Lima | Peru

Position Title: SOCIAL POLICY OFFICER (Public Management)

Country: Peru

Job Level: NOA

Case No. PER17011

If you are a committed, creative professional, National of Peru, and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like you to apply to become a part of our organization.

Purpose of the Position

The Social Policy Officer (Public Management) will address actions related to policy advocacy and technical assistance, with political actors and state officials nationwide, as well as at sub-national levels (regional and local), to strengthen capabilities on planning, programming and executing policies, programs and public projects linked to children and adolescents, which are aimed at reducing inequalities. This task will include actions to strengthen the connection between national sectors and between the various government levels.

Key expected results

  • Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action
  • Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
  • Improving data collection, analysis, knowledge generation and dissemination and advocacy regarding public finance for children
  • Improving use of public financial resources for children
  • Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services
  • Strengthening advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive budget and social policy
  • UNICEF Programme Management
  • Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

    Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action

  • Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
  • Provides timely, 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 reduce child poverty.
  • Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, 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 effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children
  • Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

  • Supports the development of 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.
  • Supports 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.
  • Supports improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
  • 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. Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
  • Supports the identification of 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
  • Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.

  • Where national decentralization processes are taking place, 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 responds to the needs of local communities.
  • Collaborates with the 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.
  • Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy

  • 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 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.
  • UNICEF Programme Management

  • Manages and coordinates technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance 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.
  • Candidate profile:

  • University degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant discipline.
  • One year of progressively responsible relevant professional work experience is required.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization or national level development assistance an asset. Background/familiarity with emergency situations. Experience with addressing gender disparities.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and spoken.
  • Strong commitment to UNICEF's mission and mandate.
  • National of Peru. This is a National Officer local post in Peru and it is opened to receive only candidates with Peruvian nationality.
  • Last date for receiving applications is 11 December 2016

    Note: Screening of applicants will bedone in Feb-March 2017. Onboarding of selected applicant is planned for May 2017.

    Unicef is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds (particularly indigenous people), as well as persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: Lima | Peru
    • Grade: Junior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Social studies
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-12

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