Social Policy Officer – UNICEF


Job Description

Social Policy Officer, NO-B, Temporary Appointment, Khartoum, Sudan (Open to Nationals of Sudan Only)

Job no:536386
Contract type:Temporary Appointment
Categories:Social and Economic Policy, NO-2
Advertised:01/12/2020 Africa Standard Time
Deadline:15/12/2020 Africa Standard Time

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.

For every child, Hope

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for providing technical, coordination and operational support for robust programme implementation of integrated and systems-based cash transfers. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as ensuring linkages with other sectors including health and nutrition, education, water and sanitation, and child protection.

  1. Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children;
  2. Technical, capacity and coordination support for robust programme implementation of the Maternal and Child Cash Transfer Programme at State level;
  3. Contribute to Knowledge products, tools and technical inputs for the expansion of the MCCT;
  4. UNICEF Programme Management.

 TORs- Social Policy Officer – NOB Khartoum.pdf

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

  • A University degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Development Studies, Finance, Public Policy, Political Science, or another relevant technical field. *A first University Degree 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 two years of relevant professional experience in social protection/social sector programme management and monitoring & evaluation. 
  • Knowledge of social protection policy debates and evidence is desirable; demonstrated knowledge and experiences in working on integrated, systems-based approaches (including linkages with social work case management) is advantage.
  • Previous research experience on poverty and/or development with expertise on quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Experience in data and knowledge management.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency particularly experience of cash transfers in emergency is considered as a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)
  • Learning & Researching (II)
  • Planning & Organizing (II)

View our competency framework at

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 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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

No Fee


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