Knowledge Management Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Philippines

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th October, 2019

Job Description

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.

For every child, a fair chance

UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. To ensure that interventions are sustainable and scaled up, UNICEF will support primarily local government units (LGUs) as the main instruments of delivering services and building systems. The level of engagement with government institutions will take into account capacities, economies of scale and sector issues.

It has a field office in Cotabato City, the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms.

How can you make a difference?

The Knowledge Management Specialist will be primarily responsible for developing a well-maintained knowledge management system that gathers, packages, maintains, distributes updated evidence for internal and external audiences, the goal of promoting best policy and programme practices in accelerating positive change for children. and promoting The Knowledge Management Specialist will promote a culture of learning and information exchange and support the Programmes teams to continuously identify and promote opportunities for innovations to accelerate results

Under the direct Supervision of the Deputy Representative, the post shall undertake the following:

Promote innovations to accelerate results. The Country Office has a systematized approach for identifying opportunities for innovation, including Technology for Development. These will be based on the knowledge and analysis undertaken with programmes best practices and lessons learned from strategic reviews and evaluations; and best practices in other countries in the region and beyond. They should be translated into Innovation and T4D action plans.

  • Promote a better understanding of, respect and support for innovations and use of technology for development. Within UNICEF Philippines with the ultimate objective of contributing to a culture of learning within the office and among key partners. Ensure rapid and accurate information and knowledge dissemination to key audiences
  • Make occasional field trips to support and participate in assessment, validation and in developing evidence-based documentation.
  • Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of best practice innovations and lessons learned and their dissemination among country office, regional and HQ colleagues.

Adaptive Management, Best Practices and Learning: Lessons learned and best practices in the areas of policy innovation, programme planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation are captured and promote a culture of reflection and learning; ensure real time evidence drawn from situation and results monitoring and programme implementation experience influences policy dialogue, strengthens programme implementation and adaptation.

  • In close collaboration with the Project Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) and Programme Over Sight Hub (POSH) units and all Output teams, support the implementation of systems that enable Adaptive Management and Learning.
  • Conduct timely and accurate evaluation activities to ensure the use, effectiveness and impact of adaptive management approaches. Including developing a set of knowledge management performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of programme learning.
  • Undertake lessons learned review of successful and unsuccessful knowledge management experiences and share observations/findings with country, regional and HQ colleagues so best practices and insights can benefit UNICEF’s knowledge management work.

Knowledge Management Strategy: Lead the development of a clear knowledge management strategy and associated work plan for establishing UNICEF Philippines as a knowledge hub on children and the issues affecting them and for achieving its policy/advocacy objectives.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative maintain close coordination with the Representative, Social Policy Chief, Communication Chief, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, and Regional and HQ Knowledge Management Officers for effective overall implementation of the knowledge management strategy – including decisions and recommendations on the design, and planning and the on-going development of tools for the dissemination of programme information, best practices, lessons learned for sharing with target audiences.

On-line Platforms for KM and Strategic Collaboration. The UNICEF Country office will implement the ECM function and have a fully developed online platforms for knowledge transfer and information sharing and to support strategic collaborative programming, particularly in support of cross sectoral results.

Collaborates closely with ICT, web focal point and communications team to develop and manage on-line platforms to optimized strategic knowledge and information sharing and implement the ECM function.

Capacity building and support to innovations, evidence generation and use: Internal capacity on knowledge acquisition, management, and sharing, and Technology for Development is developed and strengthened. Staff and key partners have capacity to UNICEF to produce, visualize and disseminate high quality evidence that can be used to influence and inform the development and implementation of policies and programmes for children, and contribute to the global knowledge on children.

  • Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative advise UNICEF management, colleagues and staff on knowledge management strategy and innovations and implications for action and policies proposed.
  • Support knowledge management activities through information exchange and building the capacity of the country office team.
  • Build the Country Office knowledge management capacity to produce, access, and distribute knowledge in various formats for local and global use, adhering to quality standards.
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen the capacity of partners through appropriate knowledge management training and knowledge sharing.

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

  • An advanced university degree in Policy, Research and Analysis, Social Sciences, Development Planning or another relevant technical field is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience is required in social policy, research and analysis.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 8 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.


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