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Programme Manager (Beneficiary Data for Humanitarian Cash Transfers), P-4, Fixed Term, Post#118135, Kabul, Afghanistan

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Kabul
Level: P-4
Location: Afghanistan
Categories: 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, a Champion

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How can you make a difference?

In anticipation of agreements with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other major donors to implement programme interventions in the context of Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Country Office (ACO) is looking for a Beneficiary Data Manager responsible to provide oversight through the use of UNICEF Humanitarian cash Operations and Programme Ecosystem (HOPE) of the beneficiary personal data cycle for Programmes entrusted by ACO to the PMU for operational support. The incumbent will supervise beneficiary/payee registration, verification by third party monitors, ensure the quality of targeting, coordinate data sharing with relevant data processors including Financial Service Providers (FSP), oversee payment verification exercises and coordinate the use of reporting function in HOPE. The Beneficiary Data Manager will be responsible to uphold UNICEF Data Protection Policy while delivering timely beneficiary data management services to PMU supported programmes. The incumbent will supervise a P3 and a NO2 staff who will be supporting the PMU data management function.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Team Leader, the Beneficiary Data Manager, P4:

  1. Personal Data Services Management
    1. Provide guidance and oversight for the adequate use of HOPE for UNICEF and partners
    2. Escalate to PMU management risks related to personal data management
    3. Perform budget management function, monitor spending, and take corrective actions accordingly
    4. Ensure quality of data analysis, reporting, TPM, GRM and Data protection standards
    5. Provide oversight of personal data use for efficient and effective delivery of individual payments / cash transfers
    6. Coordinate with interagency counterpart’s data interoperability initiatives
  2. Data Management representation function
    1. Coordinate with HQ HOPE team on prioritized support
    2. Represent data management function with external stakeholders including de facto authorities
    3. Represent Personal Data Management PMU function within ACO
    4. Represent PMU Data Management function in donors briefing
    5. Contribute in PMU and ACO management exercise
  3. Efficient and effective supervision
    1. Supervise the Beneficiary Data Specialist, Data Processing and Analytics Specialist and GRM specialist
    2. Provide exemplary management and leadership, motivating and developing colleagues to perform at their best, while building diverse and inclusive teams

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

Education: Master’s degree in Economics, Social Science or related field is required. 

Work Experience: 8 years of professional work experience of data or humanitarian program/project management experience, including with multiple stakeholders.  Experience in emergency contexts highly desirable; program/project management experience, including with multiple stakeholders; Experience in implementing humanitarian cash transfers programme; Experience in Beneficiary Data system for humanitarian cash transfer at field level; Experience in business operation environments with a proven track record of interfacing with multiple stakeholders (internal and external) and successful project completion; Experience in working with UN agencies (UNICEF experience preferred) at interagency level; Detailed knowledge of the Project Lifecycle and fluency in project management methodologies.; Experience collaborating across multiple functions and working with operational subject matter experts, technical resources and architecture teams; Excellent communication & presentation skills (written & verbal) across multiple audiences with the ability to influence others while working in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; High motivation, and dedication to deliver results within strict timeframes; Experience supervising data management staff

Language Requirements: Fluency in English as a working language. Knowledge of another UN language an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: Afghanistan Standard Time
Deadline: Afghanistan Standard Time

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