Senior Adviser (Humanitarian and Development Finance), P-5, Education Cannot Wait, NYHQ, # 99923

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 the post will provide leadership on operationalizing the Breakthrough Fund which includes funding windows for first response, multi-year support and earmarked financing. The incumbent will also contribute to the design and operation of Acceleration facility investments which relate to improving effectiveness and efficiency of existing approaches to financing and delivering education in emergencies and protracted crises alongwith overseeing the work of the Specialist (Innovative Finance).

Key Expected Results

Lead the operationalization of the ECW fund:

  • Lead the operationalization of the ECW funding mechanism, building on initial and subsequent design work to put in place key protocols and procedures for the Breakthrough Fund and Acceleration Facility. Work with the Director and other members of the Secretariat to ensure smooth and efficient management of these funds;
  • Oversee work on the development of innovative financing mechanisms and new partnerships, to ensure that these can be incorporated into the ECW funding mechanisms as appropriate;
  • Put in place monitoring mechanisms to help review and improve fund operations.
  • Strategic advice on humanitarian and development financing:

  • Advises on the overall development and country specific implementation of ECW's funding mechanisms, ensuring added value and complementarity with existing humanitarian and development financing mechanisms including country pooled funds, CERF, Global Partnership for Education, Government's own resources;
  • Provides advice on how ECW funds might be managed in order to reduce transaction costs, improve predictability and transparency and align with existing plans and resources (e.g. through pooled funding);
  • Maintain an active network of interlocutors in humanitarian and development financing agencies as needed to ensure the best possible approach to ECW funding modalities, as well excellent knowledge of other agencies' policies and partnerships;
  • Advise, promote and provide guidance on humanitarian reform initiatives including humanitarian financing;
  • Prepares and/or contributes to policy and concept papers, briefings, reports and other documentation related to humanitarian and development financing issues relevant for ECW objectives.
  • Technical support to grant recipients:

  • Ensures the operating mechanisms for the Fund are understood and clearly articulated to partners;
  • Collaborates with grant recipients throughout all stages of education programming to provide technical support for program preparation, implementation and monitoring for results;
  • Provides country specific technical advice to support partners in identifying and assessing funding modalities and options for channeling education funds, including ECW funding;
  • Participates in partner planning, preparation and review to provide advice on formulation, design, management, enhancement and communication of ECW supported education programs including setting priorities and results-based management goals;
  • Supports lesson learning and capacity building across the portfolio.
  • Contribute to the overall management of the ECW Secretariat

  • Supports the overall management of the ECW Secretariat, including acting on behalf of the Director, if requested;
  • Contributes to the efficient coordination of the work of the Secretariat, and the delivery of the Secretariat's work plan, including supporting the work of other staff members as required;
  • Provide technical support, guidance and tools for the proposed transferring of related activities to a permanent host.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in economics, statistics, finance, education, social sciences, public administration, or other related fields is required.
  • A minimum of (10) ten years of progressively responsible experience at the national and internal levels in public finance, finance, planning, costing, management and results reporting/M&E in education, humanitarian and development action, or a related technical field(s) is required.
  • Prior experience in developing countries and crisis affected contexts is required.
  • Prior experience in education program development and management and humanitarian response in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Prior experience working with diverse stakeholder groups or multi-stakeholder partnerships 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 the successful candidate:

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication – Level III
  • Working with People – Level III
  • Drive for Results – Level III
  • Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising – Level III
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level III
  • Analyzing – Level III
  • Relating and Networking – Level III
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level III
  • 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:
      • Education and Training
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-19

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