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United Nation Children Fund Recruitment 2017

United Nations Children Fund Recruitment

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s largest provider of vaccines and support for children in the developing countries of the world. The UNICEF ensures shelter, water, nutrition, sanitation and any form of well being is provided for children. The UNICEF gets its funding from voluntary contributions by individuals, businesses, and governments.
Today, UNICEF is recruiting for the position of a Programme Planning Specialist

The United Nations Children Fund Recruitment is ongoing:

Job Title/Position: Programme Planning Specialist
Job Number: 508881
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

Job Description

Overall coordination and management of the all programme commitment of a medium-size country programme with a broad range of projects, including programme/project formulation, design, planning, and management focused on the achievement of UNICEF’s Organizational priorities.

Knowledge Management for Programmes:

  • Ensure that area/country programmes are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of “lessons learned” and other corporate-level databases.
  • Participate in exchange of information through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.

Programme Development and Management:

  • Identify critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyze country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Draft changes to/or prepare programme work plans as required.
  • Prepare program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods, and practices.
  • Establishes programme work plans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the programme team to meet objectives.
  • Identifies human resources requirements and on-going staff development needs.
  • Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programme/projects in collaboration with Government and other partners.
  • Prepares relevant programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

United Nations Children Fund Recruitment 2017

Optimum Use Of Program Funds:

  • Establish and supervise programme work plans and monitor the progress and compliance. Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, ensuring that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Take appropriate actions to optimize the use of programme funds.
  • Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring, and evaluation.

National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability:

  • Provide government authorities with technical support and guide to plan and organize training programmes for capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Ensure the building and reinforcement of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.
  • Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels
  • Conduct policy analysis from a children’s and women’s rights viewpoint and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates.
  • Promote the organizational goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluations:

  • Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on the required corrective action.
  • Carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with the
  • Representative, the Operations Officer, the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery.
  • Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts.
  • Ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.

Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach:

  • Adopt rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks.
  • Formulate consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects.
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
  • Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfillment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on the programme, new initiatives, and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.

Partnership, Coordination, and Collaboration:

  • Develop cooperation and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies.
  • Plan, develop, and implements sectoral programme(s) by collaborating with the government and other partners.
  • Linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain healthy internal controls supportive of programming endeavors and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination of programmes.
  • Provide leadership in the provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practical and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme and country level cooperation.

Qualifications for United Nations Children Fund Recruitment


A B.Sc in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in conflict resolution.

Language Proficiency:

  • Candidate must be fluent in English
  • Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an added advantage.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate the core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with
  • People and Drive for Results.

Work Experience:

  • At least eight years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or fieldwork experience (for NO) Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Functional Competencies:

Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing, Creating and Innovating.

How to Apply for the United Nations Children Fund Recruitment 2017

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click Here to Apply


  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish.
  • Candidates may not be further considered, or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

Application Deadline: 28th November 2017.

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