Policy Specialist - CEED (P-4), PG WASH - CEED, Out-posted Nairobi (Temporary Appointment 364days) # 00126138 (Remote)

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 128,632 USD and 165,844 USD.

Salary for a P-4 contract in Nairobi

The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 41.4% (post adjustment) at this the location, applies. Please note that depending on the location, a higher post adjustment might still result in a lower purchasing power.

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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.

Note: "****Ideally, this position will be based in Nairobi****. However, the position has the option for a fully remote work modality. This will be determined based on the preferred candidate's location and availability to relocate. In the event, that a remote work modality is selected, no installation to the duty station will be applicable and relevant entitlements will be adjusted based on lower of the two costs between the remote work location and the duty station."

Disasters, climate change, and environmental degradation present significant and escalating threats to the well-being of children globally, jeopardizing the progress achieved in child survival and development. Over a billion children are exposed to severe risks from climate and environmental hazards such as heatwaves, floods, and cyclones. Consequently, it is imperative for countries to establish climate-resilient, low-carbon social services encompassing water and sanitation, healthcare, education, nutrition, social protection, and child protection to tackle current threats and prepare for increasingly severe impacts.

In alignment with our commitment to protect children and young people worldwide, UNICEF is launching its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAP) 2023 - 2030. The SCAP prioritizes urgent climate action through systematic change in partnership with public and private sectors to prioritize the needs of children and young people and build their resilience to the climate threats at hand. The SCAP strives to mainstream sustainability and climate action both internally and externally, through protecting the lives, health and well-being of children and their communities; empowering children with developmental opportunities and skills; and reducing emissions and the environmental footprint within UNICEF.

For every child, good climate for all……

Under the close supervision and guidance of the supervisor, the Policy Specialist shall have the following responsibilities: 1. Providing policy guidance to ensure that children’s issues, needs, and perspectives are represented in climate and environmental policies; 2. Enhancing UNICEF’s climate and sustainability programming and advocacy capacity and outputs at all levels; and 3. Engaging with key UNICEF partnerships and networks, with a focus on advancing work on climate action and sustainability.

How can you make a difference?

Provide policy guidance:

  • Evaluate the impacts of UNICEF policies and programmes, identifying pathways for improvement and providing lessons learned to guide future policy creation and advocacy.
  • Review and consult on ongoing policy initiatives to assess their alignment with UNICEF’s SCAP and potential areas for collaboration.
  • Develop recommendations for new and existing policies to prioritize the perspectives and vulnerabilities of children and young people.
  • Co-ordinate policy plans and programmes with stakeholders, including children and young people, governments, UNICEF offices, and the private sector.
  • Consolidate and present evidence from climate and sustainability action integration in policy endeavors to inform stakeholders and explore avenues for collaboration.

Enhance programming and advocacy capacity:

  • Develop advocacy materials to build the capacity of staff and disseminate the importance of climate and sustainability action throughout programming.
  • Develop and implement research to ground and contextualize policy recommendations and further the inclusion of children and young people across climate, environmental, disaster risk reduction, sustainability, and related sectoral policies
  • Identify potential partnerships to further UNICEF’s climate and sustainability advocacy reach.
  • Create and execute engagement sessions (workshops, trainings, etc.) to increase the capacity and skills for internal and external audiences.

Engage with key climate and sustainability partnerships and networks:

  • Design and host child and youth engagement opportunities to elicit youth-centred policy proposal feedback and ideas.
  • Create and support capacity- and skills-building opportunities for children and young people on climate, environmental, disaster risk reduction, sustainability, and related sectoral policies
  • Prepare climate and sustainability policy content, updates, and advocacy materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Identify and support internal and external advocacy efforts.
  • Liaise with UNICEF strategic partnerships.

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

  • An advanced university degree in climate change, environmental science, engineering, disaster management, International Development, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy or other relevant disciplines is required.

  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in areas related to sustainability, international development, disaster management, environmental issues, public policy, social policy, and children’s health and wellbeing is required
  • Specific experience in policy formulation, implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation related to climate change, environment or disaster risk reduction is required preferably in a developing country context
  • Knowledge on climate, environment, and DRR impacts, assessments, and adaptation solutions required
  • Familiarity with children’s rights in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disaster risk reduction
  • Expertise in staff capacity building, developing tools, and providing training, particularly as part of a global/regional role in support of other country offices will be considered an asset.
  • Experience working on CEED issues within UNICEF or other international development agencies is considered an asset..
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

Please click Here to view UNICEF's core values and Here to view our competency framework.

UNICEF competencies required for this post are.

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to including everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.

Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF.

UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page. If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Added 5 months ago - Updated 5 months ago - Source: unicef.org