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Social Policy Officer (Public Finance), NO2, Fixed Term, Yangon, # 103300 (Myanmar Nationals Only)

Apply now Job no: 527677
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Myanmar
Categories: Social and Economic Policy

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, a good start and hope

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the Social Policy officer is accountable for providing technical support and assistance in all stages of social policy programing and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c)  the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the  quality, equity and coverage of social services. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, water and sanitation, and HIV.

As UNICEF’s engagement on Public Finance for Children (child sensitive planning and budgeting) advocacy and programming is expanding, this position will provide dedicated technical and advocacy support in creating and expanding national and sub-national level platforms for PF4C related programming. This will include helping expand UNICEF’s PF4C programmatic linkages with the Ministry of Planning and Finance and other relevant actors, whilst helping strengthen sustainable ongoing national/sub-national efforts to improve planning and budgeting approaches to deliver effective, efficient and equitable results for children.

 Key functions and accountabilities of the position (detailed job description attached): -

  • Strengthening capacity of local governments to make use of data on children for policy and programme action - to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services;
  • Advocate and technical/capacity support provided to sustainable and effective approaches to child sensitive local social planning;
  • Improving use of public financial resources for children, with special attention to expanding social protection coverage;
  • Contributing to develop a conducive environment for child-sensitive policy-making, especially with MOPF;
  • Providing high-quality technical support to the government on public financial management to deliver social services for children.
  • Strengthening advocacy, partnerships and knowledge platforms on Public Finance for Children (PF4C), especially with Parliament(s) and CSOs;
  • Supporting PF4C programming initiatives with line departments vis-à-vis (internal and external) coordination and technical support.
  • UNICEF Programme Management.

Download File 103300 Social Policy officer PFM, NO2, FT.doc

Remark: Please note that this position is expected to move to Nay Pyi Taw duty station in 2020.

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

  • A university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines is required
  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience in programme management and government coordination is required
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
  • Demonstrated experience in policy advocacy and engagement with Union and State/Region level authorities; experience in doing so on planning and budgeting related areas is considered an advantage
  • Formal qualification in public financial management, economics or related areas is a strong asset
  • Previous experience with donors, UN agencies or consultancy firms in development cooperation, in the area of macro-economics and PFM, will be highly valued
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to training, capacity building or facilitation of workshops and seminars is considered an advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to analytical works - from data collection, data management to analysis and dissemination – in the context of development cooperation is considered a strong 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 technical competencies required for this post are….

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)
  • Learning & Researching (II)
  • Planning & Organizing (II)

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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Applications close: Myanmar Standard Time

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