TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: Social Policy Specialist (Public Finance – Education), P3, Lilongwe, Malawi # 111094 194 views0 applications


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 fair chance

UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’. The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication). The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Chief Education and Adolescents, the Social Policy Specialist (Public Finance – Education) is responsible for providing technical support to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results – in particular with regard to improving the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management, with a focus on the education sector. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, nutrition, child protection, water and sanitation.

Currently, the Malawi country office is operating under a matrix-management model, where individuals will have more than one reporting line. The Chief of Education and Adolescents is the principal supervisor of the Social Policy Specialist (Public Finance – Education), however the incumbent will operate in a matrix management model, where s/he will support different programme pillars and report to different supervisors depending on the pillar s/he supports. Irrespective of the pillar the incumbent supports, s/he will always maintain a technical reporting line to the Chief of Social Policy. Those who supervise the incumbent and are not the principal supervisor will be considered as the secondary supervisor.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. IMPROVING USE OF PUBLIC FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

  • Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children, with a focus on education.
  • Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on education investments; supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive education interventions.
  • Conduct analysis on adequacy and efficiency of education spending and allocation mix of resources to improve access and quality of education.
  • 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.

2. STRENGTHENING CAPACITY OF CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PLAN, BUDGET, CONSULT ON AND MONITOR CHILD-FOCUSED SOCIAL SERVICES, WITH A FOCUS ON EDUCATION

  • Collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities. In doing so, identify and cultivate collaborations with other critical partners, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs). Supports local governments in formulating child-centered budgets and strengthens capacity in analyzing inequities in the distribution of resources to Local Authorities.
  • Collaborates with central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.

3. EDUCATION DATA AND PERFORMANCE MONITORING

  • Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services in support of the social policy and education programmes and the country programme overall.
  • Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on economic policies and government budgets.
  • 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 sustainable, equitable and transparent social sector budgets, actively facilitating the participation of citizens, including children, in budget processes (in collaboration with UNICEF sectoral colleagues), and expanding accessibility of budget information.
  • Support management of available baseline information on national statistics and key indicators through established databases for easy access and use. Prepare country level statistical reports on the key indicators for country office performance monitoring and provide a technical support to regional and global reporting obligations.
  • Coordinate within the Country Office and partners and provide assistance in their using up-to-date information in, inter alia, Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, Annual Reviews, Mid-Term Reviews, and Annual Reports or other progress reports.
  • In collaboration with the data team support the development of education linked national reports such as the SGD annual report, as well as preparation of investment cases for the Pillar on secondary education, primary education, early childhood education, adolescent development and data programming.
  • Provide technical support to ensure that the CO has information necessary for UNICEF to effectively report on and advocate for children’s rights through the appropriate channels.

4. UNICEF PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

  • Manages and coordinates technical support around public finance 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 that the social planning project enhances 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 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 Economics, preferably Education Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy or another relevant technical field is required.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional social policy work experience is required. Experience with education and economic data analysis, as well as public financial system strengthening will be an added advantage.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

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)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Persuading & Influencing (II)
  • Planning & Organizing (III)

View our competency framework at:

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.”

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.

The United Nations Children's Fund is a United Nations (UN) programme headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its executive committee.

UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946. On Rajchman's suggestion, the American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director, serving from 1947 until his death in 1965. In 1953, UNICEF's mandate was extended to address the needs of children in the developing world and became a permanent part of the United Nations System. At that time, the words "international" and "emergency" were dropped from the organization's name, making it simply the United Nations Children's Fund, or popularly known as "UNICEF".

UNICEF relies on contributions from governments and private donors, UNICEF's total income for 2008 was US$3,372,540,239. Governments contribute two-thirds of the organization's resources. Private groups and some six million individuals contribute the rest through national committees. It is estimated that 92 per cent of UNICEF revenue is distributed to programme services.UNICEF's programmes emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children. UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 and the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord in 2006.

Most of UNICEF's work is in the field, with staff in over 190 countries and territories. More than 200 country offices carry out UNICEF's mission through programmes developed with host governments. Seven regional offices provide technical assistance to country offices as needed.

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0 USD Lilongwe CF 3201 Abc road Temporary , 40 hours per week United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

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 fair chance

UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’. The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication). The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Chief Education and Adolescents, the Social Policy Specialist (Public Finance - Education) is responsible for providing technical support to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results – in particular with regard to improving the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management, with a focus on the education sector. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, nutrition, child protection, water and sanitation.

Currently, the Malawi country office is operating under a matrix-management model, where individuals will have more than one reporting line. The Chief of Education and Adolescents is the principal supervisor of the Social Policy Specialist (Public Finance – Education), however the incumbent will operate in a matrix management model, where s/he will support different programme pillars and report to different supervisors depending on the pillar s/he supports. Irrespective of the pillar the incumbent supports, s/he will always maintain a technical reporting line to the Chief of Social Policy. Those who supervise the incumbent and are not the principal supervisor will be considered as the secondary supervisor.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. IMPROVING USE OF PUBLIC FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

  • Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children, with a focus on education.
  • Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on education investments; supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive education interventions.
  • Conduct analysis on adequacy and efficiency of education spending and allocation mix of resources to improve access and quality of education.
  • 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.

2. STRENGTHENING CAPACITY OF CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PLAN, BUDGET, CONSULT ON AND MONITOR CHILD-FOCUSED SOCIAL SERVICES, WITH A FOCUS ON EDUCATION

  • Collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities. In doing so, identify and cultivate collaborations with other critical partners, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs). Supports local governments in formulating child-centered budgets and strengthens capacity in analyzing inequities in the distribution of resources to Local Authorities.
  • Collaborates with central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.

3. EDUCATION DATA AND PERFORMANCE MONITORING

  • Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services in support of the social policy and education programmes and the country programme overall.
  • Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on economic policies and government budgets.
  • 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 sustainable, equitable and transparent social sector budgets, actively facilitating the participation of citizens, including children, in budget processes (in collaboration with UNICEF sectoral colleagues), and expanding accessibility of budget information.
  • Support management of available baseline information on national statistics and key indicators through established databases for easy access and use. Prepare country level statistical reports on the key indicators for country office performance monitoring and provide a technical support to regional and global reporting obligations.
  • Coordinate within the Country Office and partners and provide assistance in their using up-to-date information in, inter alia, Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, Annual Reviews, Mid-Term Reviews, and Annual Reports or other progress reports.
  • In collaboration with the data team support the development of education linked national reports such as the SGD annual report, as well as preparation of investment cases for the Pillar on secondary education, primary education, early childhood education, adolescent development and data programming.
  • Provide technical support to ensure that the CO has information necessary for UNICEF to effectively report on and advocate for children’s rights through the appropriate channels.

4. UNICEF PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

  • Manages and coordinates technical support around public finance 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 that the social planning project enhances 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 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 Economics, preferably Education Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy or another relevant technical field is required.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional social policy work experience is required. Experience with education and economic data analysis, as well as public financial system strengthening will be an added advantage.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

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)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Persuading & Influencing (II)
  • Planning & Organizing (III)

View our competency framework at:

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.”

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

2019-08-31

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