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7991 UNICEF Pacific Vacancy 6 - 16 June 2024

Programme Specialist, P-3, UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

The UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office is hiring a Programme Specialist on a temporary appointment of 364 days to be based in Nuku’alofa in Tonga.

How can you make a difference?

Under the joint leadership and supervision of the Chief Child Protection and Deputy Representative of the Pacific Multi- Country Office in Suva, Fiji, the Programme Specialist will be accountable for professional leadership in and contribution to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Child Protection programme. The Programme Specialist will also serve as a liaison officer and manage the overall partnership UNICEF has with the Tongan government.

A Summary of key functions/accountabilities are detailed below.

  • Provide timely strategic and technical support and coordination to the development, planning and implementation of the UNICEF-Tonga workplan. 
  • Programme Management, monitoring and delivery of results. 
  • UNICEF and Government accountability is ensured for supply and non-supply assistance and disbursement of programme funds for the sector. 
  • Improve partnerships and coordination of UNICEF interventions for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme coordination, information sharing and networking. 
  • Emergency preparedness is maintained, and in emergencies, emergency responses with effective coordination is provided.

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


  • An advanced university degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, public health, child development, or another relevant social science field.


  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required in planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes in areas such as gender, child protection, human rights or similar, of which at least two years in managerial and/or advisory capacity.
  • Expert work experience related to child protection, gender and human rights and education would be highly desirable.
  • Experience in managing multi-sectoral programmes is highly desirable.
  • Work experience with governments and/or UN agencies in the Pacific is essential.
  • Experience at partnerships development with government bodies is required.
  • At least one year of international experience in developing country will be considered as an asset. Work experience in the Pacific is highly desirable.
  • Background/familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required while knowledge of the local language is an asset.

To Apply: Please visit the UNICEF Careers page at Deadline for applications: 16th June 2024


Matangi Tonga Online ref. #7991 UNICEF, 6 - 16 June 2024