United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Job Recruitment (4 Positions)

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 positions below:

1) Job Title: Programme Budget Specialist (Grants Management) P3, TA

Job Number: 532576
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Health Manager (Chief, Immunization) and other Programme Staff, the incumbent will be responsible for monitoring, reviewing, compiling, and editing of English-language proposals and reports for donors, ensuring that they are in line with criteria set out in official guidelines and directives, and in line with agreement/stipulations.
  • The incumbent will work also with Field office colleagues, Chief Field Operations, Chief of Supply and Finance as well as Programme Officer, (budget) to help monitor the large programme budget of over $100 million a year. And ensure accurate expenditure at field level, against appropriate grant.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

  • Collaborate in the development and ongoing monitoring of Financial Resource Requirement (FRR) and budget execution including tracking of outstanding commitments.
  • In consultation with Chief, Immunization develop donor budget and proposal based on field needs and annual section workplan, and in line with annual Gavi and GPEI-approved budget envelope.
  • In collaboration with Data team, prepare and submit scheduled reports to donors on expenditures and activities achieved from funds received from that specific donor.
  • Prepare management indicators reports
  • Work with HQ Polio Finance team and Gavi team in Geneva to provide quarterly expenditure reports and analysis using Standard Codes.
  • Participate in year-end closure of accounts by monitoring expenditures and commitments – working with colleagues to remedy any mis-allocations across grants and minimising unspent balances leading to grant expiry date.
  • Act as focal point for the handling of all queries from headquarters, regional/country offices and Nigeria based staff, regarding programme budget, funding commitments and donor contributions
  • Provide information on allotment accounts and availability of funds; advises and updates allotment lists
  • Clearly communicate to field office colleagues the constraints of donor proposals and importance of aligning their activities to agreed budget.
  • Request and analyse field-office Immunization and Polio budgets as submitted, ensuring accuracy against existing proposals and noting needs for future proposals.

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

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Business Administration, Project Management, Financial Management, Economics, Social Sciences, Communication, or other relevant fields; or a first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience including 2 years of progressively responsible experience in contribution management and the development of donor reports and proposals.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The competencies required for this post are:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)

View our competency framework here

Application Closing Date
2nd September, 2020; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


2) Job Title: Consultant – National Micronutrient Deficiency Control (MNDC) Guideline Review

Job Number: 533822
Location: Nigeria
Work Type: Consultancy
Contract Duration: 2 months

Micronutrients are vital vitamins and minerals required by human beings to stimulate cellular growth and metabolism. Micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) greatly contributes to poor growth and development, reduced cognitive function, impaired immune and endocrine functions, increased risk of morbidity and mortality. There are nineteen micronutrients considered essential for optimal physiological functions; five of these micronutrients (Vitamin A, Iron, folate, Iodine, Zinc) are of public health importance. Specifically, Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, it also causes impaired immune function, cell differentiation, measles and diarrhoeal diseases among children. Iron deficiency causes microcytic anaemia, impaired immune and endocrine functions. Folate deficiency in pregnant women causes neural tube defect and macrocytic anaemia. Iodine deficiency disorder causes goitre, mental retardation. Zinc deficiency causes increased incidence of diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection; both are among the leading cause of death in children under five years.

The burden of micronutrient malnutrition and deficiencies in key micronutrients such as iron, vitamin A, iodine, and zinc, is estimated to affect 2 billion people worldwide. Pregnant women, adolescents and young children who are undergoing rapid growth and development are the most vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies and, consequently, suffer the greatest adverse effects. The Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition (Black, et al., 2013) estimated that 90 million children less than 5 years (33%) and 15% of all pregnant women suffer from subclinical VAD (based on a threshold of serum retinol < 0.70 μmol/L), the consequences of which lead to lowered immunity and increased risk of mortality in children (Ruel-Bergeron, et al., 2015).

Micronutrient deficiency (MND) remains a major public health concern globally, which is most common in many developing countries; especially in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria. MND is caused by one or more of the following factors: inadequate food intake, poor dietary diversity, poor bioavailability and presence of disease or infections. At least, 340 million children under 5 suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Most common forms of are Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD), Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) and Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD). Micronutrients deficiencies is responsible for an estimated 7.3% of the global burden of disease, with Iron and Vitamin A deficiencies ranking among the 15 leading causes of global burden of disease burden.

In Nigeria, the prevalence of anaemia among children under 5 is 68%. About 49% of non-pregnant WRA, and 58% of pregnant women are estimated to be anaemic and 31% are iodine deficient. Prevalence of anaemia in children 6‒59 months of age is 71% (The global prevalence of anaemia in 2011, WHO).

Purpose of Assignment:

  • The purpose of the assignment is to develop a new National Micronutrients Deficiency Control Guideline for the Federal Ministry of Health to replace the one developed in 2013.


  • Scan: gather past and current evidence at the national and global level including WHO recommendations at a global level, other global level evidence, national policy, strategies and programme document.
  • Review the 2013-2018 MNDC and pre-existing Guidelines, related nutrition policy documents, other guidelines, strategies and programme documents to identify gaps, lessons, best practices, scope and other information as inputs for the new guideline and to ensure coherence of the new guideline with national priorities, synergies and linkages.
  • Facilitate stakeholders’ meetings
  • Draft a new MNDC guideline and share/present in a stakeholder meeting.
  • Consolidate stakeholders’ input into the MNDC guidelines, including follow up consultation and gathering additional information.
  • Develop final MNDC guideline (final draft).

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge / Experience Required

  • A minimum of Master’s Degree in relevant field (Nutrition, Public / Global Health, Epidemiology) with relevant experience in Nutrition.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of proven expertise in the development and/ or revision of health/ nutrition guidelines and strategies.
  • Professional experience and/background in nutrition programming especially micronutrient deficiency control.
  • Excellent communication skills in English language (written and verbal).
  • Willingness to comply with UNICEF Harmonised Approach to Cash Transfer (HACT) approaches such as micro-assessments, spot-checks including at end-user level.

Application Closing Date
31st August, 2020 by 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


3) Job Title: Social Policy Specialist

Job Number: 533792
Locations: Bauchi and Sokoto
Level: NOC
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Duration: 1st August, 2020 – 29th July, 2021
Reporting to: Chief field Officer (Bauchi), Chief Field Officer (Sokoto)

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within UNICEF Nigeria for a passionate and committed Social Policy Specialist in the Abuja CO. Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for providing technical support to the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results.
  • This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services.
  • 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.

Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities

  • Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action
  • Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
  • Improving use of public financial resources for children
  • Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.
  • Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy UNICEF Programme Management

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered a strong asset.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered a strong asset
  • Fluency in English.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is considered as an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (II);
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II);
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (II);
  • Innovates and embraces change (II);
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (II);
  • Thinks and acts strategically (II)
  • Works collaboratively with others (II)
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people (II

The functional competencies required for this position are…

  • Planning and Organizing [III]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concept [II]
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and Networking [II]

View our competency framework at here

Application Closing Date
31st August, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


4) Job Title: Information Management Officer

Job Number: 533750
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Purpose of the Assignment

  • A well-run cluster with Information Management is a formal deliverable of the Cluster Lead Agency and forms a part of the agency’s work.
  • The Information Management Officer is a core Cluster Coordination team member. The purpose of this post is to manage the collection, analysis and sharing of information that is important for the Cluster participants to make informed, evidence-based, strategic decisions.

Major Responsibilities

  • Respond to the Cluster participants’ needs for information
  • Adapt existing in-country information management approaches for collecting, analysing and reporting Cluster activities and resources, and identifying information gaps
  • Establish and maintain information databases that consolidate, analyse and report / disseminate information critical to decision making
  • Maintain monthly reporting from Cluster participants, including 5Ws (‘Who does What, Where, When and for Whom?’ databases)
  • Support the estimation of spatial and temporal gaps, overlaps and coverage of Cluster activities and projects.
  • Work with Cluster / participants to identify information gaps at national and sub-national levels and propose ways to bridge those gaps
  • Work with the OCHA Information Management Specialist to develop appropriate supportive strategies
  • Use GIS for map production and geographic data management
  • Adopt and promote the use of global standards for information management for inter-operability
  • Manage flows of information and dissemination in an appropriate way, including website management
  • Manage an inventory of relevant documents on the humanitarian situation
  • Support the development and analysis of needs assessment and monitoring programmes
  • Provide information management leadership in assessments and monitoring, including joint assessments and training
  • Lead on the preparation of SitRep inputs with emphasis on Cluster plans, targets and achievements
  • Develop and strengthen information management capacity through the training of Cluster members
  • Contribute to the core cluster functions
  • Ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the national and sub-national clusters

Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Required

  • University degree in a subject area relevant to Information Management is required.
  • Extensive work experience relevant to the post with a university degree in any other discipline may be considered as a replacement for a university degree in information management.
  • Formal training in cluster information management is an advantage.


  • Minimum 2 years of professional work experience in information management preferably with NGOs / INGOs and / or the UN is required. Experience in major emergency response relevant to the cluster is highly desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English required. Working knowledge of the local language at the duty station is a strong asset.

Core Values:

  • Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability

Skills and Competencies:

  • Understands key technical issues for the cluster sufficiently well enough to be able to: engage with cluster participants; understand their cluster-specific information management needs
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Excel or MS Access (e.g. pivot tables and functions)
  • Proven technical expertise for managing data capture and storage, for analysing diverse datasets, and presenting information in understandable tables, charts, graphs and reports
  • Knowledge of establishing and managing basic websites (e.g. UNOCHA’s Humanitarian Response platform)
  • Proven skills in GIS and in using map-making packages
  • Skills in web design and software development are an asset
  • Understands the rationale behind Humanitarian Reform, its main components and recent developments including the Transformative Agenda
  • Understands uses and adapts the tools, mechanisms and processes developed as part of Humanitarian Reform
  • Demonstrates commitment to Humanitarian Principles
  • Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership
  • Communicates works and networks effectively with a wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated response, and demonstrates leadership where required
  • Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that cluster activities are prioritized and aligned within an agreed strategy
  • Demonstrates commitment to the cluster and independence from employing organisation

View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Application Closing Date
28th August, 2020; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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