UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF in Warsaw, Poland

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist, NO3, Warsaw, Poland, Post#120095

Job no: 555338

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Poland Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS

School/Unit: Poland

Department/Office: Warsaw, Poland

Categories: Emergency, 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, EDUCATION.

The war in Ukraine has triggered the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II. The overwhelming majority of refugees are women and children, often separated from husbands and fathers who remained in Ukraine; older people; and significant numbers of unaccompanied children, including those from state care facilities. Local and national authorities have established reception facilities at border crossing points to receive new arrivals and are providing life-saving assistance, including accommodation, food, and other basic needs, as well as onward transport for those moving to urban centers. In the reception centers, information is also provided on the asylum process and temporary protection, as well as on the risks of trafficking. Access to basic rights and services, such as health, has been facilitated. Steps have already been taken to foster protection and inclusion into national systems, such as for health and education. Referral services are being scaled up, focusing especially on case management and protection of unaccompanied children and those evacuated from boarding schools, institutions and other alternative care arrangements, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), victims of trafficking, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. UNICEF has established an emergency response office in Poland and initiated a cooperation agreement with the national and municipality authorities and local NGOs to provide crisis support to the Ukrainian Refugees.

How can you make a difference?

The Specialist supports the development and preparation of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes (early learning, health, nutrition, WASH, protection) and is responsible for supporting respective UNICEF programs and partners in implementation, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the progress of ECD programmes/projects related to the ongoing refugee response. The Specialist provides technical guidance and support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on key child development domains, including mainstreaming of ECD within health, nutrition, WASH, education, and child protection programs.

The Specialist contributes to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results-based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), the Poland Refugee Response Plan (RRP) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Support to ECD programmes/projects development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results on ECD programmes
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Networking and partnership building

  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

As a champion for every child…

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: early child development, education, public health, child nutrition, economics, psychology, sociology, social work or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education, public health or other relevant social science is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Polish is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: (link)

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework 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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.

Remarks:

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. 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/work permit (when applicable) or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Sep 19 2022 Central European Daylight Time Application close: Sep 26 2022 Central European Daylight Time