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Background and Rationale:
UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) engaged in a series of initiatives aimed at scaling up AAP in countries in the South Asia region. ROSA coordinated a Humanitarian Investment Program funded by FCDO which enabled to pilot various AAP initiatives at country level. For example, UNICEF India set up community feedback mechanisms as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic – but also enabling at-risk/affected communities to be heard during other disasters including floods and cyclones. UNICEF Afghanistan scaled up its U-Report program for social listening by conducting a poll on Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD). UNICEF Sri Lanka connected community leaders to mobile messaging groups to provide daily, trusted COVID-19 related information and address concerns of communities.
Although there are excellent examples of AAP good practices which mobilized communities in South Asia around a common goal, efforts still need to be made to translate this into the potential transformation UNICEF is aspiring to. To address this challenge and scale up AAP in a systemic and predictable manner across South Asia, UNICEF ROSA is recruiting an AAP Specialist for an initial duration of 1 year.
How can you make a difference?
The overall purpose of this position is to support UNICEF ROSA and Country Offices in South Asia in scaling up AAP in a systematic way. Thanks to this work, UNICEF aims at better mainstreaming AAP throughout its humanitarian programming in South Asia. As such, affected families, children and adolescents will participate more in the decisions that affect their lives and receive the information they need to make informed decisions, across all programmes. Views and feedback from affected families, children and adolescents will more systematically inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of programmes, and UNICEF will have more mechanisms in place for acting upon the feedback and complaints received by affected families, children and adolescents.
The Accountability to Affected Populations Specialist will be responsible for providing technical and operational support in the management, coordination and implementation of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) interventions ensuring views and priorities of affected people are incorporated into all stages of Country Offices (Humanitarian) Programme Cycle, and effectively informs humanitarian response plans. More specifically, the Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) Specialist’s work will be articulated around the following 5 specific objectives:
The incumbent will have a primary reporting line to the Regional Advisor for Emergency (REA) and a dotted reporting line to the Regional Adviser for Social and Behaviour Change. She/he will be working closely with the Regional Community Engagement Specialist within the Social and Behaviour Change Section. She/he will seek inputs from both REAs to the PER at time of defining priority objectives and activities for the year, and when reviewing her/his performance.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
IMPACT OF RESULTS
The strategic and effective design and implementation of AAP interventions that put affected people firmly at the center directly impact on the ability of UNICEF and partners to reduce vulnerabilities, improve resilience and strengthen social cohesion in a manner that upholds the rights, dignity and well-being of communities and ensures programmes not only meet quality standards but are designed in the best interest of communities. This in turn contributes to enhancing the ability of UNICEF to fulfil its mission to achieve sustainable, locally owned and concrete results in improving the survival, development and wellbeing of children in South Asia.
Fluency in English and excellent oral and written communication and report writing skills in English is required. Good written and spoken skills in the language of a humanitarian operation in the region and knowledge of another UN language an asset.
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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.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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