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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Managerial positions
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2019-05-05

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Programme Manager (Pneumonia Innovations), P4, 109513, Innovation Unit, Supply Division, Copenhagen

Copenhagen (Denmark)

UNICEF has an opportunity for an experienced project management professional with experience in implementation and scaling in global health, to drive the success of the Scaling Pneumonia Response INnovaTions (‘SPRINT’) project, which will work to scale medical oxygen systems and Amoxicillin DT while strengthening Quality of Care beyond pneumonia beneficiaries. If you have demonstrated experience in managing large, international complex projects, leading remote teams, and have a passion for scaling access to pneumonia treatment and impactful innovation - apply now, and join UNICEF – for every child!

How can you make a difference?

Some Background

UNICEF has a long history of influencing markets and driving product innovation that has increased children’s access to essential commodities. The current UNICEF Strategic Plan further recognizes the power of business and markets to achieve ambitious results for children and young people. To deliver on this ambition, Supply Division (SD) has built upon its existing targets and visioning to develop an expanded portfolio of targets (“supply outcome targets”). This portfolio includes products and markets with unmet needs where UNICEF has a role to play, both in terms of market influencing for existing products and incentivizing R&D where needed products do not yet exist. Delivering on this portfolio requires collaboration within SD and across UNICEF, as well as senior management engagement and a supportive governance structure.

As the Program Manager (Pneumonia Innovations) you will manage the SPRINT project and pneumonia innovation portfolio.  You will coordinate a multi-discipline and geographically remote team in all aspects including further-defining scope and developing and managing a comprehensive project plan, country selection, staffing, the co-creation of work plans together with respective Ministries of Health, implementation, aggregation of lessons learned, publication of results, policy development, and next stage planning and funding.

You will be accountable for: 

Overall programme management

  • Overseeing and being accountable for all aspects of SPRINT project management, including scope, budget, work planning, timelines etc.
  • Developing a structured hypothesis-based learning approach to managing the project.
  • Managing country selection activities for SPRINT project & assisting Country Offices in hiring project staff.
  • Overseeing country-level project launch including staff baseline knowledge (inception) workshops.
  • Co-developing country-level work plans with UNICEF country offices and MoH.
  • Overseeing country workplan implementation delegated to country staff.
  • Selection and management of research agencies and consultants contracted for services.
  • Overseeing planning, procurement and supply chain of commodities for the project.
  • Defining and planning monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Defining and implementing quality assurance plan development and management.
  • Managing direct reports and indirect management of country staff (whose direct line of reporting is to the country/regional offices).
  • Working with project staff to ensure all operations, administrative and contractual activities and expenditures are consistent with project’s work plan and budget.
  • Serving as liaison between Contracts center and project staff with regard to tenders, consultant agreements, purchase orders, implementing partner agreements, and necessary modifications.


  • Communication with internal stakeholders including SD Innovation Review Board, the governing body of UNICEF SD Innovation.
  • Communication with external stakeholders including Advisory Committee.
  • Coordination of pneumonia innovation portfolio communication including results dissemination plan (presentations at key events, development of manuscripts and abstracts for submission to relevant conferences and peer-review journals, open source availability of scaling model).

Research & reporting

  • Manage reporting activities to the Office of Executive Director.
  • Contributing to proposal development for pneumonia “transition to scale” stage and “replication stage” funding.
  • Identifying opportunities for creating synergies within and across thematic areas of research related to pneumonia case management to strengthen communities of practice and facilitate the greatest potential for impact, and to enhance UNICEF’s opportunities for achieving pneumonia case management impact.

Pneumonia innovation portfolio

  • Coordinating pneumonia innovation portfolio within Markets, Supplier Financing & Innovation Centre (MSFIC)

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


  • An completed an advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following areas: Public Health, Policy, Nursing, Science, Biomedical Engineering, Project Management or a field relevant to Innovation, Health Technology and/or Global Development.

*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.

Work Experience

  • Minimum eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional work experience.
  • Minimum three (3) years in management of product innovation projects in Health Technology is highly desirable.
  • Professional qualification or foundation certification in project management methodologies such as PMI, Prince,  2, PMD Pro, Agile SCRUM. Certification on Lean, Six Sigma, is desirable.
  • International working experience in a low resource setting including dialogue with government/MoH counterparts is an asset.
  • Experience in diplomatic management of internal and external stakeholders is an asset.
  • Experience managing remote teams is an asset.
  • Child health knowledge and experience (including iCCM, IMCI) is an asset.
  • Experience working with international humanitarian organizations (UN, NGOs, donors) is an asset.
  • Demonstrated team building, diplomacy, and problem- solving skills are an asset
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.


Fluency in English is required. 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.

The competencies required for this post are…. Functional Competencies:

  • Planning and Organizing (III)
  • Leading and Supervising (III)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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