Child Friendly Cities Specialist

Vacancy Announcement
Functional Title : Child Friendly Cities Specialist
Contract/Grade : NO-C 
Duty Station  : Beijing, China 
Vacancy Open: 2 January 2019
Vacancy Closes: 20 January 2019
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, a future
China has experienced unparalleled levels of urbanization and nearly half its children live in urban areas with numbers steadily increasing. UNICEF has therefore increased focus on children in urban settings. The Child Friendly City Initiative (CFCI) will be used as an entry point for programming for children in urban areas. Under the supervision of the Chief Child Protection, the Child Friendly Cities Specialist will be accountable for the programme planning, design, implementation and administration of the Child Friendly Cities Initiative in China.
How can you make a difference?
We are looking for a dynamic and innovative Child Friendly Cities Specialist with a cross-sectoral background to help shape the Child Friendly Cities Initiative and achieve its goals:
• Knowledge Management – Facilitate research, data collection, information exchange and lessons learned to support the strategic direction and parameters of the CFCI framework in China, based on international experience but contextualized to China.
• Situation Analysis – Contribute to a Child Rights-Based Situation Analysis of cities for programme development to identify critical programme intervention points, prepare programme work plans, make recommendations and prepare reports.
• Programme Development & Management – Develop indicators for programme measurement and administer a consistent and transparent monitoring system, support preparation of programme works plans working across teams, help manage allocation and disbursement of programme funds ensuring efficiency and delivery through a transparent approach.
• Technical Support – Provide technical support to national partners and to cities in the implementation of the Child Friendly City Initiative while also drawing on national and international expertise.
• Monitoring & Evaluation – Undertake field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decide on required corrective action. Participate in evaluation exercises, annual sector review meetings with government counterparts and ensure timely preparation of annual programme status reports.
• Advocacy & Partnerships – Represent UNICEF China at events related to CFCI and contribute to partnership mapping and identification of national partners to lead and be involved in the CFCI certification process. Promote organizational goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue. Build networks with relevant internal and external partners to advance the CFCI agenda in China.
To qualify as a Child Friendly Cities Specialist and advocate for every child, you will have…
• An advanced university degree in one of the following fields: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, Urban Planning or other relevant disciplines.
• At least five to eight years of relevant professional experience with implementing projects / programmes in urban areas and high-level negotiations with government is required. Experience in Programme Management, including Monitoring and Evaluation, is also required. Experience in Child Rights, including Child Participation and experience in a UN organization  are assets.
• Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
• Fluency in English and Chinese is required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
• Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity and proven understanding and sensitivity to cultural nuances
• Interpersonal skills, capacity to work with different personalities to deliver on shared results
• Drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work
• Capacity to think outside of the box and drive innovation
• Strong communication skills, fluently and confidently gathering and expressing and writing opinions and information
• Ability to analyze various sources of information and make rational judgements
• Leadership and empathy in providing sound supervision to the team
• Ability to build effective relationships with a wide range of partners both internal and external and establish networks
• Ability to work strategically to realize UNICEF’s goals
• Ability to effectively promote ideas and recommendations on behalf of self as well as others/team
If you recognize yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, send a Cover Letter and CV through If you have difficulties applying online, you may apply to The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 January 2019.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. In our effort to achieve a gender balance in our current workforce, we particularly encourage applications from qualified male candidates
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.