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United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (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.

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Jobs at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund


Job Title: Senior Programme Associate, GS7

Job no: 105535
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: G-7
Location: Nigeria
Categories: Child Protection, Education, Health, Nutrition, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene),

How can you Make a Difference?

  • The Senior Programme Associate works in close collaboration with a range of staff in the 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.
  • Supporting the Front Office and programme sections in researching, compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and information from a variety of sources on subject matters relevant to the work of the Field Office to facilitate programme delivery as well as preparation of reports, working papers and presentations.
  • Serving as the senior liaison Programme Associate between the Front Office, Programme, Operation and Security Sections, external stakeholders and all relations activities.
  • Drafts project documents, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements.
  • Facilitating the development of programme cooperation agreements (PCAs) by providing information and drafting selected sections of it.
  • Ensuring the timely and accurate recording and administrative processing of government & NGO’s proposals and requests for direct cash transfers (DCTs).
  • Conducting programme monitoring in UNICEF focus districts for cash and supplies and informing team-members on the status.
  • Helping conduct regular spot checks of partner’s projects to assess their financial record-keeping, expenditure controls and reporting systems.
  • Monitoring and tracking the efficient distribution of supplies that are required for effective programme delivery.
  • 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.
  • Preparation of minutes, and progress of weekly, monthly and annual meetings and action trackers for communications to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Arranging and effective management of complex and detailed office-wide travel plans, itineraries and agendas, compiling documents, briefing notes and travel and related meetings and events, including setting up and engage in the smooth running of meetings, making effective use of visual aids and multi-media technology.
  • Preparation and composing correspondences, acknowledgement letters on behalf of the Chief of Field Office and effectively communicating with stakeholders and other external relations on her/his behalf as requested.
  • Preparing monitoring and reporting information for supervisor and team on agreed performance indicators to drive more efficient management and accountability for results.
  • Regularly monitoring budgets and financial expenditures of section by employing applicable tools, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow up.
  • Helping prepare periodic or ad-hoc financial reports relating to field office and donors to support the office in optimizing use of programme funds.
  • Supports capacity development activities related to performance monitoring, programme development, and related internal UNICEF systems/tools by preparing training materials and participating on exercises pertaining to program processes and procedures which aim to build capacity of stakeholders.
  • Coordinate other Programme Associate(s) to ensure synergy and efficiency of their work and build their capacity as needed.

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

  • Completion of Secondary Education is required, preferably supplemented by a technical or university degree related to the work of the organization.
  • A minimum of 7 years of administrative/clerical work experience, two of which at the senior level, is required.
  • Prior experience in programme support functions is highly desirable.
  • Relevant work experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge and use of the local language, i.e., Hausa and Kanuri, at the duty station is considered as an asset.


  • In-depth knowledge of the administration which underpins UNICEF country and field office programme/project operations, including monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Strong organizational, planning and prioritizing skills and abilities
  • High sense of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Strong office management skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively manage the office’s material resources and monitor its budget
  • Good analytical skills
  • Experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other UNICEF software and other technology such as SharePoint, Teams, Zoom, and Webex.

Application Closing Date
15th February, 2024.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online




Job Title: Health Specialist (Health Systems Strengthening)

Job no: 569263
Location: Abuja

How can you make a Difference?

  • The Health Specialist (Health System Strengthening, HSS) reports to the Health Manager (Systems Strengthening) for guidance and general supervision and works closely with the Chief of Health of UNICEF Nigeria. The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the PHC program/s and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on program progress of the PHC/HSS output of the health program of UNICEF Nigeria.
  • The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results-based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and organizational Strategic Plans and goals, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

  • The specialist (health system strengthening) provides comprehensive support for program development, planning, and management of the UNICEF health programme.
  • This includes contributing to situational analysis, formulating strategic plans, and aligning proposals with UNICEF’s overarching goals and national priorities.
  • The specialist will collaborate with internal and external partners for program integration and coherence, including supporting the swap development and the implementation of PHC flagship programmes.
  • The specialist will contribute to setting benchmarks, and indicators, and conducting evaluations to assess progress and identify areas for improvement. He/she will provide technical and operational support to program implementation, offering guidance to stakeholders, and actively participating in emergency preparedness initiatives.
  • The specialist will contribute to partnership building, emphasizing effective collaboration with government counterparts, stakeholders, and global partners. Lastly, the specialist will foster innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building, promoting best practices, research, and implementing initiatives to enhance stakeholder competencies for sustainable PHC and health-related outcomes.

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

  • An Advanced University Degree in Public Health, Family Health, Health Research, Global/International Health, Health Policy And/Or Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Socio-Medical, Health Financing Health Education, Epidemiology, or Other Health-Related Science is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in public health/ planning and management and/or in relevant areas of Primary Health Care, maternal and neonatal health care, health governance, health financing, health emergency/humanitarian preparedness
  • Relevant experience in health program/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization, or multi-lateral organization,  is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Application Closing Date
11th February, 2024 West Central Africa Standard Time

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

To apply for this job please visit graduatejob.com.ng.

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