Social Policy Specialist-UNICEF Job

UNICEF is looking for a seasoned professional Social Policy Specialist who will provide oversight, quality assurance and technical support to the Government of Ethiopia and regional authorities for strengthening national child sensitive social protection systems, including social cash transfers and other social protection mechanisms, which address both economic and social vulnerability of children and their families, including in the context of humanitarian apply. Taking up this assignment is motivating and rewarding. The office is looking into transferring this TA post to a FT within the new country programme.

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,Hope


To provide technical assistance, quality oversight and support in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social protection programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results.

How can you make a difference?

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks


  1. Improving generation of data and evidence to inform child-sensitive and gender-responsive social protection
  • Develops evidence on social protection with a focus on children and gender related issues.
  • Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and vulnerabilities, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
  • Provides technical support and quality assurance of research and studies and 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 promote social protection and use of evidence.
  • Analyzes the context and its impact on social protection, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effects of social welfare policies on the rights of girls and boys.
  1. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
  • Develops social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized.  Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
  • Promotes strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection and HIV.
  • Undertakes improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, gender issues and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
  1. Analysis and advocacy on public financing of social protection that benefits children
  • Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions on social protection to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
  • Identifies 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, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation
  1. Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social protection.
  •  Collaborates with federal and regional/local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes to enable and implement child-sensitive social protection programs and interventions
  • Develops capacity at regional/local levels for the efficient development, monitoring and implementation of child-sensitive social protection interventions in an inter-sectorial manner
  • Strengthens capacity to integrate gender-responsive/transformative measures on social protection
  1.   Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social protection
  • Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of girls and boys,  and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social protection 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.
  1.   UNICEF Programme Management
  • Manages and coordinates technical support around social protection 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 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 protection/ social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Policy, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional work experience in social protection is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country, preferably in African contexts.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.


Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund

Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Grade: P-4, International Professional – Internationally recruited position – Mid-level

Occupational Groups:

    • Legal – Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-17

For more information, please visit  Job application of UNICEF 

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