United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Regional Adviser (Social Policy)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

Join a dynamic and multicultural team, based at the foothills of the Himalayas, to provide innovative leadership on South Asia's programmes, strategy, policy and advocacy.

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.

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.

For every child, a vision. 

The Regional Advisor, Social Policy support and advises the Regional Director, Regional Management Team, Country Offices and Governments in developing policies, strategies, programmes and systems for Social Policy and Inclusion programmes - specifically in the areas of Child Poverty, Public Finance, Social Protection, Research, and Decentralization.

How can you make a difference?

By joining the Regional Office for South Asia, you will be responsible for providing guidance and support to Country Offices to form strategic alliances with national partners, to influence programme plans and strategies; disseminating technical research and expertise with UNICEF globally, as well as regional and national institutions and partners; ensuring effective Capacity Building to Offices and partners alike; enhancing Financial Resources through advocacy; representing and advocating for UNICEF's programme goals and strategies with high-level and senior government officials, multilateral agencies, NGOs, UN entities, and donors; supporting Emergency responses and risk assessments.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, or other relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of 12 years in the management or advisory of Social Policy programming.
  • 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 values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and core competencies of building and maintaining partnerships; demonstrating self- and ethical-awareness; driving to achieve results for impact; innovating and embracing change; managing ambiguity and complexity; thinking and acting strategically; and working collaboratively with others.

View our competency framework here.

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.

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Successful candidates must be able to travel unrestricted to all eight countries in the Region. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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