Director and Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Director, New York Headquarters, USA

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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, dedication.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The past two decades have seen important progress on child rights, yet while much has been achieved, sharp disparities remain. In most countries, inequality is higher today than a generation ago, including in middle income countries where a majority of the world’s poor children now live. The rapid pace of urbanization and the growing youth bulge in Africa and parts of Asia will require significant expansion of the provision of essential services for children. These challenges are compounded by the scale and complexity of crises triggered by conflict, natural disasters or epidemics. The global community faces these challenges when the political and economic environments pose challenges of their own, testing the world’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. In this environment, strong and consistent leadership of UNICEF is critical to enable the achievement of results for children.

The Office of the Executive Director provides this leadership and direction for the organization. Its work is focused on strengthening accountability for results, simplifying organizational processes, creating efficiencies, championing global partnerships for children, improving the quality and reach of programming and increasing the resources available for child-focused investment.

How can you make a difference?

The Director and Chief of Staff will provide strategic advice to the Executive Director that guides organizational priority setting and decision-making within the overall framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, and in line with UNICEF’s mission and mandate as custodian of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The post also leads and ensures efficient and effective management of the Office of the Executive Director including its staff and financial resources. It works closely with the Deputy Executive Directors and the Global Management Team to ensure effective communication and information flow that facilitates smooth and predictable decision-making.

The Director and Chief of Staff’s key functions and accountabilities include:

Monitors and maintains working knowledge and understanding of key issues, challenges and opportunities within and external to the organization (including the Sustainable Development Goals), doing so through participation in briefings, substantive discussions and strategy planning meetings, general awareness and monitoring of external news and commentaries and correspondence to the Executive Director and the Executive Office, and networking with Chiefs of Staff of other organizations.
Keeps abreast of general conditions that affect all UNICEF offices/divisions, as well as the broader UN, and the specific issues that may have direct effect on UNICEF, and on the Office of the Executive Director in particular.
Provides advice to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Directors on key issues, challenges and opportunities, both internal and external to the organization, offering analysis, policy and/or action options, seeking especially to identify or forecast emerging issues or issues whose importance to the organization may not yet be fully known or appreciated.
Supports the Deputy Executive Directors to guide and support the Executive Director’s advocacy around the Convention on the rights of the Child, the UNICEF Strategic Plan, and the Sustainable Development Goals, through speeches, articles, commentaries, etc. and through the provision of advice on suitable opportunities for such advocacy.
Supervises the work of staff in the Executive [Front] Office to ensure efficient planning and monitoring of the human and financial resources allocated to OED, including effective supervision of all OED staff by their first reporting officers; appropriate routing of and follow up to all correspondence directed to OED; planning, preparation and implementation of daily and long-term schedules of Executive Director and her travel.
Promotes and protects a healthy working environment in OED and a positive and affirming Divisional culture. Supports staff to achieve healthy work-life harmony.
Works closely with the Deputy Executive Directors and the GMT to facilitate regular and effective communication and help ensure mutually reinforcing planning of activities, use of resources, pursuit of strategic organizational priorities, and complementary and clear division of labor among the OED senior team.
In consultation with the Deputy Executive Directors, takes action on policy, advocacy, communication and administrative issues on behalf of the Executive Director, consistent with understood latitude and direction. Maintains contact with members of the Global Management Team to ensure relevance and quality of GMT meeting agendas and oversees follow up to meetings. Monitors functioning of other senior management teams and structures (SSR, Audit Committee, etc.)
Working closely with the Deputy Executive Directors, provides advice and direction to UNICEF staff on the priorities and strategic directions of the Executive Director which have implications for their areas of responsibility, to assist them in the preparation of policy options, the formation of appropriate partnerships, the communications of decisions or objectives, etc.
Undertakes management or direction of special projects and initiatives at the request of the Executive Director and/or deputies, as required, including around key organisational improvement initiatives.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Advanced University Degree in Public Administration, International Relations, Law, Business Administration, Development, Public Policy, Economics, or related discipline.
A minimum of 15 years of professional experience of relevant professional and managerial experience in the public, private and/or not-for-profit sector at national and international levels.
Fluency in English is required. A good working knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
For every child, you demonstrate…

Core Values

Leadership Competencies

Delivers Results
Engages and Nurtures
Demonstrates Self-Awareness
Manages Complexity and Change
Creates and Maintains Impact and Partnership
Innovates and Takes Risks
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.

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.

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.

Opening Date Thu Jul 11 2019 08:00:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Thu Jul 25 2019 22:55:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)