Unicef Ghana: Programme Specialist (Social Transfer)

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22 Jul, 2014

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Under the general guidance of the Social Protection Specialist (P4), the Program Specialist (Social transfer), the Programme Specialist is accountable for effective engagement with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP; and the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) to support and monitor the implementation of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) 1000.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to the Department of Social Welfare for the operation and implementation of the LEAP 1000 project in the areas of selection of districts and communities, targeting process, communication material/strategy, enrolment process, payment, reconciliation and monitoring.
  • Support the Department of Social Welfare to ensure the LEAP 1000 guidelines and requirements are adequately designed and implemented.
  • Assist the LEAP MIS team for the management of LEAP 1000 beneficiary house-hold data and ensures that data is readily available for planning and adjustment purposes as required by UNICEF and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with the M/E teams from the Department of Social Welfare and UNICEF in providing data required for evaluation/monitoring purposes. Ensure data management needs are accessed with appropriate support provided.
  • Support the design and implementation of a communication and information strategy to accompany the project’s roll-out. Engage with stakeholders and support effective/strategic communication of project objectives and achievements. Identify communication needs and provide appropriate support as approved by supervisor.
  • Supports the Department of Social Welfare in payment planning and distribution of money to beneficiaries bi-monthly in line with the regular LEAP payment. Participates in field activities to monitor payment/ beneficiary compliance to project conditions/requirements and submit monitoring reports.
  • Assist the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Department of Social Welfare in requesting for funds for payment of beneficiaries and liquidation of the funds in accordance with UNlCEF’s HACT procedures. Identify any other financial need and provide adequate support on timely manner.

Required Skills or Experience

Advanced University degree in project management or equivalent background, social development, development Studies or other relevant disciplines

Work Experience
Five years of relevant professional work experience in project management and social development work (preferably cash transfer and livelihoods enhancement)

Language Proficiency
Fluency in English required. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station and another UN working language an asset


  • Knowledge and practice of project management and cash transfers
  • Initiative and resourcefulness. Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other team members and partners, with sensitivity, in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Excellent analytical, communication (both verbal and written). Maturity of judgment, tact, integrity and discretion.
  • Knowledge of computer management and applications
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment

Competency Profile


Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Persuading and influencing

If you have experience working in a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children and match the profile outlines, send a brief application letter supported by detailed curriculum vitae, UN Personal History form (which can be downloaded fromhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ) and photocopies of other supporting documents to:

The Human Resources Manager
P. O. Box 5051
Accra-NorthCLOSING DATE: 18th March, 2014



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