Knowledge Management Specialist


Job no: 560355
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Jalalabad
Level: P-3
Location: Afghanistan
Categories: Knowledge Management

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Health

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Global KM strategy coordination

Support implementation of the global Health KM priorities in in Afghanistan
Contribute to discussions on the theory of change to fine-tune KM approaches.
Raise the profile of UNICEF knowledge at internal and external events and support mainstreaming of KM priorities in programme funding proposals.
Interface with other UNICEF divisions and teams on KM and capacity development

Strengthen systems for generating, gathering and customizing knowledge
Strengthen planning of knowledge products from the health section
Collect and compile knowledge produced in the health section for presentation on dissemination platforms.
Identify and curate external knowledge of relevance for UNICEF staff.
Strengthen quality assurance processes for all knowledge products.
Initiate/support research partnerships and promote academic publishing among staff.
Organizing a webinar series focused on areas of common interest among the health team, identifying topics and presenters in discussion with country, regional and HQ colleagues from internal and external experts including from academic institutions.

Strengthen systems for knowledge management and dissemination
Ensure good practices throughout the team on document management.
Strengthen online presence of Health through ECM (communication pages and collaboration sites), external facing sites and communities of practice (e.g. Yammer) and utilization of those platforms by Health and non-Health staff.
Strengthen online presence of the health section through periodic updates to the country office site and manage social media handles.
Publish periodic newsletters for the country office, region, and global health staff.
Publish periodic external newsletters aimed at partners and donors.
Support functioning of KM community(-ies) of practice
Track, collect and vet monitoring, evaluation and research initiatives in health, and obtain and organize resource materials related to health research and M&E for knowledge sharing and publication.

Capacity development of UNICEF staff and the sector
Maintain an inventory of global e-learning courses.
Support design and quality assurance of new courses and webinars
Provide regular training on KM through webinars and face-to-face meetings.
Promote, support and coordinate South – South exchanges.
Linking with HR initiatives on Talent Management

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

An advanced university degree in Social Science, Science, Engineering, Public Health or related Technical Field. Formal training in information sciences and knowledge management is highly desirable.

A minimum of five years of professional experience in knowledge management, research, monitoring and evaluation, programme management (or a related field) at national or international level.

Proven ability in formulating and implementing knowledge management strategies and utilizing information technology for knowledge management.

Excellent teamwork and organizational skills.

Excellent writing and communication skills.

Prior significant experience in developing countries is desirable.

Prior experience working in the UN and/or other international development organizations is an asset.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language, in particular French and Spanish, is considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, 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.


Candidates in 2022 Mobility Exercise and staff on abolished posts will be prioritized.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government 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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

Advertised: 20 Mar 2023 Afghanistan Standard Time
Deadline: 27 Mar 2023 Afghanistan Standard Time

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