Programme Specialist – Knowledge, Learning and Communities, P-3, DAPM, NYHQ, NY, USA, #112016 319 views

Programme Specialist – Knowledge, Learning and Communities, P-3, DAPM, NYHQ, NY, USA, #112016

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    UN Children’s Fund

    Closing date:
    07 Jan 2020

    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, a future

    At UNICEF, we believe that smart demand, supply and use of data helps us drive better results for children. By asking the right questions, collecting and analyzing data can help us understand the experience of every child. And when the right data are in the right hands at the right time, decisions can be better informed, more equitable, and more likely to protect children’s rights.

    The Data Use Unit is working to generate a profound cultural shift toward this vision – from connecting teams and individuals around the world to the right people, resources and answers to help them do their data work, to supporting countries build and strengthen processes to collect quality data to better deliver services for children and to report on their progress. We sit intheData and Analytics Section within the newly formed Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. Our work builds upon the Data for Children Strategic Framework, UNICEF’s commitment to identify and act upon the most strategic data investments for children in the coming decade.

    How can you make a difference?

    The Programme Specialist will set the direction and strategy for the team’s knowledge, learning, and communities work, including:

  • Creating and managing an internal data communities strategy, including a realistic plan for deepening a culture of data use at UNICEF, what we want to see in a vibrant data community and how we are going to get there;
  • Creating and managing an internal communications strategy, designed to meet the needs of our existing and potential data community;
  • Coordinating with the external communications team to ensure that relevant content from our internal learning and work is also shared with appropriate external audiences;
  • Establishing and expanding a broad network of relationships across UNICEF to support the identification, documentation, and sharing of UNICEF experience in using data for results;
  • Continuing to expand our available resources for UNICEF data practitioners, through:
  • Building new content on cross-cutting issues;
  • Keeping the community up to date on relevant developments in data work across the UN and other current or potential partners;
  • Creating straightforward ways for colleagues to document and share their own work; and
  • Contributing to team efforts to expand financial and other resources for data work through the Data for Children Catalytic fund.
  • Managing and maintaining the Data for Children intranet site and associated resources;
  • Managing the Data Helpdesk, including both responding to queries and supporting the backend systems necessary to provide timely responses to colleagues;
  • Maintaining and sharing knowledge about linkages between data work led by other teams across HQ and ROs, including other teams in DAPM, the Evaluation Office, the Office of Innovation, and others.
  • Translating and synthesizing UNICEF data experiences across the world into well-articulated lessons learned, guidance, and other relevant forms of documentation.
  • Working closely with other members of the team to support cross-cutting team goals and needs.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have¦

  • An advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Public Policy, Social Policy, Statistics, Communications, or another relevant technical field is required.
  • Five years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • Experience working in a UNICEF programme country is strongly preferred.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency contexts and programming is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practice in knowledge exchange, learning, and communities is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in producing high quality, readily accessible documentation on complex topics, with experience in data and evidence related work preferred.
  • Expertise in growing partnerships, communities of practice, or similar networks in complex organisations.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The functional competencies required for this post are…

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing [ II ]
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
  • Creating and Innovating [ II ]
  • View our competency framework at

    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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


    The VA is open to internal and external candidates.

    This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

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

    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

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