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Position: Social Policy Officer (Social Protection)
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: ***, Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 year ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, protection

How can you make a difference?


Provision of technical support and assistance to the social protection sector to improve (a) ‘cash-plus’ approaches relating to gender, child, and nutrition sensitivity; (b) linkages to social services; (c) government capacity to implement and monitor activities, and (d) delivery of shock response humanitarian cash transfers. Provision of technical support and assistance to the social protection sector to improve (a) ‘cash-plus’ approaches relating to gender, child, and nutrition sensitivity; (b) linkages to social services; (c) government capacity to implement and monitor activities, and (d) delivery of shock response humanitarian cash transfers.

Specific Tasks

Strengthening social protection coordination, coverage, and impact for children

Support the development of federal and regional social protection directives and programs, with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention to the most marginalized. Identifies generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners. Support strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design, coordination, and implementation of cash transfers such as PSNP/UPSNP through learning from ISNP. Improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as CBHI and complementary services and interventions related to nutrition, health, education, child protection, and water and sanitation. Support improved monitoring around social protection’s impact on child outcomes Support implementation and engagement with relevant partners to deliver humanitarian cash transfers in regions facing both natural and human-induced shocks

Strengthening the capacity of government to plan, budget, monitor, and implement child-focused social protection

Support MoWSA in the effective implementation of an integrated safety net system for the most vulnerable women and children in rural and urban Ethiopia, with a geographical focus on the Amhara region and Addis Ababa Support MoWSA and regional bodies to manage the process and co-responsibility linkages for Permanent and Temporary Direct Support clients and destitute groups for the existing safety net programs in the country Support MoWSA and regional bodies to effectively deliver and monitor humanitarian cash transfers in-line with government and UNICEF protocols Support the annual work plan development with relevant government partners (e.g. MoWSA) at the Federal and Regional levels Coordinate with government and UNICEF field offices and program sections to ensure workplan deliverables are on-track Support government through program visits and another joint monitoring process to strengthen implementation and accountability Strengthening advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social protection Support accurate and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children, coverage, and impact of child-sensitive social protection services Establish effective partnerships with the Government, NGOs, civil society, and other UN agencies to support the implementation of ISNP and complementary social protection programming Identify other critical partners, promotes awareness, builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within other agencies Support advocacy efforts for the scale-up of ISNP including the social workforce at the regional level

UNICEF program management

Support the management and coordination of technical assistance around child-sensitive social protection, ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion to adequately support scale-up and delivery Ensure risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into the overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF program sections, cooperating partners, and government Support and contribute to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of ISNP Contribute to relevant donor reports concerning pilot program activities

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

  • An advanced university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 2 [Two] years of relevant professional experience with integrated Social Protection Programmes targeting the most vulnerable, ideally in rural contexts of the region is required
  • Demonstrable professional experience in the Social Protection sector of Ethiopia, ideally related to the PSNP
  • Extensive and applied knowledge of relevant Social Protection Policies in Ethiopia
  • Demonstrable experience at national and regional levels regarding the effective design, implementation, and monitoring of rural safety net programs in Ethiopia
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
  • Excellent planning and monitoring skills
  • Excellent networking, communication, and coordination skills
  • Outstanding analytical, negotiating, and advocacy skills
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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