Job Title: Deputy Representative, P4, Mexico City, Mexico
Job Ref: 499310
Employer: UNICEF
Job Location: Mexico
Closing Date: 07/10/2016
Job Description:

Job Number: 499310 | Vacancy Link
Location: Mexico
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position
The Deputy Representative (DR) reports to the Country Office (CO) Representative for general supervision and direction. The DR supports the Representative on the overall management of the CO and for coordinating closely with the different programme sections all phases of the Country Office Programme from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with the UNICEF Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1. CO programme planning and development
• Coordinate the planning and conduct of situation analysis by the programme sectors in the CO to establish a comprehensive and current data and information for programme development planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.
• Guide the various sectors throughout the process of programme formulation, planning and preparation of the Country Programme ensuring harmonization of approaches and alignment with the UNICEF Strategic Plan, corporate guidelines, policies/procedures and regional and national priorities. Provide technical and operational support throughout the process.
• Coordinate necessary technical programming support from Programme Division at Headquarters/Regional Office.
• Review the Country Programme recommendation before approval by the Representative to ensure the quality of the Country Programme recommendation and alignment with the UNICEF Strategic plan, compliance with policies and procedures and that documentation materials are completed accurately and comprehensively to facilitate Executive Board review and approval.

2. Support to the Representative on managing the CO
• Serve as officer in charge in the absence of the Representative.
• Monitor and assess programmes and operations and provide advice on best and innovative programming and management practices to enhance programming and operations.
• Advise the Representative on CO annual work planning, setting priorities/targets and establishing performance measurements. Monitor implementation and progress of work plans; collaborate with colleagues to assist, advise and guide to ensure achievement of results according to targets and performance standards. Take timely decisions to achieve results and/or alert the Representative for timely action.
• Establish clear performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to his/her team to enable them to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently. Plan and ensure timely performance planning, management and assessment.
• Work collaboratively with the Representative and the various sectors to facilitate/contribute to the preparation of CO budget proposal. Monitor critical issues to resolve problems and/or recommend to the Representative appropriate action to ensure appropriate and optimum use of resources.

3. Monitoring and quality control of programmes
• Participate in meetings/events and annual/midterm reviews with government and other counterparts/stakeholders to contribute to strategic programme discussions, planning and assessments.
• Evaluate overall programme progress; identify weaknesses, bottlenecks and potential problems. Collaborate with the sectors and/or other partners and stakeholders to resolve issues and/or advise the Representative on resolutions to ensure delivery of results as planned and allocated.
• Monitor the  optimum and appropriate use of programme resources (financial, human, administrative  and  other  assets)  and  verify  compliance  with  organizational  rules, regulations and procedures,  donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity.  Approve disbursements and allocations in accordance with delegation of authority established by the Representative.
• Coordinate and/or provide advice on the preparation of mandated programme and operational reports. Confirm accuracy of reports prior to approval by the Representative.

4. Alliance building and UN System coordination
• Represent the UNICEF Representative in the UN Country Team (UNCT) to collaborate with  Resident Coordinator (RC) and UN system partners to  strengthen  UN  system  interagency  coherence, collaboration,  cooperation and  harmonization of programming,  common services and operations.  Ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) development planning and agenda/priority setting.
• Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF (One) country development planning of programmes/projects.
• Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with government institutions, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia to advocate UNICEF goals to advance child's right to survival, development and well-being, mobilize resources, seek cooperation and establish alliances.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
• Advise the Representative and other internal colleagues in the CO on the development and implementation of policies and procedures, use of latest information technology and introduction of innovation and best practices in the CO to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy in programming and operations.
• Coordinate the collection, institutionalization and sharing of lessons learned to enhance performance and to use lessons learned in development/policy planning.
• Promote learning and development through planning and organization of training events, activities and other capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies/productivity of staff members.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
• An Advanced University Degree in public health, social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development or other related fields, is required.
• Eight years of relevant work experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in a developing countries is required.
• Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization or non-governmental organization (NGO) is an asset. Experience in public/social policy is an asset. 
• Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values
• Commitment
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Integrity

Core competencies
• Communication (II)
• Working with People (II)
• Drive for Results (II)

Functional Competencies
• Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
• Analyzing (II)
• Relating and networking (II)
• Deciding and initiating action (II)
• Persuading and influencing (II)
• Leading and supervising (II)

To view our competency framework, please click here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 23 Sep 2016 Central Standard Time (Mexico)
Closing Date 7 Oct 2016 Central Standard Time (Mexico)

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