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United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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.

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Job Title: Health Specialist (Health Financing)

Job No.: 550353
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Duration: 364 days
Level: P-4
Categories: Health
Supervisor: Health Manager PHC Systems Strengthening

Purpose for the Job

  • The government of Nigeria has renewed its commitment to achieving Universal Health Coverage and adopted Primary Health Care as a main pillar for its action to achieve its UHC goals. Optimal Public Financial Management is a strong prerequisite for rational use of scarce resources.
  • The Health Specialist (Health Financing) will provide support to UNICEF Nigeria CO, Health Section, in the area of health financing.
  • This includes fiscal space analysis, costing of interventions, health planning and budgeting including supply chain, health insurance, and reform of public financial management systems for the health sector at both national and sub-national level.
  • The ultimate objective is to contribute to health system strengthening (HSS) to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) with a focus on Primary Health Care and Routine Immunization.
  • The Health Financing Specialist is expected to develop close collaboration with other key partners at federal and State level, including the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning
  • Ministry of Health; National Primary Health Care Development Agency; other UN agencies and International Financial Institutions. Additionally, the Health Financing Specialist will work closely with the UNICEF Nigeria CO Social Policy section on assessing design and implementation of health insurance schemes at community and state level.
  • The ultimate objective of UNICEF’s work in health financing is to influence the size, composition, equity, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of health spending at national and subnational level.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities
Data Driven Health Financing and Spending:

  • Prepare timely health system, economic and financing analysis for PHC (including equity , cost effectiveness, and public health expenditure analysis) to empower UNICEF Nigeria with evidence for national dialogue in improving efficiency in health spending
  • Support and guide UNICEF Nigeria on the analysis of health financing functions at subnational level with a focus on Immunization and Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) services without financial hardship
  • Prepare data-driven situational analyses of health care financing in support of monitoring health sector performance, including general financing indicators, Sustainable Development Goals and UHC/PHC/Immunization/RMNCAH indicators.
  • Lead the development of the SDG-3 investment case on PHC interventions including community level to reduce maternal mortality and improve child health outcomes, including expanding routine immunization and reducing zero-dose children.
  • Undertake health sector budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to federal and state Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning, and Ministry of Health and federal agencies.
  • Work with Social Policy in the analysis and understanding of the underlying economic determinants of health to develop and implement policies and programmes that enhance health equity and integrate pro-poor, gender-responsive, and human rights-based approaches, including assessing the design and implementation of health insurance schemes.
  • Facilitate the analysis of social and economic trends and health financing information with a focus on implications on fiscal space for PHC services, including immunization, and support engagement for policy dialogue and formulation
  • Advocate for and support efforts to leverage and prioritize resources for sustainable health system strengthening and Primary Health Care, including sustained routine immunization
  • Provide technical support in the design, implementation and monitoring of innovative health financing initiatives to ensure sustainable and equitable financing and Universal Health Coverage, in collaboration with global health initiatives (GAVI, GF), and development banks (WB, ADB), among others.

Improving Use of Health Sector Public Financial Resources:

  • Provide technical assistance to government ministries and entities in developing health financing strategies, including advice on the right strategic purchasing and provider payment mechanisms
  • Participate in and provide technical inputs to the national and sub-national Public Finance Management (PFM) discussions, with a focus on increasing transparency and accountability at federal and sub-national level
  • Provide support to Ministry of Health and other federal agencies on budget planning & preparation, pooling, and procurement
  • Work with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
  • Carry out analyses on fiscal space, out-of-pocket spending, benefit incidence, or a national health accounts exercise
  • Undertake and build capacity of health sector partners for improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential health service delivery, including through support to subnational and district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation.
  • Support health sector financial reporting and accountability at national and subnational level.
  • Support the Government to regularly monitor and measure the equity, efficiency, and effectiveness of health expenditures.

Advocacy, Networking and Partnership Building:

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders, as well as global partners, allies, donors, and academia for active networking, advocacy and effective communication to improve health planning, budgeting and financial flows at federal and sub-national level.
  • Prepare communication and information materials to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances, and support national efforts on fundraising for health programmes (PHC and UHC including immunization)).
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency discussions and planning on health-related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on PFM related discussions; and on UNSDCF planning and preparation of health financing programmes/projects.
  • Support compelling use of finance data and evidence in advocacy materials and campaigns, including designing visually attractive infographics and data analysis on health planning, budgeting, and expenditures
  • Collaborate with WHO, World Bank, other UN agencies and implementing partners to support country-level technical assistance on public financing: costing, financial and fiscal space analysis, budgeting and design of financing mechanisms to benefit children and women
  • Advocate, during strategic discussions with Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning, and Health and other key decision makers and stakeholders to influence agenda setting in favor of health and wellbeing of children, women and young people.

Innovation, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building:

  • Design and implement in-country studies to evaluate the cost of specific health interventions and programmes
  • Document and disseminate lessons learned from national efforts in strengthening health systems and expanding health coverage for UHC with a focus on PHC and routine immunization, and to improve partnerships for sustainable health systems strengthening
  • Produce high quality written reports and presentations, including technical documents, project status reports, policy briefs, and publications for conferences and journals
  • Develop and implement country-specific national capacity building strategies in the area of health financing
  • Provide technical leadership and coordination of relevant operational research, thus contributing to the knowledge base in health systems
  • Disseminate relevant academic research findings, publications, presentations and reports.

Impact of Results:

  • The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Health Specialist to programme preparation, planning and implementation facilitates the delivery of concrete and sustainable results that directly impact the improvement of the health and wellbeing of the most marginalized and vulnerable children and women in the country.
  • This in turn contributes to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to continue to provide programme services to protect the rights of children, and to promote greater social equality to enable them to survive, develop and reach their full potential in society.

Experience and Qualifications
Education:

  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in Health Economics, Health Financing or Public Financial Management or a closely related field is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization, or in a global health initiative (TGF, GAVI, GFF) or development bank is considered as an asset.
  • A First University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in a public finance or economic development role within the national/international health sector
  • Prior experience developing costing/using costing tools (OneHealth Tool, CHPCT, EQUIST) is an asset
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated knowledge of and professional experience in at least two of the following areas: Public Financial Management in health, health economic analysis (especially cost analysis), strengthening public health financing and governance, Health Systems Strengthening applications and programmes.
  • Fluency in English is required.
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Competencies and Level of Proficiency Required (Based on UNICEF Competency Profiles)
Core Values:

  • Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA)

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (II)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (II)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (II)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (II)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (II)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (II)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (II)

 

 

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Application Deadline 5th May, 2022 (West Central Africa Standard Time).

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices)

Job no: 550356
Location: Akure, Ondo
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: NO-3
Categories: Child Protection

Job Description

  • The Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices) will serve under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office in Akure.
  • This function will work within the context of supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNICEF Strategic Plan, UNICEF Gender Action Plan, UNICEF Child Protection Strategy and the Country Programme (or UNDAF).
  • The incumbent will lead the planning processes, develop partnerships and technical guidance to support the Prevention of Harmful Practices portfolio (with a focus on Female Genital Mutilation), In collaboration with UNICEF sections (in particular the Gender, innovation, external communication and C4D Sections), external partners and UN agencies (particularly UNFPA) the incumbent will provide implementation of child protection programmes in focus states under the Akure Field Office in order to enhance child protection systems.
  • The Child Protection Specialist (field office) will work closely with the Child Protection Specialist ((Harmful Practices), Gender, C4D, Education, Social Protection and Health Sections to ensure that the aims and approaches to end harmful practices are effectively considered and coherently integrated into appropriate work streams.

How can you make a difference?:

  • The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief of field Office for general supervision and operational guidance and to the Chief, Child Protection and Child Protection Manager for technical implementation of the programme.
  • The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme(s) as it relates to System Strengthening and is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programmes/projects within the country programme with a particular focus on the UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme on FGM.
  • H/She facilitates the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm, and to protect their rights to survival, development and wellbeing as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.
  • The Specialist contributes to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

  • Support child protection system programme development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results on harmful practices
  • Technical and operational support to harmful practices programme implementation
  • Networking and partnership building on harmful practices
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Competencies and Level of Proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles)
Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competences:

  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

Functional Competences:

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)

Recruitment Qualifications
Education:

  • An Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is required: International Development, Human Rights, Psychology, Sociology, International Law, or another relevant Social Science field as it relates to harmful practices and gender issues

Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in Social Development Planning and Management in child protection gender related areas is required.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience with demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led evidence-based programming on child protection, gender, social norms or harmful practices, with a cross-sectoral and adolescent girl focus.
  • Experience working on community engagement programmes is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection and gender related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in research and analysis, and especially monitoring and evaluation on gender, adolescents and harmful practices.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset

 

 

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Application Deadline 5th May, 2022 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Head of Solutions Mapping

Job ID: 2030
Locations: Lagos, Nigeria
Vacancy Type: Fixed Term
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Africa

Agency: UNDP
Languages Required: English
Practice Area: Innovation
Contract Duration: 1 Year with Possibility for extension
Vacancy Timeline: 2 Weeks
Agency: UNDP
Grade: NOB

Job Description

  • The UNDP Strategic Plan embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and rising inequalities pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces.  One such key strategic initiatives is the UNDP Accelerator Lab Network which operates as part of UNDP’s sustainable development offering.

Position Purpose

  • You are capable and excited about starting, designing and managing activities, direct engagement with local communities and collaboration across global networks.  You are driven by learning new things, figuring out how they work and translating them across sectors.   You tell stories of emergent solutions and you gravitate to solving global development challenges.
  • You have a natural inclination to interdisciplinarity, cross cultural mindset and cross sectoral experience with the cosmopolitan attraction for diversity.  You are driven by a strong sense of purpose and commitment to make change happen and a keen eye to identify emerging opportunities and ‘at the edge’ trends.  You are open to discovery and exploration, capable of articulating insights and ideas through visual thinking, open to serendipity and discovery yet are pragmatic and constructive working with public sector authorities.
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity, capable of zooming out for context and zooming in for content and execution- sharp in pursuit of objectives, fast at adapting and changing course when needed.  You have superb competencies in program and portfolio management, are at ease with decision-making processes and dynamics of different models of governance.
  • You are curious, a natural strategic thinker and a talented do-er.  You understand systems, the good, the bad and the ugly, and are capable of working within bureaucracies to make change, leverage technology to extend, enhance and multiply exploration, discovery and execution.  You are digitally savy, you hack tools, and you are keen to be a part of a large global organization exhibiting United Nations values.
  • The Accelerator Labs will be comprised of a core team with niche capabilities that focus on exploration, experimentation and grassroots innovation. Within the first 6-8 months of the Lab fully functioning, each member of the Core team will take the lead on one of the following functions:
    • Coordination
    • Training
    • Communications

The Core team of the Accelerator lab will have capabilities in:

  • Experimentation (instituting rapid learning about emerging challenges through design and running of a portfolio of experiments that is coherent with the type of challenges that are part of UNDP’s strategic plan, and
  • Mapping Solutions: ethnographic methods and immersion in community dynamics, identification of and work with lead users, and implications of bottom up solutions for the policy design
  • Exploration: The exploration function focuses on discovery and sense making of emerging trends, implications for systemic impacts and risks, and their potential for accelerating progress toward SDGs.  Its work feeds into the portfolio of experiments ensuring its coherence with the emerging risks and opportunities and connects local dynamics and solutions into the broader national and international ecosystem of potential funders, partners, and allies thereby increasing the chances for acceleration.  While critical for the functioning of the Accelerator Lab, the exploration function will also service the Country Office as determined and agreed with the UNDP senior management.
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Duties and Responsibilities
Lead lab efforts in deep community immersion, collective intelligence and solutions mapping:

  • Developing and sustaining positive relationships with a range of local community and citizen groups
  • Identifying and training local volunteers, recruiting Universities and think tanks for sustaining long term community outreach and engagement and identification of lead users, providing training and mentoring
  • Translation of ethnographic and field research findings into learning and action for the Accelerator Lab activities
  • Design specific field research and participatory methods to focus on the most vulnerable populations and those not usually engaged in public policy debates on development methods
  • Explore, document and increase understanding on emerging methods of tapping into bottom up solutions, lead users and grassroots innovations related to sustainable development
  • Convene a broad range of new partners with UNDP including artists, community organizers and emergent movements to explore areas for collaboration on sustainable development
  • Proactively manage risks with using ethnographic tools and methods, including those related to ethics and privacy

Convene the processes of solution intake, assessment and designing prototypes for diffusion:

  • Design and implement methods for sensing and building on indigenous knowledge and local solutions, consolidating, screening and describing incoming
  • Design criteria for consolidating incoming local solutions
  • Conduct field research to determine best methods fo making solutions transferable, design methods to test and stretch ideas for their applicability and diffusion as part of a portfolio approach.
  • Test the solutions and potential ideas in real life context to understand potential channels of spreading (including identifying private and public sector venues for uptake)
  • Analyze system level issues that local solutions address (and those that they don’t address, therefore creating insights on the gaps)
  • Design ‘things and tools’ needed to successful scale indigenous knowledge, lead user solutions, turning its insights into systemic change.
  • Advise on the accelerator lab’s experiment portfolio to ensure experiments are designed based on people’s knowledge, behaviors and peer to peer methods of managing and diffusing knowledge about sustainable development issues.
  • Design methods for integrating collective intelliengence into UNDP programmes and engage with programme and project managers to translate ideas into concrete practice

Working out Loud:

  • Lead communication efforts and proactively use blog and social media to share findings from field research
  • Ensure UNDP’s communication efforts respect privacy and ethics considerations
  • Liaise with the broader Accelerator Lab network and the support team to share learnings and insights from the country-specific experience
  • Jointly with the CO, support lab partners to develop an emerging pipeline of new initiatives, support other activities related to the design and operation of the Lab
  • Proactively use blog posts and social media to share insights, attract partners and help position Accelerator Lab at the forefront of the exploration of new trends.

Advocacy, Organizational learning and interface with the core business of UNDP:

  • Help embed solutions mapping  and lead user methodology within the CO portfolio, design and provide trainings that include various methodologies and steps to identify and work with lead users
  • Provide technical consultation and training for national partners and the CO  through various phases including asset mapping, developing a strategic portfolio logic, experiment design, prototype testing, and evaluation;
  • Develop communication and other tools to transform field research into actionable intelligence
  • Work together with your Accelerator Lab colleagues and experts to codify and advance the Accelerator Lab practice and solutions mapping in particular.
  • Lead other activities related to the design and operations of the Accelerator Lab
  • Design and deliver engaging and meaningful methods for reflection on learning from field research and grassroots innovation.

Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results  LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
  • Think Innovatively LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
  • Learn Continuously LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
  • Adapt with Agility LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
  • Act with Determination LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
  • Engage and Partner LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making
  • People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)
  • UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Technical Competencies:

  • Business Direction and Strategy System Thinking
  • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
  • Business Development Knowledge Generation
  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Digital and Innovation Story Telling:

  • Ability to empathize with people’s perceptions, motivations, feelings and mental models and craft narratives to build an emotive argument for change accordingly.
  • Ability to present data, insights or information in compelling ways to mobilize resources, talent or action.
  • Ability to choose media and channels that is fit for purpose to reach specific target audiences.

Digital & Innovation Solutions Mapping:

  • Ability to engage and build rapport with vulnerable communities and get consent, facilitate participatory processes and navigate intricate power relations and cultural dynamics.
  • Ability to define and articulate why and how collective intelligence can add value to development programming (understanding problems; finding solutions; decision making and mobilising action; monitoring progress in real time, learning and adapting)
  • Being able to integrate different types of data (realtime, ‘ground-truth’ and novel data) to unlock fresh insights. Understand guidelines and principles around data privacy, ethics and protection.
  • Increase diversity of inputs – and look beyond the ‘usual suspects’, ability to navigate and manage a variety of actors, appreciate the diversity in perspectives, opinions, expertise.
  • Ability to facilitate platforms or sessions where people can contribute by providing their views and ideas independently and freely.
  • Being people-centred: ensure people understand and can determine how their data is used. Feed back inputs and insights to empower people, don’t extract data.
  • Having the sensitivity and ability to identify grassroots solutions, capacities, assets, coping strategies that impacted communities have developed or used to address (emerging) development challenges.
  • Being able to understand these solutions from a people’s perspective and learn about the conditions that enable or prevent communities from developing such grassroots solutions or coping mechanisms.
  • Understand how solutions and needs are paired, and how grassroots solutions can be used as an entry point to identify unaddressed or unmet development challenges and how to use these insights to inform policy design.
  • Ability to reverse engineer solutions, understanding what aspects (artefactual, principles, conditions, configuration) can be scaled and how, being able to assess their potential to be transferred to other domains, regions or contexts and build a case for that.
  • Ability to appreciate and integrate various sources of knowledge (academic, experiential, observational, traditional, indigenous) in problem solving processes.
  • Set up structures and processes to collect ideas, solutions and facilitate matchmaking between supply and demand of solutions.”
  • Digital and Innovation Collective Intelligence Design
  • Ability to design, lead or manage processes that help a collective to become smarter together by bringing together diverse groups of people, data, and technology.

Digital and Innovation Ethnography:

  • Ability to build rapport and empathy with people and vulnerable communities to learn about their everyday lives, experiences and context. Being able to identify and understand patterns of relations, and their meaning, between different entities (i.e. of people, objects, animals, etc.)
  • Being able to immerse deeply in the context of a community and look at it from an “”insiders perspective”” to understand how realities are socially constructed and understand and appreciated these realities; explore perceptions, motivations, preferences, needs, rituals to understand “”why people do things the way they do””.
  • Being inclusive when using digital tools engaging with communities; have a thorough understanding of ethical guidelines when engaging with vulnerable communities.
  • Ability to translate observations into compelling insights for community empowerment or to inform decision making, problem solving and policy design.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral psychology, Design, Architecture, Communications or related field and minimum of 2 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization
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OR

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Behavioral psychology, Design, Architecture, Communications or related field and minimum of 4 years of professional experience in development programming or policy; social innovation; partnership building; engagement (public and private sector) and/or resource mobilization

Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to undertake field research in remote communities and document ethnographic evidence and honor expertise in unusual places
  • Demonstrate ability to work in participatory methods, follow the lead of people as experts in their own sustainable development
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

Experience in following areas is desirable but not necessary:

  • Professional experience in development programming or policy and social innovation.
  • Proven professional knowledge and experience in approaches such as Ethnography, Systems Thinking, Behavioral Insights, Co-creation, Qualitative and Quantitative User Research, Positive Deviance, Community Asset Mapping, Service Design or Human Centered Design
  • Demonstrated ability to work with partners to help surface unarticulated needs
  • Proven ability to engage with remote and/or vulnerable communities through action research and other engagement means
  • Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

 

 

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Application Deadline 7th May, 2022, 04:59 AM

 

 

 

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How to write a cover letter that gets you the job

Here’s how to make a great cover letter for a job application:

Underneath your name in your cover letter header, list the following contact details:

  • First and last name
  • Email address (something professional, usually including your name)
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address (optional)
  • Linkedin profile link (optional)
  • Portfolio or website (optional)

After your header, include the date and following company contact information:

  • First and last name of the person you’re writing to, or the relevant department
  • Company address
  • Company phone number
  • Hiring manager’s email address

 

2. Address the hiring manager (ideally by their name)

Next, address your cover letter to the hiring manager by name if possible. A standard cover letter salutation includes the hiring manager’s first and last name, and begins with a “Mr.”, “Ms.”, or another relevant professional title.

3. Write an attention-getting opening paragraph

Start your cover letter with an informative, direct introduction by including the following details in the first one or two sentences:

  1. Job position: The title of the advertised position
  2. Company name: The name of the company you’re applying to
  3. How you discovered the opening: Whether you saw the job on LinkedIn, a job board, or were recommended to apply by a friend
  4. Intention to apply: An enthusiastic announcement that you’re applying for the open role and why you’re interested in or qualified for it
  5. Notable accomplishments: If you have relevant work experience, highlight one or two of your most notable achievements in your introduction to immediately grab the employer’s attention