Policy Specialist – CEED (P-4), PG WASH – CEED Job in Kenya

Policy Specialist – CEED (P-4), PG WASH – CEED

Under the close supervision and guidance of the supervisor, the Policy Specialist shall have the following responsibilities: 1. Providing policy guidance to ensure that children’s issues, needs, and perspectives are represented in climate and environmental policies; 2. Enhancing UNICEF’s climate and sustainability programming and advocacy capacity and outputs at all levels; and 3. Engaging with key UNICEF partnerships and networks, with a focus on advancing work on climate action and sustainability.

Key Responsibilities

Provide policy guidance

  • Evaluate the impacts of UNICEF policies and programmes, identifying pathways for improvement and providing lessons learned to guide future policy creation and advocacy.
  • Review and consult on ongoing policy initiatives to assess their alignment with UNICEF’s SCAP and potential areas for collaboration.
  • Develop recommendations for new and existing policies to prioritize the perspectives and vulnerabilities of children and young people.
  • Co-ordinate policy plans and programmes with stakeholders, including children and young people, governments, UNICEF offices, and the private sector.
  • Consolidate and present evidence from climate and sustainability action integration in policy endeavors to inform stakeholders and explore avenues for collaboration.

Enhance programming and advocacy capacity

  • Develop advocacy materials to build the capacity of staff and disseminate the importance of climate and sustainability action throughout programming.
  • Develop and implement research to ground and contextualize policy recommendations and further the inclusion of children and young people across climate, environmental, disaster risk reduction, sustainability, and related sectoral policies
  • Identify potential partnerships to further UNICEF’s climate and sustainability advocacy reach.
  • Create and execute engagement sessions (workshops, trainings, etc.) to increase the capacity and skills for internal and external audiences.

Engage with key climate and sustainability partnerships and networks

  • Design and host child and youth engagement opportunities to elicit youth-centred policy proposal feedback and ideas.
  • Create and support capacity- and skills-building opportunities for children and young people on climate, environmental, disaster risk reduction, sustainability, and related sectoral policies
  • Prepare climate and sustainability policy content, updates, and advocacy materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Identify and support internal and external advocacy efforts.
  • Liaise with UNICEF strategic partnerships.


  • An advanced university degree in climate change, environmental science, engineering, disaster management, International Development, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy or other relevant disciplines is required.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in areas related to sustainability, international development, disaster management, environmental issues, public policy, social policy, and children’s health and wellbeing is required
  • Specific experience in policy formulation, implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation related to climate change, environment or disaster risk reduction is required preferably in a developing country context
  • Knowledge on climate, environment, and DRR impacts, assessments, and adaptation solutions required
  • Familiarity with children’s rights in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disaster risk reduction
  • Expertise in staff capacity building, developing tools, and providing training, particularly as part of a global/regional role in support of other country offices will be considered an asset.
  • Experience working on CEED issues within UNICEF or other international development agencies is considered an asset..
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French or Spanish) is an asset.

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