Regional Chief of Operations - P5 - Geneva, Switzerland - ECARO
Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (RO ECA) coordinates and supervises UNICEF's work in 22 countries and territories to ensure that no child is left out in our efforts to realize their rights. The Operations function is a strategic Business Partner role within the senior Management team, assuring the best use of UNICEF assets in alignment with sound management practices, office priorities and goals to deliver results for children.
For every child, a champion
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 â€“ to the benefit of a better world.
How can you make a difference?
Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (RO ECA) coordinates and supervises UNICEF's work in 22 countries and territories to ensure that no child is left out in our efforts to realize their rights.
The Operations function is a strategic Business Partner role within the senior Management team, assuring the best use of UNICEF assets in alignment with sound management practices, office priorities and goals to deliver results for children.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
As a Strategic Business Partner and regional advisor, the incumbent will be responsible to lead for results, drive change, provide risk informed, solution-focused analysis, advice and services and contribute to programme and management decisions for delivering results for children in all operational contexts within the Regional office and provide technical leadership and guidance for Operations in all countries and field offices within the region. A Strategic Operations will accomplish this by:
- Valuing People: Lead, manage and develop people resources to promote technical competence and foster career progression and retention of a fit for purpose/ agile workforce
- Valuing Money: Champion strategic resources to achieve organizational goals and ensure Value for Money (VfM)
- Valuing Risk Management: Enhance Risk Management to increase organizational performance and strengthen internal control
- Valuing Systems and Structures: Ensure further operational centralization and optimization for maximized efficiency gains
- Valuing Partners: Strengthening internal and external-facing partnerships and leveraging UNICEF's oversight and understanding of programmatic financial management.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- An Advanced University Degree (Master's and above) in one of the following areas is required: Business management; Financial management; Accounting; Public Finance; and related operations function (Supply Chain, Human Resources, Information Technology, International Business, Project management, etc.) or a full professional accounting designation (CA, ACA, ACCA, CPA, CIMA, CPFA, Expert Comptable) from an internationally recognized institute/body of accountancy with valid membership in good standing is required.
- A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, at the national and international level, is required, specifically in advocating and implementing strategic organizational initiatives in one or more operations management area including budget; financial management and reporting; facilities management; administration; supply and logistics management; information and communication technology; human resources.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
Additional experience in one or more of the following areas, would be desired:
- Audit and investigations, Safety and security, Grant Management, Enterprise Risk Management
- Experience in a UN system agency, large private or public company, or experience working in a developing country and/or humanitarian/ emergency context is an asset.
- Experience in working with corporate ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning) and IPSAS (International Public-Sector Accounting Standards) is highly desirable.
- Experience in Results Based Management is a requirement
- Experience in managing successful client-oriented work units is an asset.
- Experience in co-creating policy is desirable.
- Prior experience working with diverse and executive level stakeholder groups or multi-stakeholder partnerships is highly desirable.
- Previous hands on experience in strategic and managerial leadership, preferably in a multi-office context, is required.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications is required.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF's core values of care, respect, integrity, trust and accountability, and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The technical competencies required for this post are: Leading and Supervising (III) Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II), Relating and Networking (III), Analyzing (III), Following Instructions and Procedures, Creating and Innovating, and influencing (III), Entrepreneurial thinking (III).
Other skills: Emotional Intelligence, Managing complexity and change
Please 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.