UN Careers – Social Policy Specialist (Social Protection) – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)


Job Title:    Social Policy Specialist
(Social Protection)

Organization: United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Reports to: Social Policy Manager


About US:

The United Nations Children’s
Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly to advocate for the
protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand
their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together with our partners,
we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into
practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and
excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.


Job Summary:  Under the general guidance of the
Social Policy Manager, the  Social Policy Specialist (Social
is responsible for providing technical support to the
implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of social policy programing and
related advocacy, from strategic planning and formulation, to delivery of
concrete and sustainable results. This includes (a) coordinating the
implementation of a regional systems-strengthening intervention to address the
health, nutrition needs and vulnerabilities of mothers and children; (b)
monitoring the roll-out of systems strengthening and social protection
activities, including stakeholder engagement, information collection and
coordination, and liaising with programme partners; and (c) coordinating the
evaluation of the integrated programmatic efforts to measure the impact and
economic efficiency of the joint “Child-Sensitive Social Protection in
Refugee-Hosting Districts of West Nile, Uganda” intervention, measure
operational efficiencies, and analyse qualitative and quantitative research
towards more effective programming and public policies. The incumbent will
further support the work of the Social Policy and Advocacy team by engaging
with government and civil society partners, carrying out programmatic
activities, and driving evidence-generation and data-driven decision-making.
The incumbent will support linkages with other UNICEF sections, most
prominently Child Survival and Development.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

data and evidence on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for
policy and programme action

social protection coverage and impact for children through systems

use of public financial resources for children

advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy

UNICEF Programme


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Social Policy
Specialist (Social Protection) job opportunity should hold an advanced
university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public
Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another
relevant technical field.

minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required.

working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.

working in national health and nutrition structures and systems is desirable.

and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.

in English is required

core values
: Care, Respect,
Integrity, Trust and Accountability, and core competencies in Communication,
Working with People and Drive for Results.

Leading and supervising,
Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Persuading
& Influencing and Planning & Organizing.


The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment
process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United
Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.


How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations in the
aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN
recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.




Deadline: 5th March 2021


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