Chief Field Operations

United Nations Children's Fund

Mexico City, Mexico

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

As we enter the 4th year of the current CPD 2020-2025, UNICEF Mexico is faced with significant changes in the country, especially regarding children and adolescents, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2022 and the growing demands related to the migratory situation, especially in the northern border, among other issues. In response to these challenges, the office has grown exponentially in staff number and allocated budget, and three new field offices were created, under a complex programmatic context to respond to humanitarian needs while maintaining a high level of advocacy and system strengthening at the federal and state levels. Given this context, we are reinforcing our capacity for humanitarian preparedness and response, management, planning, and implementation in the field. The strengthened field presence will also allow a sustained approach to monitoring the situation of children and bottlenecks that hinder the fulfillment of women's and children’s rights, especially in remote or chronically excluded areas. Similarly, a strong field presence also provides UNICEF greater political and community credibility in a country with significant political, ethnic, and geographic diversities.  

For more information related to the work of our organization in Mexico, please visit our website: UNICEF Mexico and our latest Annual Report 2022: Informe Anual 2022 UNICEF México 

As a Chief of Field Operations for UNICEF Mexico, you will be responsible for the coordination and management of all field programme operations as well as humanitarian-related issues in the office, ranging from policy development to support in fundraising. You will directly report to the Deputy Representative Programme and mainly:

  • Be responsible for the management of the field offices and other outposts’ presence, including planning, implementation, and monitoring of programme-related activities at the sub-national level, as well as emergency preparedness and response, ensuring coherence and comprehensiveness across the humanitarian-development nexus programme. 
  • Support the Deputy Representative - Programme in effective and strategic coordination between sub-national and national levels to promote the achievement of impact outcomes and an effective and efficient humanitarian response.  
  • Supervise the Chief of Field Offices, managing the performance of the field offices, and the management of the technical staff in the FOs in coordination with the Chief of Field Offices through a matrix management arrangement with the chiefs of program areas. 
  • Advise the Deputy Representative - Programme on her security and emergency management responsibilities under the UN Accountability Framework and on the conduct of security operations in support of program activities. 

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

  • An advanced university degree (equivalent to a Master’s) from an accredited institution, preferably, in: Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Business Administration, Public or Social Policy, Sociology, Social or Community Development, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.*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*
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in complex humanitarian response or programme management and implementation at the national and international levels. 
  • At least one year of experience as Head of Field Office or managing a team in a humanitarian context. 
  • Fluency in English.
  • Advanced level (proficiency, not fluency) of Spanish.