Chief, Planning & Monitoring (Management for Results) at 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 save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief, Planning & Monitoring (Management for Results)

Job No: 555541
Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Categories: Social Policy, Innovation, Programme Management, Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
Duration: 11.5 Months
Level: P-5

For Every Child, Results

  • In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families.
  • UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally.

How Can you Make a Difference?

  • You would help the UNICEF Nigeria country programme deliver more effectively in key defined areas.
  • You would drive the innovation agenda for the country programme, and continue to improve the planning, and monitoring of the country programme applying innovative technology to track results.
  • You would also be responsible for improving the relevance, quality, availability, and use of data and contextual information on children and women throughout UNICEF and externally.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of duties and key results.

  • Applying the best global practices on strategic planning to the Nigeria country programme.
  • Implementing the monitoring and accountability framework, ensuring that results are monitored and tracked systematically throughout the country programme using the best tools and techniques available.
  • Implementing an innovation strategy focused on the key bottlenecks for programme implementation.
  • Development of innovative ways to management data including dissemination.
  • Managing implementing partnerships, both with the Government and with civil society partners.
  • Management.

To Qualify as an Advocate for Every Child you will have…

  • Advanced University Degree in Social Science or other relevant disciplines.
  • Practical training in programme management and monitoring, survey and research analysis, and/or applied statistical data analysis. with some statistics and analytical skills or other fields related to the work of UNICEF
  • At least ten years of experience at national and international levels in programme/project planning and management with significant experience in data dissemination/interpretation in the sectors of concern to UNICEF and knowledge of new technical developments and software in data dissemination and some experience in data analysis and other areas of applied statistics.
  • Professional technical expertise in data analysis and dissemination specifically related to UNICEF-related indicators.
  • Proven expertise in displaying data for use by government policymakers, partner organizations, and the general public.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Fluency in the national language of the duty station is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

  • Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2).

Application Closing Date
9th October, 2022 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework.
  • 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.
  • 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 candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, are encouraged to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • 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.
  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions.
  • Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF.
  • UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment without compensation if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained or necessary inoculation requirements are not met within a reasonable period for any reason.

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