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Programme Officer, (NO-A), Quito, Ecuador # 519797

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Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Ecuador
Categories: NO-1

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, an advocate

Under the supervision of Deputy Representative, contribute to the total programme commitment in territories, and provide coordination in programme/project formulation, planning and implementation with a focus on achievement of UNICEF's Organizational priorities, and evaluation of programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, in support of achievement of programme goals and objectives. This roles also provides professional support and effective teamwork for the implementation of country office emergency preparedness and response, collaborating with other emergency team members in the office.

How can you make a difference?

  • Knowledge Management for Programmes
    Contribute to country programmes by providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of "lessons learned" and other corporate-level databases.
    Participate in information exchange with partners as well as in the development of training and orientation material by providing professional technical assistance.


  • Programme Development and Management
    Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse territory socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
    Propose adjustments/changes in work plans.
    Propose program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.


  • Optimum Use Of Program Funds
    Monitors programme implementation progress and compliance. 
    Monitors the allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
    Takes appropriate recommendations or actions to optimize use of programme funds.


  • Programme Monitoring and Evaluations
    Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
    Collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate in the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with the Representative, the Operations Officer, the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery.
    Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. 
    Collaborate and prepare annual program status reports in a timely manner, as required.


  • Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach
    Collaborate with partners and assist in the strengthening of quality of child rights-based programmes consistent and effective implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects.
    Provide professional technical assistance and coordination on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.


  • Local Capacity Building/Sustainability
    Provide government authorities in territory with technical assistance and supports in planning and organizing training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
    Promote and maintain the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the local partners by identifying these partners and partnerships and providing continuous support, coordination and collaboration for sustainability.


  • Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration.
    Facilitate partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national 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.
    Establish and maintain linkage between the central office and territories to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
    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. 
    Under Deputy Representative's guidance, provide technical input on the allocation and disbursement of funds ensuring they are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated in accordance with the programme budget allotments (PBA).
    Provide professional support in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programmes.


  • Emergency Preparedness
    Helps ensure that adequate emergency preparedness measures are taken through the development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms, which leads to more effective preparedness and response to specific emergencies.
    Provides policy and program advice related to emergencies, including on management related issues.
    Provides technical input to the Country Office in the implementation of emergency preparedness measures, which strengthens preparedness and response mechanisms in the country faced with impending emergencies.
    Assists in developing and conducting emergency training courses specifically designed for regional standby Emergency Response Teams; participates in these courses with the Team, and participates in other emergency training workshops in the region, leading to build-up in the emergency preparedness and response capability of UNICEF ecuador CO staff, HCT members and implementing partners as well.
    Plans, organizes and conducts training for the office’s staff capacity building in emergencies preparedness and response.


  • Emergency Response
    In the event of an emergency,helps team take prompt action as Team Leader or member of the Emergency Response Team which is deployed immediately to establish UNICEF's presence and implement the initial operational tasks relating to emergency assistance.
    Ensures that the office is provided with effective telecommunications facility and security assistance for the staff in an emergency, as necessary.
    In coordination with the programme and operations groups, helps establish contact with all UNICEF staff and their dependants and visitors to ensure their safety and whereabouts, and informs OPSCEN and the Regional Director of their status.
    Assesses local conditions resulting from the emergency situation affecting children and their families in the country.
    Contributes to needs assessment missions in conjunction with the Regional Office, the HQ Divisions, and field staff, in order to determine priorities and an appropriate intervention by UNICEF.
    Participates in UN Country team emergency response and contributes to assessing the crisis and humanitarian situation in the country with special regard to the survival, protection and wellbeing of children, adolescents and women.
    Assists the (Deputy) Representative in emergency operations oversight and program management to ensure that the funding, budget, management, reporting, and field presence coordination are managed efficiently and effectively with clear accountabilities


  • Emergency Project
    Prepares inputs for a situation analyses and project proposals in emergency.
    Establishes longer-term requirements of the emergency operation/interventions.
    Plans and develops a more regular operational and staffing structure to take over from the Emergency Response Team.
    Maintains continuous, effective and strategic coordination, communication, consultation and liaison with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and allies to appeal for aid for children and women with the special needs resulting from emergency situations requiring effective emergency responses.
    Identifies implementing/operational partners and establishes implementing arrangements
    Ensures that the UNICEF support is effectively provided to the government with respect to sectoral coordination within the framework of the cluster approach and based on the Core Commitment for Children.
    Represents UNICEF in all humanitarian and recovery related forum at the strategic level and keeps management informed of all humanitarian developments in the country in terms of policies, strategy, situation developments, potential threats and opportunities/issues in partnership.

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

  • Education:
    A university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
  • Work Experience:
    A minimum of one year of professional experience in social development planning and management in human rights programmes / projects related areas is required.
    Additional years of experience in all those areas of expertise would be desirable and/other related areas at the international and/or in a developing country is an asset.
  • Languages:
    Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station 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 Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning and Researching, Planning and Organizing.

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.


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

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