United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Posted Job
8 months ago

Deputy Representative x5

UNICEF Zambia is looking for a Deputy Representative to supports the Representative on the overall management of the Country Office coordinating closely with the different programme sections on all phases of the Country Office Programme, from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s strategic plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

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.

Children deserve the best and we never give up.

For every child, COMMITMENT

The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

To find out more about UNICEF’s work in Zambia, please visit https://www.unicef.org/zambia/ .

How can you make a difference?

The Deputy Representative serves as the principal adviser on the overall management of the CO, development of CO policies and strategies.

The Deputy Representative also supports the Representative on the overall management of the Country Office coordinating closely with the different programme sections on all phases of the Country Office Programme, from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s strategic plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

Key Functions/accountabilities:

  • CO Programme planning and development
  • Provide advice to the Representative on strategies, direction and planning of programmes and projects to translate analytical data/information (from situation analysis) and national priorities and goals into concrete country programmes and projects that advances UNICEF goals in the country on child rights, survival and development.
  • Provide technical and operational guidance to the heads of sectors and their team

Support to the Representative on managing the CO:

  • Monitor and assess programmes and operations and provide advice on best and innovative programming and management practices to enhance programming and operations.
  • Advise the Representative on CO annual work planning, setting priorities/targets and establishing performance measurements. Monitor implementation and progress of work plans; collaborate with colleagues to assist, advise and guide the Representative to ensure achievement of results according to targets and performance standards.
  • Work collaboratively with the Representative and the various sectors to facilitate/contribute to the preparation of the CO budget proposal.

Monitoring and quality control of Programmes:

  • Participate in meetings/events and annual/mid term reviews with government and other counterparts/stakeholders to contribute to strategic programme discussions, planning and assessments.
  • Evaluate overall programme progress; identify weaknesses, bottlenecks and potential problems to ensure delivery of results as planned and allocated.
  • Monitor the optimum and appropriate use of programme resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) and verify compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Representation, alliance building and UN System coordination:
  • Represent UNICEF (as appropriate/delegated) in organizational, regional, global, public information/relations events and key meetings to contribute to strategic discussions on programming issues, policy dialogue, discuss initiatives, report on progress achieved, present papers/ideas and/or advocate UNICEF’s vision in the Country that is consistent with UNICEF Strategic Plan and supportive of national development goals and priorities.
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government institutions, UN Country Team (UNCT), national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia to advocate UNICEF goals to advance child’s right to survival, development and wellbeing, mobilize resources, seek cooperation and establish alliances.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Advise the Representative and other internal colleagues in the CO on the conceptualization, development and implementation of policies and procedures, use of latest information technology and introduction of innovation and best practices in the CO to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy in programming and operations.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of ten years of professional development experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in developing countries is required. Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA)
  • The competencies required for this post are:
  • Building and maintaining partnerships – Level three
  • Demonstrating self-awareness and ethical awareness – Level three
  • Driving to achieve results for impact – Level three
  • Innovating and embracing change – Level three
  • Managing ambiguity and complexity – Level three
  • Thinking and acting strategically – Level three
  • Working collaboratively with others – Level three and
  • Nurturing, leading and managing people

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