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  • Posted on: 9 November, 2015 Deadline: 19 November, 2015
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    If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
    For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

    Chief Communication for Development


    Purpose of the Position
    With the general guidance of the Deputy Representative, and in close coordination with the Chief of Communication, Health, Nutrition, WASH, HIV/AIDS and Child Protection, the incumbent is responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of integrated and strategic communication for development and social mobilization plans that support community empowerment and behaviour change as key components of the country programmes in UNICEF Nigeria.
    Key Expected Results
    1.  Policy Direction
    Set policy directions for communication for development teams and ensure the communication programme is in line with Country Office and MTSP priorities, CCCs and UN reform.
    - Provide expert advice and assistance to the UNICEF Senior Managers and government counterparts on attitude and behaviour change modalities that contribute to changing mindsets and are culturally sensitive and tailored to address changing programme contexts.

    2. Vision and Expert Advice on Strategy, Plans and Implementation
    Provide vision, expert advice and assistance to programme communication teams.
    - Make viable recommendations and decisions on appropriate communication for development strategies to achieve the organization's global goals, and to support UNICEF's mission in the country.
    - In collaboration with UNICEF management and decision makers and planners of government, donor organizations and the private sector, the Chief Communication for Development oversees, manages, leads, and facilitates the formulation and implementation of communication policy, strategy and plans of action aiming at general public and service providers through: (a) behaviour development/change at individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in development programmes for positive social change.

    3. Operational Processes and Plans
    Provide expert advice, guidance and leadership in the management of operations process and plans of communication for development.
    - Make major decisions and recommendations on operational strategies, guide operational processes, methodologies, approaches, and establish plans, to achieve participatory communication, social mobilization and behaviour change. Make operational decisions on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences, technical resources required, allocation of financial resources, as well as time-frame for various activities, in support of the achievement of country programme and organizational goals.

    4. Partnerships and Intersectoral Alliances
    Initiate, guide, lead, coordinate, facilitate and support the development/ strengthening of key partnerships and intersectoral alliances.
    - Coordinate and collaborate with key NGO and bilateral partners and government counterparts for promotion of partnerships and alliances in the areas of behaviour change, community participation/empowerment and social mobilization

    5. Promotion of Appropriate Use of Communication Social Development
    Provide expert advice on appropriate use of communication and approach for social development, aimed at both individual behaviour change and collective action.
    - Provide expert advice, coordination and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development.
    - Collaborate with 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 programme communication goals and strategies.

    6. Capacity Building for Sustainability
    Exercise effective leadership and provide expert advice on capacity building of communication for development teams.
    - Oversee and advise on the development of goals, strategy, plans as well as training materials and activities to build up capacity in participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of communication for development intervention, in support of programme sustainability.

    7. Resource Mobilization and Management
    Participate in the budget planning & review process, and ensure the optimal resource allocation, appropriation of allocated programme funds and the compliance with rules and regulations.
    - Participate in and contribute to the budget and programme review and planning process. Establish programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
    - Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds and mobilize resources; improve programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
    - Oversee the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly and effectively coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    1. Education
    - Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, and participatory communication, and research, training/facilitation and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
    - Training in communication for development and implementation in communication for development, social mobilization and behavioral change. Training in inter-disciplinary approach in programme   communication.
    *A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

    2. Work Experience
    - Minimum 10 years relevant professional work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes, including six years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

    3. Language Proficiency
    - Fluency in English and another UN language.
    - Local working language of the duty station an asset.
    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    i)  Core Values
    - Commitment
    - Diversity and Inclusion
    - Integrity

    ii) Core Competencies
    - Communication  [ III ]
    - Working with People  [ III ]
    - Drive for Results  [ III ]

    ii) Functional Competencies
    - Leading and Supervising   [ III ]
    - Formulating Strategies and Concepts   [ III ]
    - Analyzing   [ II ]
    - Relating and Networking   [ III ]
    - Persuading and Influencing   [ III ]
    - Entrepreneurial Thinking   [ III ]

    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

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    Information Comm. Technology Manager


    Purpose of the Position

    Under the guidance of the Chief of Operations, the incumbent of the post, is accountable for the timely delivery and ongoing support of reliable, secure and cost effective information and communications technology systems, administration and technical support to enable the efficient flow of information and the reliable performance of all corporate systems applications in support of UNICEF programme, communication and operations, to contribute to the achievement of the established goals, objectives, budgets, and work plans consistent with priority needs and requirements of the UNICEF Nigeria Country Office.
    IT Manager is also accountable for effective technical leadership for ICT systems management and administrations in accordance with the UNCIEF ICT policy, strategy, security guidelines ensuring the compliance to corporate standard architecture and ICT security.
    Key Expected Results

    1. Management of ICT Systems
    Ensure that ICT systems effectively managed to advance the productivity and effectiveness of the office work by implementing the corporate ICT policy, strategy, technology, and systems, as per CPMP requirements.
    - Draft, administer or oversee a relevant information management plan and related budget. Implement office computerization, applications, network, telecommunications, database and records management, ensuring the appropriateness, productivity and cost effectiveness of local computing and telecommunications facilities to meet programme, communication and operations requirements of the office in accord with the Country Programme Management Plan and the UNICEF corporate ICT strategy, policies, guidelines, rules and regulations.
    - Support the office's information technology needs through seamless integration of UNICEF corporate computer applications with specific local office requirements.
    - Supports the operating systems platforms. Maintain operational efficiency and user mobility (laptops/notebooks).
    - Make recommendations on ICT policies, procedures and office ICT systems for improvement through appropriate mechanisms.

    2. Information/Knowledge Management
    Support and implement tools for information/knowledge management and knowledge-sharing to provide the vital and strategic information for managing and supporting  the Country Programme the goals and targets of the CPMP and the Country Programme.
    - Enhance knowledge management through coordination of office information/data/records management including systems for the acquisition, storage and retrieval of data; management of the local database capacity using standard ICT database.  Provide support to ensure the accuracy and accessibility of data sources.
    - Provide ICT facilities and technical support for tracking and analyzing key annual programme indicators as required for facilitating the Country Management Team/ Senior Management Team's programme and management planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluations.
    - Provide ICT support for providing necessary data and information for management reports including the annual reports that draw on monitoring and analysis of key management indicators.

    3. Infrastructure and Security
    Ensure that the Country Office is provided with effective infrastructure and security.
    - Ensure that the appropriate local computing and telecommunications facilities in place to meet programme requirements.
    - Ensure the proper installation of software and hardware in accordance with the ICT policies and procedures
    - Ensure that ICT security, firewall administration and antivirus infrastructures are effectively in place, updated and maintained on an on-going basis.
    - Ensure ICT security level monitoring and escalations procedures/processes.
    - Monitor security related sites for relevant information on new threats / risks which may impact normal ICT operations. Perform periodic reviews / monitoring for non-compliance. Review security logs and report suspicious and/or unauthorized activities.
    - Monitor inventory and system performance for effective maintenance, improvement and prevention of problems.

    4. Applications Administrations
    Ensure that the Country Office is provided with professional technical support for effective administrations of corporate applications.
    - Ensure effective Messaging Operations of corporate applications (e.g., Lotus Notes/Domino, Webmail)
    - Ensure effective ProMS operations and production.
    - Ensure effective ICT Infrastructure operations.
    - Ensure effective User Administration in place.

    5. Network Administration/Data Communication/ Telecommunications
    Ensure that the Country Office is provided with professional technical support for effective network administration, Tele and data communication.
    - Manage and support the administration of network, including LAN and WAN.(e.g., Internet).
    - Ensure that the Country Office is provided with the effective telecommunications facilities (network security, firewalls, VoIP, routers).
    - Support the effective data communications, and provide ongoing monitoring of troubleshooting and enhancement of the effectiveness, reliability and broader ICT telecommunications coordination with NYHQ.

    6. User support & assistance
    Ensure that the Country Office is provided with professional technical support for the user in the areas of information technology.
    - Implement effective user administration
    - Ensure to make effective and efficient local Help Desk service facilities available to users.
    - Provide technical guidance and ad-hoc trouble shooting to all users in the duty station.
    - Provide user documentation for major systems, specialized advice to users including advising on the use of new application systems and technology.
    - Analyze users' business requirements, upgrade/enhance existing user systems, and perform troubleshooting and provide continuing user support.
    - Prepare training materials and conduct technical demonstration/presentation/briefing as suited to the local situation. Effectively deploy training materials, operating and user manuals, and train staff in the use of ICT systems and applications.

    7. ICT Evaluation and Audit
    Evaluation of ICT systems effectively utilized to ensure the strategic use of information technology and resources, improved performance and wider learning at Country Office level.  Audit recommendations on ICT properly advised and implemented.
    - Provide technical contribution to the evaluation of ICT systems in the country office, in compliance with the established procedures and guidelines, ensuring that ICT meets quality standards as established in UNICEF ICT Policy.
    - Findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons learnt from ICT evaluation are effectively disseminated to the intended audience with a view to improving ICT performance and contributing to wider learning.   Ensure ICT evaluation results are fed into key ICT planning processes including the Annual Reviews and the Mid-Term Reviews, and formulation of the Country Programme Document, the Country Programme Action Plan and the Annual Work Plans.
    - Ensure that management responses to the findings and recommendations of the ICT evaluation are monitored for follow-up implementation.  ICT evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team for follow-up actions.
    - Ensure the implementation of agreed audit recommendations. Advise on corrective measures to be taken.

    8. ICT Capacity Building
    Ensure that the ICT capacities of Country Office staff are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in information technology management processes.
    - Ensure that ICT capacity building strategy is in place and corresponding activities are identified and implemented in the context of the UNICEF corporate ICT plan.
    - Ensure that Country Office staffs have the basic knowledge and skills to fulfil their ICT requirements, and training is planned and carried out to fill identified gaps. Acts as coach and trainer for the ICT capacity building function.
    - Ensure that Country Office staff and national partners are aware of and have access to UNICEF information technology management and learning resources.
    - Make contributions to building up learning and development activities for enhancement of information/knowledge management capacity within the country office.

    9. Communication, Networking and Partnerships
    Ensure that all of the above tasks are carried out and accomplished through effective communication, networking and partnerships.
    - Facilitate coordination and broad integrated planning of information technology activities within the Country Office, the UN Country Team and the wider international community, in the context of internal office management plans, the country programme process, the UNDAF and information technology approaches.
    - Facilitate coordination and sharing effective information technology activities and practices with national partners, the UN Country Team and the wider international community.
    - Provide technical advice to Country Office staff and national partners on data processing, data management and data analysis for basic information management.
    - Provide synthesis of ICT evaluation results to the country office senior management, the Country Management Team and key programme and operations staff.
    - Facilitate learning from the results of ICT evaluation within the Country Office and more widely within UNICEF in the region and globally, as well as among national partners and other key stakeholders.
    - Receive specific technical support on ICT issues from the Regional ICT Advisors and headquarters advisors, as required.
    - Partner with the Regional ICT Adviser to ensure the availability of current and accurate ICT information, data and results.
    - Collaborate with Regional ICT Advisers and HQ Officers for overall coordination of priority ICT initiatives, changes, and other activities.
    Qualifications of Successful Candidate
    1. Educational Qualification
    Advanced university degree or equivalent background, in computer science, information systems, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training or appropriate experience in the fields broadly applicable to the job.
    *A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

    2. Work Experience
    - Professional work experience
    - Eight years of relevant professional work experience in ICT area.
    - Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO).
    - Background/familiarity with Emergency.

    3. Language
    - Fluency in English and another UN language (IP).
    - Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station (NO).
    - Additional language(s) an asset.
    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    i)  Core Values
    - Commitment
    - Diversity and Inclusion
    - Integrity

    ii)  Core Competencies
    - Communication [II]
    - Drive for Result  [II]
    - Working With People [II]

    iii) Functional Competencies
    - Analyzing [II]
    - Applying Technical Expertise [III]
    - Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
    - Leading and Supervising [I]
    - Planning and Organizing [II]
    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

    Method of Application

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