Corporate Alliances Manager

UNICEF

Details:

  • Location: Geneva
  • Contract Type: P4/Fixed Term Staff
  • Closing Date: 05/08/2016

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

Under the overall guidance of the Chief, Children's Rights and Business, the incumbent will enhance organizational capacity and provide technical support to National Committees and PFP staff to analyse risk and effectively engage with private sector partners and actors in child focused corporate social responsibility (CSR) programming and practise. The incumbent is responsible for managing policy and research assignments, reviewing and collating good corporate social responsibility practices globally, and disseminating information to a wide range of audiences. The role includes developing, managing and monitoring elements of the corporate engagement strategy as it pertains to encouraging corporate sector investments in children's issues and socially responsible practices; providing policy guidance and technical support to UNICEF HQ Divisions, Country Offices and National Committees in the development of strategies for corporate engagement with the corporate sector and building successful engagement Corporate Social Responsibility stratégies.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  1. Advisory Services and Technical Support: Provide technical support and advice regarding child focussed CSR to National Committees and PFP staff including providing support to the design and impact assessment of CSR projects funded by National Committee 
  2. Capacity Building: Technically support the development of training modules/programmes and the dissemination of best practice and other information regarding child focussed CSR amongst PFP staff and National Committees
  3. Risk Management: Support the development of effective risk assessment methodologies and guidance for PFP and National Committees in their engagement with the private sector and pursuit of child focussed CSR
  4. Implementation of CSR Strategy and Corporate Engagement: Support National Committees and PFP in developing, negotiating and implementing child focussed CSR alliances with the corporate sector in line with UNICEF policy and programme priorities
  5. Knowledge Management: Monitor and document responses and changes in practice being adopted by a wide range of business sectors with regard to UNICEF priorities and ensure such information is effectively shared across UNICEF and National Committees

Impact of Results

  1. National committees, country offices and PFP staff have capacity and strategic vision to implement successful CSR strategies and activities.
  2. Capacity development plan effectively implemented.
  3. Risk assessment methodologies, best practices, due diligence and impact assessment tools measuring and addressing the impacts of the private sector on children's rights developed.
  4. Strategic CSR alliances developed and implemented.
  5. Best practice case studies collated, documented and disseminated to a wide range of audiences.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education:

Advanced degree in Law, Social Sciences, Development or Business. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

Eight years progressively responsible professional work experience in CSR, social development, project administration, monitoring and evaluation, some at the international level. Excellent communications skills and strong project management experience required.

A technical background in Child Protection, rights based approaches and several years' field experience in CSR or associated programming, including designing, monitoring and impact assessment of projects and programmes would be an asset. Experience of working within UNICEF, exposure to CSR work and of working with multi-stakeholder partnerships whether within Government, UN, and NGO or within the corporate sector would be additional assets.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English required; Working knowledge of another UN language desirable.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Drive for Results (III)
  • Communication (verbal and written) (III)
  • Working with People (III)

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising (II)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (III)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Persuading and Influencing (III)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (II)

Technical Knowledge  

  • In-depth understanding of the overall business and human rights context, including issues such as: corporate sustainability, responsible business practice, business and development, global supply chains, UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights, Children's Rights and Business Principles, CRC General Comment 14, etc. and generally, the impact of and opportunities for business in the context of children's rights.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of corporate engagement to promote social goals and human rights/child rights.
  • Strong ability to undertake policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into corporate engagement strategies and policy discussions on child rights and business with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in relevant areas.
  • Strong corporate engagement and advocacy planning knowledge/ability, including the range of modalities for engaging and influencing business behavior to respect and support children's rights; key sustainability and CSR frameworks, institutional structures, components and processes, as well as voluntary and regulatory governance mechanisms.
  • Strong ability to engage with partners (e.g. Industry Wide and Cross-Sectoral Approaches and Partnerships, UN Global Compact and Save the Children, Bilateral government partners and inter-governmental fora such as the EU), as well as networking with other key partners.
  • Strong ability to engage within the organization and build cross-divisional consensus and strategies to advance child rights and business, and position UNICEF as a leading partner for business. Excellent ability to coordinate and promote joined up work approaches together with corporate fundraising, innovation, private sector partnerships, programmes and country/regional offices to forge successful integrated partnerships as UNICEF with the corporate sector.

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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.

Advertised: 14 Jul 2016 W. Europe Standard Time
Applications close: 11 Aug 2016 W. Europe Standard Time