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Частично Programme Specialist (Social Policy and Economics)

для UNICEF в городе Ашхабад

UNICEF’s Public Finance for Children (PF4C) initiative seeks to make children visible in national budgets. We believe good policies and intentions are rarely enough; effective public financial management (PFM) is also required for at scale, lasting results for children and to address equity. The decisions government make about how to fund public policies and services are critical to children and to equitable development overall.

Increased social sector investment and effective use of public funds leads to greater and more equitable results for children. Domestic resource mobilization, public expenditure tracking and reporting are all central to both the SDG Means of Implementation and the Addis Ababa Financing for Development Agenda. The focus on equity and disaggregation is expected to increase the demand for monitoring both outcomes and expenditures for children especially the disadvantaged.

How can you make a difference?

Under the day-to-day supervision of the Deputy Representative and general guidance of the Representative, the incumbent is responsible for providing technical support to the country programme in its engagement in social and wider public policy dialogue, public finance management, economic analysis 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 and vulnerability; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of resources allocation towards the social sector, 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/climate change, health/nutrition, child protection and child rights monitoring.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:


1.             Coordinating social-economic policy dialogue and programme development

Participate in social economic policy dialogue and development with the Government. Engage in and establish constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of economic policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children's rights.

Coordinate UNICEF’s support to the Government in integration of SDG targets into the national planning documents in close collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and sister agencies.

Provide technical support and guidance on national planning and budgeting on issues related to children's rights and SDG financing. Assists UNICEF country programme and government partners in costing policy options and monitoring expenditures related to social protection and programmes that target children and vulnerable groups.

Provide technical inputs to ensure that national and sub-national development plans and other social policy and planning documents at the central and sub-national level articulate and prioritize expenditure for child-targeted programmes.


2.             Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action

Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.

Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty. 

Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effects of social welfare policies on the rights of children

3.             Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.

Promotes strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, child protection, young people participation and HIV.

Undertakes improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.


4.             Improving monitoring and use of public financial resources for children

Undertakes fiscal and budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministry of Finance and Economy, and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential universal services for children.  Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.

Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.

Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation.

5.             Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.

Where national decentralization processes are taking place, collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities.

Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.

6.               UNICEF Programme Management

Manages and coordinates technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-up and delivery. Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.

Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme. Ensures that the social planning enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.

To qualify as an Advocate for every child, you will have...

Education:             An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration/Finance, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field. 

Experience:           A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required.

Language Requirements:  Fluency in English and Russian is required.  Knowledge of Turkmen is considered as an asset.

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.

The competencies required for this post are:

Leading and supervising (II)

Formulating strategies and concepts (II)

Analyzing (III)

Relating and networking (II)

Persuading & Influencing (II)

Planning & Organizing (III)


View our competency framework at



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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 13 Nov 2018 West Asia Standard Time
Applications close: 27 Nov 2018 11:55 PM West Asia Standard Time




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