Implementing Partnership Management Specialist, P-4, Field Results Group - NYHQ, #103143

New York City

The Implementing Partnership Management Specialist provides oversight, quality assurance and high level technical support to the management of implementing partnerships for quality results for children; and compliance with the respective operational policies and procedures and mainstreaming of risk based implementing partnership management. Through measurable quality risk informed IP management, this post contributes to the field offices practice of results based management in UNICEF programmes and operations.

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, results...
UNICEF has adopted the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT), together with other UN agencies, as an approach and management tool for assuring that quality results are achieved through judicious use of resources. It aims at managing risks related to cash transfers to implementing partners. The ultimate goal of HACT is in support of results based programme implementation, reducing transaction costs, promoting value for money and allowing progressive use of national systems for management and accountability of resources and demonstrable results for children.

How can you make a difference?

The Implementing Partnership Management Specialist provides oversight, quality assurance and high level technical support to the management of implementing partnerships for quality results for children; and compliance with the respective operational policies and procedures and mainstreaming of risk based implementing partnership management. Through measurable quality risk informed IP management, this post contributes to the field offices practice of results based management in UNICEF programmes and operations.


1. Support to implementing partnership management

  • Undertake analysis of implementing partnerships to inform management decisions, review of extant policies and procedures for enhanced quality of cash transfers and other modalities in the delivery of results for children
  • Prepare reports to enhance efficiency gains, promote value for money and share lessons from systematic review of IP management practices, risk management and cash other disbursement modalities, including cash transfer interventions in humanitarian contexts
  • Provide technical assistance to regional and country offices in the formalization of partnerships with government, civil society organizations and other implementing partners in line with relevant policies, procedures and guidelines including the CSO Procedure and Work Plan Procedure and related guidance.
  • Guide regional and support country offices in resolving bottlenecks related to implementing partnership management and programme implementation.
  • Guide regional and support country offices in improving planning, implementation and reporting practices with implementing partners.
  • Guide, advise regional and support country offices in HACT and supplemental risk management processes and the development of country level assessment and assurance plans.
  • Guide, advise and support regional and country offices in the use of UNICEF tools and systems (i.e. eTools, UN Partner Portal, InSight, VISION) in enhancing efficient and effective implementing partnership management.

2. Oversight and quality

  • Support the development of global policies, procedures and guidance related to implementing partnership management. Ensure global quality processes are in place on the implementation of the CSO Procedure.
  • Provide technical support to a streamlined and efficient global audit requirements of IP management, in consultation with field offices and other UN agencies

3. Analysis, monitoring and reporting

  • From a global perspective, monitor trends in complex country implementing partnership management to enable learning and reduce bottlenecks in the achievement of results.
  • Undertake bi/annual global quality review of CSO partnerships.
  • Prepare global reports for senior management as may be required, including value for money analysis.

4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • In consultation with regional offices and relevant divisions, develop tools and knowledge exchange on in-country implementing partnerships management and internal office processes.
  • In consultation with regional offices and relevant divisions, develop tools and knowledge exchange products to ensure quality implementation with partnership in complex countries.
  • In consultation with regional offices and relevant divisions, develop tools and knowledge exchange for due diligence and selection of potential CSO partners in complex countries to support country offices to identify best-fit partners for programme implementation.
  • Identify and share good practices on implementing partnership management and interact with NYHQ/UN and other agencies at global level on matters concerning implementing partnership management.
  • Participate in global ERM exercises and fraud framework exercises with a particular emphasis on ensuring that risks for implementing partnership management are appropriately identified and relevant mitigating measures put in place.
  • Assist in the development of user and business owner requirements for eTools, other systems (as relevant) and provide ongoing support to country offices on the use of organizational systems for implementing partnership management.

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

  • An Advanced University Degree (Master's or higher) in Development studies, Economics, International Development, and Programme/Project Management Business Administration, Financial Management or other relevant field is required.
    *An undergraduate degree with 2 additional years of relevant work experience will be considered.
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in programme/project development and management at the national and international level some of which with the UN and/or in a developing country (required).
  • Experience working in complex programme and operational environments (required).
  • Experience in data and trend analysis (required).
  • Experience in undertaking value for money assessments (an asset).
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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 (5 years in New York).

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


Remarks:
Candidates will be contacted for interview on the week of 20 November 2017.

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
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-23

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