Social Policy Specialist – UNICEF


Job Description

Social Policy Specialist (NO-3), Khartoum, Sudan, Fixed Term – Position #115151 (Open for Nationals of Sudan ONLY), Req # 537074

Job no:537074
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Categories:Social and Economic Policy, NO-3
Advertised:22/12/2020 E.Africa Standard Time
Deadline:05/01/2021 E.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 guidance of Chief Social Policy, and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results:

  1. Social policy dialogue and programme development. 
  2. Monitoring state budget resources
  3. Sustainable decentralization and capacity building
  4. Data collection, analysis and results-based approach
  5. Advocacy and communication
  6. Partnerships
  7. UNICEF Programme Management

The Social Policy team leads UNICEF’s work on child poverty, social protection, public financial management for children, and governance. It provides technical and policy development support to initiatives to ensure that children, particularly the most disadvantaged and excluded, benefit from equitable and inclusive poverty reduction and social protection systems. It supports the generation of evidence on multiple dimensions of child poverty and social exclusion, which will be developed for use in policy dialogue, advocacy and local planning in relevant sectors. The programme also contributes to the understanding of social sector budgets, providing evidence that will be used to advocate for increased investment in services that benefit children, and to promote effective, efficient and equitable finance for and governance of essential public services across all sectors.

In addition to the above the Social Policy Specialist will work with a wide range of colleagues and sections with specific focus to:

  • Support UNICEF’s strategic thinking and engagement with government partners for advancing equity and quality of basic social services for all children through improved public finance and governance ;
  • Provide policy analysis and advisory expertise to advance policy changes to government counterparts who lead the planning, financing and governance for essential social services for children;
  • Build convincing investment cases for children through research, and quantitative and qualitative assessments;
  • Explore ways fiscal policy can improve equity and adequate financing of health, education, child and social protection services for all children;
  • Identify institutional partners and entry points for UNICEF’s contribution to the policy making process with focus on social protection, poverty analysis and public financial management;
  • Ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the Social Policy Programme work on planning, financing and governance for Basic Social Services for all.

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

  • aster’s degree or higher in Economics, Development Studies, Public Finance or other relevant discipline from a recognized university.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in the area of poverty reduction, social protection and other related sectors.  Also working experience in economics, development studies or other fields of social science, research, analysis and/or application of social protection is required.
  • Understanding of poverty dynamics, social protection principles and their application to current national economic and development issues; demonstrated experience in policy analyses and poverty research.
  • Proven ability to produce reports and/or research papers on poverty and social protection issues.
  • Experience of working with national governments and/or the donor community.
  • Experience in policy support and advocacy; familiarity with social policy circles in Sudan; and/or experience in the economics research community.
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building / knowledge transfers
  • Knowledge of children’s rights, including CRC and other international legal Instruments such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), World Fit for Children, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station.

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…

  • Leading and Supervising    [ II ]                     
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing   [ III] 
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
  • Planning and Organizing [ III ]

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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