Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 18 May 2018
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
Under the general guidance of the PFP Deputy Director, Country Relations, the incumbent will provide leadership for UNICEF’s governance and oversight agenda with National Committees. Leads PFP’s strategic governance guidance and support programme to improve governance structures and processes with the objective to strengthen accountabilities, increase transparency, ensure an appropriate ethical environment, institute well-governed management processes and procedures, maintain effective risk and crisis management processes, and ensure compliance and internal control.
How can you make a difference?
You will be responsible for the coordination with National Committee Boards and Executive Management towards the implementation of agreed governance best practice principles, and ensure consistency and coherence with UNICEF’s oversight framework, as applicable.
You will oversee and guide the development and effective implementation of compliance, monitoring and control systems related to agreements and mechanisms governing the overall relationship with National Committees, in coordination with relevant partners.
You will ensure PFP internal risk and crisis management mechanisms and relevant process-monitoring mechanisms are developed, implemented and monitored.
You will guide and manage the Governance Team in PFP to achieve progress against objectives, and advises PFP Senior Management and Senior Relationship Managers on overall and National Committee-specific governance issues.
The Chief (Governance)’s key functions and accountabilities include:
1. Drive and coordinate development, implementation and monitoring of global policy, guidance and support related to governance in National Committees.
2. Guide and ensure strategic integration of governance matters into Joint Strategic Plans (JSPs) with National Committees and drive implementation of agreed strategies and monitoring.
3. Guide the strategic development and effective implementation of compliance, monitoring and control systems related to agreements and mechanisms governing the overall relationship with National Committees, in coordination with relevant partners, notably the Cooperation Agreement, in coordination with key partners.
4. Ensure that all National Committees have effective and regularly monitored risk management processes and a risk policy in place.
5. Drive acquisition and strategic transfer of governance-related knowledge and experience to and amongst all stakeholders. Drive development of innovative knowledge and experience-sharing mechanisms. Guide the research agenda including into best practice private sector standards and practices to maintain relevance; lead orientation sessions for National Committee Boards individually, on a regional basis or in global conferences; ensure PFP Senior Management and Senior Relationship Managers are continually apprised of the state of governance knowledge and developments; ensure continued relevance of the Governance Knowledge Center on the intranet.
6. Ensure that appropriate governance-related policies and procedures within PFP have been agreed, documented, and communicated, both internally and externally. Equally ensure that said procedures and policies are being followed via a systematic monitoring process.
7. Advise and assist the Deputy Director, Country Relations and PFP Senior Management on:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree in business administration, law, corporate governance, audit, or other related areas is required. A first level university degree in combination with additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in an international environment, with at least four years in an international Headquarters role in the fields of business and administration, law, corporate governance, risk and compliance, or audit. Experience in an international corporation, not-for-profit, and/or UN agencies would be beneficial.
Fluency in English is required. Fluency in/knowledge of other languages relevant to the collaboration with UNICEF National Committees is an asset.
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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.
This post has been designated as non-rotational.
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.
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=512652
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