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For every child, Education!
Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.
UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.
In particular, UNICEF will work so that:
- Every child survives and thrives – being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
- Every child learns.
- Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
- Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
To learn more about UNICEF work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo
Under the supervision and guidance of the supervisor, the programme associate supports the respective section (s) by carrying out a range of programme support functions to help develop, implement and monitor their country programme, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations. The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with a range of staff in the field office, external partners and agency counterparts in support of programme design and delivery. S/He provides regular feedback on the status of projects through monitoring milestones and advises on improvements to keep activities on track.
How to make the difference?
The incumbent shall be responsible for following key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks;
- Participate in planning and review meetings (monthly, quarterly, MYR and EYR) and support Programme Specialist and POs for taking the minutes and drafting reports
- Ensuring the timely and accurate recording and administrative processing of government & NGOs proposals and requests for direct cash transfers (DCTs).
- Contribute in implementation of HACT programmatic assurance activities (Programme Visit and Spot-check) with relevant line-departments and IPs
- Support Programme Specialist/ POs on timely planning of cash disbursements including fund monitoring reports and managing supply related to Nutrition
- Support Programme Specialist and POs for planning and implementation of capacity development sessions of staff at line-departments and partners (i.e. training and workshops) related to Nutrition
- Conduct periodic field monitoring visits and provide timely reports
- Contribute in processing and reviewing of DCTs, Reimbursement, DCT and direct payments (including ICE, Summary of Expenditures, FACE form), processing with operation and finance
- Support to develop supply plan, distribution plan, process Sales/ purchase Order, supply requisition and work order. Track supplies for timely procurement/shipment to implementing partners and conduct post-delivery inspection of supplies including physical inventory count and verification at warehouses
- Carrying out transactions in VISION ensuring programme results, activities and programme coding are as per annual work plans (AWPs), and making amendments and alterations as per section revisions when necessary.
- Carrying out transactions in VISION pertaining to grants and programme-related items for his/her section including but not limited to registering grant allotments and tracking expiring programme grants
- Helping prepare periodic or ad-hoc financial reports relating to country office and donors to support the office in optimizing use of programme funds
- Review outstanding DCTs, run DCT Monitoring Reports, refunds, and compilation of cash forecasts and monitor budgets and financial expenditures of section regularly by employing applicable tools, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow up
- Perform vendor creation and updating and raising TAs.
- Conduct orientation sessions for line-departments and partners on HACT related issues.
- Preparing monitoring and reporting information for supervisor and team on agreed performance indicators to drive more efficient management and accountability for results
- Organize and provide logistical arrangements for internal and external meetings, donor mission and Coordination meeting and workshops with Government and partners
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
- Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.
- A minimum of six years of administrative or clerical work experience is required.
- Prior experience in programme support functions is an asset.
- Work experience with Health and Nutrition IPs including Government counter parts in Sindh will be an added value.
- Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of local language of duty station is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). The core competencies required for this post are Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness, Works Collaboratively with others, Builds and Maintains Partnerships, Innovates and Embraces Change, Thinks and Acts Strategically, Drive to achieve impactful results, Manages ambiguity and complexity,
View our core competency framework at: Competency Framework Brochure.pdf
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Life at UNICEF
Working at UNICEF is highly rewarding. With attractive remuneration package encompassing competitive pay and benefits, a culture that helps staff thrive and diverse opportunities for personal and professional development, we aim to help you maintain a fulfilling life both at and outside the office.
We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. Our contracts, benefits and wellbeing policies and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as;
- Tax exemption, family allowances, hardship benefits, 10 UN holidays and annual leave allowance, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension etc.
- Career support, staff wellbeing programme, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, childcare room, family support, policies & initiatives, security etc.
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.
UNICEFs active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, suitable female candidates will receive preferential consideration and selection, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements stated above.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
- Higher Education Commission (HEC) attested Degree(s) are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present HEC attested degrees/certificates.