Director, Education Cannot Wait Fund, D-2, UNICEF New York Headquarters, USA

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:
Education Cannot Wait - a Fund for Education in Emergencies ("the Fund") was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 as a new solution to mobilize financing for the estimated 75 million children and youth whose education is interrupted due to conflict, disaster and emergency. The Fund aims to respond to emergencies with the rapid development of strategic plans and finance to bridge humanitarian relief and development efforts, strengthening the overall global response for education.
Hosted and administered within UNICEF, a Secretariat is responsible for implementing the day to day work of the Fund under the direction of the High Level Steering Group, which comprises of the heads of major UN agencies, government ministers and leaders from civil society, business and philanthropy.
The Director will report substantively to the Chair of the High Level Steering Group and administrative line management will be provided by UNICEF.
Purpose for the Job:
The Director will have broad discretion to provide strategic leadership for the establishment of the Fund and will lead the Secretariat team of approximately 9 people, with a view to delivering results for children and young people from the outset. The Director will oversee all operational, executive and fundraising activities working directly with the High Level Steering Group Chair and members. The Director participates as an ex officio member of the High Level Steering Group.
One of the initial responsibilities of the Director will be to lead a process to identify a permanent host for Education Cannot Wait, under the guidance of the High Level Steering Group. Any subsequent transfer of the position holder to a permanent host will be subject to negotiation with the position holder and permanent host. The overall responsibility of the Director of Secretariat is:
  • Strategy development: works with, and provides support to the High Level Steering Group to develop and pursue the strategy of the Fund.
  • Management and oversight: leads and manages all aspects of the Fund Secretariat including technical assistance, program support, financial and human resources, risk management, operating systems and processes, quality assurance and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Policy development and implementation: plans and leads the implementation of the Fund's strategy, policies and budget.
  • Stakeholder relations: builds cooperative relationships with partners and with key stakeholders, builds networks, harnesses information and opportunities to benefit the Fund.
  • Resource mobilization: works with the High Level Steering Group to support the generation of funds from a wide variety of sources.
  • Key Functions, Accountabilities, and Related Duties/Tasks:
  • Establishing overall business management strategy and operations.
  • Providing people/talent management.
  • Implementing High Level Steering Group decisions.
  • Leading relationship management (Internal and External).
  • Establishing and leading knowledge management.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate:
    Master's degree (or equivalent) in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, business administration or management, public administration, education, or other related fields.
    A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in administration, business management, planning and operations in a large international and/or corporate/social enterprise organization. Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups or multi-stakeholder partnerships is highly desirable.
    Fluency in English is required. A good working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Core Values
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core Competencies
  • Communication (III)
  • Working with people (III)
  • Drive for results (III)
  • Functional Competencies
  • Leading and Supervising (III)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (III)
  • Planning and organizing (III)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (III)
  • Applying technical expertise (III)
  • Relating and Networking (III)
  • SSR Competencies
  • Delivering results
  • Managing complexity and change
  • Impact and partnership
  • Innovation and risk taking
  • Leading, engaging and nurturing
  • Self-awareness
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.
    Applications will be considered only if accompanied by an updated Cover Letter and CV, as well as the two most recent PERs (for internals) / Evaluations (for externals). Regret letters will only be sent to shortlisted candidates.
    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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501427