Job Vacancies United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Children’s Fund
Position: Social Policy Specialist (Poverty and Inequality)
Closing Date: Friday, 04 February 2011
Location: United States of America (the) – New York
Purpose of the Position
You will identify and analyse economic and social policy issues with a focus on equity that affect the realization of children’s rights, at both global and national levels, and support the development of advocacy materials and policy approaches that safeguard and advance those rights.
Key Expected Results
Description of Responsibility
1. You will create and sustain organizational knowledge on policies and programmes which address child poverty and inequality in different contexts and globally. Initiate networking links with academic institutions, private research organizations, multilateral agencies and civil society that will facilitate exchange of lessons and experiences related to gaps and weaknesses in designing, implementing and financing policies and programmes that are related to poverty reduction and equitable policies for children and their families.
End Result(s): Updated organizational knowledge on anti-poverty and pro-equity economic and social policies in different contexts, visibility of and recognition to UNICEF as a global partner in poverty reduction.
2. You will support UNICEF offices and UN country teams in their efforts to influence national poverty reduction strategies and implement equity enhancing programmes. Support regional level work; initiate and/or sustain relevant multi-country initiatives. Develop and nurture strategic partnerships with key academic and government experts and institutions in developing and OECD countries as well as with other multilateral agencies to strengthen these initiatives and programmes; as necessary organize trainings, secure and update technical tools and inputs. Facilitate UNICEF’s knowledge networks which focus on child poverty and equity; make arrangements that constantly generate and disseminate information and feedback on implementation and progress.
End Result(s): Organizational knowledge on antipoverty and pro-equity economic and social policies is used at the country level and/or constantly put to reality check by UNICEF Country and Regional offices and partners.
3. You will provide technical support to UNICEF offices and partners in conceptualizing and measuring child poverty and inequality in different economic, cultural and institutional contexts using a human rights approach. Contribute to better understanding, of the impact of poverty and inequality on children’s lives by proposing innovative awareness-raising initiatives.
End Result(s): UNICEF uses effectively child poverty indicators and relevant measurements. Enhanced methodological awareness is observed on various poverty measures across the organization.
4. You will support UNICEF’s advocacy efforts that address poverty and inequality. Help the organization to understand better the role of political economy, governance and institutional capacity and as well as the strategic positions of key stakeholders and change agents in poverty reduction in developing countries; in collaboration with partners initiate strategic research that will facilitate the development of new concepts, frameworks and approaches that strengthen UNICEF’s policy development and advocacy efforts addressing child poverty, deprivation and discrimination.
End Result(s): Enhanced quality and effectiveness of UNICEF’s advocacy efforts around child poverty, deprivation and discrimination at country, regional and global level.
5. You will develop and sustain statistical databases on poverty and inequalities, as well as policy and programme inventories, which support UNICEF’s analytical and advocacy work on economic and social policies. Liaise with external partners; support and contribute to trainings which strengthen organizational or national capacity to use these tools better.
End Result(s): Improved internal and external availability of data and information related to poverty, deprivation and discrimination and stronger capacity within UNICEF and/or among our external partners to use these data for analysis and advocacy.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced degree in economics or quantitative social sciences.
Eight years of progressively responsible, professional work experience. Incumbent should also have some hands-on work experience in public policy making and/or economic and social policy analysis preferably in developing country environments. Evidence of publications in public policy. Experience with UNICEF and/or other organizations in economic and social analysis of programmes for the benefit of women and children is an asset.
Fluency in English and another UN language.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment
Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals
Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear
Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments
Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities
Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization
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 organisation.
How to apply
If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children’s rights organization, would like to hear from you.
Visit us at www.unicef.org/about/employ to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2011-000070. Applications must be received by 04 February 2011.
Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.
In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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