Programme Specialist (Donor Engagement, Communications and Advocacy), P-4, Education Cannot Wait, Programme Division, NYHQ, # 99916

New York City | Washington D.C

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.

Job organizational context

Participants of the Oslo Summit for Education Development, held in July 2015, agreed that a dedicated fund or new modality would be established to address the disruption of education and learning in emergencies and protracted crises. Following this, Education Cannot Wait – a Fund for Education in Emergencies ("the Fund") was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. Hosted and administered within UNICEF, the interim Secretariat is responsible for implementing the day to day work of the Fund under the direction of the High Level Steering Group.

Purpose of the Position

The incumbent of this post will report to the ECW Director (Head of Secretariat). The incumbent will work closely with the Innovative Finance Specialist, Senior Adviser (Humanitarian and Development Finance) and Senior Adviser (Education) to support overall advocacy engagement and communication efforts to publicly position ECW. The incumbent will also have the responsibility for building and maintaining relationships with donors, acting as a liaison with members of interested constituents to build support for the Fund, ensure sufficient visibility of the Fund's branding and results, targeted to multiple audiences, and to position the Fund and its objectives within the global aid architecture.

Key Expected Results

Maintain day-to-day relations with existing donors and partners as well as cultivate new donors and partners:

  • Provide regular updates of donor priorities and strategic alignment with ECW's mission and delivery model;
  • Support the cultivation and strengthening of institutional relationships with select donors, partner organizations, and key stakeholders;
  • Support actions to help shape donors' understanding of ECW, including ECW visibility, senior-level interaction and representation, and opportunity creation, in partnership with relevant HLSG members and partners;
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategic engagement and positioning plans for priority donors with planning tools to implement the strategy such as donor specific action plan.
  • Strengthen the ECW evidence-based advocacy agenda and policy dialogue on education in emergencies and protracted crises:

  • Working with the Senior Adviser (Education), prepare / update relevant public policy position papers on education in emergencies and protracted crises including as it relates to priority themes such as girls, refugees, migrants, children with disabilities; integration of (and progress on) the ECW Work Plan and results;
  • Identify emerging issues, needs, solutions and provide advice and guidance on advocacy and public policy opportunities to best position ECW;
  • Provide strategic analysis, research and insight to advance education in the global humanitarian and development agenda and advise on the incorporation of these trends into key advocacy and communication materials;
  • Provide advice to the Director on global trends, emerging policy issues and key partner initiatives in line with ECW;
  • Prepare comprehensive and substantive analyses, briefs, notes and other information requirements for high level meetings (HLSG meetings, UNGA);
  • Produce advocacy and communication tools to highlight key issues, showcase ECW achievements, strengthen partnerships and support donor mobilization.
  • Leverage and network strategic, results-oriented partnerships to support the work of ECW partners and strengthen political will:

  • Design and support the implementation of an ECW engagement strategy at global and regional level with education and humanitarian stakeholders to increase political will for education in emergencies;
  • Establish, strengthen and maintain ECW links with partnerships and alliances, including education and humanitarian networks, and other relevant stakeholders according to policy priorities;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with global, regional and national bodies across education, humanitarian and other development networks, and rally new allies;
  • Support the Director to represent ECW at external events, liaise with high-level officials and partners and negotiate efforts towards common goals;
  • Respond to stakeholder requests in a timely manner and communicate issues to ECW's management and across the ECW Secretariat as necessary.
  • Regular development of new advocacy and communication tools to help build political commitment to ECW:

  • Strengthen the promotion of ECW with key stakeholders based to provide advocacy and communication tools, including policy briefs and position papers, to targeted audiences.
  • Work closely with partners and Secretariat colleagues, to prioritize and oversee production of advocacy and communication materials needed to feed advocacy networks, including policy briefs around priority topics, position papers, capacity building materials for advocacy and multimedia materials;
  • Coordinate efforts in producing advocacy and communication tools and knowledge management for easy access internally and externally, incorporating innovative approaches.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in in one or more of the following disciplines: education, social sciences, international development, public policy or other related fields is required.
  • A minimum of (8) eight years of progressively responsible experience in advocacy, public policy, and campaign strategy development and implementation, with a proven track record in successfully engaging the support of diverse and multi-stakeholder groups is required.
  • Exceptional representational, verbal, and written communication skills are required.
  • Prior experience in education program development and management and humanitarian response in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • Prior experience in global education, development, strong knowledge of the international development landscape and current issues with ability to strategically engage in high-level international policy dialogue as well as with "grassroots" global development advocates is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication - Level II
  • Working with People - Level II
  • Drive for Results - Level II
  • Functional Competencies

  • Leading and supervising - Level I
  • Formulating strategies/concepts - Level II
  • Analyzing - Level III
  • Relating and networking - Level II
  • Deciding and initiating action - Level II
  • Persuading and influencing - Level II
  • To view our competency framework, please clickhere.

    This new initiative will be hosted at UNICEF Headquarters in New York for its initial launch period of one year. If the appointment is extended beyond the first year, the incumbent might be relocated to another duty station (exact location to be determined).

    A process to identify and transfer Education Cannot Wait to a permanent host will be undertaken after the first year and any transfer of the position holder to a permanent host will be subject to negotiation with the position holder and permanent host.

    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.

    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

    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
    • Location: New York City | Washington D.C
    • Grade: Mid/Senior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Communication
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-19

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