Senior Programme Manager, NO-4, Sana'a, Yemen #00112411
UN Children's Fund, Sa'dah, Yemen
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 and we never give up.
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In the 1970s UNICEF established presence in Yemen to respond to the urgent needs of children in the poorest country in the Middle East. In 1991, Yemen ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it was enacted immediately. Since then the country has been making steady progress for children until it plunged into a brutal conflict in 2015 but even before that, Yemen needed large amounts of humanitarian assistance.
In collaboration with local authorities, non-governmental organizations and community partners, UNICEF is working in all the governorates in Yemen to respond to the needs of children throughout the country with a continuum of services to help children survive and grow to their full potential through the following programmes: Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Basic Education, and Child protection.
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How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance of the Deputy Representative, the Senior Programme Specialist (SPS) is accountable in collaboration with the Deputy Representative, for managing and leading the total programme commitment within the country programme. The SPS represents UNICEF in his/her Area of Responsibility (AoR), leads and oversees the various program sectors and operational service teams ensuring the delivery of quality results in accordance with UNICEF’s programme of cooperation, country programme management plan and overall vision set forward by the Representative. Below are the key responsibilities of this role:
1. Effective management of UNICEF presence, staff and assets in the Area of Responsibility.
2. Effective knowledge management systems adopted and utilized to strengthen area/country programme management.
3. Situation Analysis prepared and updated; critical programme intervention points and measures identified; and programme work plans, recommendations and reports prepared.
4. Programme funds optimally used.
5. Programme monitoring and evaluations effectively conducted to improve programme performance, and programme status reports timely prepared. Gender/sex disaggregated data and inputs relevant to the country programme are provided as an integral part of programming.
6. Rights-based and results based programming approach fully incorporated into all phases of programme and project processes.
7. Commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners effectively gained and established.
8. Rights perspective and advocacy at the national, community and family levels incorporated in policy analysis for establishing and elevating UNICEF’s credibility in national and international policy debates.
9. Effective partnerships and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme development/management/coordination, information sharing and networking.
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To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, international relations, public administration, government and public relations, political science; public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of eight years of professional work experience in programme management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, project administration or another relevant area is required.
- 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.
- Familiarity/ background with emergency is considered as an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language or local knowledge of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values ofCare, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Core Competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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.
Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply and please see our Entitlements & Benefits for our female staff:Female Entitlements Edited2.jpg
While UNICEF seeks to recruit the best talent in the Yemen labor market to be able to deliver the best possible services for the children in Yemen, we would like to make it clear that we never use any third party in any of the recruitment processes for all junior and senior positions advertised. All received applications are treated with high level of transparency and professionalism.
“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, 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.”
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advanced to the next stage of the selection process.