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United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

200 + Employees

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the most difficult locations on earth to reach the most underprivileged kids. to prevent their death. to protect their legal rights. to assist them in achieving their potential. We strive to create a better future for everyone by working for every child, everywhere, every day, in 190 nations and territories.

1). Health Specialist (Social and Behavioral Change Communication)

Job No.: 563238

Location: Abuja

Employment Type: Full Time

Level: P-4
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Categories: Health
Supervisor Title / Level: Health Manager – Immunization & Health systems (P 5)
Contract type: TA (364 days)
Organizational Unit: Programme – Health and HIV Section

Organizational Context and Purpose for the Position

  • The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programs, in advocacy and in operations.
  • The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.
  • For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life – in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions – her or his rights are violated.
  • There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – addressing inequity – not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries.
  • Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job Organizational Context

  • The Health and HIV section of the UNICEF Nigeria Country office provides oversight, quality assurance, technical assistance, and knowledge management in the field of Health and HIV with a focus on immunization (including polio), maternal newborn health and health systems strengthening.
  • In collaboration with SBC and Communication and Advocacy sections, it supports communication for social and behavior change interventions for Polio, Immunization and health interventions.
  • Polio eradication is a corporate priority for UNICEF globally. Although there are only two remaining countries where polio is still endemic, unfortunately, the number and scale of polio outbreaks has continued to exceed expectations.
  • Although Nigeria was certified Wild Polio Virus (WPV) free in 2020, the country is currently facing an unprecedented outbreak of Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus Type 2 (cVDPV2).
  • To date in 2022 (as of 21 January 2023), Nigeria has reported a total of 157 cVDPV2 cases. To contain the outbreak, Nigeria has and will continue to implement an aggressive schedule of outbreak response activities in 2023, requiring substantive support by Government and partners.
  • UNICEF is committed to continue working on polio eradication until the goal is reached globally. UNICEF has been supporting the Government of Nigeria in its polio outbreak responses as the lead social and behavior change partner as well as in vaccine management support.
  • UNICEF Nigeria is managing more than 18,500 Volunteer Community Mobilisers (VCMs) across 12 polio high risk states to promote polio vaccination during outbreak response and improve routine immunization, out of which ten thousand are being transitioned to Community Health Influencers and Promoters (CHIPS).
  • UNICEF is a key member of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), assigning key staff to the NEOC’s Strategic and Communications
  • Working Groups and the logistic working group, as well as being a permanent member of the strategy group.
  • The Health Specialist (SBC) reports to the Health Manager, Immunization Manager & Health Systems for general guidance and supervision with additional guidance provided by the Chief of SBC Section.
  • The Specialist provides technical and operational support in the development of systematic, planned and evidence-based strategies and processes for Polio and routine Immunization (RI) as an integral part of program development, planning and implementation to promote measurable behavioral and social change/mobilization through communication, engagement, empowerment and participation of stakeholders, partners constituents, communities and civil society to achieve successful and sustainable concrete (program/project) results on children’s rights, survival and well-being in the country.
  • SBC plays a vital role in the polio prevention and response interventions, supporting the MoH teams to plan and implement communication activities to inform and convince communities and its leaders about the reasons and rationale of oral polio vaccine (OPV) campaigns; supporting interventions that encourage community based surveillance of Acute Flask Paralysis; and supporting the improvement of immunization programmes, both through campaigns and through routine immunization, by fostering understanding of childhood diseases, creating demand for primary health care services and acceptance of the vaccines.

Strategic office context:

  • The recruited staff will work under the general guidance and supervision of Health Manager Immunization and Health Systems in close collaboration with SBC section chief and Chief of Communication and Advocacy section (comms team) and general oversight from the Chief of Health and HIV.
  • The position is based in Abuja with frequent travel to field offices and will be subject to deployment to outbreak response states on short notice.
  • The incumbent will travel at least 80% of their time to support outbreak response and preparedness activities where needed and will support immunization and health SBC needs as and when required.

Purpose for the position

  • Under the general guidance of the Health Manager -Immunization & Health systems and oversight from the Chief of Health and HIV and in close collaboration with Chief of SBC and Communication team the incumbent will be working as a member of the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), and they will be deployed to polio outbreak states as a member of the Management Support Team (MST) according to the outbreak SOPs.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of behavior change and social mobilization activities in support of the country Polio plan, with a specific focus on support to areas of communication for polio eradication and for generating demand for and uptake of immunization services and will work on other health interventions as needed.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
Support to SBCC strategy design and development:

  • Support the development of workplan and budget to implement consequential geographies approach at country level, including synergies within the health section, and other sections (e.g., Primary health care and routine immunization interventions)
  • Lead the design and development of a package of SBCC interventions , including VCMs (voluntary community mobilizers) integration into CHIPS (Community Health Influencers and Promoters) to eradicate cVDPV2 9 for both campaigns and between vaccination rounds)
  • Assess/synthesize qualitative and quantitative information, data and evidence to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the SBCC interventions both for polio outbreak response, maintenance and routine immunization strengthening.
  • Participate in country programme planning and reviews to contribute to discussions on the underlying and contextual issues to be addressed (e.g. policies, gender/children inequality, cultural/social behavior etc)
  • Prepare or provide quality assurance on materials and related documentations for SBCC strategies and plans (as a component of polio outbreak SOPs) to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results.
  • Collaborate/consult with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of SBCC activities with UNICEF SP, CO global communications and advocacy activities and UN System development activities and initiatives at the CO level, including in humanitarian response.
  • Participate and provide technical support to COs so SBCC staff is optimally engaged in national EPI planning processes and polio communication activities.

Implementation of SBCC activities:

  • Ensure timely implementation and funds disbursement of SBCC activities at national and sub-national level
  • Collaborate with, advise and/or consult GPEI partners to design SBCC strategies to respond to an outbreak of polio, including formulation, production and testing materials to organize SBCC events and activities to ensure engagement and participation of key audiences, and maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change, including in humanitarian response.
  • Confirm/verify the technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communications strategies, including materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to target audiences (e.g. individuals, communities, government officials, partners, media etc). Recommend appropriate multiple media formats (e.g. print, digital/social media, TV/Radio, Web, community networks, etc.).
  • Oversee the production and implementation of multi-media initiatives for compliance with targets and plans that integrate the latest evidence.
  • Carry out SBCC advocacy activities with/for a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, partners, communities, etc.
  • Support polio outbreak response and immunization efforts assessments and implementation of their recommendations.
  • Support and lead when needed proposal writing and mobilization of resources to ensure SBCC and UNICEF polio response are fully funded

Technical and operational support:

  • Collaborate with field office colleagues, regional office and GPEI partners to contribute to the development of strategies, approaches, policies, and the planning of SBCC social and resource mobilization initiatives in support of polio outbreak response.
  • Participate and lead when needed budget planning and management of programme funds and prepare financial plan for polio SBCC initiatives required to stop polio outbreaks in the context of consequential geographies approach.
  • Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.

Advocacy, networking, and partnership building:

  • Identify, build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with strategic partners
  • Collaborate with internal global/regional communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging and use of multiple media and communication platforms to enhance SBCC outreach including in humanitarian contexts.
  • Participate in organizational and/or inter-agency (UNCT; National UN Social and Behavioral Change Communication Roundtable) discussions and planning to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues in the GPEI, the GAVI and all immunization related planning and preparation of SBCC advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives including emergencies.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

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  • Contribute to analyze data on SBCC in the context of cVDPV2 erradication, jointly with the information management team
  • Implement innovative practices, approaches and latest technology on multiple media and social/digital platforms and networks for SBCC that are appropriate/available for the CO context and audience.
  • Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned/products with global/local partners and stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners and disseminate these products to key audiences including donors and partners.
  • Organize/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners (government and non-government) in SBCC planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programmes/projects including in humanitarian settings.

Communication and Media Engagement:

  • Develop the communication strategy for polio and other immunization programmes considering key communication practices
  • Contribute to the development of the crisis communication, misinformation strategies and implementation plans in the outbreak countries which encompasses supporting the crisis communication assessment as well as development and implementation of the national crisis communication and misinformation management strategies.
  • Draft a diverse range of written materials including factsheets, newsletters, reports, press releases targeting different audiences and stakeholders.
  • Develop, through creative and innovative methods, and disseminate visual storytelling packages, create online content and meaningful engagement with different target audiences on platforms including websites and social media pages
  • Support the preparation of materials for meetings and events.
  • Coordinate with regional communication team to develop consolidated, strong visual and written communications products on regional outbreak response efforts and review and advise on current messaging.
  • Develop strong media engagement in coordination with regional communication team

Impact of Results

  • The strategic and effective development and implementation of SBCC advocacy initiatives and products directly impact on the ability of UNICEF to promote social, political and economic action and changes in behaviors, social attitudes, beliefs, harmful social norms and actions by communities, individuals and society on children’s rights, survival and wellbeing.
  • This in turn contributes to enhancing the ability of UNICEF to fulfill its mission to achieve sustainable, locally owned, and concrete results in improving the survival, development and wellbeing of children in the country.

The incumbent:

  • Makes decisions on appropriate Social and Behavioral Change Communication methodologies and approaches, technical resources required, quality and appropriateness of communication materials produced, target audiences to be reached, allocation of financial resources, as well as timeframes for various activities, all of which will affect the results of the polio eradication efforts in Nigeria.
  • Makes recommendations on operational strategies in the areas of communication for polio eradication; on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences; and on the way in which Social and Behavioral
  • Change Communication should be integrated into the country response plan.
  • The most damaging error(s) that could be made in the performance of the job could come from lack of understanding of and insensitivity to political and cultural realities in promoting behavior change in the country, which could cause damage to UNICEF’s image and relations with the Government and partners.
  • The inadequate assessment of social and political trends, and the omission of important partners would result in ineffective strategies, loss of credibility and unfulfilled programme objectives.

Recruitment Qualifications

  • Advanced University Degree in Social and Behavioral Change Communication, Public Health, or other Social / Behavioral Sciences or Community Health Area (Health promotion, Sociology, Anthropology,  Psychology, Health Education, Bio-Medical Sciences, Public Health) or related areas, with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, participatory research.


  • A minimum of Seven years progressively responsible work experience in public or community health and Social and Behavioral Change Communication, the planning and management of social communication programmes, including in immunization/polio.
  • Background in public health and strong management skills would be highly considered.

Competencies and level of proficiency required (please base on UNICEF Competency Profiles):
Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability.

Core competencies:

  • Communication (III)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II).

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Persuading and influencing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (II).

Specific Technical Knowledge Required:

  • Knowledge of current developments in the fields of communication theory, motivational psychology, adult learning theory, indigenous media, digital communication, community organization and participation, strategic communication planning, behavior analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
  • Knowledge of inter-disciplinary approach in programme development and implementation in behavior and social change communication, social mobilization and behavioral change.
  • Knowledge of and experience in emergency operations and management.
  • Knowledge and experience to organize and implement training, including development of curricula and methodologies.
  • Computer knowledge, skills and practical experience, including internet navigation, network, telecommunications and various office applications.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is of added value.


  • We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.
  • UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

Application Closing Date
26th June, 2023.



2). Supply & Logistics Associate

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Job No.: 563250
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time
Level: G-6
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Categories: Supply Management, Operations

For Every Child, HOPE

  • In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with government, civil society, children and families.

How can you make a difference?

  • The Supply and Logistics Associate performs highly skilled work on UNICEF supply chains, and manages the more complex cases and client requests, which frequently requires the evaluation of difficult situations and adaptation of procedures and processes to resolve such cases.
  • The Supply and Logistics Associate will also oversee warehouse, and stock management.
  • This is the senior GS level for specialized supply chain work and requires advanced specialized knowledge acquired through formal training and experience.
  • The function is characterized as highly independent and provides opportunities for the Associate to lead and carry out responsibility for end to end supply chain management from the beginning to the end of the process and provide input into the design and development of improved supply chain services and delivery mechanisms.
  • The incumbent will handle supply and logistics duties, tasks, and accountabilities in pursuance of country program.
  • The incumbent will be based under the Supply and Logistics Section while work activities will be guided by teamwork plans, priorities, and individual performance plans.
  • This position is based in the Maiduguri Field Office with a supervisory role of the lower level GS staff and third-party logistics.

Tasks / Responsibilities|

  • In consultation with supervisor, provide input to the Country Programme Action Planning and advise on Supply requirements for the Plan of Operations and Annual Work Plans through effective participation in the Field Office forecasting, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the supply chain operations, including establishment of performance indicators, and assessment of fit for purpose of products and services.
  • Support Field Office supply emergency preparedness and response activities including establishment of Long-Term Arrangements (LTAs), Partner Logistics Capacity Assessment and Contingency Plan update, and pre-positioning of stock.
  • Effective coordination with the State Central Medical stores and support on necessary logistics planning and space for commodities storage.
  • Effective cargo movement planning including too hard-to-reach areas and acquire necessary security clearance where necessary.

Procurement / Contracting:

  • Support the supervisor in providing necessary input to and advice on the annual supply plan. Conduct data review and analysis for category management and development of procurement strategies.
  • Conduct market research in relevant areas for UNICEF and advice on best approaches to obtain best value for money and sustainable procurement. Support product innovation and market-shaping initiatives for specific categories of supplies and services.
  • Liaise with clients in planning procurement and contracting initiatives, supporting development of appropriate specifications, terms of reference, and logistics arrangements and timelines.
  • Support the supervisor in taking charge of the supply systems strengthen with partners, including the state logistician and sustainable supply chains.
  • Ensure establishment of Long-Term Arrangements (LTAs) and act on specific procurement requisitions as might be required.
  • Prepare and process Request for Quotations (RFQs), Invitations to Bid (ITBs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs), as might be requested by the Supervisor.
  • Organize bid openings and conduct technical and financial analysis of offers as might be required. Conduct clarifications and negotiations with suppliers.
  • Maintain highest level of integrity, ethical standards and accountability in the procurement of goods, contracting of services and construction work.
  • Prepare requests for award including submissions to Contract Review Committee. Prepare purchase orders and contracts in SAP (ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning system), and submit for relevant approvals, ensuring completeness of documentation in UNICEF systems.
  • Keep stakeholders/partners informed on the progress. Liaise with suppliers, ensuring timely follow-up on delivery schedules Implement appropriate vendor management practices e.g. supply performance reviews.
  • Ensure appropriate filing of procurement cases and maintain up-to-date records for future reference including for audit.

In-country logistics:

  • Provide logistics input to the supply plan, including advising on infrastructure constraints (e.g. customs clearance, port capacity, transport options and warehousing capacity) and different delivery mechanisms.
  • Advise on budget requirements for various delivery modalities and ensure establishment of budget with clients.
  • Liaise with supply colleagues as well as clients and using supply dashboards to ensure pipeline monitoring and establishment of appropriate logistics capacity.
  • Perform research, collect data and conduct analysis, produce reports and ensure information accuracy in corporate systems to enable informed decision-making.
  • Provide specialized support in logistics, following standard processes and contributing, directly or indirectly, to the effective delivery of Programme supplies.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to support logistics operations management and contribute to effective service delivery.
  • Identify needs for contracting of logistics third party services (e.g. customs clearance, warehousing, transport, distribution) and manage contracting of such service providers including establishment of KPIs and performance monitoring mechanisms.
  • Manage documentation processing for execution of logistics operations (e.g. customs clearance, invoice verification), and take appropriate actions to resolve operational issues, escalating complex issues to the supervisor.

Warehousing and inventory management:

  • Manage UNICEF warehouse facilities and operations in line with UNICEF policies and procedures. Assess warehousing capacity including facilities, conditions of equipment, manpower, and processes and propose corrective actions to supervisor.
  • Assess new warehouse facilities when required. If necessary, implement and organize new warehouse facilities which may include installation and assembly of temporary warehouse structures (e.g. Wiki-Halls/Rub Halls).
  • Maintain appropriate warehousing and inventory management processes in support of the country Programme implementation.
  • Ensure accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are in place, and relevant records are properly maintained.
  • Assess availability of space and ensure the stacking and storage plans are appropriate storage space optimization.
  • Supervise receipt of consignments and dispatch of supplies.
  • Prepare accurate stock reports and share with supervisor.
  • Monitor inventory to track trends and account for the inventory status from source to beneficiary.
  • Carry out regular physical counts of inventory in the warehouse and spot checks.
  • Carry out spot checks at Central Medical Stores and at Implementing Partner’s warehouses and advise on effective commodities handling.
  • Prepare documentation for commodity disposal through Property Survey Board committee.

Supplier Relationship management:

  • Manage UNICEF Suppliers in line with UNICEF Supply and Procurement policies and procedures.
  • Assess supplier performance and always ensure they compliance to all UNICEF policies rules and regulations including Child Safeguarding, PSEA, Anti-Terrorism, among others.

Partners Support:

  • Support the partners in all Supply and Logistics related matters as in accordance to UNICEF guidelines and procedures.
  • Support the supervisor to carry out partner assessment on Supply and Logistics capability and;
  • Provide trainings for capacity building for effective systems strengthening to partners and state logisticians.

Alternative delivery mechanisms and procurement services:

  • Support the supervisor in the assessment of and collaboration with implementing partners including civil society, for establishment of Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), and monitoring of supply components under Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT).
  • Participate in events/meetings that build partnerships and collaborative relations with UN organizations to support harmonized and collaborative procurement and logistics arrangements.
  • Facilitate Procurement Services (PS) transactions in collaboration with Programme sections and UNICEF Supply Division (SD). As appropriate, support CO counterparts on forecasting and costing of PS-channel supplies.
  • Monitor the issuance of Purchase Orders (POs) and/or Copenhagen Warehouse Stock Transfer Orders on PS Sales Orders.
  • Coordinate with Country Office Logistics and Port Operations as needed to ensure on timely delivery/shipment of PS orders.
  • Support communications and follow up with relevant internal stakeholders regarding partnership requests and negotiations as required.
  • Maintain up-to-date files for all Procurement Service transactions, including a system for monitoring the different stages of each transaction.
  • Monitor the incoming pipeline of PS shipments where necessary based on the division of responsibilities agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Cost Estimate (CE), supervise the arrival, customs clearance, storage, packing and in-country distribution of PS commodities to the agreed delivery point.
  • In collaboration with Supply colleagues and Programme Sections, identify opportunities for capacity building of Government counterparts and improving the supply chain process to make it more effective.

Other duties / responsibilities:

  • In cases where the incumbent has managerial responsibility of lower level GS staff, the incumbent will ensure timely and effective performance management of staff, providing practical advice and guidance to ensure individual and team objectives are met.
  • In collaboration with supervisor, Supply Division, Regional Office and the global supply community, provide input to help ensure knowledge exchange and learning is prioritized to continuously build capacity of individuals and the team. Develop and facilitate training of newcomers, establish processes or manuals to support effective workflows.
  • Develop training packages and facilitate training of newcomers, establish processes or manuals to support effective workflows in warehouse management.

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

  • Completion of Secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by Technical or University courses related to Supply Chain, Business Administration, Contract / Commercial Law, Economics or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant administrative experience in supply chain management or a commercial context is required.
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian work is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language and 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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (I)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (I)
  • Drive to achieve results (I)
  • Innovates and embraces change (I)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (I)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (I)
  • Works collaboratively with others (I).

Application Closing Date
30th June, 2023.



3). Planning & Monitoring Manager

Job No.: 563241
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full Time
Supervisor Title / Level: 58568 Chief Planning & Monitoring / P5
Organizational Unit: Programme
Category: IP (International Professionals)
Job Level: Level 4
Job Profile No.: CCOG Code: 1M06
Functional Code: PMR

For every child, a chance

  • In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights and promote gender equality and adolescent development in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families.
  • Guided by UNICEF’s Rights and Results-based Management standards, the Planning and Monitoring Manager supports the planning process throughout the country programme cycle, monitoring systems, surveys and analysis of key trends (e.g., MICS and MICS+), and reporting.
  • In close collaboration with the Evaluation Manager on evaluation and research initiatives, he/she strengthens a regular dialogue with key national and international partners involved in surveys and data collection.
  • The Manager facilitates and coordinates the joint programme and project monitoring and evaluation of international assistance on the ground.
  • The incumbent ensures that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid, and reliable information on the situation of children’s and women’s rights; the performance of UNICEF-supported programs, including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability; and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination, and coherence.

How can you make a difference?
Under the overall guidance of the Chief, Planning Monitoring and Reports, the Planning and Monitoring Manager is accountable to ensure that the UNICEF Nigeria Country Office:

  • Has strategic and results-based programme planning strategies and documents; useful, valid and reliable information on the situation of children’s and women’s rights; relevant, effective and timely use of programme monitoring information and insights for strategic and programmatic decision making, including insights for coverage, coordination, and coherence in emergency contexts.
  • Works within the UN country team to support UNCT goals for delivering valid and reliable information on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNICEF West and Central Africa Key Results for Children (KRCs) and Nigeria and other goals, and on the performance of UN-supported programmes
  • Supports establishing monitoring and reporting tools that enhance partnerships between the UNCT, government and other key players to track progress on SDGs and other international commitments for children.

Summary of key functions / accountabilities

  • Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of duties and key results.

Programme Planning and the Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP):

  • Support the Country Office and national partners to develop a well-prioritized and realistic programme plan, and monitoring activities, developed collaboratively to deliver results for children.
  • Lead development of the Country Programme Document (CPD), Country Programme Management Plan (CPMP), Results Framework, Programme Strategy Notes (PSNs), and Country Office and Field Office Programme Workplans.
  • In coordination with the Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP) Committee, make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and annual IMEPs, in consultation with child-rights and implementing partners.
  • Support developing and coordinating the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) M&E plan and reporting requirement from a sound rights and results-based programming process.

Situation Monitoring and Assessment:

  • Ensure that the Country Office and national partners have a timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country’s wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.
  • In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and other key social development indicators (through MICS, MICS+ or other surveys) to improve national planning.
  • Support partners in establishing and managing national statistical databases, ensuring key indicators are readily accessible to key stakeholders. Potential uses include Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, and Mid-Term Reviews.
  • Develop a Situation Monitoring and Assessment system owned by all key partners which supports the preparation of country-level statistical and analytic reports on the status of children’s and women’s rights issues; and allows, when opportunities emerge, to influence developmental and social policies.
  • Provide technical support and coordinate global reporting obligations, including national reports on progress toward the SDGs and Key Results for Children (KRC) fulfilment.

Programme Performance Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Ensure the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans, including emergency plans.
  • Coordinate analysis of quality information collected and disseminated with the participation of all concerned partners to assess progress towards expected annual and multi-year results and oversee the gathering and analysis of relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme.
  • Strengthen and harmonize the Country Programme Monitoring systems, the Monitoring Information Systems (MIS) maintenance, biannual programme reviews, and corporate programme reporting (RAM, KRC, CRAVE, CSIs, UNINFO)
  • Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, with inputs of all concerned partners to assess progress towards expected annual and multi-year results in the context of the multi-year and annual IMEPs, the Annual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans, as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Manual.
  • Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised across programmes to feed into programme performance monitoring, with special attention to humanitarian response.
  • Drawing on monitoring and analysing key programme performance and management indicators, provide professional input to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.

M&E Capacity Building:

  • Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened, enabling them to increase and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Enhance the monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – to meet the expectations and requirements of their positions and responsibilities.
  • Develop and maintain guidance, tools, templates, and materials for planning, monitoring and reporting in the UNICEF SharePoint site, the hub for all planning, monitoring and reporting activities.
  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of M&E function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities organization-wide.
  • In close collaboration with partners, ensure that an M&E capacity-building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of the IMEP or UNDAF M&E plan. Pay particular attention so the capacity needs of national partners such as professional evaluation associations will be strengthened with involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity-building initiatives.
  • Collaborate on implementing capacity-building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners.
  • Utilise a range of appropriate skills-building strategies, including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience to build the knowledge and skills of UNICEF and UN staff in understanding and to apply new M&E policies, tools, and methods to fulfil their responsibilities.
  • Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.
  • Actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions to identify capacity gaps and develop strategies to address them.

Coordination and Networking:

  • Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF M&E developments and the UNSDCF M&E system that contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.
  • The UNICEF office is linked to wider UNICEF and UN M&E developments in a way that both contribute to and benefit from organizational learning on effective planning, M&E, and results management.
  • Collaborate with Regional M&E Advisers and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.
  • Partner with the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate M&E data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge-sharing networks.
  • Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful M&E practices and experiences at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate. Similarly, pay attention to M&E knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their M&E function.
  • Support coordination of UNICEF inputs to UN-wide planning, monitoring, and reporting requirements.

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

  • An Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Planning Development, Planning or related Social Science field is required.
  • Eight years of relevant professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Developing country or  field work experience
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning.
  • Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
  • Fluency in English.  Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Technical Competencies:

  • Specific Technical Knowledge & Competencies Required for the job:
  • Knowledge of Project Evaluation.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Evaluation Process Management, Followup on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.
  • Emerging international good practice in monitoring and evaluation partnerships.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in methodology of M&E, including theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2).


  • We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.
  • UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

Deadline: 3rd July, 2023.

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should use the links below to apply:

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