Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th May, 2018

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, a future

The purpose of this position is to strengthen the alignment of the work of UNICEF in FATA in view of the changing context and with the aim of the following:

  • Strengthening monitoring to provide best assurance about reported results in FATA
  • Sustaining the relevance and credibility of UNICEF to the donors in the context of FATA through assurance of progressive achievement of results for children in a transition from humanitarian to early recovery and sustainable development
  • Improving accountability in partnerships and better management of the fiduciary risk in the FATA context
  • Improving cost effectiveness and maximizing the value for money
  • Strengthening the engagement with government including the political administration and military within FATA while also getting closer to level of implementation
  • Leveraging partnership and, strengthening the dialogue for delivery of results for children at scale.

How can you make a difference?

Knowledge Management for Programme:

Provides timely, regular data-driven quantitative and qualitative analysis of the rights of children and women in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) to inform, effective prioritization, planning, and development of programmes and to provide the base-lines for result-based decisions on interventions by the respective sections. Contributes towards the preparation and draft of reports and donor proposals. Provide input to the SITREP, and progress on implementation of the UNICEF contribution to the FATA Transition Plan. Keep track of new developments in FATA including policies, legislations as well as risks and opportunities that might impact on results for children within UNICEF supported-programmes.

Result-based Programme Monitoring:

Lead a team of staff and consultants across all the programmes. Undertakes regular field visits to monitor programmes in FATA, as well as participating in bi-monthly periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Communicate with local counterpart authorities on projects implementation, effectiveness and sustainability including monitoring the flow of supply and non-supply assistance. Analyze programme implementation in FATA against established set targets in the FATA transition plan and advise on constraints affecting implementation and propose viable recommendations and alternative approaches.

Partnership coordination and collaboration:

Negotiate with the authorities in regard to access (NOCs- for travel and projects). Develop partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the programmes in FATA.

Rights Perspective and Advocacy:

Make regular contact with officials in FATA secretariat and the TDP officials in order to advocate UNICEF policy in FATA and linking up with other partners and national initiatives, promoting UNICEF role as a technical advisor and a significant sector player both at the policy as well as implementation level. Promotes and raises awareness on children's rights with both the general public and with policy makers, through effective information dissemination, participation in special events, to ensure local buy-in, commitment, and continued relevance of UNICEF programming.

Local capacity building and systems strengthening:

Assist government authorities in planning and organizing training programmes. Identifies training needs and objectives for the purpose of capacity building, programme sustainability, as well as promotion and advocacy. Work closely with consultants based inside FATA to ensure implementation of the capacity building efforts are effectively carried out.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Education: Advance university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in conflict resolution.

Work Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme planning, design, management, monitoring and evaluation in related field. Programme coordination experience preferably at middle to large size field office will be an advantage. Previous working experience with government is required while international Experience in multi sectoral/integrated programme would be an asset.

Languages: Fluency in English required. Knowledge of the local working languages of the duty station is essential.

Duty Station and Travel: Based in Peshawar with frequent travel to project areas in FATA and coordination activities in D.I Khan, Bannu and Tank.

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 functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Leading and Supervising [II]                   
  • Analyzing [II]                                                            
  • Persuading and Influencing [II]          
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II] 
  • Relating and Networking [II] 
  • Creating and Innovating [II]


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