Deputy Representative, Programme, P-4, Sao Tome, Sao Tome Principe #104926 Job at UNICEF

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For every child, dedication

Sao Tome and Principe (STP) is a lower middle-income small island developing state with a fragile economy and a significant dependence on international aid. The population includes a high percentage of children and adolescents. The country’s economy has experienced moderate growth over the past decade, supported by international aid, but growth slowed down in recent years. Despite progress in social development, resulting in an improved Human Development Index score, the country faces challenges such as high unemployment and widespread extreme poverty.

UNICEF STP is levering partnerships with Government, civil society, donors, UN and private sector, to scale up country’s key results for children. In this sense and to expedite progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, NICEF STP implements a strategic approach focused on improving access to quality social services, promoting behavioral change, and advocating for gender and child-sensitive policies to enable children, including adolescents, to realize their rights.

The programme integrates early childhood development interventions across health, education, and protection services to promote nurturing caregiving. It also focuses on adolescent programming, emphasizing relevant learning, life skills, health services, violence prevention, and climate action. UNICEF leverages its presence and expertise to advance children’s rights, working closely with the Government to improve service quality and equity.

Key priorities include strengthening systems to improve access and quality in health, education, child protection, and social protection; professionalizing the social service workforce; establishing multisectoral case management for violence prevention and response; building capacities in data-driven approaches; modeling innovative interventions; generating demand among adolescents; and enhancing public spending efficiency.

How can you make a difference?

The Deputy Representative reports to the CO Representative for general supervision and direction. The Deputy Representative supports the Representative on the overall management of the CO and for coordinating closely with the different programme sections on all phases of the Country Office Programme, from formulation to delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

The Deputy Representative supports the Representative in leading and leveraging partnerships with both public and private sectors for the achievement of results and fulfilment of the rights of children.

In fragile and humanitarian contexts, the Representative ensures the delivery of a timely, efficient and principled humanitarian action and advocacy in accordance with UNICEF global Policy and Framework for humanitarian action. Where clusters are activated, the Representative ensures that UNICEF CLA responsibilities are fulfilled.

Key Functions and Accountabilities

  1. CO programme planning and development
  2. Support to the Representative on managing the CO
  3. Monitoring and quality control of programmes
  4. Alliance building and UN System coordination
  5. Private Sector Engagement and Partnerships
  6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here:  GJP – Deputy Representative, P-4.doc

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

The following minimum requirements:

  • Education:  An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional development experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in a developing country is required.
  • Skill
    • Experience in partnerships and resource mobilization is required.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required.

The following desirables:

  • Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency.
  • Knowledge of Portuguese or French is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  1. Builds and maintains partnerships
  2. Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  3. Drive to achieve results for impact
  4. Innovates and embraces change
  5. Manages ambiguity and complexity
  6. Thinks and acts strategically
  7. Works collaboratively with others
  8. Nurtures, leads and manages people

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either a role with direct contact with children, a role that works directly with identifiable children’s data, a safeguarding response role, or an assessed risk role. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) apply.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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 appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Male candidates from Programme countries are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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.

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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