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UNICEF Job Recruitment – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have called for applications suitable and qualified applicants to fill the following positions listed below, see more application details below.

Are you a job seeker? Are you willing to have a career with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)? If yes, this your opportunity now, apply for the position that suits you in 2021 UNICEF Recruitment exercise and have a blissful, flourished and successful job career.

This article is about the 2021 United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recruitment exercise, I will show you all the guidelines, requirements and application procedures to apply successfully.

About the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children, to achieve the following aims below:

  • To save their lives
  • To defend their rights.
  • To help them fulfill their potentials

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

Therefore we are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: Communication Specialist, P-3

Job No: 545457
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Level: P-3
Categories: Health

Main Responsibilities and Tasks

The Specialist will carry out the following activities related to the child survival and well-being program with a focus on improving uptake of PHC services among individuals, families and communities under the overarching framework of the health systems strengthening component of the health portfolio in Nigeria:

  • Design an integrated PHC service uptake strategy to improve access and equitable coverage of key interventions for individuals, families and communities in the child survival and well-being program, including innovative programming towards fast tracking results.
  • Provide technical and strategic support to all health system strengthening projects with a focus on improving uptake of PHC services and community engagement/mobilization.
  • Work closely with the FMOH, NPHCDA, NCDC and partners at federal and State levels towards supporting the scale up of lessons learned towards improving uptake of PHC services in challenging situations including emergency and outbreak responses.
  • Serve as the focal point for coordination and collation and understanding of the progress of uptake of PHC services to improve health practices and health-seeking behaviours.

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  • Support the field towards building a body of evidence on improving uptake of PHC services and community engagement/mobilization.
  • Participate in technical meetings, coordination platforms at federal and sub national levels on community engagement/mobilization for PHC including humanitarian programs and other forums as needed.
  • Support finalization of reports and proposals towards improving uptake of PHC services including in the context of emergency and outbreaks working closely with different clusters in the program and other sections internally as well as partners and stakeholders.
  • Lead and provide support towards documenting and producing programme documentation briefs on key projects and priority areas on PHC and HSS.
  • Support development of policy and program briefs.
  • Other activities and support towards health systems strengthening activities as needed.

To Qualify as an Advocate for Every Child You Will Have

  • An advanced University Degree in Social / Behavioural Sciences with emphasis on Strategic Communication, Planning for Behavioural Development, Social Mobilization, Participatory Communication, and Research, or equivalent is required for this position.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in public health and social development programs. Experience in the application of communication planning processes to specific programmes is an asset.
  • Relevant experience in health development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is 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.

Core Competencies:

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Job Title: Social Policy Officer

Job No: 545309
Location: Enugu
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: NO-2
Categories: Social and Economic Policy

Key Responsibilities

  • 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.

Social Policy Dialogue, Technical Advice, and Programme Development:

  • Provides professional assistance in UNICEF’s engagement in social policy dialogue, technical advice, and development with the Government, maintains constructive dialogue and partnerships between international and local stakeholders to support the development of social policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children’s rights and strengthening of implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society, and ensures that the services reach out in innovative, effective ways to those most excluded pockets of children and families that have been previously left out.

Monitoring State Budget Resources:

  • Monitors and updates current information on state budgeting and spending patterns for social programmes on an on-going basis to support advocacy for more efficient, more equitable, and sufficient public resources and budget allocation for social development, the prioritization of resource allocation for children, and universal coverage of essential services for children and social protection, in order to ensure that they reflect the best interest of children, promote equality, and contribute to social inclusion.

Sustainable Development and Capacity Building:

  • Collaborates with the central and local authorities to strengthen community-based capacity on quality data collection, analysis for state policy development, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring of social policy and programmes, gender equality, and promoting convergence across sectors.
  • Provides professional assistance in the development programme plans of action for children at provincial and district/municipality levels; supports to strengthen coordination between sectors and between different levels of government structures for policy implementation.

Data Collection, Analysis and Results-based Approach:

  • Collects quantitative and qualitative data for the sound and up-to-date assessment of the situation of children and women to provide the base-lines for result-based decisions on interventions and evaluations.
  • Provides technical support for the development of information systems for monitoring child rights indicators, with emphasis on community and child participation.
  • 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.
  • Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex, geographic, and socio-economic disaggregated data.
  • Contributes to the analysis of the macroeconomic context of social policy programmes and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children.

Advocacy and Communication:

  • Promotes and raises awareness on children’s rights with both the general public and with policy makers, effective information dissemination, mass media campaign, special events, and other means, to ensure local buy-in, commitment, and continued relevance of UNICEF programming.


  • Contributes to the establishment and enhancement of 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 and the World Fit for Children (WFFC) agenda.
  • Identifies other critical partners, promotes awareness and builds capacity of partners, and actively facilitates effective collaboration within the UN family.

UNICEF Programme Management:

  • Supports and contributes to effective and efficient planning, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the country programme.


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


  • University Degree, preferably advanced University Degree or equivalent background, in Social Sciences, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance, or other relevant disciplines.


  • Two years of relevant professional work experience. Field work experience (for NO). Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies listed below:

Core Competencies:

  • Communication [ II ]
  • Working with People [ I ]
  • Drive for Results [ I ]

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
  • Analyzing [ II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
  • Learning and Researching [ II]
  •  Planning and Organizing [ II ]

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Job Title: National Individual Contractor – Gender Equality

Job No: 545242
Location: Bauchi, Nigeria
Contract Type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: Gender Equality

Major Tasks to be Accomplished

  • Priority areas of work to be supported for the UNICEF and Global Affairs Canada contribution to the PHC MOU (Reviews, analyses, policy, advocacy, development of tools and guidelines, training, data collection tools, supportive supervision, documentation) including but not limited to the following:

MOU Partnership:

  • Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA, PHC-MOU partners and related agencies to support development and implementation of gender sensitive annual MOU workplans, ensuring the review and update, integration, and delivery of gender transformative outputs in the workplans.
  • Support SPHCDA, PHC- MOU partners, and related agencies on gender assessment and provision of evidence-based analyses, and policy briefs for advocacy and resource allocation for gender equality activities within PHC- MOU workplans.
  • Support SPHCDA, PHC- MOU partners, and related agencies by providing technical assistance for strengthening the M&E systems plans which expound measurement framework with indicators, results and data tools that are gender responsive and monitor and track gender responsiveness in the delivery of RMNCAHN services.
  • Support the articulation, documentation, and showcase of gender equality results of PHC interventions and PHC-MOU-supported programs.

To Qualify as an Advocate for Every Child You Will Have

  • A First University Degree in Social Science, Community Development, Gender Studies /or related technical field.
  • Post graduate qualification in Gender Studies is an advantage.
  • Five years’ experience working on Gender equality, health, and community development projects
  • Demonstrated experience in working on gender and social development programs in Northern Nigeria.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Knowledge of and ability to conduct social research interventions.
  • Knowledge of community health systems.
  • Ability to understand and analyze health data
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgements and decisions and a very good training skill.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Willingness to travel to remote regions of the country.
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a local language is 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.

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply


  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • To view our competency framework, please visit here.
  • Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.
  • 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.
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Application Deadline 

Applications end on 1st November, 2021; W. Central Africa Standard Time.

Good Luck

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