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(Temporary Appointment) Early Childhood Development Officer (Health Innovation, M-IECD), Ha Noi, Viet Nam (Vietnamese Nationals only)

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Job Number: 508686 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific - Viet Nam
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, a champion

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organisation does - in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasising the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realising the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Job organizational context 

Viet Nam is part of the global UN "Delivering As One" reform initiative, whereby Viet Nam has agreed to capitalize on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family and look at ways to increase the UN system's impact. In Viet Nam, the initiative brings together the expertise, experience and capacities of all UN agencies in the country to provide more coordinated and effective assistance. The six pillars of reform in Viet Nam include One Plan, One Budget, One Leader, One Set of Management Practices, One Voice and the Green One UN House. The UNICEF Viet Nam office is located within the Green One UN House, where UN Agencies are seated according to function rather than Agency. 

The UNICEF Viet Nam Country Programme (2017-2021) will support the achievement of selected national social economic development priorities (SEDP), related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. It complements the One Strategic Plan between the Government and UN system agencies that will continue with a delivering-as-one (DaO) approach for the period 2017-2021 and is aligned to UNICEF Strategic Plan 2014-2017. With equity as the fundamental principle, child survival and development programme serve as a strategic pillar for the country programme strategic intent. The Child Survival and Development (CSD) programme supports the implementation of Programme Component 2 focusing on Integrated Early Childhood Development, which strengthen national and local capacities to develop Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) models in selected districts and communes of three provinces: Gia Lai, Kon Tum, and Dien Bien, combined with strategic areas of work in HCMC. 

Integrated version of a holistic Early Childhood Development (a package of integrated Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection, Communication and Social Protection) interventions to be implemented in an integrated way) with proven scientific evidence has been identified as a strong approach that could support the country attain these three important national development priority targets. This programme priority will be enhanced with the use of modern innovative mobile technology to achieve planned results. Hence the need of Mobile Integrated Early Childhood Development project which will also be modeled as the main tracking system. The continued monitoring of progress by innovative mobile technology towards implementation of key child focused indicators at national and provincial levels will be the key to effectively address the unfinished MDG agenda and the realisation of child rights. 

Purpose for the job

Under the direct supervision of the CSD Chief, the incumbent supports the development on the use of mobile technologies in enhancing IECD programming and programme performance in the UNICEF Viet Nam country programme of Co-operation 2017-2021. Specifically, the officer supports the development of the technology innovations in IECD programme including but not limited to the development of the MIECD background documents, implementation of the Road Map for Mobile Integrated Early Childhood Development (MIECD), being the focal person for MIECD and supports the knowledge management, co-ordination, monitoring and partnerships in MIECD.

She/he will also provide professional technical support throughout the Programme Component 2 in researching and analysing technical document to support the development and formulation of IECD programme.

Duration: Temporary Appointment of 364 days.

For more information on the position, please refer to the attached Job Profile. Download File Job Profile of MIECD Officer NOA.docx

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Education: University degree, preferably advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Business, International Relations, Political Science, International Finance or other relevant disciplines.


  • At least 1 year post graduate experience. Demonstrated strong ability to analyze and interpret data from a range of sources, and synthesize information and produce easy to understand materials.
  • Strong creative and artistic abilities in engaging and utilizing various media formats for communication of evidence (including social media).
  • Experience working or engaging directly with children and adolescents is highly valued.
  • Experience and knowledge of the UN system, or experience communicating with or within Government on social policy issues, or experience with child-focused international NGOs considered an asset.

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluent in English/Vietnamese and good writing skills
  • Knowledge of second UN language is an asset.


  • Good inter-personal and excellent communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of research, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Good advocacy and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in an international and multicultural team.
  • Strong competence in computer management, applications and social media.

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication (II), Working with People (I) and Drive for Results (I).

Functional Competencies: 

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (I)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

To view our competency framework, please click here

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 23:55 hours Ha Noi Time. 

What we can offer you?

Competitive salary: Ranging from USD28,663 (net annually), depending on qualifications and experience.

Pension benefits: You will become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund.

Health insurance scheme: You and your eligible dependents will be covered by the UN Medical Insurance Plan.

Professional Development: you will have different learning opportunities to strengthen your skills and competencies.

Become part of the United Nations: As an International organization that is part of the United Nations system, UNICEF offers opportunities to learn from other countries, and possible career options outside Viet Nam.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 

Opening Date Tue Nov 07 2017 09:00:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Nov 21 2017 23:55:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time) 




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