Social Policy Associate in Nairobi, Kenya

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Social Policy Associate, Nairobi, Kenya
Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund
Country: Kenya
City: Nairobi
Office: UNICEF Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date: Wednesday, 24 January 2024

Expected start date: 02/15/2024

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Nairobi


Mission and objectives

UNICEF, also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. The agency is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. UNICEF’s activities include providing immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, advocacy, and operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. The Social Policy team works on the analysis and advocacy of social and economic policy contexts, child poverty, public finance, and social protection

Task description

The UNV will be a valued, core, and equal member of the UNICEF regional Social Policy team, supporting our work on social policy and social protection and interacting with offices across the region. The position is responsible for the following activities: 1. Supporting and leading consolidation and presentation of key regional data on social policy and analysis 2. Supporting research and analysis activities 3. Supporting visualisation of social policy data and information to support knowledge management on key issues, using a range of tools and approaches 4. Supporting data and knowledge management for the section, including updating the external website and ensuring shared site is kept up-to-date and relevant 5. Supporting organization of the Social Policy Regional Network Meeting and supporting regional webinars 6. Engaging and communicating with COs as required and potentially supporting via an in-country visit Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

 Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
 Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; 

 Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;

 Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
 Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
 Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/Expected Outputs 1. Outputs related to consolidated and presented regional data on social policy and their analysis 2. Contributions completed on research and analysis activities 3. Completion of knowledge management and visualisation products of social policy data and information such as infographics, briefs, drafting articles etc 4. Up-to-date external website and shared team site 5. Successful Social Policy Regional Network Meetings and regional webinars 6. Completed engagement with COs and potentially supporting via one in-country visit during the year

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 – 26


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

1 years of experience in policy, analysis, research, data visualisation, public administration, finance etc

Area(s) of expertise

Administration, Social work, Economics and finance

Driving license



Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Economics, Finance, Public Administration, Social Policy, Business, Statistics/Data, Development, Research, etc

Competencies and values

i) Core Values (Required) Care Respect Integrity Trust Accountability Sustainability ii) Core Competencies (Required) Builds and maintains partnerships (1) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (1) Drive to achieve results for impact (1) Innovates and embraces change (1) Manages ambiguity and complexity (1) Thinks and acts strategically (1) Works collaboratively with others(1)

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighboring Somalia, Ethi-opia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; Na-tional Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub-counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO). Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up-country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP. The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

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