Social Policy Officer , NO-B Temporary Appointment (364 days) ,Tripoli Libya- Libya Nationals Only #00117923

  • Contract
  • Libya

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Libya, despite the last ten years of protracted conflict, has been able to keep functioning its national social protection system. Yet, significant socioeconomic disparities and fragilities still persist and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another challenge is the low levels of priority being given to the social sectors in government budget. In a context where poverty and vulnerabilities aren’t fully documented, social protection is a key mechanism for assisting the children affected by the conflict and the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 and avoiding negative coping mechanisms as well as empowering the poorest, including in particular children and women. Libya has numerous inactive and active social protection programs, some of which provide income support (cash transfers) to beneficiary households, while others provide in-kind assistance. But several weaknesses limit the impact and cost-effectiveness of the programs providing family allowance and income support. The purpose of the Social Policy Officer position is to support the office’s engagement in this area.

How can you make a difference?

Promoting and sustaining inclusive recovery requires building coherent social protection systems, ensuring complementarity between initiatives, coordination across sectors, sufficient scale for addressing needs as well as strengthening effective and efficient service delivery systems. In order to ensure a long term, sustainable implementation of social protection programs, strong evidence generation based on pilot and humanitarian cash assistance programme, engagement at a macro and micro levels, and assessment of impacts to inform policy design are necessary.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

 Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

  • Supports the development of social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention to the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.

Strengthening Humanitarian Cash Transfer programme for children in the context of Libya

  • Promotes the vision of the Core Commitments for Children in humanitarian actions to implement unconditional and unrestricted humanitarian cash transfers. Ensure UNICEF Libya Country Office Standards Operating Procedures for Cash Transfer programme are disseminated and used by all programme staff. Ensure that all preparedness activities and capacities for cash programme are in place so HCTs can be triggered by the CO in case of shocks and emergencies.

Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action

  • Supports the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
  • Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty. 

Improving use of public financial resources for children

  • Support national budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy with Ministries of Finance, planning and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children. Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
  • Supports the identification of policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.

Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.

  • Where national decentralization processes are taking place, collaborates with central and local authorities to improve policies, planning, budgeting, consultation and accountability processes so that decisions and child-focused service delivery more closely respond to the needs of local communities.
  • Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen capacity on quality data collection, analysis for policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of essential social services, with emphasis on community participation and accountability.

Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy

  • Supports correct and compelling use of data and evidence on the situation of children and coverage and impact of child focused services – in support of the social policy programme and the country programme overall. 
  • Establishes effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNICEF Programme Management

  • Help manage and coordinate technical support around child poverty, social protection, public finance and governance ensuring it is well planned, monitored, and implemented in a timely fashion so as to adequately support scale-up and delivery. Ensures risk analysis and risk mitigation are embedded into overall management of the support, in close consultation with UNICEF programme sections, Cooperating Partners, and Government.

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

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience is required. Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset. Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as a strong asset.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Functional Competencies:

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

Core competencies

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (II)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (II)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (I)
  • Works collaboratively with others (I)
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (I)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (I)
  • Innovates and embraces change (1)

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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.


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

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