Graduate Jobs at UNICEF – United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

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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.

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Planning Specialist, NO-3

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:

Under the general guidance of the Planning & Monitoring Manager, the incumbent is to provide professional technical, operational, and administrative support/advice to advance a harmonized and transformed Planning, Monitoring, and Data function in the Country Office that supports the delivery of results for children in Nigeria. The incumbent will enhance, and integration of Rights and Results-based Management (RRBM) in the Country Office that covers the field offices through capacity development, application of RBM principles and standards in all aspects of programme implementation; and to strengthen the quality of planning, learning and review processes in the country office. The post also supports the quality assurance mechanism of the Country Programme planning exercise with a broad range of functions, including policy and programmatic work to ensure alignment of the Country Programme with the Government priorities and UNICEF Organizational policies and priorities.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Country Programme Planning
  • Programme Performance Monitoring and Corporate Reporting
  • Capacity Building on programme planning and corporate reporting
  • Coordination and Networking
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • An advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning or related social science field is required or an additional five years of relevant experience in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning, and monitoring. Practical experience in emergency programming, including preparedness planning and active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme, is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Specific Technical Knowledge & Competencies Required

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  • Knowledge of Rights and Results-based Management.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in facilitating strategic, evidence-informed, and participatory planning, learning and review processes. Emerging international good practice in programme planning, monitoring and evaluation partnerships.

Common Technical Knowledge Required

  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data analysis and use.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in the methodology of results-based planning
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & evaluation
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

  • Mastery of UNICEF’s planning policies and procedures.
  • Latest programme planning theory, methodology, technology, and tools.
  • Understanding of UN Mission and system, current key UN topics; and the International Code of Conduct
  • Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and UNICEF Guiding Principles.
  • UNICEF policies, and strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.
  • UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.

Emergency Officer, P2

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Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Chief of Field Office, the Emergency Officer – Preparedness, will strengthen government as well as internal UNICEF preparedness as pertains to all 7 Northwest states. The officer will further lead/support emergency responses in the Northwest, in terms of coordination, reporting, and technical advice. Finally, coordination will also be required at the inter-agency level.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

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  • Emergency Preparedness: Supports the risk analysis and trends analysis on drivers of humanitarian needs, to ensure that emergency preparedness is fit-for-purpose; leads on project-specific government preparedness initiatives, such as multi-sectoral coordination, contingency planning, and capacity-building; supports the Emergency Manager on Northwest inter-agency coordination, including on analysis and note-taking; coordinates as well as researches input on the Northwest for humanitarian reports; and contributes to fundraising activities and grant management related to the Northwest.
  • Emergency Response: In the event of an emergency and in consultation with sections and field offices, assess security situation and humanitarian access; leads inter-sectoral needs assessments, including on design, data collection, and analysis; coordinates emergency responses, including by drafting sitreps with input from various sections; and providing technical advice.
  • Operational readiness: Concludes contingency programme documents with civil society organizations and activates these partnerships as relevant; organizes internal capacity-building and simulations on preparedness and response; drafts internal preparedness action plans and follows up on pending actions.
  • Undertake field visits as needed to monitor program implementation, and thereby ensure accountability.
  • Perform other duties within reason, as needed.
Qualification and Requirement:

University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, public administration, international law, international relations, international development, economics, business administration or other related disciplines.


  • A minimum of two years of professional experience at the national and international levels in programme/project development, and/or humanitarian coordination.
  • Government engagement experience on issues related to humanitarian principles and humanitarian coordination is highly desirable.
  • Work experience in an emergency context is an asset.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, identify solutions to overcome bottlenecks, and deliver high-quality results on time. Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines.

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Deadline: July 16, 2024

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