Social Policy Officer

Social Policy Officer

Job description

The overall goal of the UNICEF Libya Country Programme of Cooperation, 2023-2025, is to ensure that children and adolescents in Libya, especially those in the most vulnerable situations, have their rights progressively fulfilled in an inclusive and protective environment by 2025.UNICEF will contribute to building equitable and quality social services including:
(a) health-care and nutrition services; (b) education and skills development; (c) protection from violence, abuse and exploitation; (d) sustainable and climate-resilient WASH services; (e) inclusive social policies. The country programme is aligned with country and UNICEF regional and global priorities and expected to contribute to Government efforts in realising the UNSDCF for Libya 2023–2025 and its flagship programmes.

Influencing and supporting the development of inclusive social policies is a key priority in the CPD.

The Social Policy Officer under the guidance of the Social Policy Specialist and the leadership of Deputy Representative will provide support evidence generation and providing capacity building for Government in the areas of (a) child poverty; (b) social sector financing; (c) budget analysis; and (d) social protection.

This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Social Policy Specialist or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Social Policy Officer will:

  • Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
  • Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
  • Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.
  • Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children
  • Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
  • Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.

    • Supports strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection and HIV.
    • Supports improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
    • Improving use of public financial resources for children
    • Undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children. Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
    • Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
    • Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation
    • Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy
    • Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall.
    • Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
    • Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.
    • UNICEF Programme Management
    • Helps manage and coordinate technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion to adequately support scale-up and delivery. Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
    • Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme. Ensures that the social planning project enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems
    • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

      Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work.As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

      • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
      • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
      • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
      • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
      • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
      • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
        Results/expected outputs:
        • As an active UNICEF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
        • High quality policy, budget briefs and other PF4C analytical products to inform UNICEF’s advocacy efforts
        • The efficient and effective technical support provided to the development and implementation of strategic advocacy and planning & formulation of social policy programmes/projects and the achievement of sustainable results, contributes to achievement of goals and objectives to create a protective environment for children and thus ensure their survival, development and well-being in society. Achievements in social policy programmes and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.
        • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
        • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
          demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;

          demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;

          • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
            Commitment to continuous learning:

            initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
            Planning and organizing:
            effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;

            proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;

            adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;

            • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNICEF’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values. the national and/or international level in public finance, social protection or other relevant programmes.

              Experience working with the Government Agencies in Libya and experience of working in the UN or other international development organization is an asset.

              • Demonstrated experience in working with multiple stakeholders across government and civil society in the areas of PFM and Social protection is highly desirable.
              • Experience in social protection programmes including cash transfers is an asset.
              • Good coordination and negotiating skills, project management and time management skills.
              • Proven experience in the preparation of costing models, investment cases, surveys or other evidence generation activities to support improved investments in social sectors.
              • Ability to assess and present macro-economic situation to influential audience is a strong asset
              • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills.
              • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing.

                As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

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    • Company Name: UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
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    • Location: Libya, Tripoli
    • Job Type: Other

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