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Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist P4, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (NOT for Argentinean Nationals)

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: Argentina
Categories: Early Childhood Development

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, Care

How can you make a difference?

This job presents a unique and significant opportunity for a qualified, vibrant, motivated, and committed person to coordinate the ECD outcome of the UNICEF Argentina Country Programme 2021-2025 and  be the leader of the health team, thus contributing to the overall achievement of transformative results for children by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to:

  • Technical leadership in ECD programming and public health
  • Strategic management, monitoring and delivery of results on ECD and health programmes
  • Advisory services, quality oversight and technical support
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

The ECD Specialist reports to the Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction. In close collaboration with relevant sectors, the Specialist is responsible for coordinating the design, development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of ECD programmes within the Country Programme.

The Specialist is also responsible for the provision of timely and effective advocacy and technical support to national counterparts for the design, implementation and monitoring of ECD policies, promoting the rights of the younger children as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies.

The Specialist contributes to the achievement of concrete and sustainable programme/project results on ECD related programmes/projects according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Find attached complete Job Profile:Download File Annex 1 ECD Specialist Level 4.doc

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:

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

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public health, child development, nutrition or another relevant technical field related. A first level university degree, in combination of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 

Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional experience in social development planning and management in early childhood development related areas is required. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values:  Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability,

Core competencies:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please see file attached: .Download File Competency Framework Brochure.pdf

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


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: Argentina Standard Time
Deadline: Argentina Standard Time

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