Secretary/Director of the Executive Board, Office of the Secretary of the Executive Board

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th October, 2017

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, dedication.

The Secretary/Director of the Executive Board will promote a mutually effective relationship between the UNICEF Executive Board and the UNICEF secretariat, and between members and organs of the United Nations system and UNICEF on matters relating to Board policy. The incumbent will ensure that the organization, preparation, management and servicing of Executive Board sessions are efficiently and effectively carried out; and will maintain a consistently high standard in the preparation and production of internal and external UNICEF reports and documentation.

How can you make a difference?

The key functions and accountabilities include:

  • Participates in the formulation of policy recommendations by the Executive Director to the Executive Board.
  • Maintains continuous liaison with Permanent Missions to the United Nations, especially members of the Executive Board; and the members and organs of the United Nations system.
  • Responsible for the overall organization of the work of the Office of the Secretary of the Board.
  • Organizes the business of the Board sessions, and the preparations for and servicing of the sessions.
  • Takes responsibility for reports and other documents submitted to, or resulting from, meetings of the Executive Board, and for other reports on UNICEF in documents of the United Nations system and internal directives; arranges for the processing and distribution of documentation.
  • Consults with officers of the Executive Board and government representatives of members of the Executive Board with respect to the work of UNICEF and relevant documentation to the Executive Board.
  • Undertakes and arranges for the briefing of Board members (delegations, relevant ministries, parliamentarians) on the policies and work of UNICEF and participate in field visits of the Executive Board.
  • Participates in the preparation of statements or provides briefings for UNICEF representatives relating to UNICEF’s work and policies.
  • Provides information on and interpretation of policies established and decisions taken by the Executive Board to: UNICEF staff, government representatives, officials of the United Nations system, etc.
  • Arranges for the maintenance and updating of records of the deliberations and decisions of the Executive Board.
  • Coordinate with other agencies, funds and programmes on matters of mutual interest to the respective governance mechanisms.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have


  • An Advanced University Degree in social sciences, sociology, history, international relations and organization, socio-economic development or other related fields is required;
  • A minimum of thirteen (13) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in the areas of development cooperation;
  • Thorough knowledge of UNICEF and the United Nations System;
  • Extensive experience in implementation of development programmes;
  • UNICEF field experience is considered an asset;
  • Oral and written proficiency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

For every child, you demonstrate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Leadership Competencies

  • Delivers Results
  • Engages and Nurtures
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness
  • Manages Complexity and Change
  • Creates and Maintains Impact and Partnership
  • Innovates and Takes Risks


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