Entry Level UN Jobs – Research Officer at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Job Title:     Research Officer
Organization: United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of
Social Policy and Advocacy
Grade: P2
About US:
The United
Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general
assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet
their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to
translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on
reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all
children, everywhere.
Job Summary: The Research
Officer will assist the Chief of Social Policy and Advocacy in implementing the
UNICEF public finance, research and advocacy agenda of the country office.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1.
Public Finance for Children:
·        
Continue UNICEF’s strategic partnership with MoFPED
(BMAU), rethinking the framework of public finance for the delivery of basic
services affecting children.
·        
Prepare for and participate in bi-annual PF4C
monitoring visits (focal person for Health, coordinate Education and WASH),
pre-empting BMAU’s monitoring visit in January and July each year.
·        
The incumbent will develop policy brief based on the
Health PF4C monitoring visit, and co-ordinate the development of the Education
and WASH policy briefs. Policy brief intended to inform BMAU’s subsequent
monitoring visits.
2.
Research and Advocacy Support:
·        
Offer technical support to programme sections
conducting or participating in research projects, conduct research-related
tasks for the section (e.g. review of literature, research concept notes) and
support the dissemination and uptake of the National Child-Focused Policy
Research Agenda.
·        
Provide timely support to the Uganda Child Wellness
Survey (a.k.a. Violence Against Children Survey) in the form of data quality
control.
·        
Technically support the advocacy efforts of the
Uganda Child Wellness Survey (a.k.a. Violence Against Children Survey)
·        
Ensure dissemination and uptake of National Child
Focused Policy Research Agenda.
·        
Identify national policy research gaps, e.g.
Sustainable Development Goals, Children with Disabilities, Adolescent Girls,
among others
·        
Offer technical support to the Climate Change and
Child Welfare study and produce policy brief based on findings.
·        
Provide technical support to the analysis of
Karamoja nutritional data in the form of data quality control and produce
policy brief based on key findings.
3.
Data Analysis and Management:
·        
Continuously ensure that data-driven analysis is
provided for SPA, all programme sections and Communication.
·        
Keenly analyze previous Demographic and Health
Surveys and National Household Surveys.
·        
Initial (basic) analysis of overlap between NHS
(panel surveys) and UDHS.
4.
Knowledge Management:
·        
Foster knowledge exchange and encourage learning on
issues related to women and children.
·        
Speaker Series events: i) identify speakers; ii)
logistical support for events; iii) share documents from Speaker Series.
·        
Support the development and management of a
knowledge hub for research on children.
·        
Actively monitor and analyze the social, political,
and economic trends in the country, as they affect women and children.
·        
Produce Child Rights Governance Newsletter on a
quarterly basis, incorporating U-report data.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF
Research Officer must hold a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.
·        
A minimum of two years or more of relevant
professional work experience.
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of data management
and data analysis using sophisticated statistical software such as STATA.
·        
Familiarity with large surveys such as National
Household Surveys, and Demographic and Health Surveys.
·        
Familiarity with national budgetary frameworks and
fiscal architecture, together with a sound understanding of budgetary data
manipulations and analysis.
·        
Broad understanding of the processes involved in
designing and implementing nationally representative surveys such as the
Violence Against Children Survey.
·        
Working knowledge of issues relating to Children
with Disabilities.
·        
Full appreciation of the child rights framework and
the situation of children in Uganda considered an asset.
Core
Values (Required):
Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
Core
Competencies (Required):
Communication, Drive for Result, Working With People
Functional
Competencies (Required):
Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying
Technical Expertise, Learning and Researching, Planning and Organizing
NB: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its
mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to
apply. UNICEF is a smoke free environment.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan Nationals who wish to join the United Nations
UNICEF must send their applications accompanied by an updated CV and P11 form, download here, as well
as two of the most recent performance evaluation report.
The Email
applications should be sent in this format to name your file attachments:
Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_MukasaP11 or Gold_MukasaCV or
Gold_MukasaApplication.
The
applications should be addressed to:
Human Resource
Manager,
UNICEF Kampala,
Uganda,
Plot 9, George
Street,
P.O. Box 7047,
Kampala Uganda
Via Email
to:   ugderecruit@unicef.org
Deadline: 2nd November, 2015
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