Under the close supervision of the Chief of Field Operations, the Chief of Field Office has overall responsibility for overall coordination and management of the total programme commitment of a medium size UNICEF Zone Office based in Tyre, Lebanon. The position leads the governorate level programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme activities in consultation with programme sections and Ministries, including capacity building of programme counterparts, partners and staff.
1. Knowledge Management for Programmes
Ensure that governorate programmes are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in "lessons learned" and other corporate-level databases supported by the Planning, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation Section.
Participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.
2. Programme Development and Management
Identify critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse governorate level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
Draft changes to/or prepare zonal programme work plans as required. Prepare program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.
Establishes governorate programme work plans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the programme team in order to meet objectives. Identifies human resources requirements and on-going staff development needs.
Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programme/projects in collaboration with local Government and other partners.
Prepares relevant programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.
3. Optimum Use Of Program Resources
Establish and supervise programme work plans and monitor progress and compliance. While funds will be managed in Beirut, monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that all resources are properly coordinate and monitored. Take appropriate actions, with programme sections, to optimize use of programme resources. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
As a line manager, manage the Zone Office resources by leading a team of Programme Officers and support staff.
4. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations
Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
Carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation,
Operations and Field Operations and others to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery. Ensure quarterly review with local government and stakeholders and participates in annual sector review meetings with national government counterparts, when required. Ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.
5. Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach
Adopt rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Formulate consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management and inter-sectoral approach to programme planning and design.
Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.
6. Local Capacity Building/Sustainability
Provide local government authorities with technical supports and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability in consultation with line Ministries and section colleagues.
Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.
7. Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the Local Government, Community and Family Levels
Conduct policy analysis from a children's and women's rights perspective and advocacy at the local government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.
Supports the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on projects supported by UNICEF with a specific focus on the most vulnerable communities, through a lens of Do No Harm and underlined by a philosophy of building community resilience.
8. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration
Develop partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies.
Linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
Collaborate with the Field Operations and Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate programme, financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
Maintain close collaboration with Section Chiefs for effective overall coordination on programmes.
Plans, develops and implements inter-sectoral programme(s) by collaborating with the local government and other partners. Provide leadership in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme and country level cooperation.
Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in conflict resolution.
*First university degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Eight years of relevant professional work experience.
Developing country work, child-right programming and supervisory experience
Background/familiarity with humanitarian and development/ resilience-based programming.
Gender equality and diversity awareness.
1. Core Values
Diversity and inclusion
2. Core Competencies
Communication [ II ]
Working with People [ II ]
Drive for Results [ II ]
3. Functional Competencies
Leading and Supervising [ II ]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
Analyzing [ II ]
Relating and Networking [ II ]
Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
Creating and Innovating [ II ]
Fluency in English is required and another UN language is desirable.