3 Positions (Dori, Kaya and Fada N’Gourma) (NO-3), Fixed Term, Burkina Faso
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Fada N’Gourma
Location: Burkina Faso
Categories: Programme Management
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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the Organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give more children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead
to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
The CPD 2018-2020 and its extension until 2022 of the Burkina Faso CO was developed in 2017. The nature and scope of strategies led to the current staffing structure of the CO and of the WASH section. However, the situation has quite dramatically changed with the mounting insecurity in the Sahel
region and later in the Northern and Eastern regions in Burkina Faso with a steady degradation of the security context and an increasing number of internal displaced people due to insecurity: 1.4 million IDP according to the government in August2021.
Therefore, through these GJPs, UNICEF Burkina Faso CO wants to recruit trhee (3) Programme Specialists in FT Appointment position that focuss on the design, formulation, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of Community development initiatives, capacity building of government and communities, strategic field based partnerships with local organizations, functional interoperability and accountability mechanisms in support to the delivery and scale up of the emergency response and development interventions. The Programme Specialist will be acting as the focal person for Emergency Preparedness and Response for the field office
For every Child, a champion!
The Programme Specialist reports to the Chief Field Office for supervision and guidance.
How can you make the difference?
Summary of key functions/accountabilities
Programme planning, development and coordination
Support the design, development and coordination of regional/local strategy and plans of action aiming at systems strengthening through: (a) behavior development/change at individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; (c) increased community participation and (d) increased accountability to affected population
Contribute to regular child rights based situation analysis, to inform the development of multi and intersectoral related outcome and output results. Research and report on trends social mobilization and cohesion, for use in programme development, management, monitoring, and evaluation.
Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information.
Contribute to the development/establishment of community system strengthening related outcome and output results, as well as related strategies, through comprehensive analysis of needs and priorities.
Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials/documentations, complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support progress towards the country programme effectiveness
Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate review and approval processes.
Coordination and collaboration with government and partners
Provides effective coordination and technical support to government counterparts and civil society partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development.
Collaborate with local government officials, community leaders, UN, and bilateral agencies and NGOs in the organization of activities, operational research, advocacy and exchange of information and ideas supportive of community systems strengthening.
Promote the establishment of an enabling regional/local environment that promotes and realizes constructive dialogue and partnerships between various strategic partners and stakeholders for the development of child sensitive programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children’s rights.
Support the establishment and support of the youth engagement platform (U-report) in the region.
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare reports on results for required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
Research and/or participate in conducting comprehensive C4D situation analysis of social, communication, cultural, economic, and political issues in the Centre Nord region.
Collect, synthesize, draft and organize materials and related documentations for evidence based C4D strategies and plans to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results.
Monitor and assess the impact of C4D strategies and activities on the field Office and UNICEF goals to achieve measurable behavioural and social change resulting in the improvement of children rights and wellbeing.
Institutionalize / share best practices and knowledge learned/products with global/local partners and stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners/users and disseminate products to key audiences including partners and donors.
Prepare sectoral progress reports for management, donors and partners.
Technical and operational support for programme implementation
Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with all UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated
Undertake field visits and surveys, collect and share reports with partners/stakeholders. Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems to supervisor, for timely action.
Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices, to support programme implementation.
5. Emergency preparedness and response
Participates in the formulation and development of plans of action in preparation and response to emergencies, monitors compliance of all sectors with emergency plans of action. Ensures coordination of the management of emergency preparedness and response at field level.
Develops and maintains databases on field information and ensure the flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency preparedness and response management. In close collaboration with the Field operations/Emergency unit and the sections, identifies availability of resources in emergency prone areas and establish logistics plans to be implemented during an emergency operation, to ensure a timely and effective emergency response.
Builds up the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF field office staff as well as Government and implementing partners. Provides training and/or briefing, as required.
Identifies implementing/operational partners and establishes stand by implementing arrangements. Ensures that the UNICEF support is effectively provided to the government with respect to sectoral coordination within the framework of the cluster approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.
Draft requisitions for supplies, services, long-term agreements and partnership agreements to ensure UNICEF is prepared to deliver on its core commitments for children in case of emergency.
Participates and assists with assessment of local emergency situation affecting children and mothers in the region, in conjunction with the country and field office staff. Coordinates with other partners to make a rapid assessment covering priority areas as defined by the Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies. Establishes contact with community groups, government, UN agencies, and other partners to keep abreast of emergency situations.
Participates in the implementation of plans of action and workplans for emergency projects. Implements and manages project activities. Undertakes field visits to emergency project areas, to assess local conditions and monitor project progress. Makes technical decisions on project administration (e.g., activates, requests or reprogrammes allocation of emergency funds).
Take up lead roles in a local emergency response and early recovery, as and when the need arises.
Networking and partnership building
Build alliances/partnerships with religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on country programme goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the country programme.
Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve output results.
Draft communication and information materials for programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund-raising.
Participate in inter-agency meetings on UNDAF planning, to integrate and harmonize UNICEF output results and implementation strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and documentation of programme action research and innovation (technical or systems).
Assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall community engagement work.
Assist in the development of a dashboard to track a document programme progress
Assist in the development of regular situation reports (SITREP)
Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable results on community system strengthening in support to scaling up community-based interventions,
Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders
To qualify as a Programme Specialist, you will have….
An Advanced university degreein one of the following fields is required: public health, social sciences, behavior change communication, community development or another relevant technical field.
An Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree is a strong asset.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international.levels in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration.
Specialized training/experience in emergency response management desirable.
Fluency in French and good working knowledge in English is required. Knowledge of a local language of the duty station is considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
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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.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Deadline: 09 Jun 2022 Greenwich Standard Time