Programme Specialist (Innovative Finance), P-4, Education Cannot Wait, Programme Division, NYHQ, #99914

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 will report to the Senior Adviser (Humanitarian and Development Finance) and will provide vital leadership on activities designed to initiate and deliver on a work-stream around innovative financing mechanisms which can be hardwired into the Fund's design in its first five years of operation.

Key Expected Results

Lead the development of innovative financing mechanisms

  • Serve as principal information source on innovative finance for education in emergencies and protracted crises and stay up to date with new developments in the areas of innovative and results-based financing.
  • Build relevant innovative bridges between the emergency (immediate financing) and the longer-term plans (bridging humanitarian and development response), within the Breakthrough Fund.
  • In consultation with private sector partners, foundations and other potential contributors, identify ways in which the ECW fund design and operation can best accommodate support from new partners/non-traditional partners.
  • Working with the Senior Adviser (Humanitarian and Development Finance), explore ways in which existing and new resources might be managed in order to improve the amount, efficiency, predictability and results focus of education financing in emergency and humanitarian settings.
  • Identify new funding opportunities and partnerships

  • Carry out new partnerships intelligence gathering/analytics, develop concrete new partnerships and financing modalities, conduct risk assessment, and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Working with the Senior Adviser (Education), identify and develop specific technical problem analyses with a view to seeking innovative solutions.
  • Stay up to date with emerging solutions and new opportunities that might support the delivery of education results in emergency settings.
  • Based on thorough investigation and exploratory consultations with emerging and potential new partners, prepare business cases, including sound and concrete financing partnerships proposals for consideration.
  • Develop and implement strategies for innovative financing to support education in emergencies and protracted crises

  • Oversee the development and management of ECWs portfolio related to new financial partnerships building and resource mobilization.
  • Roll out new financing partnerships modalities.
  • Coordinate the technical formulation and quality assurance of ECWs new financing partnership building and resource mobilization efforts.
  • Conceptualize, plan and execute partnership-focused communications

  • Work closely with the Specialist (Donor Relations, Communications and Advocacy) to generate new financing partnerships and resource mobilization opportunities and to enhance ECW visibility.
  • Develop tailored outreach, information and communications products for partners.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in economics, statistics, finance, education, social sciences, public administration, or other related field(s) is required.
  • A minimum of 8 (eight) years of relevant experience at the national and international levels in finance, planning, management and results reporting/M&E in education, humanitarian and development action, or related areas, is required.
  • Prior experience in developing countries and crisis affected contexts is required.
  • Prior experience in education program development and management/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.
  • Prior experience in innovative financing concept, evaluation methods, typology and characteristics is considered an asset.
  • Awareness of international development cooperation landscape and trends is considered an asset.
  • Understanding of engagement cycle and management principles is considered an asset.
  • 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:
      • Development Cooperation
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-19

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