Programme Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund




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.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Advisory support to SBC Specialist and Deputy Representative
  • Support programme/project development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Advisory services and technical support to emergency preparedness and response
  • Advocacy, networking, and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

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

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in gender studies, social sciences, and development (i.e., sociology, behavioral sciences, psychology, political science, social policy, or economics), or other field relevant to UNICEF’s sectoral work (e.g., Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection, Social Inclusion, HIV/AIDs, etc.).
  • Academic credentials in gender are a strong asset.
  • Minimum five years of progressively professional experience of programming and research on gender equality and development or integrated “gender and sectoral” frameworks, programme design, advice and monitoring approaches, including transformative results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of UNICEF/UN organizational and programme approaches and sectoral priorities.
  • Strong leadership, influencing and collaboration skills
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

Technical knowledge :

  • Strong substantive, technical, programmatic and research skills in gender equality and transformation along with sectoral expertise in at least one of the following sectors: Health, Education, WASH, HIV/AIDS, Protection, Social Policy, SBC, ECD, or combined expertise in Adolescents.
  • Proven ability to connect sectoral issues and programmatic approaches on gender; experience with this in emergency contexts is an asset.
  • Substantive knowledge and experience integrating gender into humanitarian responses and programming, including needs assessment, programme implementation and monitoring is an asset.
  • Proven rigor in analytical, conceptual and programme /project design skills relevant to gender equality and development with an understanding of theories of change and the path from intervention to results.





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