Field Support Specialist, (NO-3), Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, #128902 [Temp Appointment]

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, resilience

The data on violence against children in the Bajío region is alarming. The homicides of children and adolescents in the Bajío region increased 10.5% between 2018 and 2022, while the national homicide rates for the same age group showed a 9% decline during the same period. In 2023, 25% of femicides of girls and adolescents occurred in this region. During the same year, the Bajío reported 1246 cases of missing children and adolescents, accounting for almost 60% of the national total. In 2022, 970,923 children and adolescents were reported as working in some form of prohibited work for children. Additionally, in 2020, 314,000 adolescents, aged 12 to 17, were reported to be married or in an early union in Mexico, the Bajío region is home to around 91,060 child brides. 

Specifically in Michoacán, in 2022, the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) 50% of children and adolescents are living in poverty, surpassing the national average by 4 percentage points. Additionally, Children from Michoacán and the Bajío region suffer, directly and indirectly, severe consequences of armed violence caused by organized crime. Violence and some of its consequences reported against children include homicides and forced disappearances, orphanhood, sexual violence, and exploitation, forced recruitment, and use by armed groups, extorsion, loss of family livelihoods and forced displacement, among others. The impact of violence is exacerbated by preexisting inequities, poverty, and social exclusion.  National NGOs have estimated that around 51,799 children and adolescents in Michoacán are at risk of being recruited by criminal organizations.   

For more information related to the work of our organization in Mexico, please visit our website: UNICEF Mexico and our latest Annual Report 2022: Informe Anual 2022 UNICEF México 

How can you make a difference? 

The Field Support Specialist (NO-3) represents UNICEF in El Bajío region, leads and oversees the various program sectors and operational service teams ensuring the delivery of quality results in accordance with UNICEF’s programme of cooperation, country programme management plan and overall vision set forward by the Representative. The Field Support Specialist is based in Morelia, Michoacan state, and it is expected that they will travel to other states within El Bajío region and the CO in Mexico City.

  1. Effective management of UNICEF program and staff in the El Bajío region. 
  2. Effective knowledge management systems adopted and utilized to strengthen area/country programme management.  
  3. Programme Development and Management.
  4. Oversee that Programme funds are optimally used.
  5. Programme monitoring and evaluations effectively conducted to improve programme performance, and programme status reports timely prepared. 
  6. Assure rights based, and results-based programming approach fully incorporated into all phases of programme and project processes.
  7. Commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners effectively gained and established. 
  8. Rights perspective and advocacy at the national, community and family levels incorporated in policy analysis for establishing and elevating UNICEF’s credibility in national and subnational policy debates.
  9. Effective partnerships and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme development/management/coordination, information sharing and networking.
  10. Planning of the establishment of UNICEF´s Field Office in El Bajío region  

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: Download File ToRs_Field Support Specialist, (NO-3), Michoacan.pdf

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

Minimum requirements:

  • Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree), preferably, in one of the following fields: social sciences, international relations, public administration, government, and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.

Two years of additional relevant work experience that was gained after obtaining a bachelor’s degree may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree

  • Work Experience:
    • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in programme planning, monitoring and/or evaluation, or in project management.
    • Experience supervising teams.
  • Language Requirements: 
    • Fluency in Spanish.
    • Intermediate level of English.


  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.   
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency. 
  • Fluency in English.

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.

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 measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as 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 candidates from targeted underrepresented groups 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.

UNICEF shall not facilitate the issuance of a visa and working authorization for candidates under consideration for positions at the national officer and general service category.

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.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Please note that this position is based in Morelia, Michoacán where we do not have an office. The incumbent is expected to remotely report to the programme management in Mexico City. The position is expected to last for 364 days. 

Advertised: 21 Jun 2024 Central Standard Time (Mexico)
Deadline: 07 Jul 2024 Central Standard Time (Mexico)

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