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Global Team Leader - Polio Eradication and Principal Adviser (Health)

New York City (United States of America)

UNICEF seeks a dynamic candidate to lead its global polio programme. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

Global Team Leader (P-6 / D-1 equivalent) – Polio Eradication Programme

UNICEF seeks a dynamic candidate to lead its global polio programme.  The incumbent will serve on the organization’s top position in leading UNICEF’s effort in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). In her/his capacity as team leader, the incumbent will represent UNICEF at the GPEI strategic committee and other related GPEI architecture. The incumbent will provide strategic leadership in advancing the organization’s programming around Polio, focusing on timely and quality implementation of supplemental immunization activities and outbreak response. In addition, the incumbent will provide management oversight of the global polio team and in the implementation of context relevant eradication strategies through interaction with regional directors, country representatives, and technical staff. UNICEF’s total annual expenditure on the Polio programme is in excess of US$400 million, of which approximately half is directly managed by the Polio team in New York.

Your key functional accountabilities will include:

  • Oversight and management of the global polio programme
  • Relating and Networking to advance GPEI objectives
  • Policy and Guidance formulation
  • Fundraising
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Knowledge management
  • Human Resources identification and capacity building

 To qualify and to help make a difference for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in a related field. A professional background in public health (MD, MPH, PhD or equivalent) would be an asset. 
  • At least thirteen years of relevant work experience, including senior management roles at the national and international levels, including in a developing country context.
  • Recognized expertise and experience in the management of large programmes in complex environments.
  • Experience in emergency programming and/or polio eradication.
  • Experience in policy development, analysis, programme development and implementation, ideally in the field of public health.
  • Proven experience in managing multicultural teams.
  • Proven communication skills, proven record in partnership management and in networking and fundraising effectively with donors.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • Core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity
  • Core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results
  • Leadership competencies in Delivering Results, Engaging and Nurturing, Self awareness, Managing Complexity and Change, Creating Partnerships for Impact and Innovation and Risk-taking

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


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)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-18

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