Programme Services Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Copenhagen, Denmark

Scope of Work:

  • Support work to identify opportunities to position UNICEF as a key implementing partner for the new World Bank (WB) Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPR) and other initiatives;
  • Identify and work closely with UNICEF HQ divisions, ROs and Country Offices COs, as well as Supply Division Business Units (BU), on UNICEF programme Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements with supply components;
  • With the Procurement Services Manager, provide advice to Supply Division, UNICEF Country and Regional Offices on partnership management when there are supply components, including specific advice on relationship management, developing new partnerships and maintaining existing partner relations, and tailoring of partnership management to specific needs;
  • Provide partnership lens oversight on supply chain components of such MoUs and agreements and facilitate internal business unit engagement early on from planning to full execution, working closely with all relevant internal and external stakeholders;
  • Supporting the Centre chief in the development of concept notes including strategy documents for operations, and exceptions;
  • Establish and maintain relations with internal partners and external development partners through the development of mutual coordination and communication mechanisms in close coordination with the PSC Policy and Partnership Unit. 
  • Coordinate closely with UNICEF HQ resource mobilization teams (PPD, PFP) to cultivate relations with key external partners including donors, identify and pursue funding opportunities, and share information on UNICEF’s supply functions and capabilities. Work with these teams and relevant CO or RO colleagues to co-design and advance programme agreements that include supply elements. 

Other duties as may be required

Tasks/Milestone and Deliverables/Output.

  • Identify opportunities to position UNICEF as a key implementing partner for the new funding partners including World Bank (WB) - Output: PS or SD work is highlighted and supported in new World Bank proposals.
  • Support engagement with IFIs on programmes with supply components and ensure coordination across SD and with CO and ROs - Output: Number of agreements negotiated and signed.
  • Maintain tracker and map of agreements with supply components with third party funding - Output: Tracker updated.
  • Support the Development concept note and strategy document on SD engagement with funding partners including WB among others - Output: Concept note and strategy document developed.  
  • Support training for Regional Offices and Country Offices for engagement with partners including IFIs on procurement services - Output: Webinars and in-person meetings held.

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

  • Master in Political science, business administration, finance, project management, finance or related field.
  • Five years professional work experience in partnership management, diplomacy, procurement, project management, or related field.
  • Proven experience in project management related to the international public and commercial sector. 
  • Knowledge of Public Procurement principles.
  • Knowledge and experience of UNICEF Procurement Services processes and guidelines. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.  
  • UN experience necessary. UN Country office experience desirable
  • Experience working with International Financial Institution’s donor mandates, structures and procedures in the development area is desirable.
  • Experience with resource mobilization is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. 

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  • Cover letter/application outlining relevant experience of the role.
  • Financial quote including both a daily and monthly rate in US Dollars including all taxes. UNICEF considers best value for money in its evaluation.
  • At least 3 Reference contacts who may be contacted.