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Programme Specialist (Digital Research), P-3, GORaF, Florence, Italy, TA, 364 days, #00126143


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Job Description

  • Country: Italy
  • Vacancies No: N/A
  • Salary: N/A 
  • No of Jobs: N/A
  • Education: Master’s degree
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Gender:  Both

Duties and Tasks:
The Programme Specialist (Digital Research) will be responsible for the following tasks:

1. Project Planning & Coordination
• Establish workplans for all stages of the Disrupting Harm research project (preparation, design, training, data collection, data analysis, etc.), in consultation with team members.
• Collaborate with UNICEF country offices and national stakeholders to establish country-specific workplans and timelines for each of the four research activities led by UNICEF Innocenti under the Disrupting Harm project.
• Coordinate with team members and operations unit and support with contracting throughout the project including recruitment of local research teams and contracting of other vendors to produce research outputs.

2. Monitoring and Reporting
• Create and periodically update project documentation (Gantt charts, risk logs, results frameworks).
• Perform regular monitoring and evaluation of project activities and milestones against planned timeframes and scope. Identify and report any weaknesses/strengths in project coordination and implementation, compile key lessons learned, and use this to recommend timely course-corrections needed to reach project goals. Prepare, oversee, and regularly update project budgets and risk mitigation strategies. Support in managing the allocation and disbursement of project funds, ensuring that funds are properly planned, coordinated, monitored, and liquidated.
• Support research uptake and collate relevant documentation related to research impact. Support independent research impact evaluations as needed.
• Ensure timely preparation of periodic donor reports and liaise with project partners as needed for timely submission of reports.
• Prepare regular project updates to be shared with country offices, regional offices, and other relevant stakeholders.
• Prepare regular project progress reports to be shared with the Research Manager and Research Specialist, including any foreseen delays, project risks, or budgetary issues with proposals on how to manage such delays.
• Complete internal mid-year and annual reporting for the Digital Engagement and Protection unit.

3. Stakeholder Engagement & Communications
• Build strong collaborations with internal and external counterparts, including those at UNICEF country offices, partner organizations, national and regional stakeholders to ensure smooth and effective delivery of project deliverables.
• Work closely with the Research Specialist and UNICEF country offices to identify key national stakeholders and decision makers in child (online) protection. Build and update stakeholder engagement plans for each country that identify key moments and strategies to build and maintain buy in around the project and its recommendations.
• Coordinate with communications focal points at UNICEF Innocenti and project partners to develop and implement a communications and advocacy strategy for the Disrupting Harm project, to ensure that messaging around the project is effective, streamlined, and adapted to the relevant audiences at country, regional, and global levels.
• Act as focal point for report production and report launches and coordinate with vendors as needed.

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


• Advanced university degree in social sciences


• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national or international levels as a project assistant or project manager.
• PRINCE2 certification (or equivalent) in project management required.
• Experience coordinating complex, multi-partner, multi-country research projects is a strong asset.
• Experience coordinating research projects on child online protection is a strong asset.
• Extensive experience working with a range of project management tools.
• Experience working in low- and middle-income countries desirable.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment; experience working in the United Nations or other international organization an asset.

Language requirements

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and/or Italian is a strong asset.


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