Consultancy - Partnership & Communication Portfolio Management, Home-based, Office of Innovation, 6 months (full-time)
Application deadline 2 months ago: Sunday 20 Nov 2022 at 22:55 UTCOpen application form
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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, innovate
The Office of Global Innovation (OOI) works to catalyze UNICEF's and all its partners’ expertise and resources against key children-outcomes bottlenecks, with a view to continuously ideate and scale the most effective solutions with transformational potential at scale to achieve the child-related SDGs.
The office is doing this by continuously exploring new ways of accelerating results for children, investing across a range of early stage solutions, and harnessing internal and external expertise towards continuously iterating and fine-tuning the most promising solutions for children through a systematic portfolio management approach, and leveraging all stakeholders’ innovation energy, know-how and resources from intergovernmental, multilateral, private sector and non-governmental fora (think tank, academia).
The Office of Global Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.
How can you make a difference?
The Portfolio Management Consultant for the Partnership and Communication (P&C) team will design and oversee a management framework and systems to monitor and learn for effective and effecient implementation of the Office of Innovation P&C strategy, including but not limited to key team performance indicators, team communication and networks, budget, internal stakeholder relationships, and knowledge management. This consultant will be part of the P&C team of the Office of Innovation (OOI), working across other OOI teams and in coordination with other UNICEF teams as necessary.
Main responsibilities will be:
UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant to assist in the design of a framework and systems for effective and efficient management of the partnership and communication function for the Office of Innovation. The consultant will be responsible for:
- Design of a portfolio management structure for the P&C function
- Establish the necessary portfolio management systems, including annual performance indicators, operational budget management, team communication networks, internal stakeholder platforms, and knowledge management.
- Develop and coordinate routine portfolio management tools for reporting progress, achievements and adaptations across the P&C team, and other OOI teams including senior management.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields: public and/or private sector project/portfolio management, partnerships, communications, social sciences communication, public relations, business administration and management. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in portfolio/project management, and a track record in development/non-profit organizations.
- Exposure to management structures in the United Nation a huge plus
- Demonstrated planning and very strong communication skills
- Capacity to prioritise and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities
- Must be a natural project manager with abilities to manage diverse team
- Fluency in English is required. Competence in another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is preferred
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
Core competencies skills
- Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
- Works Collaboratively with others (1)
- Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
- Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
- Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
- Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
- Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
Payment details and further considerations
- Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
- Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance
- Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.