Programme Manager, P4, FT, Programme Group Leadership Team (PGLT), New York HQ (#99902)

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 164,201 USD and 211,703 USD.

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The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 80.5% at this the location, applies.

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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.

UNICEF HQ is currently undergoing organizational changes; therefore, the exact location of the post has yet to be determined. Selected candidates may be required to commence duties remotely until the location is confirmed. If reassigned or relocated to New York, candidates may be expected to relocate to a new location again during the initial contract or assignment period. When working remotely, the candidate will be required to agree on working hours with the Hiring Office, which may require inclusion of all or some of the NYHQ core working hours (10AM-4PM).

For every child, hope

The Programme Group (PG) provides global programme leadership to achieve results for the most disadvantaged and excluded children everywhere within the overall framework of the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022–2025 and in response to the universal scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). PG leads UNICEF’s global programme function to provide countries with technical assistance to boost programme excellence, as well as support to leverage evidence, partnerships, and innovations that can be adapted and taken to scale in different country contexts – including humanitarian settings and low-, middle-, and high-income countries. Within the PG, the Programme Group Leadership Team (PGLT), led by the Director, Programmes, facilitates cross-programme teams around UNICEF’s normative mandates (gender, human rights, disabilities) and life course priorities (including the focus on early childhood and adolescence). PGLT fosters and champions special programming areas, such as humanitarian action and programming in high-income countries; changes in strategies, such as systems strengthening; emerging programme priorities, such as mental health; as well as advocacy as a programme strategy.

How can you make a difference?

You will be responsible for providing programme support to the Deputy Director and Director in the development and coordination of activities under his/her portfolio, including standard setting and enabling clear accountability. You will support effective inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination with other HQ Divisions, Regional and Country Offices in matter pertaining to the accountability of the Deputy Director and Director.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Setting of strategic programme initiatives and objectives

  • Support the setting of strategic priorities across the organization drawing on global trends impacting children and women and emerging issues, through the development of programme narratives and engagement across the organization.
  • Lead and/or coordinate the development of specific strategic initiatives convening relevant internal networks and using agile ways of working with a focus on intersectoral approaches and horizontal integration across all programmes, and alignment and collaboration on joint areas of work with UN and other partners.
  • Support the roll-out of the Global Technical Teams and other accelerated programme platforms with a view to enhance programme excellence and quality programming. Accompany and advise process and learnings for future iterations of GTTs.
  • Advise on programme standards and risk management for programming, with a focus on support to implementation of safeguarding standards under the Programme Group.

Support to leadership on programme and management priorities

  • Support strategic leadership and the communication of strategic priorities internally and externally, through preparation and/or review and coordination, talking points, background documents and presentations; drafting of correspondence for or on behalf of PGLT senior management on sensitive or substantive matters.
  • Represent PGLT, and as needed PG, on specific strategic initiatives and cross-programme functions

Technical support to cross-programme integration

  • Provide substantive input on cross-programme policies, guidance and reports
  • Provide technical support to teams in the PGLT to facilitate cross-programming and achieve integrated results (Social and Behaviour Change; Business Engagement for Results; Conflict Prevention, Fragility, and Peacebuilding; Disabilities; Gender; and Human Rights. Support to special programming areas, notably Mental Health).
  • Facilitate collaboration across the PGLT and other divisions on cross-programme integration.
  • Support the PGLT teams in addressing programmatic challenges.

Advise Director's office on strategic focus and priorities, and support cross-cutting functions:

  • Act as an advisor to the Deputy Director and senior management team and coordinate the execution of strategic initiatives;
  • Coordinate and follow up on the preparation of talking points, backgrounders and presentations in support of the Deputy/Director's engagement with internal and external partners;
  • Oversee Division's retreats and team building exercises for strategy and brainstorming, from design to implementation in close coordination with the management of the Division and the Strategic Planning team;
  • In coordination with the PGLT Core team, provide substantive input on cross-cutting policies, guidance and reports;
  • Prepare organizational business reviews, monitor internal processes and tracking against objectives in close cooperation with Senior Management;
  • Represent PG at inter-divisional meetings, as required, and capture major take-aways;
  • Provide assistance in the development of PG Office Management Plan and annual workplan.
  • Communicate and liaise with OED, other Divisions, and PO Section Chiefs and Deputies to manage incoming external and internal requests for decisions and actions resolve problems without attention of Director and to ensure prompt and efficient response.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent is required in Social sciences, International development, Policy development, or other related fields with significant focus on child rights, research and programme planning
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant work experience at the national or international level in international development cooperation, programme planning, coordination and implementation.
  • Experience in multi-sectoral, cross-cutting programming for children and adolescents would be preferred.
  • Experience in both headquarters and the field, working with multiple priorities in high-pressure environments
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable staff from programme countries are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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