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Chief, P-5, Editorial Unit, OGIP, NYHQ, NY, USA, #111623

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Managerial positions
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-09

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The Chief, Editorial Unit, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Unit's work, including directing the conception and development of editorial products, leading the Unit's advice to OED and UNICEF on positioning and strategic external engagement, and managing the Unit's staff and budget.

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, an advocate.

OGIP was established in 2019 to assist UNICEF in interpreting, and engaging in, a rapidly changing world. OGIP serves as an internal think-tank, providing UNICEF with intelligence on a range of issues with implications for children and its work, equipping the organization to more effectively shape the global discourse, and preparing it for the future by scanning the horizon for frontier issues and ways of working.  

OGIP has three overarching functions. Through its intelligence function, OGIP conducts analysis on a range of external issues based on soliciting needs across the organization, identifies implications, translates into options or recommendations, and socializes with relevant parts of the organization. Through its global discourse function, OGIP generates critical assets including commentary and briefings, to enable UNICEF to more effectively drive the global conversation vis-à-vis children and leverage its normative influence. And through its frontiers function, OGIP analyzes new issues and ways of working to incorporate into UNICEF's core business and next strategic plan where appropriate, and to drive the organization forward.

The Chief will work closely with relevant colleagues from OGIP and other Divisions and Offices including the Office of the Executive Director, Division of Communications, Programme Division, Public Partnerships Division, Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, UNICEF Country and Regional Offices, Office of Innovation and UNICEF National Committees. The Chief will also actively engage with external partners, including leading think thanks and research institutions working on related issues.

How can you make a difference?

The Chief, Editorial Unit, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Unit's work, including directing the conception and development of editorial products, leading the Unit's advice to OED and UNICEF on positioning and strategic external engagement, and managing the Unit's staff and budget.

Under the guidance of the Director, Office of Global Insight and Policy, the Chief, Editorial Unit, will lead and support the editorial team, with responsibility for executing the Office's global discourse role. Specifically the Chief will carry out their functions in the following key areas:

Asset Production

You will forge a select range of high-quality assets, from commentaries to data-driven projects, briefings and flagship reports - to shape and inform discussions and debates concerning children.

Strategic Positioning

You will contribute both intellectual leadership and coordination to the development of UNICEF positions in global advocacy campaigns and corporate engagement in leading global fora and platforms.

External Engagement

You will craft high-impact external engagement opportunities to advance positions and disseminate products.

Management

You will take accountability for the performance and deliverables of the Editorial Unit

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

  • A university degree in Economics, Political Science, Law, or a related field is required. An advanced university degree is considered an asset.
  • A minimum of 10 years relevant work experience combining global development and publications, whether in journalism, applied research, or communications. Experience managing teams required. Work experience in a developing country and/or familiarity with emergency contexts 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 functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Planning and Organizing

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Remarks

The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates)

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.

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

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

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.

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