Deputy Director, Programme Division

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th June, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, integrated results across the first and second decades of life

Under the overall guidance of the Director of Programme Division (PD), he/she will provide leadership and technical oversight for the cross cutting cluster comprising of Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP), Communication for Development (C4D), Disability, Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Human Rights.  He/she will lead in setting and monitoring work planning, performance standards, results monitoring and reporting for the cross cutting cluster.  He/she will also be responsible for managing resources including financial, human and intellectual, ensuring their utilization is optimized towards key results for the five areas.  The Deputy Director provides strategic support to the work of Regional and Country Offices on cross-cutting areas, the second decade and knowledge management related to programmes. The position provides strategic direction for adolescent programming across sectors to ensure that the rights of adolescents established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child are reflected in UNICEF’s advocacy, policies, programme and humanitarian work.  She/he will provide strategic direction in the development of programme and policy guidance for the Division, ensuring the reflection of cross cutting issues, organizational alignment, consistency, coherence and relevance across the varied contexts that UNICEF works, in support of the cross cutting cluster.  This position leads the Division’s knowledge management agenda, including providing a strong interface between relevant organizational units.  The Deputy Director helps to nurture and incubate important management initiatives and emerging organizational priorities (e.g. engagement with the private sector, climate change and children), in close collaboration with other arms of the organization, providing insights and recommendations to guide the development of policy and guidance, through a programmatic lens. 

Key Functions and Accountabilities:

Leadership, Coordination and Management of the Cross Cutting Cluster

  • Provides input into organizational strategic planning and policy formulation processes as they relate to the five cross cutting areas of Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP), Communication for Development (C4D), Disability, Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Human Rights.  Ensures quality and coherence in the implementation and monitoring of the cross cutting cluster results in the OMP including the mid-term review, closely aligned to the Strategic Plan.
  • Provides strategic direction and coordination for PDs work on adolescents across sectors and jointly with other divisions (EMOPS, PPD, DRP, DOC) to ensure programmatic synergies and relevance in both development and humanitarian settings.   This includes ensuring a strong interface with the emerging ‘Young People’s Agenda’, with the overall aim of increasing attention and investment for adolescents and young people in collaboration with a multifaceted range of internal and external actors.

Oversight and Guidance to PD on Key Products and Processes

Leads the quality assurance review and coordination of strategic documents in the Division such as programme guidance, position papers, corporate reporting, proposal development for global initiatives as well as flagship divisional and organizational knowledge products and reports.  Ensures the integration of cross cutting issues, coherence, sound programme logic and synergy with organizational policy and related guidance/position papers (for example ensures private sector engagement is guided by UNICEF’s normative principles and developed using a programmatic lens, ensuring relevance at a field level).

Knowledge Management

Leads the Division’s knowledge management agenda; provides strategic direction and oversight, acts as co-chair of the interdivisional Research Task Force and interfaces between PD and relevant organizational units i.e. Office of Research (OoR), Data, Policy and Research (DRP) and Office of Evaluation.

Special Initiatives and Emerging priorities

For Programme Division, oversees and incubates important management initiatives i.e. Enterprise Content Management (ECD) and emerging organizational priorities (e.g. engagement with the private sector, programming for children on the move, climate change and children) in close collaboration with other arms of the organization, providing insights and recommendations to guide the development of policy and guidance through a programmatic lens.


  • Guides and oversees high level relationships with UN agencies, donor organizations, civil society organizations, academia and professional networks to raise the profile of the areas under the cross cutting cluster and advocate for increased investment across the life cycle.  Contributes to key global partnerships and initiatives.
  • Contributes to resource mobilization and UNICEF’s advocacy agenda (i.e. UNICEF’s cause framework), as it relates to the cross cutting cluster in coordination with the Director of PD, divisional focal persons, PPD and PFP.
  • Under the overall guidance of the Director of PD, support the Office of the Executive Director (OED) to conceptualize and prepare for high level interactions, including but not limited to Global Management Team meetings (GMT), Executive Board meetings and interactions with external stakeholders, particularly on issues related to areas under his/her portfolio.

Representation and Supervising staff:

  • Represents the Director PD internally and externally as needed.
  • Provides strategic oversight and guidance to several interdivisional task forces and working groups.
  • Supervises and mentors four P5 Senior Advisers in the cross cutting cluster namely Adolescents Development and Participation (ADAP), Communication for Development (C4D), Disability and Early Childhood Development (ECD) and three P4 Specialists (Human Rights, Planning and Coordination, Knowledge Management) and one G6 Programme Associate.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Social Development, Development Planning, or other relevant disciplines.  Additional training in development planning, management, public administration or related fields is considered an asset.
  • A minimum of thirteen years of work experience in planning and managing social development programmes in developing countries is required, with a substantial period being at a senior management level
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Proven ability at networking with partners
  • Demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams comprising primarily of senior staff
  • Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate:

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Leadership competencies

  • Delivering results
  • Managing complexity and change
  • Impact and drive
  • Innovation and risk taking
  • Leading, engaging and nurturing
  • Self-awareness
  • This position is classified as “rotational” which the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.


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