Implementing Partnership Management Manager, Fixed Term, P-4, Kinshasa, DRC (528278)
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy, and in operations. UNICEF works in partnership with a wide range of implementing partners, both government and CSO partners, to deliver results for children across the globe. Effective implementing partnership management is therefore essential for ensuring that resources are utilized as intended and results are being achieved. UNICEF has adopted the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) as an approach for obtaining assurance that results have been achieved in line with resource utilization. It aims at managing risk related to cash transfers made to implementing partners in support of programme implementation, reducing partner transaction costs and allowing progressive use of national systems for management and accountability of results and resources. The Implementing Partnership Management Specialist is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to ensure quality, effective and efficient management of implementing partnerships in the country office in line with respective operational policies, procedures and mainstreaming of risk-based implementing partnership management at the CO level.
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.
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The Implementing Partnership Management Specialist is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to ensure quality, effective and efficient management of implementing partnerships in the country office in line with respective operational policies, procedures and mainstreaming of risk-based implementing partnership management at the CO level.
How can you make a difference?
1. Strategy of implementing partnership management and implementation
- Lead the development of the CO’s implementing partnership management strategy which aims to reduce the number of partners and address operational challenges in the context of DRC
- Provide technical support to the country office in the formalization of implementing partnerships with government, civil society organizations and other implementing partners in line with relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines, including the CSO Procedure and guidance on work plans.
- Provide technical and administrative support in the implementation of HACT in line with the HACT policy and procedure and other relevant organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines, including the DFAM Policy 5: Cash Disbursements Supplement 3-Cash Transfers (HACT). This includes coordinating the preparation of CO annual assessments and assurance plan, facilitating its execution and coordinating with other adopting agencies as appropriate. Coordinate with and/or seek technical support of the Regional Office on the implementation of the CSO and HACT procedures.
2. Quality assurance
- In collaboration with the CO Internal Control Unit, contribute to the design of and implement quality assurance strategies/processes for the implementation of the CSO procedure. This includes processes to ensure that implementing partners are selected and assessed in accordance with the CSO procedure and that all documentation is in line with corporate standards as stipulated in the CSO procedure, including the optimal use of eTools and UNPP.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of quality assurance strategies/processes to ensure that HACT assessments and assurance activities are undertaken in accordance with corporate terms of reference and guidance and that appropriate follow-up action and escalation steps are taken as needed.
- Represent UNICEF at the Inter-agencies HACT task team to coordinate quality assurance activities of shared Implementing partners.
3. Analysis, monitoring, and reporting
- Analyze and monitor cash transfers at the country office level, paying particular attention to outstanding direct cash transfers for more than 6 months.
- Using appropriate corporate tools and systems including InSight and e-Tools, report on the status of implementation of HACT and identify high-risk areas requiring special attention and/or support from the regional office.
- Monitor internal country office processes for formalizing implementing partnerships with CSOs to ensure that corporate timelines are adhered to, especially in humanitarian responses.
- Prepare reports for the country management team and regional office as may be required.
4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Serve as the custodian of all implementing partnership documentation such as assessment and assurance reports, PCAs, SSFAs and programme documents, ensuring that they are adequately circulated in the office and properly archived.
- Ensure the effective roll-out and maintenance of eTools and UNPP in the country office.
- Undertakes analysis of micro assessment results and insurance activities to inform the office’s programme implementation strategy and capacity development activities;
- In collaboration with the CO Internal Control Unit, Design and implement capacity-building strategy/initiatives for CO staff to ensure that CO staff are knowledgeable and comply with the HACT and CSO procedures and other relevant corporate policies, procedures, and guidance that impacts on implementing partnership management
- Design and implement capacity building initiatives for staff of implementing partners to ensure that they are knowledgeable on all aspects of partnering with UNICEF, with particular emphasis on the HACT and CSO procedures.
- Participate in country office ERM exercises to ensure that risks for implementing partnership management are identified and mitigation measures put in place.
- Provide technical leadership and management of the Implementing Partnership Management Unit, under the guidance of the Deputy Representative and the direct supervision of the Chief Planning
- Serve as the secretary of the office HACT task team and ensure that appropriate follow-up action and escalation steps are taken as needed.
- Perform any other tasks requested by the chief planning in support to the section
- Serve as OIC of the planning section in the absence of the head of the section
Impact of Results
The effective support provided by the Implementing Partnership Management Manager to the careful planning and effective implementation of the HACT activities directly impacts on programme execution, delivery of sustainable results, and promoting national ownership and accountability for programme resources.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: Development studies, International Development, Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics, Auditing, Project/Programme Management or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of  eight years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme development/management, financial planning, and management, or another related area.
Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are:
- Diversity and inclusion
- Communication (II)
- Working with people (II)
- Drive for results (II)
- Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and networking (II)
- Deciding and Initiating action (II)
- Applying technical expertise (III)
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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.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service