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Temporray Appointment: Programme Specialist, P-3, Islamabad, Pakistan

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N.G.O./Social Services
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Temporary Appointment
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Jul 18, 2022
Posted On:
Jul 4, 2022
Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds 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.

And we never give up.

For every child, trustable hand!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges. 

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. 

To learn more about UNICEFs work in Pakistan, please visit the country websitewww.unicef.org/pakistan and videos onYouTubeandVimeo

The Programme Specialist, P3, will work under the overall supervision and guidance of the Representative and in coordination with the Executive Officer, NOB, manages the efficient operation of the Representatives Office, focusing on the programme part of the mandate implementation and supporting the Deputy Representative, including administrative and management; planning and coordination within the various sections/units of the Pakistan Country Office, other parts of UNICEF and all key stakeholders (Government, political entities, donors, civil society organizations, research and academic community, national and international NGOs, etc.). The Programme Specialist, P3, will contribute and support senior management in monitoring governance related issues to programme specifically and coordination with state offices and with all other UN agencies operating in Pakistan.

How can you make a difference, you will be responsible for the following key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Planning, Monitoring and Coordination

  • Maintain routine collaboration with the various levels of the County Office to facilitate key coordination endeavors between senior management of the CO, Regional Office, Headquarters, and other country offices to ensure effective and accelerated program delivery and support the Representative in the follow up and actions required for UNICEF led areas with expected actions and results.
  • Follow-up on policies and instructions presented by the Representative. Keep the Representative aware of developments in UNICEFs major world-wide operations and of policy issues related directly to UNICEF or to humanitarian issues under the broader UN system.
  • Assist the Representative in drafting regular information notes to the Executive Director that provide briefings on areas of concern to UNICEF and that propose areas where action by the Executive Office would further the objectives of the Office and contribute to coordinating drafts of position papers and other documents relevant to the activities of the office.
  • Support the Representative by ensuring and maintaining efficient and smooth liaison with the UN Country and Humanitarian Teams (UNCT & UNHCT), the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators Office and other UN agencies when needed and keep the Representative timely informed of issues under his/her responsibilities as UNICEF Representative and when acting in charge.
  • Coordinate the Representatives office in all critical aspects of work in close collaboration with the Deputy Representative, the Deputy Representative Operations and Chief of Polio Section.
  • Support Country Office, in close coordination with the Operations Manager/Internal Controls, the follow ups on risk and control self-assessment, quality assurance on operational and programmatic issues with a structured and systematic process for the assessment of risks to the achievement of an offices objectives and planned results, and the incorporation of actions to manage those risks into workplans and work processes;
  • Develop, introduce, and maintain workflows and tools to streamline the high volume of work of the representatives office and to enable proactive and strategic identification of priority actions. Priorities issues for the representative including planning, coordination, and quality assurance.    
  • Undertake special assignments (including coordination of high-level missions), as directed by the Representative in close collaboration with the Deputy Representatives Programme and Operations, Chief of Field Operations and Chief Communication.
  • Support the contribution of the Representative to the regional coordination mechanisms established by the Regional Office. Act as focal point in the Office of the Representative for the interaction with the RC/HC Office and the OHCHR team.
  • Support the Representative in the review, oversight and support towards the implementation of UNICEF overall programmes, advocacy and outreach.
  • Support the Representative in ensuring within the office an immediate and effective follow-up of the Internal and External Audit recommendations. 

2. High-level Advocacy and Resource Mobilization

  • Working closely with the Partnership Team, support the high-level advocacy engagement of the Representative and translate his/her policy reform intents, direction, and actions on influencing the humanitarian space and fostering management priorities within the emergency-related benchmarks.
  • Ensure that adequate and context-sensitive actions are taken into account to inform the advocacy strategy of the Representative (UNICEFs core mandate, strengthening of humanitarian space, effective humanitarian diplomacy and resources mobilization)
  • Contribute to the analysis of country level socio-political-economic trends (including fore sighting) and produce early warning briefs on program impacts
  • Prepare, participate and report on the advocacy activities of the Representative
  • In close collaboration with Resource Mobilization team, support Rep engagement with major donors, including reviewing briefing notes, talking points, presentations, and advocacy briefs, as well as supporting organization of donor field visits.
  • As needed, assist the Resource Mobilization and Private Sector Partnership team in translating the strategic directions and reporting asks of the Representative in regular/or ad-hoc performance monitoring reports

3. Administrative and Management Support

  • Establish and maintain effective procedures to manage and coordinate the Office of the Representative.
  • Assist in the preparation, conduct and reporting of governance mechanisms of PCO (SMT, CMT, EMT)
  • As needed, draft strategic correspondence, perform data analysis, and compile documentation and reference data as required by the strategic priorities set forth by the Representative
  • Manage in consultation with the Executive Officer the schedule and calendar of the Representative. Arrange and prepare meetings and invitations involving the Representative with senior leadership of the UN, the Government, civil society, NGO partners, and public/private donors
  • Undertake field visits with the Representative as needed and follow up on corrective or adjustment measures decided by the Representative.  
  • Contribute to CO compliance with internal policies and processes, including the preparation to audit exercise in close collaboration with Operations unit. Support the Annual Risk Assessment (ARA) exercise of the CO as per guideline, as well as the annual review process of the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Programme Criticality (PC). 
  • Carry out special assignments including networking initiatives, cluster management, oversight of special high-impact projects of the Representative and background research on selected topics
  • Identify opportunities for strategic engagement that may enhance the core results of the Representative and PCO as a whole.

 To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree is required in International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, or another relevant technical field.
  • *A first University Degree (bachelor's) in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in external relations, public affairs or international development cooperation, preferably within the UN, or in a government institution, NGO
  • Prior experience of working in coordination, planning, or in an executive office will be an asset as well as experience in the ROSA region and one of the core programmatic areas of UNICEF (Education, Child Protection, Health & Nutrition, WASH or Social Policy)
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEFs Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are;

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

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.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


  • Islamabad, Pakistan is a family duty station.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • UNICEFs active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates will be prioritized.

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