and Networking [Level II]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [Level II]    
  • Applying Technical Expertise [Level III]
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their P11, curriculum vitae, P11 (CLICK HERE to download) (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:   

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Please indicate
 Reference No. “KCO/HLTH/2014 - 082” in the email subject.

Closing Date: 18 December 2014

Vacancy Announcement“KCO/PLAN/2014-083”  

Duty Station:Nairobi

Monitoring Officer, NO-B, POST#71925

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Date of Issue: 
 05 December 2014

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position in UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO), Nairobi.

Purpose of the Post:
 Under the supervision of the Chief, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the incumbent will be accountable for technical contribution to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation; support programme data analysis and progress reporting; capacity building; developing standards for planning and monitoring, in support of achievement of planned results, aligned with country programme results and strategy.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Monitor the situation of children’s and women’s rights with national partners and keep updated information on research that address issues and challenges affecting children and their families. 

In collaboration with other Sections, coordinate a series of interactive activities aimed at initiating the bottleneck analysis, SitAn review, update and timely publication. 
  • Plan and implement a series of virtual discussions targeting SitAn working groups comprising of several representatives from various Universities. 
  • Drive the review and update of the various chapters for the new SitAn report emphasizing knowledge gained from pilot studies, analysing bottlenecks and scale up of innovative technologies and programmatic approaches.
  • Coordinate and carry out preliminary synthesis and analysis to inform the bottleneck analysis from an external view of local publications and information sources.
  • Coordinate technical support for programme reviews particularly with respect to gap/bottleneck analyses and level three monitoring
2. Support management of available baseline information on national and county statistics and key indicators through established databases (e.g., DevInfo) for easy access and use. 

Prepare national and county level statistical reports on the status of children’s and women’s human rights issues, and provide a technical support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the MDGs, toward CRC fulfilment, and toward CEDAW fulfilment. 

Coordinate/support the development of survey reports and final launch of the county level reports. Includes linking findings to KenInfo platforms and develop sector briefs and factsheets for policy advocacy.
  • Support the TOR preparation and monitoring of surveys (e.g. MICS), evaluations and studies initiated by the section and other programme teams.
  • Support the final report writing and publication activities of research activities and extraction of relevant data for developing factsheets and supporting advocacy plans.
  • Manage the dissemination activities and advocacy plan at the national and county levels to ensure maximum use of the survey findings.
  • Analyse and support the new CRING web enabled web-link and support data extraction for supporting the data entry for the new online platform. 
3. Coordinate with the Country Office and partners and provide assistance in using up-to-date information in, inter alia, Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, Annual Reviews, Mid-Term Reviews, and Annual Reports or other progress reports.   

Coordinate opportunities for enhancing quality in national level surveys and studies, M&E systems support and exchange of knowledge and information sharing on M&E monitoring tools
  • Provide technical support to priority surveys that evaluate the situation of women and children in Kenya (household budget survey, etc.)
  • Identify opportunities for highlighting progress, experiences, and lessons learned through various channels, such as presentations at key events, newsletter articles, or other publications.
  • Support the birth registration planning activities on increasing coverage and equity re-dress in proportions of births registered among the most vulnerable and marginalised populations.
  • Support the review and update of statistical annexes featured in the UNCRC report.
4. Support and contribute to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme and work plans and reporting. 

Supports learning and knowledge management within the UNICEF country team, specifically to the development of knowledge products and dissemination of lessons.
  • Provide technical support and leadership to the development of annual work plans;
  • Develop standards and guidelines and work processes for planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for both the Nairobi office and Zonal Offices
  • Participate in field monitoring to apply the standards and guidelines
  • Contribute to interpretation and adaption of UNICEF Global guidelines and work processes for planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
Required Qualifications: University degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or another information management-related discipline with relevance to UNICEF’s work on research and evaluation.

Experience:
  • At least two years progressive experience working for international organization in statistics, research and project design, or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Familiarity of tools and techniques related to multi-disciplinary assessment and analysis of data on children and women;
  • Strong skills and proven track record in development of factsheets, data synthesis and familiarity with data manipulation skills or quantitative data analysis.
  • Excellent report writing skills and ability to present data and graphics in a user-friendly manner;
  • Familiarity with issues related to equity, gender analysis, public health, bottleneck analysis, child development;
  • Experience in empirical research and reporting;
Language: Good knowledge of English language and knowledge of the working language of the duty station.

Competencies:
 
 
Core Values (Required)
 
i) Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication [II]
  • Working with People [I]
  • Drive for Results [I]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]
  • Relating and Networking [I]  
  • Applying Technical Expertise [I]                      
  • Learning and Researching   [II]
  • Leading and Supervising [I]
  • Analyzing [III]
  • Planning and Organizing [I]       
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their P11, curriculum vitae, P11 (CLICK HERE to download) (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:   

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Closing Date:  18 December 2014

Please indicate:
 Reference No. “KCO/PLAN/2014-083” in the email subject.

Vacancy Announcement“KCO/NUTR/2014-084”  

Duty Station:Lodwar

Nutrition Specialist, NO-C, Post#90643

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Date of Issue:
 05 December 2014

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position in UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO), Lodwar Field Office.

Purpose of the Post:  Under the supervision of the Chief, Nutrition, and general supervision of the Chief Field Office this post is Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition project(s) in selected counties to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of project goals and objectives.
Accountable for ensuring that all aspects of the Nutrition project/programme promote gender equality, and for collaborating to mainstream key features across all related sectors of the country programme.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
 
Project Planning, Development and Management
  • Enhance effective project, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, addressing gender inequality and determinants of gender equality; ensure the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.
Knowledge Management
  • Further promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities.
  • Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned; provides solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach
  • Promote the quality of rights-based Nutrition projects and programmes through participation in the formulation of programme/project goals, strategies and approaches, especially those that increase gender equality. 
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or project management processes using a gender-sensitive, results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring
  • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches, with an emphasis on promoting a shared understanding and approach to reducing gender inequalities and achieving gender mainstreaming.
  • Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that Nutrition project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database). Follow up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.
Project Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Ensure project, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. 
  • Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, ensuring that quantitative and qualitative lessons learned in gender equality in nutrition are included as a standard feature. 
  • Ensure the preparation of annual Nutrition sector status reports.
Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals
  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes and focusing on the contributions of gender equality in achieving these goals.
UNICEF and Government Accountability
  • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability.  
  • Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.
Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership
  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Nutrition programme requirements and objectives. 
  • Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and conduct periodic programme reviews with county Government counterparts and other partners, employing qualitative as well as quantitative gender sensitive monitoring methods as useful.
  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
  • Coordinate with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors, ensuring that interventions to reduce gender inequalities are mainstreamed across the sectors.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Nutrition project or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Interact with county Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Health programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Nutrition programme goals.
Required Qualifications: Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Public Health & Nutrition, Health Sciences, International Health & Nutrition, Family Health & Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Health & Nutrition Education, Health & Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health, Health Emergency Preparedness, or other relevant discipline(s).

Training in gender and in nutrition programmes that promote gender equality an asset.

Experience:
  • Five years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO)
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.
Language: Good knowledge of English language and knowledge of the working language of the duty station.

Competencies:
 
 
Core Values (Required)
 
i) Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication [II]
  • Working with People [I]
  • Drive for Results [I]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]
  • Relating and Networking [I]  
  • Applying Technical Expertise [I]                      
  • Learning and Researching   [II]
  • Leading and Supervising [I]
  • Analyzing [III]        
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their P11, curriculum vitae, P11 (CLICK HERE to download) (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:   

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Please indicate reference No. “KCO/NUTR/2014-084” in the email subject.

Closing Date: 18 December 2014

“Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”

Vacancy Announcement “KCO/PROG/2014-080”  

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Duty Station:
Garissa 

Posts:
 Chief Field Office, NO-D

Type of Contract: Fixed Term
 
Post #90622

Date of Issue:
 05 December 2014

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position in Garissa Field Office of UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO)

Purpose of the Post:
 Under overall guidance of Chief Field Operations, ensure effective management of the Field Office specifically in the development, design, planning and implementation of the UNICEF supported programmes in 6 ASAL Counties (Garissa; Wajir; Mandera; Tana River; Marsabit and Isiolo);  
Major Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Represent UNICEF in all matters related to programme planning and implementation in the geographical area covered by the Field Office. Provide leadership, guidance and supervision of the Field Office staff, and ensure staff safety and security is given paramount importance. 
  • Technical Leadership in all aspects of devolution, providing guidance and direction in ensuring a coordinated approach to UNICEF programme delivery in the geographical area. Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve results for children.
  • Programming and Management of Programme: Responsible for overall development and establishment of the Field Office work plans, monitoring compliance, and providing support and guidance to ensure the Field Office delivers on the planned results.
  • Coordination: Interact with County Governments and other partners, NGO's, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme implementation, monitoring, and follow up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.  Provide technical support, orientation and guidance to implementing partners and County Government officials on appropriate technical and institutional capacity-building measures to achieve programme goals and expand coverage of services.
  • Field Monitoring and reporting: Conduct field monitoring visits and organize assessment missions in the areas of coverage to ensure programme effectiveness, identifying bottlenecks and instituting remedial measures. Ensure timely preparation and submission of progress/status reports required from the Field Office for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis and assessment, annual reports.
  • Resource Mobilization: Identify possible donors, strengthen partnerships for children and maintain close liaison with the Nairobi Office for resource mobilization and leveraging.
Required Qualifications:
  • Advanced University Degree in Education or social sciences as related technical field. 
  • Qualifications in the field of Management will be an added advantage.
Experience:
  • Eight years increasingly responsible relevant experience in the area of development programme management, UN System Field experience in strategic programme management in international development. 
  • International and Developing country work experience. 
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency programme implementation. 
Language: Good knowledge of English language and knowledge of the working language of the duty station.

Competencies
 
i) Core Values (Required)
  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Integrity
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication [Level II]
  • Working with People [Level II]
  • Drive for Results [level II]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Leading and Supervising [Level II] 
  • Analyzing [Level II] 
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [level III]
  • Persuading and Influencing [Level III]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [Level III]
  • Planning and Organizing [Level I]
  • Adapting and Responding Change [Level III]
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks [Level III]
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their P11, curriculum vitae, P11 (CLICK HERE to download) (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:   

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Closing Date: 18 December 2014

Please indicate
 Reference No. “KCO/PROG/2014-080” in the email subject.

Vacancy Announcement: “KCO/CP/2014-085”

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Duty Station:
Nairobi

Child Protection Specialist, NO-C, Post#90618

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Date of Issue:
 05 December 2014            

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position of Child Protection Specialist in UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO)

Purpose of the Post:
 Under the supervision of Child Protection Specialist/Social Welfare based in Nairobi, responsible for contributing to the development of a national child protection system that prevents and responds to violence, abuse and exploitation of children.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
 
With specific emphasis on: 

(1) the development, implementation, and coordination activities of the joint program to accelerate abandonment of FGM/C

(2) within the context of systems development, provide technical support for the implementation of the VAC Response plan; 

(3) take lead in knowledge generation around child marriage in the country and advocate for inclusion of outcomes in key development interventions; 

(4) and supporting the roll out of the system approach at county and sub-county level with a particular focus on Violence against Children, harmful practices, access to justice for Children in close collaboration with field offices. 
  • Develop child protection projects/interventions focussing on harmful practices mainly FGM/C and child marriage abandonment strategies; be responsible for their planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Work closely with program colleagues to ensure inclusion of relevant advocacy and service delivery activities for vulnerable groups in existing and new projects in other programme areas.
  •  Within UNICEF, and as required, contribute to raising additional funds by preparing proposals, briefing notes and concept notes and liaise with potential donors for the program.
  • Spearhead building of partnerships with senior Government officials, none-state actors (such as NGOs, FBOs, CBOs), religious leaders, the private sector, other UN agencies, media, artists and celebrities, communities and young people to form positive social norms that ensure the formation of critical mass for the abandonment of harmful practices in Kenya and support implementation of laws, policies and programmes that protect children from harmful practices; strengthen coordination of efforts towards abandonment of harmful practices.
  • Responsible to analyse existing information and data on harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) for advocacy, policy dialogue with Government, design of strategies and programme formulation aimed at accelerating abandonment of FGM/C; identify gaps in the abandonment efforts and devise ways to address; apply social norms change theory to programming to park off an abandonment movement in the country; ensure information is shared with the chief of section, senior management and other relevant colleagues on new developments regarding FGM/C abandonment efforts.
  • Generate knowledge on child marriage in the country; provide technical support for the management and sharing of that knowledge; spearhead dialogue with Government and other stakeholders on child marriage; carry out field visits to carry out community conversations on child marriage and contribute these to national dialogue and efforts.
  • In coordination and collaboration with Communication for Development (C4D), support the development of effective communication and information materials aimed at bringing about change in social and individual behaviour as well as in law and administrative.
  • Carry out field assessment visits for evaluating the effectiveness of UNICEF interventions, identifying problems and proposing remedial solutions; and monitoring reporting systems for child protection, including useful indicators to monitor and evaluate national and county efforts for the abandonment of harmful practices.
  • Assist in defining strategies for Child Protection actors using the social norms change in programming; lead capacity building of stakeholders on understanding social norms change and provide technical support for the national efforts to outline a national movement towards abandonment of harmful practices; plan and organize trainings and orientation activities for Government and NGO personnel, community members and young people in order to mobilize a critical mass nodding for the abandonment of FGM/C and child marriage.
  • Prepare country programme documentation, contribute to the child protection annual reports and analyses; supervise and monitor management of cash and other supply assistance, budget reviews and maintenance of data ensuring efficient use of funds and reporting thereafter.
Required Qualifications: Advanced university degree in the social sciences (Sociology, Education and or Law) or other relevant field.

Experience:
  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, implementation and management of field programmes with special emphasis on Child protection especially on abandonment of FGM/C and child marriage, Violence against Children, psychosocial support, working with and on community mechanisms, Case Management, and or GBV. 
  • This position requires excellent writing and analytical skills, supervisory skills and the candidate will be expected to support resource mobilization to support child protection program.
  • Knowledge and understanding of social norms is an asset.
Language: 
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili. 
  • Knowledge of one or more of languages of communities in Kenya is an added advantage.
Competencies:

i) Core Values (Required)
  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Integrity  
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication [Level II] 
  • Working with People   [Level II]      
  • Drive for Results   [level II]  
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Leading and Supervising    [Level I]                      
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [Level II]
  • Analyzing   [Level III] 
  • Relating and Networking [Level II]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [Level II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [Level III]
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curriculum vitae, P11 (CLICK HERE to download) (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: kenyahrvacancies@unicef.org

Closing Date: 18 December 2014

Please indicate Reference No. “KCO/CP/2014-085” in the email subject.

“Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”
 
Zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse  
 

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