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Job Description

Location: Somalia
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

If you are a committed Somali National, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

Purpose of the Post:

Under the general guidance of the Chief of Field Office, and the technical supervision of the Nairobi-based Chief of Social Policy and Social Welfare Specialist, responsible for the technical oversight, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of assigned programme/project(s) in Somaliland.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Together with a government-led Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and the UNICEF Social Welfare Specialist, coordinate and manage all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation of a social protection system and pilot child grant programme.
Conduct evidence-based policy analysis in support of programme sections in the area of UN joint programming and ensure national plans, policies and budgets prioritize child rights and are effectively implemented.
Monitor and update current information on state budget and spending patterns and decentralization status of social services on an on-going basis to support advocacy for effective decentralized service delivery.
Analyse national and district budget focusing on the areas of acceleration to achieve the SDG related child outcomes. Actively participate in relevant budget related meetings.

Qualifications, Experience and Attributes

Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, or related technical field. A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
Five years of progressively responsible professional work, experience at the national and international levels in programme management, monitoring and evaluation in a related field;
Experience in program coordination and working partnership with government representatives;
Fluency in oral and written English and Somali languages is required;
Previous experience working in social protection programming and particularly developing social protection systems or implementing cash transfer programmes, is highly preferred;
Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches;
High sense of integrity and commitment;
Good communication and analytical skills;
Computer skills.

Benefits and Entitlements
Employees’ benefit from family friendly, work-life, and diversity policies, and UNICEF is committed to maintaining a balanced gender and geographical representation. Other Benefits and entitlements include:

Annual leave
• Dependency allowance
• Medical and dental insurance
• Pension scheme
• Education grant for special children
• Life insurance
• Paid sick leave
• Family leave
• Danger pay
• Maternity / Paternity adoption leave
• Special leave


Founded in 1946, UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child in 190 countries and territories, with a special focus on reaching those in greatest need. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
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