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Senior Advisor, End Violence Against Children Section, P-5, NYHQ, #97159

New York City (United States of America) | Washington D.C.

Job Number: 496487 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

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

The purpose of the role is to provide strategic and advisory guidance on corporate planning, policy formulation and inter-agency relationships; representation and liaison with a wide range of partners; and administrative oversight and management of the Partnership Secretariat.

  1. Plan and direct all administrative, financial, and operational activities for the Partnership, its's , and/or Board of Director a) Participate in the development of the Partnership objectives and related policy formulation, development and implementation overall strategic planning and development of resource mobilization and business developments to achieve the Partnership objectives
    b) Provide authoritative strategic advice and guidance to the Senior Coordinator and the Senior Management Team/Board on the vision, mission, mandate and operations of the Partnership;
    c) Serve as focal point for interagency relationships and issues by attending meetings, taking notes and drawing conclusions on the political implications in the Partnership and opportunities for interventions, partnerships, diplomacy, etc., which would require the active and direct intervention of the Chief;
    d) Undertake coordination across the Partnership, including Pathfinder countries, on budgeting, strategic planning and corporate reporting.
    e) Provide direct support, both substantive and administrative, to the Chief on the full range of matters under his/her purview, and relevant to the smooth functioning and management of the Partnership. Prepare inputs to, and as needed draft for the Chief's correspondence (with high ranking state officials and senior staff of UN and other international bodies), policy memoranda, management guidance, and other sensitive communications.;

  2. Act as a point of contact between Chief, the Partnership and other Agency, management and employees or other stakeholders. a) Ensure active and open communication to and from the Chief's office and keeps the Chief informed of critical issues requiring intervention, decision internally and externally
    b) Anticipate and respond to major policy and operational issues, under the direction of the Chief and in close consultation with the Senior Management Team/Board;
    c) Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise/information on issues around Ending Violence against Children;
    d) Participate in or lead taskforces, working groups and meetings in support and on behalf of the Chief.
    e) Ensure optimal preparation for and follow up on the interaction of the Senior Coordinator with external stakeholders including host and donor governments, assist the Chief in ensuring coordinated interaction with stakeholders, Partners, UN and other Government and private sector actors;
    f) Undertake writing (including minutes, notes for the record, presentations, and talking points) on a wide range of strategic, programmatic and operational issues of concern to the Chief and the Partnership;
    g) Represent the Chief in Agency and Partnership meetings in his/her absence and act as secretary for specific meetings.

  3. Administrative management of the Office of the Chief:
    a) Supervise the overall functioning of the Secretariat and Office of the Chief, providing leadership and direction to the staff;
    b) Provide managerial leadership and oversight to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the Partnership mandate;
    c) Report to the Senior Management and Board of the Partnership on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues as appropriate; ensure appropriate monitoring and accountability systems are in place across the Secretariat and Partnership operations
    d) Manage Secretariat staff in the absence of the Chief and promote a healthy working environment where staff members are provided with clear objectives, goals, direction, guidance and appropriate tools to enable them to meet their responsibilities effectively and efficiently.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Master's degree in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, law, business administration or management, public administration or other related fields.
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in administration, business management, planning and operations in a large international organization, non-governmental organization or the United Nation system and its organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an advisory, supervisory and management capacity to ensure the smooth functioning of complex office environments is required.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work cross-culturally required.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups or multi-stakeholder partnerships is highly desirable.
  • Current expert knowledge of the latest developments and issues relating to Child Protection is desirable.
  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core competencies

  • Communication – Level III
  • Working with People – Level III
  • Drive for Results – Level III

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising – Level III
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level III
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking – Level III
  • Relating and Networking – Level III
  • Persuading and Influencing – Level III
  • Planning and Organizing – Level III
  • Adapting and Responding to Change – Level III

To view our competency framework, please click here.

Link to apply: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=496487

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.

Opening Date 21 Jun 2016 Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date 5 Jul 2016 Eastern 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: New York City (United States of America) | Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Social Affairs
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2016-07-05

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