UNICEF Vacancy: Social Protection Specialist, P-3 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNICEF Vacancy: Social Protection Specialist, P-3, Temporary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job no: 513204
Position type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Ethiopia
Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn’l(ESARO)
School/Unit: Ethiopia
Department/Office: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Categories: Social and Economic Policy

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.

How can you make a difference?                                                             

Support and promote UNICEF’s Integrated Systems Agenda in Social Protection with focus on UNICEF-led ‘Cash Plus’ pilots within the PSNP and UPSNP frameworks

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Objectives of the assignment

  1. Maintain effective Policy Dialogue and Advocacy with MoLSA to strengthen integrated and child-sensitive Social Protection systems in Ethiopia
  2. Strengthen the Integrated Systems approach in Social Protection within the UPSNP and the PSNP
  3. Support UNICEF ECO engagement in developing and piloting the “Cash Plus” approach to inform future design of the PSNP and UPSNP, including effective linkages creation to nutrition, child protection and health (financing) sectors
  4. In partnership with IFPRI and the UNICEF Office of Research, support the child-focused social protection research agenda in Ethiopia that includes impact evaluations and researches to improve evidence-based policy design in the area of child-sensitive integrated social protection
  5. Supervise the national social policy specialist of the social protection unit and maintain an effective network of individuals inside and outside UNICEF, building strategic partnerships with a range of key stakeholders in the area of integrated Social Protection agenda

Specific tasks                                                                                                    

  • Provide technical support to MoLSA towards the effective implementation of the National Social Protection Policy and Strategy as well as the Annual review of the Federal and Regional Social Protection Action Plans
  • Advocate with MoLSA and general government level for an integrated Social Protection system agenda
  • Serve as Focal Point for Social Protection at UNICEF level as well as in the general relationship management of relevant donors and technical partners
  • Manage and comprehensively supervise all operational aspects of UNICEF-led ‘Cash Plus’ pilots in Amhara, Addis Ababa, SNNPR and Oromiya regions and ensure effective collaboration and leadership with/of MoLSA, efficient programme management as well as regular monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Support with high quality technical inputs the UNICEF research agenda around the UNICEF-led ‘Cash Plus’ pilots and the general UPSNP and PSNP frameworks and ensure generation of high quality lessons learned from the pilots for potential scale-up to other Woredas and Regions

Expected Deliverables

  • Successful annual Social Protection Sector review in four highland regions as well as at Federal level
  • Agreed activities of the UNICEF/MoLSA Annual Work Plan are implemented in a timely and effective manner
  • Successful finalization of IN SCT pilot in SNNP and Oromiya regions, including the endline impact evaluation, with focus on continuation of integrated systems approach related to the Management Information System, Social Workers engagement and general support of Permanent and Temporary Direct Support clients of the PSNP
  • Successful inception phase of the ‘Cash Plus’ pilot in Amhara and Addis Ababa regions with focus on initial assessments, baseline impact evaluation and programme design through development of manuals and guidelines
  • Adequate UNICEF representation in all relevant forums and technical committees of the UPSNP and PSNP programmes
  • Supervise the national social policy specialist and foster a team spirit in the social protection unit

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in  Social Sciences, Development Economics, Social Protection, or any related field;
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of Five of relevant professional experience in integrated social protection programmes targeting the most vulnerable women and children, ideally in rural and urban contexts of sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Demonstrable professional experience in the social protection sector, ideally related to the Ethiopia PSNP and UPSNP would be an asset;
  • Extensive and applied knowledge of relevant social protection policies in developing countries;
  • Demonstrable experience regarding the effective design and implementation of safety net programmes;
  • Excellent knowledge of global social protection sector and UNICEF policies in this area;
  • Working Experience with UNICEF would be an asset;
  • Excellent planning and monitoring skills;
  • Excellent networking, communication and coordination; analytical, negotiating and advocacy skills;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills;
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is 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 technical competencies required for this post are….

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