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UNICEF is hiring a Planning and Monitoring Manager. Fixed Term Appointment, APPLY NOW

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

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For every child, hope

In ongoing humanitarian situations, robust performance monitoring is a core accountability and is essential to support effective response. To ensure effective monitoring of the programme actions is in place, the UNICEF ECA Regional Office seeks support from an experienced professional in planning, monitoring, and evaluation who would provide expertise in humanitarian performance monitoring and support the ECARO Programme Planning and Data team.

Within the framework of regional Humanitarian Action for Children, the primary purpose of the assignment is to ensure support to the ECA Regional Office in setting up and implementing a mechanism for information gathering and processing, management of humanitarian information management tools, procedures and systems, and facilitating effective HPM reporting. The incumbent will support the Regional Office in maintaining a functional HPM system that meets the monitoring and reporting requirements, working closely with the Refugee Response Teams, the RO Emergency section, the Programme sections, and the Programme Planning and Data section.

How can you make a difference? 

The position, strategically embedded within the Programme Planning and Data team, is pivotal in fostering the synergy between development and humanitarian planning and monitoring. This arrangement contributes to integrating these two critical areas, bolsters data preparedness, and fosters collaboration across various sections in the different stages of the humanitarian life cycle.

  1. Oversight of planning and results reporting at the regional level: The incumbent will ensure adequate guidance for planning, monitoring, and reporting on ongoing regional humanitarian responses. This includes working with sectoral teams, coordinating data validation exercises, defining regional SoPs for humanitarian planning, and continuing quality assurance and guidance.
  2. Regional HPM coordination: The incumbent will ensure coordination and collaboration on humanitarian data initiatives at the regional level. This includes continuing the RO HPM data working coordination, the HPM regional network, and interagency coordination with UNHCR and other partners.
  3. Humanitarian/Nexus Planning; Work in close collaboration with the Planning Specialist, the CRM team, and the Emergency team to ensure that COs have evidence-based preparedness plans. At the onset of an emergency support COs to operationalize the preparedness plans through the development and implementation of evidence-based emergency response plans aligned with the CCCs requirements informing HAC development and revisions.
  4. Multi-country support: In close collaboration with the emergency team and under the guidance of the regional chief of programme and planning, the incumbent will provide remote and face-to-face technical support to ensure HPM and data preparedness at the country and regional level. This includes providing surge support in the initial phase of a crisis, building regional assets such as LTAs and Rosters for HPM/IM/M&E capacity, templates, tools, and SoPs to be socialised in the region easily deployed by COs in case of need.
  5. Capacity Building: Lead initiatives to build HPM-related capacity in the region, focusing on humanitarian planning, monitoring, reporting, and knowledge management. This includes participating in sub-regional Emergency Preparedness and Response training to socialise the regional results framework and planning templates, ensuring new humanitarian responses build on previous learning and link to regular programs.
  6. Oversight and harmonization of HPM practices: Address HPM-related audit and evaluation recommendations by documenting the HPM work in the region, identifying potential solutions to make the HPM package more suitable for the ECA Region, and producing evidence to influence policy change. Foster collaboration with other regions facing similar issues and with a high representation of HICs and MICs. Contribute to documenting and implementing the nexus approach to ensure continuity between development and humanitarian programming, aligning with the regional approach to planning and results.

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

  • A Masters’ degree in social sciences, statistics, international development, or other related fields is required.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible work experience in Programme Development and implementation, Monitoring and evaluation, Information Management, Humanitarian Performance Monitoring, and Reporting is required.
  • Prior country level experience in emergency programming, including preparedness planning and active involvement in a humanitarian crisis is a requirement.
  • Knowledge of the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action framework.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Excel and ODK data collection systems is required.
  • Proven technical expertise for managing data capture and storage, analyzing diverse datasets, and presenting information in understandable visualizations and reports is required.
  • Experience in a client-orientation and key coordination role with strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills is required.
  • Ability to work independently and in constant communication across multiple teams and partners as well as emergency focal points in the region is required.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and deliver under pressure is a requisite.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization, tailoring language, tone, style, and format to match audience.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to emergency countries on short notice, as necessary.
  • Good knowledge of the humanitarian architecture, cluster systems and UNICEF coordination accountabilities in both displacement and refugee response.
  • Good understanding of the disaster risk reduction, humanitarian action, and development context in ECAR region is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is required. 
  • Proficiency in English, written and verbal, is required. Working knowledge of another official UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
Works Collaboratively with others (2)
Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
Nurtures, leads and manages people (2)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

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Advertised: 31 May 2024 W. Europe Daylight Time
Deadline: 16 Jun 2024 W. Europe Daylight Time

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