Public Manager, New York

Organization: Unicef

Country: USA

City: New York

Office: UNICEF New York

Closing date: Monday, 20 March 2023

Public Partnerships Manager, P-4, Public Partnerships Division, NYHQ Temporary Appointment (6 months)

Job no: 560013

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Partnerships

School/Unit: Public Partnerships Division

Department/Office: Government Partnerships

Categories: Partnerships

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, hope

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 equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF’s position as a partner of choice for children’s rights among governments and public actors around the world. The division is doing this by positioning children’s rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and UN partners.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser, PPD’s UN Partnerships Team plays a crucial role in coordinating UNICEF’s corporate engagement in UN coherence mechanisms and the ongoing reform of the UN development system. To this end, the team has traditionally coordinated UNICEF’s strategic engagement in Chief Executives Board (CEB), the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), the High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM), as well as in the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG). This position focuses on UNSDG, particularly on preparation and forming an organizational position on UNDS reform aspects discussed at the UNSDG Principals Meeting. This position acts as a UN reform focal point for ECARO, ESARO and WCARO; MCO Review and Regional Repositioning; Management Accountability Framework of the UN Development and Resident Coordinator System (MAF); ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (AOS) and inputting into SG Annual Report; preparing UNP team workplan; and monitoring UNICEF Executive Board sessions as well as joint UNOPS, UNDP and UNFPA Executive Board sessions by analyzing impact and spillover on UNICEF Executive Board decisions. The position also covers thematic priorities of the UN reform: Humanitarian, Development and Peace (HDP) Nexus, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) vis-a-vis UNICEF Country Programme Development (CPD) derivation process, Joint Communications and Branding, System-wide Reporting and UN Efficiency Agenda.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

Facilitate forming UNICEF’s political insight and corporate position at key high-level inter-agency and intergovernmental discussions related to reinvigorating UN Development System:

Lead in preparation for high-level UNSDG Principles Meeting including through coordinating and writing briefing notes, background documents and preparatory calls.

Represent UN Partnerships Team in UNDSG bi-weekly interagency meetings and act as a liaison between relevant UNICEF technical teams from HQ Divisions (DAPM, PG, EMOPS, DGCA, etc.) and DCO in progressing on UNSDG Annual Workplan.

Get political insight on UNDS reform implementation and appetite for change and embracing cohesion by getting and consolidating DSG’s, DCO’s and important Member States‘ expectations through participation in discussions related to UNDS Reform with UN agencies and internal and external partners - bilaterally or in inter-agency sessions.

Focal point for synthesizing ECOSOC discussions in relation to QCPR.

Focal point for MAF including producing knowledge products for country and regional level.

Contribute to UNICEF thematic priorities in the areas of Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Nexus, Cooperation Framework, Joint Communications and Branding, System-wide Planning, Monitoring and Reporting including UN Info, UN efficiency Agenda.

Act as an interlocutor between DCO and UNICEF HQ Divisions, namely EMOPS, PG, DAPM and DGCA to align UNICEF policies and procedures with recent QCPR and UNDS reform discussions and decisions.

Participate in division-wide task teams on thematic priorities aimed to inform them on the latest at inter-agency and DCO level.

Act as a Regional UN Reform Focal Point in advising Pacific and Caribbean MCOs, MENA, ESARO and WCARO of the latest in UNDS Reform and on UNDS‘ Operational Work on sustainable development, particularly at country level: Provide strategic advice to UNICEF MCOs, ROs and COs in relation to UNDS Reform.

Support PPD senior management participation in RMTs and Briefings with new Resident Coordinators by giving visibility to UNDS reform aspects

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

An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: international relations, political science, communications, international development, or another relevant technical field. .

A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public affairs, programme management, resource mobilization, external relations, or other relevant area.

Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

Fluency in English is required. Excellent writing skills are a must. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable applicants with all backrgounds are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

Advertised: Mar 08 2023 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Mar 19 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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Closes Mar 19 2023

Public Partnerships Manager, P-4, Public Partnerships Division, NYHQ Temporary Appointment (6 months) in United States

The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF’s position as a partner of choice for children’s rights among governments and public actors around the world. The division is doing this by positioning children’s rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and UN partners.

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