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Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the Social Policy officer is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in all stages of social policy programming 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) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services.
This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, nutrition, and child protection, among others.
How can you make a difference?
Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
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 to reduce child poverty.
Analyzes key social policy issues and its implications for children, and proposes appropriate responses.
Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
Supports the development and / or implementation of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized.
Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers, and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services related to nutrition, health, and education, among others.
Supports improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
Improving use of public financial resources for children
Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to key ministries, such as finance, governance, and social development among others to improve public allocations for programmes and services targeted to children and their families.
Works with sector colleagues to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on investments relevant for children.
Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery.
4. Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.
Where national decentralization processes are taking place, collaborates with national and subnational authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-
focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities.
Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.
5. Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.
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 Sustainable Development Goals.
Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
6. UNICEF Programme Management
Helps manage and coordinate technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-
up and delivery. Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme.
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.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
A university degree in one of the following fields is required : Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field
A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience is required, preferably with direct government experience in the social development field.
Proven experience in social program financial analysis and budgeting exercises.
Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
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.
The technical competencies required for this post are .Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning & Researching and Planning & Organizing.
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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.
Candidates must be of Mexican Nationality
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Thu Sep 13 2018 10 : 00 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Central Daylight Time (Mexico)
Closing Date Mon Oct 01 2018 00 : 55 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT)