United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Programme Specialist (HACT)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF Liberia is seeking qualified candidates for a Temporary Appointment position in the Programme Section of UNICEF Liberia. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. Purpose of the Post: Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative/Programme, the incumbent of the post is responsible for supporting the Liberia office in mitigating risks related to governance, programmes (including Emergency programmes) and operations processes. S/he will provide adequate and continuous feedback to the Head of Office on the quality, relevance and efficiency of programme and operational implementation in the field and adherence to UNICEF’s zero tolerance for corruption, in addition to and independently from the monitoring carried out in the field. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:
  • Undertake visits to outposted project sites and sub-offices to monitor compliance with all operational systems and procedures, as well as the proper management of programme ad operation inputs and propose action to improve the processes, SOPs and internal control.  Visit a representative number of project interventions to verify that standards of quality for process and products/results are adhered to.  Review the pace of project progress and comment on the causes for delays.

  • Conduct special management reviews and assist in the follow-up on the implementation of the internal/external audit recommendations and provide feedback on the status to the Representative.

  • Provide lessons on programme Design, supply, cash, partnership and Technical Assistance management.  Assist in the identification of operational and programmatic risks and weaknesses and makes recommendations to mitigate them.  Troubleshoots problem areas and proposes solutions to the Deputy Representative.

  • Make recommendations for office improvement and forward monthly progress reports to the Representative.  Streamline the Coordination of HACT related activities across the Country Office and at inter-agency level including micro-assessments, spot checks, third party monitoring, Enterprise Risk Management, etc.  Ensures accuracy, timeliness and appropriateness of information and reports to the Deputy Representative.

  • Contribute to updating the Office’s standard operating procedures, to ensuring that staff understand them, and testing a sample of transactions to verify that the procedures are being properly implemented.

  • Provide feedback on end use monitoring of supplies and construction works in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the supply process.

  • Contribute to providing training and orientation to newly recruited and other staff and partners on UNICEF’s policies and procedures.

  • Any other tasks given by the supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Educational Qualification: Work Experience:
  • Five years of continuous professional work experience of managing large projects or programmes, including financial management, particularly developing and implementing financial control systems, preferably with an international development agency or NGO.

  • Fluency in English is required.

Core Values:
  • Commitment

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Integrity

Core Competencies: 
  • Communication (II)

  • Working with People (II)

  • Drive for Results (II)

Functional Competencies:  
  • Leading and Supervising (I)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)

  • Analyzing (III)

  • Relating and Networking (II)

  • Deciding and Initiating Action (II)

  • Applying Technical Expertise (III)

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 organisation. Remarks: Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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