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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, requires an experienced and qualified Lao National to fill the position of Programme Officer (National Information Platforms for Nutrition -NIPN), IMIS No. 107145 at NO-B level to be based in UNICEF Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
1. Knowledge Management for Programmes
Contribute to country programmes by supporting knowledge management of NIPN through provision of professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting.
2. Participate in information exchange with partners as well as in the development of training and orientation material by providing professional technical assistance. Participate in the preparation of programme reports.
3. Optimum Use of Programme 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.
4. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations
Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Support the preparation of annual program status reports in a timely manner, as required.
5. Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach
Collaborate with partners and assist in the strengthening of capacity for data generation, analysis and dissemination to influence nutrition policies and programmes.
6. National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability
Provide government authorities with technical assistance and supports in planning and organizing training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability in line with the NIPN Initiative.
7. 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 nutrition data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation.
Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programme for effective management and accountability. Approve allocation and disbursement of funds ensuring they are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated in accordance with the grant.
Provide professional support in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion programme goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Qualifications and experience:
University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in conflict resolution.
A university degree or diploma in Nutrition, Agriculture, Mathematics, Statistics and Economics is an asset.
2. Work Experience:
Two years of relevant professional work experience.
Field work experience (for NO) Background/familiarity with Emergency is an asset.
3. Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and local language
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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UNICEF is promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with partners, we are focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children throughout the country.
Laos is a landlocked, mountainous country with a young and ethnically diverse population. Its total population reaches 6.5 million, some 59 per cent of which are children and young people below the age of 25. There are 49 official ethnic groups comprised of 167 subgroups with different dialects, languages, cultures and traditions.
The country has developed its 8th National Socioeconomic Development Plan, 2016-2020, that aims to reduce poverty significantly and graduate from its least developed country status by 2020. This plan localizes the Sustainable Development Goals into national targets and places a strong emphasis on the achievement of off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Strong economic growth enabled the country to move from a low-income to a lower-middle-income country in 2011. The economy grew at 7.5 per cent between 2011 and 2013, and poverty has fallen by half. However, inequalities remain with significant disparities between urban and rural, upland and lowland, wealth quintiles, mother’s education and ethnicity.
The country has achieved MDG targets on poverty reduction, universal access and gender parity in primary education, maternal mortality reduction, and access to water and sanitation. However, some targets such as child nutrition and primary school completion remain unmet, and many social indicators are among the lowest in the Asia and the Pacific region. Particularly vulnerable are the non-Lao Thai ethnic communities who live in remote, hilly rural areas where there are no roads and the land is contaminated with unexploded ordnance.
In Lao PDR, there is a need to further harmonize national policies and laws with international legal obligations and translate them into practice. Studies suggest that execution of policies and plans face many challenges as a result of insufficient capacity, difficult terrain, dispersed populations in remote areas and lack of demand.
The country office works across a variety of areas to help ensure child survival and promote child rights. Collaborating with the Lao Government, UN agencies, civil society and international NGOs, UNICEF works across health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and child protection sectors with the aim of realising the rights of every child.
Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UNICEF comparative advantage includes strong technical expertise on the ground, operational capacities in both development and humanitarian contexts, evidence-informed programmes focusing on the needs of the underserved and hard-to-reach children, a balanced approach to support upstream policy and downstream execution, advocacy and communications, and multi-sectoral engagement in social sectors.