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Job Title Planning Specialist

For 60 years, UNICEF is the world’s leading children’s rights organization and has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Job Summary: The Planning Specialist will provide leadership to the Planning Section and guidance to the PCR Managers, Chiefs of Field Offices, Zonal  and Sectoral specialists on all aspects of the country programme needs for planning, monitoring and evaluation, including those related to UN Delivering-as-One in Uganda. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Chief of Social Policy and Evaluation to ensure timely implementation of all planned studies, assessments and evaluations during the country programme period, including the MTR, rolling situation analysis and end of cycle evaluation, and integration of results/outcome in the rolling work plans and budgets, and annual programme progress and other reports.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Stay abreast with the situation of children and women in Uganda, and ensure collection, analysis and dissemination of updated data and information on child survival, protection and development in the country, with emphasis on updated  human rights-based district specific situation analysis for the 58 UNICEF districts for additional emphasis.
  • Ensure continuous flow of information on the situation to the Dep. Representative, the Representative and the PCR Managers for policy development, planning, advocacy and resource mobilization.
  • Offer substantive technical support to the Deputy Representative for the new country programme process, including preparation of strategy note, country programme document (CPD), country programme plan of action (CPAP) and coordination of UNICEF inputs to the UN Country Assessment, UNDAF strategies/outcomes or UNDAF Action Plan and Joint Programmes, ensuring coherence with UNICEF CPD/CPAP and emerging needs of children.
  • The Planning Specialist will be also responsible for the development and continuous updating of HRAP based planning and monitoring guidelines for the country programme and ensure that they also reflect decentralization of government planning procedures, participatory planning approaches and indicators for community and district monitoring.
  • Ensure timely preparation and integration of UNICEF inputs into the District Development Plans for the 58   districts of additional emphasis, GOU Sector plans and UNICEF/GOU Rolling Work Plans for both districts and nationwide support. Ensure synchronization of the UNICEF support with the GOU planning cycles.
  • Offer assistance and guidance and procedures to the area programme managers and project officers, districts on all aspects of program planning and monitoring according to UNICEF’s, policies, guidelines and operational procedures, especially those specifically developed for the CP.
  • Ensure timely implementation and effective monitoring of UNICEF inputs (cash, supply, contract, training, and travel) and participate in quarterly and annual reviews and planning exercises for the 58 districts supported by the CP on a rotating basis and the national level meetings when needed. Undertake frequent CP monitoring visits to the 58 districts to assess the effectiveness and cost efficiency of UNICEF assistance to the districts for planning monitoring and adjustment of strategies and approaches.
  • Ensure establishment of an effective district based monitoring system for regular assessment of community and district specific targets and outcomes related to CP goals and ensure linkage between lower government and district and national monitoring systems.
  • Establish capacity building monitoring system at district level which reflects UNICEF’s contribution to the individual districts in terms of training, management support, communication and logistics and other items which are supposed to enhance and facilitate country programme implementation.
  • Provide backstopping to the Reports Specialist to ensure timely submission of donor, progress and any other reports requested by the Deputy Representative or the Representative’s office.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The Planning Specialist should possess an advanced university degree in Social Sciences or other related field.
  • At least eight years (8) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in programme planning, administration, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Fluency in English and another UN working language. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station would be an asset.
Personal Competencies:
  • Possess high-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
  • Easily and quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of  individuals across organizational departments.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Seeks and proposes opportunities for advancing UNICEF`s mission.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
How to apply for the job
All suitably qualified candidates who desire to work in the prestigious United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the aforementioned vacancy should express their interest by visiting the United Nations web recruitment portal: https://careers.unicef.org/sap

Deadline: 14th March, 2014

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