Corporate Alliance Manager (Research), P-4, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva

Job no: 494039
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Switzerland
Categories: Alliances and Resource Mobilization, Communication / External Relations, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, P-4, UN and Multilateral Affairs

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

Responsible for the development and work of the UNICEF Corporate Research and Due Diligence function (CRDD), its related policies, plans and tools to support UNICEF corporate engagement (CE) by providing business intelligence and by coordinating processes on integrity standards and risk management.

Advises PFP and the broader organization on ethical and risk management issues related to UNICEF positioning towards engaging with specific sectors or companies, therefore informing the development of related policies and strategic organizational choices.

Oversees corporate research activities, particularly in support of new corporate engagements, to identify strategic opportunities and to proactively manage tactical and operational issues, ensuring alignment with UNICEF's mandate and its current programmatic and advocacy efforts.

Is responsible for creating and leading ethical and risk management expertise on corporate engagement across the organization via the promotion of due diligence knowledge through training, ad-hoc coaching, tools development, and the effective use of existing online and physical fora and platforms.

Represents and promotes UNICEF's positioning and work on CE integrity standards and risk management within and outside the organization, including with other UN agencies, in order to ensure better coherence and the use of the most up to date tools in the area.

Key Expected Results

With the expanding scope of corporate engagement across UNICEF, and PFP's unique role as the steward for corporate research and due diligence for the entire UNICEF organization, this post will contribute to ensuring UNICEF is equipped with the required knowledge base to effectively identify strategic opportunities with corporate partners and manage potential ethical and reputational risks. The post will act as an advisor for positions and policies that UNICEF should establish with regard to engaging with the private sector. The result of the incumbent's work will be:

  1. More effective and proactive risk management via-a-vis corporate engagements;
  2. Improved consistency in corporate engagement policy application;
  3. A more focused and targeted approach to corporate partnership pipeline development;
  4. New, reliable and forward-thinking approaches and methods to corporate research;
  5. Greater influence of UNICEF and strengthening of UN coherence on issues related to corporate due diligence and risk management;
  6. Strengthened links and relevance between corporate engagement and UNICEF programmatic goals;
  7. Improved quality, transparency and work flow of corporate research and due diligence work from the CRDD team;
  8. Better dissemination of best practices and tools to help country office and National Committees build capacity and understanding of corporate due diligence.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

Effective CRDD policy development and implementation

  • Leads the development and updating of due diligence policies, criteria and processes to ensure effective support to UNICEF's corporate engagement strategy and to reflect its evolution in scope, modalities, trends and complexity.
  • Advises PFP and the broader organization around ethical and risk management issues related to UNICEF positioning toward engaging with specific sectors or companies, therefore informing the development of related policies and strategic organizational choices.
    Represents CRDD and drives internal discussion, and work as required, on issues related to strategic alignment and proper business conduct (e.g., prevention of conflicts of interest) in corporate engagements combining different UNICEF objectives and different operational divisions (e.g., programme innovation, fundraising, supply and procurement, advocacy, CSR, etc.)
  • Represents and promotes PFP/UNICEF in interagency/divisional discussions related to ethical principles, due diligence policies and risk management practices for corporate engagement (CE), hence contributing to better coherence among the different stakeholders within the organization and across the broader UN family.

Effective management of CRDD function

  • Oversees the work of UNICEF Corporate Research and Due Diligence (CRDD) unit as a key, value-added function for the organization's corporate engagement work. Leads and coordinates the effective management of the CRDD process by ensuring quality business intelligence and proper assessment and advice around risk management for prospective and existing partnerships, with particular focus on PFP new business strategies and pipeline development.
  • Advises senior management and relevant staff of PFP, National Committees, and country offices on complex and escalated cases, including leading the coordination of consultation with relevant divisions, when warranted.
  • Ensures the availability of relevant, robust and updated CRDD information and recommendations through business processes and management tools, including UNICEF customer relationship management system (CRM) and the corporate engagement intranet platform.
  • Coordinates monitoring and regular reporting on the progress of CRDD work against deliverables, as well as CRDD user compliance and feedback.
  • Creates and maintains the effective linkages with other PFP research and knowledge management activities to ensure that CRDD policies are reflected, and conversely CRDD is informed and in tune with other research efforts (e.g., market knowledge, consumer trend analyses, country corporate mappings, etc.)

Advanced knowledge of CRDD and effective communication

  • Develops and maintains advanced knowledge and understanding of existing trends, tools, and methodologies in the area of sustainability research and organizational reputational risk management.
  • Ensures effective, targeted, and customer friendly dissemination of this knowledge in the most appropriate way depending on the need, such as 1) coordinating the development and delivery of training modules, 2) providing - CRDD sessions in relevant fundraising and corporate engagement meetings, 3) providing day to day support to staff of PFP, National Committees, country offices and other HQ divisions.
  • Leads the CRDD team in the development and dissemination of relevant and valuable guidance documents and tools to support training and further understanding on CE policy and practices.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or Equivalent) in International Development, Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Management or Communication. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, market research, child rights advocacy, fundraising, communications and/or project management.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF programmatic work and/or child rights programming is required.
  • Fundraising and/or marketing experience is an asset.
  • Proficient knowledge of current theories and practices in socially responsible investing and social, environmental and governance issues.
    Proficiency in writing briefing and concept notes.
    Proven ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form, and specific skills in developing proposals and presentations for alliances.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas, as well as impart knowledge and teach skills.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with corporate partners and senior UNICEF staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and supervise the work of consultants.
    Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, - French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
    Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication - Level III
  • Working with People - Level II
  • Drive for Results - Level III

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level III
  • Analyzing - Level III
  • Planning and Organizing - Level II
  • Persuading and influencing - Level II
  • Creating and Innovating - Level II

To view our competency framework, please check this link: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Advertised: 12 Feb 2016 W. Europe Standard Time
Applications close: 04 Mar 2016 W. Europe Standard Time

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Scientist
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-04

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