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Programme Specialist (HACT), P-3, Sana'a, Yemen #00092308

Apply now Job no: 521402
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Yemen
Categories: Emergency Programme, P-3, Programme Management

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

In the 1970s UNICEF established presence in Yemen to respond to the urgent needs of children in the poorest country in the Middle East. In 1991, Yemen ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it was enacted immediately.  Since then the country has been making steady progress for children until it plunged into a brutal conflict in 2015 but even before that, Yemen needed large amounts of humanitarian assistance.

In collaboration with local authorities, non-governmental organizations and community partners, UNICEF is working in all the governorates in Yemen to respond to the needs of children throughout the country with a continuum of services to help children survive and grow to their full potential through the following programmes: Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Basic Education, and Child protection.

For more on our work in Yemen, please visit our website: https://www.unicef.org/yemen/

How can you make a difference?

Under the direction of the Chief of PM&E, and in close collaboration with the Deputy Representative, the Chief of operations, and Chief(s) of sections, s/he provides technical and administrative support for the effective implementation of HACT in order to achieve results related to:

a) Proactive implementation of efficient risk-based oversight of cash transferred to partners in the country;
b) Timely identification and remediation of risks impacting the achievement of results and efficient use of cash provided by UNICEF;
c) Adequate capacities of UNICEF staff and partners for the effective use of HACT throughout the partnership cycle;
d) Provision of adequate and continuous feedback to UNICEF on the quality of assurance activities in the field to achieve results and in adherence to UNICEF's zero tolerance to corruption.

To make a difference, the candidate will perform the following key duties:

1. Provide technical support to ensure that the Office has evidence-based information, as per the assurance plan, to assess whether progress reported by partners is in accordance with work plans and that resources provided by UNICEF are safeguarded;

2.   Provide administrative support to the Office in development, documentation and reporting on HACT plans and activities;

3.  In close consultation with senior managers, contribute to formulation of staff capacity development strategy and plans in relation to HACT (including for staff and partners in zonal/field offices) and exercise effective leadership in implementing them, ensuring that Office staff have the basic knowledge and skills to fulfill their responsibilities related to HACT, and training is planned and carried out to fill identified gaps.

4.  Review the findings from micro assessment and assurance activities to identify common weaknesses in financial management of high and significant risk partners and propose capacity development actions that can be undertaken by UNICEF in line with the UNICEF procedure on HACT and provide administrative and technical support for their implementation.

5.  Manage the capacity development of national partners to understand HACT processes and properly use the FACE form.

6.  Support risk management exercises that identify risks for oversight of resources transferred to partners in accordance with HACT, as well as other programme oversight mechanisms established in the country, considering the larger risk picture in the country.

7.  Serve as focal point for partnership mapping and partner strategic planning and documentation for all offices and HACT activities in the country. Coordinate the mapping activities with the zonal offices to ensure its accuracy.

8.  Support programmes in formalizing partnerships and share partner assessments and other relevant documents for PCA review and implementing partner feedback based on past performance and knowledge, including liaising and sharing information with other UN agencies.

For more details on the Job Profile, please click on this document: Download File Job Profile_Programme Specialist (HACT), P-3.docx

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

Education Background:

Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics or other relevant disciplines.  A first level University Degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience particularly in Programme Management may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced University Degree.

Work Experience:

  • Five years of continuous relevant international professional work experience in programme management, programme monitoring or partnership management.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and monitoring HACT or other grant management oversight and quality assurance approaches. Experience in risk assessment and management approaches, with hands on experience in financial and resource planning management and reporting on assurance activities would be an asset.
  • UNICEF experience or other UN agency is highly desirable.
  • Experience providing training in related areas in various cultural settings, especially in a developing country is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with United Nations and government financial management systems is highly desirable.
  • Experience using SAP is highly desirable.
  • Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response considered an asset.

Language Proficiency:

Fluency in English and another UN language required (preferably French or Arabic).

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.

View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

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