Social Policy and Economics Specialist at UNICEF, Kigali, Rwanda - CLOSE : 25/01/2017

Social Policy and Economics Specialist, NO-3, Kigali, Rwanda (Position For Rwanda Nationals Only)

Job no : 501884
Work type : Temporary Appointment
Location : Rwanda
Categories : Social and Economic Policy

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 70 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.

Purpose of the Position
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Social Policy and Research, the post is accountable for effective engagement in and support to the analytical function, with particular focus on economic analysis linked to social policy and planning for children, advocating for increased public resource allocation and robust budgeting towards the social sector, sustainable decentralization of social services and local capacity building in support of the goal of universal coverage of essential social services and creation of a protective environment for children.
Conducts economic data collection and analysis to fill information gaps and to strengthen capacity for advocacy for children’s rights, and to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.

Key Expected Results
 Social Economic policy dialogue and programme development
 Monitoring of state budget resources
 Sustainable decentralization and capacity building
 Data collection, analysis and results-based approach
 Advocacy and communication
 Partnerships
 UNICEF programme management

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1. Social Economic policy dialogue and programme development
 Participate in social economic policy dialogue and development with the Government. Engage in and establish constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of economic policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children’s rights.
 Provide technical support and guidance on national planning and budgeting on issues related to children’s rights. Assists UNICEF country programme and government partners in costing policy options and monitoring expenditures related to social protection and programmes that target children and vulnerable groups.
 Provide technical inputs to ensure that national and district development plans and other social policy and planning documents at the central and district level articulate and prioritize expenditure for child-targeted programmes and that they can be refined for adoption through the annual MTEF process.

1. Monitoring state budget resources
 Analyse, monitor and update current information on state budgeting and spending patterns for social programmes and decentralization status of social services on an on-going basis to support advocacy for greater public resources and budget allocation for social development, the prioritization of resource allocation for children, and universal coverage of essential services for children, particularly most vulnerable, to ensure that they are inclusive and reflect the best interest of children.
 In coordination with other programmes/units, provide technical economic expertise in budget monitoring and analysis, public expenditure tracking, costing of policy options, and participation in national public expenditure reviews, with a view to influencing these processes and increasing allocations to children and vulnerable groups.

1. Sustainable decentralization and capacity building
 Collaborate with the central and local authorities to assist in planning, social economic policy discussion and service delivery closely responding to the needs of local communities.
 Collaborate with the central and local authorities to strengthen community-based capacity for quality economic data collection and analysis in support of socio-economic policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, and monitoring.

1. Data collection, analysis and results-based approach
 Collect systematically qualitative and quantiative economic data for the sound and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women.
 Analyse the macroeconomic context of social policy programmes and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, particularly excluded and vulnerable children, and propose and promote appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies on the rights of children.

1. Advocacy and communication
 Promote and raise awareness on social economic analysis linked to social policy and planning for children both the general public and with children’s rights policy makers.
 Prepare briefs that periodically update the social sector analysis of national budgets and advocate for/facilitate the creation of alliances and capacity building around the issues of social budgeting and child-friendly-budgeting.

1. Partnerships
 Establish effective partnerships with the Government, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to adequate budget allocations for children.
 Participate in meetings and other national forums (e.g. Public Expenditure Reviews) and provide technical advice and assistance to government officials and other partners on strengthening of inter-sectoral efforts to focus on children in national development planning, budgeting and programming.
 Support in particular initiatives to enhance capacity of social ministries to participate in budgetary processes as well as to strengthen decentralized planning and monitoring of district resource allocations for child poverty and disparity reduction.

1. UNICEF Programme Management
 Ensure that the social economic analysis enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support,
 Link with other programmes and facilitates inter-sectoral linkages at both national and district level ; facilitate both internal and external learning processes with regard to social policy, budgeting and social protection issues. Monitor the disbursement of funds and proper utilization of UNICEF resources and liquidation ; liaise and link with Government ministries and advocate for institutionalization and scaling up of social economic policy initiatives, with particular attention to costing issues. Help document and assess experiences.
 Participate in the preparation of programme reports and annual reports as required.
 Participates in UNICEF multi-sectoral coordination meetings and Task Forces and contribute to the activities relating to the cross-cutting programmatic activities.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
 Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, public relations, media, communication, or other relevant disciplines.
 Five years of relevant professional work experience.
 Background/familiarity with Emergency.
 Fluency of the local language of the duty station as well as proficiency in English

Competencies of Successful Candidate
Core Values
 Commitment
 Diversity and Inclusion
 Integrity
Core competencies
 Communication [II]
 Working with People [II]
 Drive for Results [II]
Functional Competencies
 Leading and Supervising [ II ]
 Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
 Analysing [ III]
 Relating and Networking [ II ]
 Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
 Planning and Organizing [ III ]

Technical Knowledge

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Advertised : 12 Dec 2016 South Africa Standard Time
Applications close : 25 Jan 2017 South Africa Standard Time

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