Deadline: 25 May, 2021

Location: Bangui, Central African Republic

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is seeking to fill the role of Social Policy Specialist.

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.


  • Establish the social protection section’s annual workplan
  • With the social protection team, set priorities/targets and performance measurement, monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards
  • Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines and provide timely guidance to enable the team to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently
  • Develop social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention to the most marginalised children
  • In collaboration with partners, identify, generate and present evidence to support work
  • Design and ensure implementation of quality assurance strategies/processes for the implementation of integrated programme
  • Support the design, implementation and monitoring of an integrated national social protection programme in close collaboration with other partners (including World Bank, EU, FAO, WFP, Cash Working Group)
  • Manage and coordinate technical support around social protection, ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion to adequately support scaleup and delivery
  • Ensure risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, cooperating partners, and governments
  • Oversee the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routine report and use data for policy decision making
  • Provide timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritisation, planning, and development
  • Facilitate results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling up of specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty
  • Undertake budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children
  • Work with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies, social protection and social policy institutions, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration
  • Oversee the analysis of national budgets for social protection/social policy, cost analysis and value-for-money studies, to advocate improvements in sector efficiency


  • Advanced university degree in Development Studies, Social Policy, Social Protection, International Development, Business Administration, Economics, or a related field
  • Ten years, minimum, of relevant professional experience in social protection, child protection and systems strengthening at national and international levels (including UN and/or developing country)
  • Development country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency will be a plus
  • Fluency in English and French
  • Knowledge of another official UN language will be a plus

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