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8+ Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree

Brief details about UN jobs in Ethiopia – Social Policy Manager:

  • Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Mid level – P-4, International Professional – Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Social Affairs
    • Legal – Broad
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-07-06


Information about the organization that has offered the UN jobs in Ethiopia – Social Policy Manager job:

UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is an agency of the United Nations that donate humanitarian and developmental support to children over the world. It was originally initiated in 1946 to give emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries devastated by World War II. UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to defend the rights of every child, especially those who are vulnerable. Its activities include giving immunizations, disease prevention, and treatment for children and mothers with HIV, as well as strengthening childhood and maternal health. UNICEF relies wholly on voluntary contributions from governments and private donors.

Tasks of UN jobs in Ethiopia – Social Policy Manager:

Enhancing generation of data and evidence to inform child-sensitive and gender-responsive shock responsive social protection

  • Develops proof on social protection with a focus on children and gender-related issues.
  • Helps the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional poverty and vulnerabilities, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
  • Provides technical aid and quality assurance of research and studies and 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 promote social protection and use of evidence.
  • Studies the context and its impact on social protection, 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 girls and boys.

Reinforcing shock responsive social protection coverage and impact for children

  • Develops social protection procedures, 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.
  • Boosts 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 and HIV.
  • Launches improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, gender issues and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of shock responsive social protection mechanisms to address humanitarian shocks for IDPs, returnees and refugees.

Research and advocacy on public financing of social protection that benefits children

  • Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to launch costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions on social protection to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
  • Determines 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 help 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

Reinforcing capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social protection.

  • Cooperates with federal and regional/local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes to enable and implement child-sensitive social protection programs and interventions
  • Develops capacity at regional/local levels for the efficient growth, monitoring and implementation of child-sensitive social protection interventions in an inter-sectorial manner
  • Reinforces capacity to integrate gender-responsive/transformative measures on social protection

Hardened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social protection

  • Helps correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of girls and boys, and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social protection programme and the country programme overall.
  • Establishes influential partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Recognizes other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.

UNICEF Programme Management

  • Supervises and coordinates technical support around social protection 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. Assures 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 protection/ social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized data systems.


Qualifications of UN jobs in Ethiopia – Social Policy Manager:

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following major is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical area.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of appropriate professional work experience in social protection is required.
  • Background working in a developing country, preferably in emergency contexts.
  • Background in designing and implementing cash-based programming in emergency contexts.
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills required.
  • Fluency in English is needed. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


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