Programme Specialist (Urban Policy), EAP Regional Office, Bangkok

Closing date: Sunday, 22 September 2019

Job no: 525485

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Thailand

Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Regional Services Div (EAPR), Bangkok

Department/Office: Regional Services - Operations, Bangkok

Categories: Social and Economic Policy, P-4

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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For every child, a future...

Over the last three decades, the urban population in East Asia and the Pacific has grown by more than a billion people, children and youth making up a third of this total. Urbanization has already delivered much positive gains. East Asia's particularly fast rate of urbanization has been inseparable from the historical progress in productivity growth and poverty reduction over the last few decades. In urban areas children and their caregivers can benefit from increased access to social services, economic opportunities and better access to information and leisure. However, not everyone has reaped the benefits. In urban areas, we have seen a growing gap between the rich and the poor, and inequalities have deepened. Pockets of urban poverty have created wide disparities and inequalities, preventing millions of children from developing to their full potential.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for advising the Regional Advisor Social Policy and Economic Analysis on supporting UNICEF engagement to improve equity for children in urban areas and small towns in the East Asia and Pacific Region and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This will include support in:

1) evidence generation on the evolving of urbanization in the region, its impact of children, and possible policy solutions,

2) strengthen the capacity of regional, national and local governance authorities to improve the wellbeing of children in cities and small towns,

3) support sectors on urban programming; and

4) build partnerships with other institutions and private sector.

The work may encompass both direct programme work with COs, regional government body and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on other thematic areas. The incumbent work will contribute to the realization of SDGs, and of the following objectives:

  • Reducing equity gaps in cities through technical support and partnerships to extend quality social services to marginalized children living in urban settings and protect all children from violence,
  • Promoting a safe and sustainable urban environment for children,
  • Adapting urban planning and budgeting for children living in urban settings, particularly the most disadvantaged,
  • Enhancing the voice and participation of poor children living in urban settings, and strengthening partnerships with urban communities and organizations,
  • Strengthening the evidence base on children in cities.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Support the generation of solid, updated and forward looking evidence on urbanization in the EAP Region;
  • Identification of best practices in areas such as strengthen existing local government data systems and data collection; strengthen local development planning and budgeting processes in urban and urbanizing areas; support public transparency in local development planning, budgeting, and resource allocation in cities and small towns;
  • Improve coordination across local service delivery actors and provide access to services to the most marginalization children and children living in slums;
  • Support RO and CO in the integration, in a cross-cutting manner, of urbanization and related issues concerning women and children in their situation analysis and programming;
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programme planning and design processes using a results-based management approach.

1. Strengthening data and knowledge management for policy and programme:

  • Support the generation of evidence on trends of urbanization in the EAP region.
  • Provide advice to country offices to ensure that Country Programs are based on knowledge management through data collection and analysis, and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional reporting; participates in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.
  • Strengthening capacity at country office level to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme.
  • Provides relevant technical support and guidance for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives relates to issues on urbanization.
  • Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effects on the rights of children

2.Programme Development and Management:

  • Manages and coordinates technical support on issues around urbanization; ensuring each country office programme is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-up and delivery.
  • Ensures benefit analysis, risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and governments.
  • Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of countries' programme work focusing on urbanization.


  • Ensures that the social planning project enhances policy dialogue, planning, supervision, technical advice, management, training, research and support; and that the monitoring and evaluation component strengthens monitoring and evaluation of the social sectors and provides support to sectoral and decentralized information systems.
  • Support country offices on the preparation of the Situation Analysis by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information of the Analysis for the assigned areas with a focus on urban issues.
  • Provides inputs for analysis of the socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Makes recommendations on policy based on situation in urban areas.
  • Contributes to the development and/or introduction of initiatives, new approaches, methods and practices.
  • Support CO in influencing urban planning and budgeting to the needs of children and families living in urban settings, with a particularly focus on specific gender and other vulnerabilities (disability, migrant and/or minority status, internal displacement) in collaboration with the private sector and financial institutions.
  • In collaboration with colleagues working on adolescents, enhancing the voice and participation of poor children living in urban settings, and strengthening partnerships with urban communities and organizations.

3. Programme Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Conducts periodic programme reviews of country offices. Identifies and decides on necessary action for programme adjustments.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to country offices and/or regional government counterparts and other partners in the planning and management of the programme.
  • Participates in the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with relevant colleagues and partners to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery.

4.Strengthen advocacy, Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Support the Regional Adviser in representing UNICEF's position to external partners.
  • Develops partnerships and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN, development partners, NGOs, and sub-national partners.
  • Cooperates with UNICEF Headquarters, other f UN organization (such as UN-Habitat) , IFI partners, a well as organization working with Local Governance and municipalities.
  • Tracks preparations for events and meetings which are relevant also provide recommendations to senior management for addressing emerging issues and gaps. This includes identifying, building relationship, strengthening and liaising with key partners in the area.
  • Promotes intersectoral collaboration.
  • Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate programme development in urban areas and influence relevant regional policies and strategies.
  • Promotes the organizational goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue by effective communication and influencing.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is considered as an asset.

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.

The competencies required for this post are….

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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.

Advertised: Sep 09 2019 SE Asia Standard Time

Application close: Sep 22 2019 SE Asia Standard Time

Source: UN Jobs

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.   

Deadline/closing date: 
Sunday, September 22, 2019