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  • Posted on: 10 January, 2019 Deadline: 24 January, 2019
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  • 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.

    Chief of Human Resources, P5

     

    Job Number: 519083
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

    How can you make a difference?

    • The Chief of section, is accountable for leading and managing a team of HR professionals that implement HR services which enhance the capacity of their clients to deliver on their business goals and objectives.
    • In doing so, the incumbent demonstrates the ability to create an environment in which his/her staff anticipate HR-related needs and develop subsequent plans and solutions that align HR management with business objectives.
    • In addition, this position serves as a key strategic advisor to the leadership of their office in helping spearhead UNICEFs global HR transformation.

    Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities
    Management of Section:

    • Promote management excellence in the office by ensuring accountability in all areas of HR and by demonstrating a high level of skills in the management of staff resources including staff selection based on merit and the needs of the organization, staff aspiration and counselling, systematic and equitable performance management, and staff development and learning activities.
    • Effectively manage the human and financial resources (budget planning, management and monitoring) of the office and ensure both are optimally utilized.
    • Monitor compliance with all systems and procedures and ensure management integrity and accountability with high quality standards in all activities in HR; ensure the implementation of agreed audit recommendations; advise on corrective measures to be taken and establish relevant internal controls. 

    Strategic Human Resources:

    • Serve as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change.
    • Use a solid knowledge of information technology to analyze and promote acceptance of new methods of work and effective communication skills to persuade and influence managers, supervisors and staff to adopt change.
    • Manage change through consultations with UNICEF senior management, HR management and colleagues and outreach to client management, supervisors and staff to establish and maintain collaborative, open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in HR strategy, policies, regulations and rules.
    • Explain the scope and ramifications of proposed HR initiatives, promoting understanding of their purpose and functional advantages.
    • Liaise with the senior management of HQ Divisions, regional and country offices to develop corporate HR strategy formulation and global implementation.
    • Responsible for strategic human resources forecasting for his/her clients including identifying future human resource requirements in terms of numbers, types and levels of staff, and identifying emerging trends in profile requirements.
    • Leads the design of optimal organizational, staffing structures and levels, and, in consultation with senior management develops standards and benchmarks staffing norms.

    Networking and Partnerships:

    • Internally, provide expert advice to senior management on a range of HRM questions and have the authority to negotiate solutions on sensitive or complex HR problems with client managers and staff representatives.
    • Establish contacts with representatives with heads of HR units in other organizations of the common system for the purpose of obtaining information on HR policy approaches.
    • Build and strengthen relationships with inter-agency bodies such as ICSC, CEB, etc on matters of importance for UNICEF and present UNICEFs policy position on HR issues

    Business Partnering:

    • Create a culture within their team where HR professionals work with clients to help fulfill their goals through advising on how to attract, retain and motivate staff of the highest caliber.
    • Provide strategic advice to clients, in particular senior management, on HR processes and policies, ensuring the highest level of client-orientation.
    • Establish a culture of proactively advising clients on the resolution of human resources
    • issues ensuring equitable and transparent solutions that protects both the staff and organizations interests in accordance with policies, regulations and procedures.
    • Promote the organizational goals and targets for gender equity and cultural diversity.

    Leadership and Design of assigned Human Resources Services:

    • Manage professionals in their execution of HR functions (recruitment, job classification, career development, performance management, data analytics, learning & development etc.) to help create efficient client services that help either attract, retain and/or motivate staff of the highest caliber.
    • Create a culture, where HR professionals analyze and synthesize issues and problems, and interpret established, formal guidelines to address and recommend solutions or further actions required.
    • Collaborate effectively with other DHR section heads and centers of expertise to provide coherent HR solutions for clients.

    Learning and Capacity Development:

    • In collaboration with business owners, lead the design and delivery of learning solutions for staff to enhance their knowledge and build skills in new areas.
    • Map competencies for all staff in assigned client portfolio, developing a comprehensive framework in support of the development of the talent pipeline.
    • Create efficient and cost-effective learning products which strengthen staff capacity to contribute effectively to business goals.
    • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
    • Provide orientation briefings to new staff.
    • Provide day-to-day performance and talent management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, career conversations, and disciplinary actions)

    HR Data Analytics:

    • Spearhead the development of data collection systems to optimize data quality.
    • Interpret and analyze HR data to help inform strategic decision making on HR processes and strategies.
    • Coordinate with country offices and partners to provide assistance in their HR information management

    Recruitment Qualifications
    Education:

    • An Advanced University Degree in Human Resource Management, Business Management, International Relations, Psychology or another related field is required.

    Experience:

    • Ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in human resource management in an international organization and/or large corporation is required.

    Language Requirements:

    • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

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

    Managerial:

    • The ability to empower others to translate vision into results
    • Capacity to anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions and demonstrate the courage to take unpopular stands.
    • The ability to allocate appropriate time and resources for successful achievement of goals, and foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning.
    • Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, identify priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.

    Strategic:

    • Experience and ability to design and implement targeted and innovative human resources strategies to address clients’ people-related needs.
    • Ability to deliver innovative HR programs within a fast paced, evolving, and wide organizational setting.
    • Demonstrated ability and experience advising and influencing executives, providing insights that lead to key decision making within the business.
    • Demonstrate strong business acumen and general management experience and capabilities that enable to effectively assess the internal business environment and deliver transformative change where necessary.

    Technical:

    • Authoritative technical knowledge of the principles and concepts of human resources management.
    • Capacity to adapt policies, approaches and models to meet emerging needs.
    • Ability to identify and analyze systemic issues, formulate opinions and make conclusions and recommendations to resolve same.

    Interpersonal and Communication:

    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization tailoring language, tone, style and format to match audience; ability to present sometimes negative results in a considered and tactful manner to promote acceptance.
    • Ability to empathize with client managers, supervisors and staff while advocating for consistent and equitable applications of promulgated HR regulations and rules.

    For every Child, you demonstrate:

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    Implementing Partnerships Management Specialist, P4

     

    Job Number: 519084
    Location: Abuja
    Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

    How can you make a difference?
    Purpose for the Job:

    • The Implementing Partnership Management Manager is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to ensure quality, effective and efficient management of implementing partnerships in the country office in line with respective operational policies, procedures and mainstreaming of risk based implementing partnership management at the CO level.

    Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities
    Support to Implementing Partnership Management:

    • Provide technical support to the country office in the formalization of implementing partnerships with government, civil society organizations and other implementing partners in line with relevant policies, procedures and guidelines, including the CSO Procedure and guidance on work plans.
    • Provide technical and administrative support in the implementation of HACT in line with the HACT policy and procedure and other relevant organizational policies, procedures and guidelines, including the DFAM Policy 5: Cash Disbursements Supplement 3-Cash Transfers (HACT). This includes coordinating the preparation of CO annual assessments and assurance plan, facilitating its execution and coordinating with other adopting agencies as appropriate.
    • Coordinate with and/or seek technical support of the Regional Office on implementation of the CSO and HACT procedures.

    Quality Assurance:

    • Contribute to the design of and implement quality assurance strategies/processes for the implementation of the CSO procedure. This includes processes to ensure that implementing partners are selected and assessed in accordance with the CSO procedure and that all documentation is in line with corporate standards as stipulated in the CSO procedure.
    • Contribute to the design and implementation of quality assurance strategies/processes to ensure that HACT assessments and assurance activities are undertaken in accordance with corporate terms of reference and guidance and that appropriate follow-up action and escalation steps are taken as needed.

    Analysis, Monitoring and Reporting:

    • Analyze and monitor cash transfers at the country office level, paying particular attention to outstanding direct cash transfers more than 6 months.
    • Using appropriate corporate tools and systems including InSight and e-Tools, report on status of implementation of HACT and identify high risk areas requiring special attention and/or support from the regional office.
    • Monitor internal country office processes for formalizing implementing partnerships with CSOs to ensure that corporate timelines are adhered to, especially in humanitarian responses.
    • Prepare reports for the country management team and regional office as may be required.

    Innovation, knowledge Management and Capacity Building:

    • Serve as the custodian of all implementing partnership documentation such as assessment and assurance reports, PCAs, SSFAs and programme documents, ensuring that they are adequately circulated in the office and properly archived.
    • Design and implement capacity building strategy/initiatives for CO staff to ensure that CO staff are knowledgeable and comply with the HACT and CSO procedures and other relevant corporate policies, procedures and guidance that impacts on implementing partnership management
    • Design and implement capacity building initiatives for staff of implementing partners to ensure that they are knowledgeable on all aspects of partnering with UNICEF, with particular emphasis on the HACT and CSO procedures.
    • Participate in country office ERM exercises to ensure that risks for implementing partnership management are identified and mitigation measures put in place.

    Recruitment Qualifications
    Education:

    • An Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is required: Development Studies, International Development, Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics, Auditing, Project/Programme Management or another relevant technical field.

    Experience:

    • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme development/management, financial planning and management, or another related area.
    • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
    • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

    Language Requirements:

    • 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…

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    Nutrition Specialist, P3

     

    Job Number: 108791
    Location: Enugu
    Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

    How can you make a difference?

    • The Nutrition Specialist supports the development and preparation of the nutrition programme and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the programme progress of a sector of the nutrition programme within the country programme.
    • The Nutrition Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results in maternal, infant and child nutrition programmes/projects.
    • This is carried out according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

    Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities
    Support to programme development and planning:

    • Contribute to and support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the nutrition sector(s) to ensure comprehensive and current data on maternal and child nutrition is available to guide policy development, and the design and management of nutrition programmes/projects.
    • Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
    • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of nutrition programmes/projects.
    • Formulate, design and prepare a sector of the nutrition programme proposal, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, Country Programme, and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies, as well as national priorities, plans and competencies.
    • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the nutrition sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
    • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
    • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

    Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:

    • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, and UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in nutrition programmes.
    • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results.
    • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
    • Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress. Identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
    • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
    • Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

    Technical and operational support to programme implementation:

    • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on nutrition and related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
    • Participate in discussions with national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote nutrition and development issues especially in the areas of emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn and child survival and development.
    • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
    • Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated.

    Networking and partnership building:

    • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with nutrition sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge.
    • Facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.
    • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for nutrition programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
    • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.

    Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

    • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
    • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting edge practices in nutrition management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
    • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on nutrition related programmes and projects.

    Requirements
    Education:

    • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required:  nutrition, public health, nutritional epidemiology, global/international health and nutrition, health/nutrition research, policy and/or management, health sciences, nutritional epidemiology, or another health-related science field.

    Experience:

    • A minimum of five years of professional experience in a developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: nutrition, public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/nutrition care.
    • Experience in health/nutrition programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset

    Language Requirements:

    • 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:

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    Note

    • 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
    • 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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