Programme Specialist (Public Finance Specialist), P-4, New York, USA

Purpose of the Position
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programs, in advocacy and in operations.
There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
UNICEF has increasingly engaged in budgeting and public financial management (PFM), in order to better leverage domestic public financial resources for greater, more equitable, and more sustainable results for children. Examples of successful activities are supporting line ministries with their inputs to MTEF, sector SWAPs and annual budget processes,
leveraging and influencing results-based budgeting with greater child focus, generating and making investment and value for money cases to national and subnational financial decision makers, and helping Ministries of Finance work more effectively with line ministries.
This area of work, with an increasing focus at the decentralized, local levels, is brought together under the Public Finance and Local Governance program area in the UNICEF's 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. The cross-sectoral and sector-specific nature of the PFLG work reflects the fact that sector PFM is an integral part of and operates with the overall PFM system, and that to tackle PFM bottlenecks in sectors require integrated actions engaging in the broader budgeting and PFM processes.
This position is under the joint supervision of the Chief of Public Finance and local Governance unit (PFLG), Social Inclusion and Policy Section, and the Senior Advisor of Capacity Development, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section, both Programming Division at UNICEF NYHQ. This position will also routinely liaise with regional social policy advisors and selected country offices (based on demand), as well as networking with subject experts externally (e.g. the World Bank, donor organization, and think tanks) including members of WASH-specific global partnerships. This role will provide staff capacity development, technical, knowledge management, and strategic partnership support to UNICEF field engagements related to budgets and public financial management (PFM), with specific attention to the WASH programmatic context.
The overall purpose of this position is to support UNICEF country and regional offices in their efforts to leverage greater, more effective, and equitable domestic public investments in children, in order to ensure results in the areas of health, education, HIV, nutrition, child protection, social inclusion, and WASH.
Key Expected Results
1. Supports the business development focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Provide technical guidance on the design, content and delivery of the WASH course in the PF4C learning program
- Provide technical guidance and inputs, including through technical assistance missions, to UNICEF Country and Regional Offices on budget/PFM related engagements, with a focus on supporting WASH results;
- Develop how-to information sheets and manuals on applying existing tools and frameworks to support equity-based sector programming, including contributing to sector guidance on enabling budgetary environment
2. Knowledge management focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Create and foster sector-specific sub-community within the existing PF4C Community of Practice, including a desk-based stock-take of sector-driven PF4C activities
- Organize webinars within the PF4C webinar series to facilitate peer-based learning across sectors
- Draft issues briefs on sector trends and implications for financing (e.g. the risks of budget consolidation in India on WASH budgets at the subnational levels)
3. Strategic Partnership focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Develop narratives/evidence to support integrated fundraising, of which PFM and financing issues are a part, as a broader governance system to ensure results
- Contribute to partners' research on strategic issues such as results based financing in WASH, value for money approaches, financial tracking, and leveraging private sector investments.
In turn, the key results from this position have the following impacts:
- Sector staff capacity on identifying and addressing budget/PFM challenges/opportunities being strengthened and utilized at the country level
- Organizational knowledge updated on effective PF4C interventions in different contexts, with a focus on their role in WASH programming,
- Internal and external availability of data and evidence improved;
- Increased visibility and recognition to UNICEF as a credible partner in helping government better mobilizing and utilizing public financial resources for realizing child rights in countries and globally
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced university degree in Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy and/or Administration or other relevant discipline.
- Minimum of eight years of progressive, professional work experience in applications and advisory related to budgeting, public financial management, and sector financing, in the applied, national and international social development settings.
- Familiarity with UNICEF programming and experience working with UNICEF field preferred; hands-on experience with
- WASH financing and PFM issues an asset.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Core Values
- Commitment
- Diversity and inclusion
- Integrity
Core Competencies
- Communication (II)
- Drive for results (II)
- Working with People (II)
Functional Competencies
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and Networking (II)
- Applying Technical Expertise (II)
- Learning and Researching (II)
- Planning and Organizing (III)
This is a re-advertisement. Candidates who applied previously will be considered and need not re-apply.

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