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Under the supervision of the Regional Chief of Programme & Planning, the Programme Specialist - Management for Results will provide oversight, quality assurance and technical assistance to 24 country offices in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the application of Management for Results.
This will especially include the use of strategies and measuring the efficiency of these into delivering results for children, through advice and support in preparation of (annual) management plans, (annual) workplans, analysis of funding requirements, implementation of HACT, Implementing Partner Management (including programme cooperation agreements), monitoring and reporting on results in institutional systems (results assessment module, and others).
The Programme Specialist will also provide oversight, quality assurance and technical support to compliance of country offices with organization requirement related to Management for Results, as monitored through institutional systems and performance dashboards.
The Specialist will also provide quality assurance to all request of allocation of funds from the COs and ROs in the HACT tracker to ensure appropriate coding and compliance with approved ceilings.
The Programme Specialist - Management for Results will also be the section focal point for all planning related processes for the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting required for all sections in the regional office (including work planning, budget allocation and monitoring, periodic programme reviews, quality assurance of planning related documents, application of HACT, Implementing Partner Management reporting in institutional systems, donor reporting).
As part of the preparedness and response to humanitarian and emergency, the Specialist will provide technical support to COs in the preparation and review of programme and budgetary structure according to existing guidance and needs.
How can you make a difference?
1. Quality assurance, technical assistance and oversight to management for results of UNICEF supported country programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
o Ensure adequate compliance with implementation of all programme guidance, including on management for results, at UNICEF regional office and UNICEF country office levels through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation regional network. Tasks include :
o Provide technical assistance to country offices in the preparation of country programmes (CPDs), country programme management plans (CPMP), annual workplans and annual management plans, using the most recent guidance for these processes.
o Provide technical assistance and quality assurance to country offices in the application of results based budgeting, coding for results and budgets and for the allocation of resources through established corporate processes.
o Provide technical assistance and quality assurance to country office (annual) reporting process, including the results assessment module, through orientation and the organization of regional office review processes for country office annual reports.
o In coordination with headquarters, the regional office and country offices, identify country-specific and / or region-
wide training needs of offices in the different functional areas above and recommend a staff learning and development strategy to strengthen staff capacity.
Be part of the core team of trainers and resource persons for management for results related training.
2. Planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the regional office management plan.
o Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
o Prepares relevant programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
3. Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT)
o Coordinate technical assistance to country offices in complying with the HACT Framework and UNICEF policies and procedures.
Ensure that country offices and regional office are guided, advised and supported in the development of quality assurance plans and HACT processes related to work plans, DCTs, PCAs and in an integrated fashion linking operations and programme capacities.
This could include support to coordinating macro-assessments and UN inter-agency approaches to HACT application; development of micro-
assessment plans; selection of consultancies to carry out micro-assessments; analysis of macro- and micro-assessment results to determine appropriate follow-
o Keep track of country offices’ and regional office progress towards full, effective and sustainable compliance under the revised HACT Framework and UNICEF policy and procedures at the country level and identification of high-
o Organize, support and facilitate country office capacity development activities for staff and IPs on overall HACT compliance and include the different types of assurance activities.
This may extend to providing support to the UNCT at country level on HACT compliance as and when requested. Assist in the preparation and oversight of regional and sub-
o Identify and circulate HACT good practices including at relevant regional management meetings (, Operations Managers / focal points, RMT, etc.
and interact with NYHQ and other agencies at global and regional level in the further development, capacity building and evaluation of HACT policy guidance and operational guidelines.
4. Risk Assessment, emergency / humanitarian preparedness and response
o Support offices in conducting risk assessments, developing and implementing action plans for addressing the identified risks and monitoring the status of implementation of such plan.
o Identify technical support required by COs in implementing the audit recommendations in the different areas (, programme management, operations support, PFP, etc.
o Provide technical support to COs in the preparation and review of programme and budgetary structure according to existing guidance and needs in order to ensure budget coherence with areas of interventions and results.
5. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration
o Develop partnerships and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and civil society partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme / project status and implementation and movement / distribution of supplies.
Ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
o Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavors and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
o Maintain close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination on programmes.
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For every Child, you demonstrate
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.