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For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:
In an effort to measurably improve UNICEF's ability to deliver better results for children, 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.
Organizational Context and Purpose for the job:
Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative-Programmes, responsible for coordinating the formulation, planning, monitoring and reporting on the results set out in the country programme, in collaboration with the sectoral programme and operations chiefs, and communication chief. Further responsibility for this position includes quality assurance and risk management of donor reports and budget/contribution management, as well as the implementing programme partnership agenda, including HACT (Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfer). Leadership and coordination on knowledge management for the office also sits under the purview of this position.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks:
- Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
- Provides support to the Deputy Representative-Programmes and leads in preparation, review and analysis of strategic programme planning documentation and processes, including the overall Country Programme planning, mid-term reviews / strategic moments of reflection and mid / end year reviews;
- Supports section chiefs in resource mobilization, ensuring that there are credible linkages made between the Country Programme funding needs and fundraising efforts with a focus on oversight of funding trends analysis and gaps;
- Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key programme performance indicators, provide professional inputs to management reports and contribute to UNICEF’s preparation for and participation in the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) planning, reviews and reporting processes. Shifting towards greater results based budgeting moving away increasingly from transaction based analysis. Will be responsible for discussion with the government counterparts on drafting and finalization of the Country Programme Document (CPD);
- Coordinates and guides the preparation and quality assurance processes of results-based, equitable and rolling work plans for the India country programme;
- Oversees, provides guidance and technical support and supervises staff responsible for establishing quality assurance mechanisms related to improved planning and effective use of planning tools in field offices and programme sections in line with the results-based management principles and standards. Identifies capacity building requirements and systematically explore opportunities for strengthening Results-Based Management (RBM) skills for government counterparts, other partners and UNICEF staff;
- Oversees, provides guidance and technical support and supervises staff responsible for establishing programme monitoring mechanisms. Oversees and provides technical guidance on setting up programme monitoring systems/tools using digital platforms, oversees the further development, if any, of the State Management Dashboard – programmes and budget management;
- Coordinate the country programme Key Performance Indicator status reporting required for UNICEF India Country Management Team, including budget reviews, programme analysis, and year-end corporate reports. Oversees the development and strengthening of existing reporting systems and other corporate reports; Supervises the management and quality assurance of all donor reports and contribution management related items, ensures completeness and quality of annual, donor and other programme reporting requirements and development of related India Country Office policies, procedures and systems;
- Oversees, provides guidance and supervises staff responsible for fund management with increasing focused on results-based budgeting and spending and monitoring of spending against results. It includes regular interaction with section chiefs and chief of field offices on various aspects of fund management, determining the resource envelope for the various programmes and overseeing that the India office achieves all the global indicators related to fund management. It will also include linking expenditures to programmes by systematic us of coding expenditures in line with results-based budgeting principles;
- Ensure that the work breakdown structure in VISION (UNICEF SAP ERP System) is correctly input and adhered to thereafter, and that programme coding and all special markers and reporting in VISION are properly done and updated. Ensure that UNICEF’s dashboard system of performance management and reporting is well understood, updated and applied;
- Coordinates the implementation of knowledge management processes and systems to be initiated in the office.
- Education: Advanced university degree in social sciences, demography, development planning, public administration, statistics or a related technical field.
- Work Experience: Eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning, monitoring and evaluation. Practical experience in community-based research is an asset.
- Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) and/or the local language of the duty station is considered an asset.