Programme Specialist, P3, Geneva, Switzerland, #56972

Geneva | Geneva

Job Number: 495719 | Vacancy Link
Location: Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

The post is involved in the Programme Services team's knowledge management functions, including positioning the team as a hub of programmatic information for colleagues across the Division. The post serves as a brokering function between National Committees and field offices, ensuring that funding arrangements are fit for purpose and that issues related to programme negotiations are effectively addressed before the remittance of funds to UNICEF. It is also responsible for producing a range of customized proposals and reports for high-value donors managed by PFP and National Committees as well as off-the-shelf fundraising products such as the Natcom Donor Toolkits (multi-year, multi-donor fundraising packages) and the organization's annual Report on Regular Resources. The post is involved in developing and managing The Funding Marketplace online platform, through which country offices update their Toolkits and where these and other donor materials are uploaded. A significant focus of this post is to ensure that quality programme results are incorporated in all donor reporting, leading to broader across-the-board Natcom donor satisfaction.

Key Expected Results
1.Improved donor satisfaction and reduced transaction costs at country level because of increased PFP project management support.
2.High quality donor materials.
3.Negotiations successfully completed, leading to high quality funding partnerships.
4.High quality donor materials.
5.Knowledge management tools and services address PFP and Natcom demand for information about UNICEF programmes.
6.Prioritisation methodology effectively allocates Natcom funds to priority programme areas.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

-Manages a portfolio of transactions and relations between National Committees and country offices, as part of the brokering functions of the Programme Services team. Tasks include providing day-to-day support and guidance to country offices and Natcoms throughout the programme cycle, responding to specific needs related to proposals, reports, and grant management. The overriding purpose of this role is to ensure that funding arrangements are fit for purpose and that whether issues arise during programme negotiations or during the implementation of programmes, they are effectively addressed and resolved. [30%]
-Manages portfolio of off-the-shelf products known as the Natcom Donor Toolkits (formerly Natcom Donor Packaging Initiative), which seek to address the need for better proposals, reports and human interest materials. Functions include managing annual and mid-year reporting processes, including extensive interactions with country offices. An important component of this role is to quality assure all materials to the highest standard, ensuring that the expectations of donors are met. [25%]
-Provides programmatic advice to negotiations for financial and non-financial private sector partnerships (including corporates, foundations and major donors), collaborating with National Committees, country/regional offices, HQ Divisions and PFP sections on a range of tasks, including early-stage negotiations to maximize quality income and ensure suitable programme identification. [15%]
-Develops customized donor proposals and reports for high-value donors managed by National Committees and PFP, as well as ad hoc proposals and reports. These functions include extensive research of programme and finance issues and working with country offices, regional offices, Programme Division and National Committees. An important component of this role is to quality assure all materials to the highest standard, ensuring that the expectations of donors are met. [10%]
-Supports the Programme Services team's knowledge management functions, including positioning the team as a hub of programmatic information for colleagues across the Division. Functions include supporting development and upgrading of The Funding Marketplace as the primary online repository of programme-specific information, including proposals, reports, human interest materials, and related information that will assist Natcom fundraising. [10%]
-Provides guidance to Programme Services team on strategic allocation of private sector funds to priority programme areas (formerly, Programme Prioritisation Initiative). Tasks include collaborating with technical programme clusters at HQ, regional offices and country offices to determine programmes needs and to actively promote these priorities to National Committees. Also liaises with HQ to ensure alignment between Natcom and Government funding and related policies. [10%]

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

-Advanced university degree in marketing, economics, social sciences, fundraising, international relations, communication, law, business administration or equivalent. A first level university degree in combination with two (2) years additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
-Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in communications, fundraising, programme management, or similar. Experience of developing written and presentational materials for donors.
-Experience from UNICEF or other development agencies of work in the field, as well as good understanding of communication in fundraising or marketing, an asset.
-Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of one other UN language (preferably French or Spanish) would be desirable.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

-Diversity and Inclusion

Core competencies
-Communication - Level II
-Working with People - Level II
-Drive for Results - Level II

Functional Competencies
-Analyzing - Level II
-Planning and Organizing - Level II
-Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II
-Persuading and Influencing - Level II

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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 organisation.

Opening Date 22 Apr 2016 W. Europe Standard Time
Closing Date 6 May 2016 W. Europe Standard Time

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-06

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