United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
1) Job Title: Operations Manager, (P4)
Job Number: 522419
Location: Kano
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment
How can you make a difference?
  • As the head of operations of a small / medium-sized office or area office, accountable for management of cost effective, efficient and secure operations, in support of management, administration and implementation of the country programmes, consistent with operations of all other country offices in the Region in accordance with strategy, plans and decisions made by Regional Management Team and Country Programme Management Teams.
  • Provides guidance in operations to a gender-balanced, multidisciplinary team of professionals to identify and correct gender balances.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
Effective operations of financial, human resource and administrative management:
  • Manages and ensures the effective, equitable and efficient operations of the office’s finance, human resource and administrative systems to support and facilitate the attainment of programmatic goals and objectives by meeting changing operational requirements
  • Ensures effective operations that promote gender sensitivity and gender parity. Advises management and assists in establishing new offices.  
Policy Interpretation and Application:
  • As technical professional and manager, accountable for the correct and consistent application of organizational policies and procedures in the management of finance and administrative functions through the provision of technical leadership and operational support to the country office.
  • Contributes to global and regional strategic planning and policy changes / formulation on operational matters as necessary; Provides technical input to contribute to the establishment of operational guidelines in close coordination with the head of office, the Regional Operations Officer and DFAM.
  • Implements the effective communication, training, roll-out, monitoring and evaluation of new operational initiatives, guidelines and procedures.
Fiduciary Integrity / Responsibility for Funds And Assets:
  • Safeguards the financial resources entrusted to the office by advising on and / or managing financial assets, financial planning and cash management activities and by recommending improvements to the financial and administrative management systems and procedures. Accountable for fiduciary integrity/responsibility for funds and assets taking decision on all operational and financial transactions, disbursement of funds, and administrative arrangements.
  • Ensures efficient, cost-effective and transparent utilization of resources through knowledge and technology transfer between offices and consistency of approaches.
Leadership in Strategic Planning and Policy Formulation in the Areas of Operations:
  • Plays a major role in strategic planning and decision-making within the UNICEF Operations and provides sound professional input and oversight to the development, reform and change of financial, human resource and administrative policies, systems and procedures, including those that strengthen gender policy in programming and staff gender parity.
  • Participates in effective management process by providing technical advices and supports to corporate committees (including PBR, RMTs, CMT, JCC, CRC, PSB, etc.).
Office Services:
  • Ensures the provision of basic offices services including space management, equipment, communications and security to enhance staff safety and productivity.
  • Under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Operations Management Team, supports approaches for enhancing UN common services to attain efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Development of the finance, budget and administrative components of the CPMP is timely completed; participates in the review of office structures and operations, and compilation of required job descriptions, prior to budget preparation, in line with the country programme commitment; contributes to the preparation of budget and the accompanying justification and documentation
  • Participates in the country programme strategy, development, planning and preview/reviews meetings to identify staffing and administrative operational requirements
  • Within the framework of the CPMP, coordinates and contributes towards human resources planning.
Compliance and Internal Control:
  • Monitors and manages budget process. Ensures all other operational reporting requirements are fully met for the office.  Monitors compliance with all operational systems and procedures and ensures integrity in all financial and other administrative operations of the office.
  • Serve as the focal person for office management indicators; ensure all other operational reporting requirements are fully met for the office; in collaboration with the Deputy Representative, ensure the implementation of agreed audit recommendations; advise on corrective measures to be taken and establish relevant internal controls
  • Develop training activities to ensure effective operational performance and efficiency.
Staff Learning and Development:
  • Develops training activities to ensure effective operational performance and efficiency
  • Develops and implements effective staff learning and development programme activities for both programme and operations staff on operational matters for capacity building
  • Plans and conducts operations workshops for staff’s competency building, staff development, learning and career development. Provides coaching and counselling to the staff on performance enhancement/development.
Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:
  • Maintains government counterpart relations; resolves issues pertaining to conditions of service, operational facilities and privileges within the context of the Basic Cooperation Agreement; Ensures adherence to financial regulations and rules pertaining to Cash Assistance to Government (CAG).
  • Cooperates and coordinates with other UN agency counterparts in the UN reform initiatives (including HACT capacity building of IPs, common services and premises agenda, etc.).
  • Advises Head of Office on finance, human resource and administrative matters providing guidance on all operational submissions for the approval of the Regional Director; briefs office staff on financial, human resource and administrative policies and procedures providing authoritative advice; provides technical guidance and oversight to junior Operations staff in country offices and swiftly resolves operational issues.
  • Coordinates / liaises with the HQ Divisions to support policy formulation in the area of operations; advises on the applicability of new policy directives to regional operations. Makes substantive recommendations on the improvement of systems and internal controls, planning and restructuring and resolution of sensitive issues and problems, taking into account the prevailing conditions in the locality.
  • Establishes and maintains all consultative and management committees (e.g. APC, JCP, JCC, CRC, PSB, TRT, PBR and Training); Organizes and trains committees in compliance with the guidelines.
  • Collaborates with senior Programme Officers and country office staff providing creative problem solving in support of programming activities while maintaining sound internal operational controls.
  • Represents the office in meetings with local banks and administrative suppliers; negotiates locally issued contracts as well as in meetings with other UN Agencies to coordinate operational matters and activities, including harmonization of the UN common system.
  • Represents UNICEF in the local salary survey committee and fully participates in all processes of the salary survey review and administration to ensure the methodology is applied correctly throughout.
  • Coordinates promptly with the Regional Office, the Head of Office, Programme Officers and other staff in the country office for security-related issues and emergency operations. Provides operational support to emergency preparedness and emergencies. Informs and updates all staff members in the country office on security related issues and emergency operations.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


  • An Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is required: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, or Financial Management
Work Experience:
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: office management, finance, accounting, ICT, human resources, supply, administration or other related areas.
  • Experience in an emergency duty station is an asset.
Language Proficiency:
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of thee duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
Application Closing Date
14th January, 2020; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)
2) Job Title: Consultant – GEP3 / EAC State Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
Job Number: 529060
Locations: Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara
Work Type: Consultancy
Duration: 11.5 months from the date of signing the contract
Slots: 4 Openings (Sokoto (2), Kebbi (1) and Zamfara (1))
Purpose of the Consultancy
  • The purpose of this consultancy is to ensure the effective monitoring, data collection and maintain records on all Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) interventions in the respective GEP3 and Educate A Child (EAC) focus states (Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara) according to the GEP3 / EAC state work plan and GEP3 monitoring and evaluation framework, contributing to the results of the project
  • Two State M&E Consultants will be contracted in each of the two GEP3 (Sokoto and Zamfara) and one M & E Consultant in EAC (Kebbi) focus state. GEP3 / EAC activities are implemented in close partnership with government education agencies and civil society partners.
  • The consultant will report to the State Project Coordinator under supervision of the Sokoto Education Specialist / Officer and with technical guidance of the Education Specialist, M&E based in Abuja. The consultant will work closely with the Education Specialist / Officer responsible for GEP3 / EAC, based in the respective UNICEF Field Office. It is expected the State M&E Consultant will form effective professional relationships with relevant education sector stakeholders in GEP3 / EAC focus state at all levels to advance GEP3 / EAC activities and results
  • The consultant will work collaboratively with the other GEP3 / EAC state consultants – coordinating activities, analyzing operating environment, sharing lesson learnt and progress and maximizing synergy between activities towards key result areas.
Main Tasks of the Consultant
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records / database on GEP3/EAC implementation across the three output areas in state, and ensure effective and timely information reporting as required;
  • Conduct quality assurance activities to ensure quality of the implementation of interventions under the guidance of the Education Specialist M&E;
  • Work closely with SUBEB and MOE EMIS officials to ensure timely completion (based on agreed timeframe) of Annual School Census data collection, processing, data cleaning, data merging, analysis, standard statistics reports generation, and dissemination of gender disaggregated results;
  • Liaise with MOE and SUBEB EMIS officials to provide technical support to strengthen capacity of EMIS staff at the LGEA level;
  • In coordination with State Output Leads and national Education Specialist M&E, monitor and support IQS integration into the ASC processes;
  • Coordinate and support State level research activities led by external consultants and GEP3 / EAC partners;
  • Facilitate institutionalization of systems, for effective and accurate data collection and analysis;
  • Document lessons learnt and best practices, producing monthly stories on GEP3 / EAC implementation;
  • Working with State Output Leads, ensure that systematic, accurate and updated data and information on GEP3 / EAC activities is collected and analysed collaboratively;
  • Produce regular monthly work plans and submit them to the SPC, Education Specialist M&E, and FO Education GEP3 focal person;
  • Support and coordinate state level research activities led by external consultants and GEP3 / EAC partners.
Expected Deliverable:
  • Timely submission of monthly reports and data tables covering all three output areas, contributing to quarterly and annual reports on specific areas under the output;
  • Monthly work plans detailing how key tasks will be conducted (due on 25th of the month).
Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required
  • Advanced Degree in Education, Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science.
  • At least 5 years of experience and demonstrated ability in data collection, monitoring and statistics.
  • Demonstrated skills in the use of data analysis packages (Excel, SPSS, and Access).
  • Strong analytical skills using diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience working on gender issues.
  • Extensive knowledge and skills of education and social sectors in Nigeria and in northern Nigeria will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrates, applies and shares technical knowledge.
  • Good understanding of girls’ education issues, community involvement and participation.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, to varied audiences.
  • Able to work effectively in a multicultural environment, sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Fluency in English language and good English writing skills. Fluency in language of the immediate environment.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
Application Closing Date
24th January, 2020; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)
3) Job Title: Programme & Planning Manager, P4
Job Number: 529071
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative and specific guidance and supervision of the Chief Management for Results, responsible for the overall coordination and management of the total programme commitment of a medium size country programme with a broad range of projects, including programme / project formulation, design, planning and management focused on achievement of UNICEF’s Organizational priorities

The Programme and Planning Manager will be responsible for:

Programme Development and Management:

  • Prepare program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.
  • Establishes programme work plans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the programme team in order to meet objectives. Identifies human resources requirements and on-going staff development needs.
  • In close collaboration with the monitoring manager in management for results sections, identify critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Draft changes to / or prepare programme work plans as required.
  • Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programme/projects in collaboration with Government and other partners.
  • Prepares relevant programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
Optimum Use of Program Funds:
  • Establish and supervise programme work plans and monitor progress and compliance.  Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds.
  • Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach:
  • Adopt a rights-based programme approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks.
  • Formulate consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and / or evaluation of programmes and projects.
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
  • Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfillment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.
National and Local Capacity Building / Sustainability:
  • Provide government authorities with technical support and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.
Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels:
  • Conduct policy analysis from a children’s and women’s rights perspective and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates.
  • Promote the organizational goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.
Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:
  • Develop partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme / project status and implementation and movement / distribution of supplies.
  • Linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavors and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination on programmes.
  • Plans, develops and implements sectoral programme(s) by collaborating with the government and other partners.
  • Provide leadership in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area / country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme and country level cooperation.
Recruitment Qualifications
  • Education: Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public  Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant discipline.
  • Experience: Eight years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • Experience supervising staff and in working in UNICEF programme countries are assets
  • Language requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
Core Competencies:
  • Communication
  • Working with people
  • Drive for results.
Functional Competencies:
  • Leading and supervising
  • Formulating strategies and concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and networking
  • Deciding and Initiating action
  • Applying technical expertise.
For every Child, you demonstrate
Application Closing Date
24th January, 2020; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)
4) Job Title: Consultants for Baseline Assessment for Resilience Integrated Education Programming for Children in Northeast Nigeria
Job Number: 529016
Location: Nigeria
Work Type: Consultancy
Slot: 3 Openings
Purpose of the Consultancy
  • The purpose of this baseline assessment under German Government Contributions (KfW Phases I and II) in targeted LGAs in the three states in North East Nigeria (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) is to enable UNICEF’s Readiness to demonstrate up the impact and change in the situation of children and communities upon completion of KfW Project Phase I and Phase II.
  • The Data to be collected before the actual implementation of a 5-year intervention will be used for the purposes of being compared to data collected after the intervention is being implemented to measure change over time attributed to the contributions of the German Government.
  • Expected impact of the German Government Contributions (KfW Phases I and II) is to reach a well-informed education development programmes and improve quality educational system and learning outcomes for girls and boys including the most vulnerable children in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
Main Tasks of the Consultant
  • Collection of baseline data that will help UNICEF to document the referential baseline situation for all project indicators prior to the start of interventions and lay the groundwork for all future monitoring and end project evaluation, including midterm and final performance evaluations.
  • Identify the barriers and challenges related to expected results of the project with a view to recommend appropriate adjustments to guide the next phase of implementation.
  • Increase understanding of the support of KfW contributions in the three states.
  • Increase understanding of the level of resilience of the education system and services in project locations in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
  • Generate sound knowledge to UNICEF, States and Local Authorities and Partners about the situation of resilience integrated education programming in the three states. That information will serve as a crucial reference point for assessing changes and impact, as it establishes a basis for comparing the situation before and after this intervention, and for making inferences as to the effectiveness of this intervention.
  • Contribute to better planning of ex-post end project impact evaluation within early evidence generation and identification of control group (comparison group) of LGAs/Communities vis-à-vis Interventions Group that will serve as basis to investigate causal attribution of difference made by the project.
Expected Deliverables:
  • Detailed study work plan including schedule of visits to the LGAs, key stakeholders to be consulted and methodology, list of documents to be reviewed and a proposed report outline
  • Draft report and presentation to UNICEF
  • Final report and presentation submitted electronically including all data files
Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required
  • Advanced university degree in Education, Economics, Social Sciences, or a field(s) relevant to international development assistance.
  • Eight years of professional experience in Education, Public Policy or Social/Sustainable Development. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and analyze complex situations to succinctly and clearly distil critical issues and draw out forward looking conclusions.
  • Excellent conceptualization, analytical and English writing skills; experience in publication of technical reviews/reports in English.
  • Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form and to produce reports in a timely manner
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team in an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English. Effective interpersonal and communications skills, especially the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Knowledge of local languages is an asset
  • 32 days from the date of signing the contract.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
Application Closing Date
22nd January, 2020; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
  • 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • Please submit your financial and technical proposal along with the application. Application without these will not be entertained.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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