Social Policy Officer, NOB, Hargeisa

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Employer: UNICEF
Job Title: Social Policy Officer, NOB, Hargeisa
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Hargeisa
Category: Other

Social Policy Officer, NOB, Hargeisa,Somaliland, Post #105634


Job no: 512466
Position type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Somalia
Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn'l(ESARO)
School/Unit: Somalia
Department/Office: Hargeisa, Somalia
Categories: Social and Economic Policy

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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.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

UNICEF's work on gender equality is guided by the Gender Action Plan 2018-2021 (GAP 2.0), is the organization's roadmap for supporting the achievement of gender equality goals as outlined in Agenda 2030/SDGs, with a focus on adolescent girls empowerment; equality in life outcomes and socialization for girls and boys; and gender responsive communities and systems that support women and children.

And we never give up.

For every child, Hope

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Chief of Field Office, the Social Policy officer is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c)  the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and (d) gender sensitive social protection and gender mainstreaming support across the zonal office. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on emergency, education, health, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action
  2. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
  3. Improving use of public financial resources for children
  4. Technical support for gender mainstreaming
  5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  6. Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
  7. UNICEF Programme Management

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines is required.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience is required.

    Experience working with safety nets, cash programming and policy development

    Experience working on gender mainstreaming

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

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.

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Apr 20 2018 E. Africa Standard Time
Application close: May 03 2018 E. Africa Standard Time

Publish date: 2018-04-20 22:13:52
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