Senior Project Manager

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th February, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a future

In June, 2018, UNICEF was certified at the second level of EDGE Certification: EDGE Move putting us at the top 11% percent of EDGE certified companies. The certification recognizes UNICEF’s commitment to gender equality and inclusion at the workplace, and is one of several initiatives UNICEF has started with the goal of reaching gender parity at all levels as well as creating an inclusive work environment.

How can you make a difference?

The Senior Manager, working under the overall guidance and direction of the Deputy Director, Division of Human Resources, is accountable for a timely delivery of the four elements set out in the EDGE Action Plan as well as preparation and successful re-certification of EDGE Move in 2020. S/he is responsible for coordinating and overseeing work progress to achieve these goals and holds shared responsibility with the Deputy Director, DHR, for strategic recommendations and decisions on project implementation.

Summary of specific tasks:

Lead the implementation of EDGE Action Plan in Four High-Impact Areas

  • Flexible working arrangements: Devise measures to shift the focus from face-time culture and accelerate uptake of flexible work options throughout the organization;
  • Recruitment and promotion: Oversee communication strategy to improve the effectiveness of existing efforts to bring about more transparency and a better understanding about recruitment and promotion policies by gender.
  • Mentoring initiatives: Develop and implement a global mentorship programme in partnership with relevant stakeholders to help foster a culture of peer support and professional development.
  • Gender pay gap: Conduct a yearly gender pay gap assessment and come up with measures to correct gender pay gaps at different levels.

Coordinate the EDGE Move Re-Certification Process

  • Liaise with EDGE team to understand requirements for re-certification;
  • Develop Project Plan and oversee Communication Plan for Re-Certification;
  • Coordinate EDGE Analysis among relevant stakeholders.

Coordinate the mainstreaming of gender diversity in HR initiatives

  • Lead analysis of best practices on gender diversity in HR in different industries and countries;
  • Analyze recommendations of the Independent Task Force on Gender Discrimination and Harassment, Gender Push, EDGE and Harvard studies and suggest recommendations for improvement;
  • Analyze sex-disaggregated results from Global Staff Survey and suggest recommendations for improvement when needed;
  • Coordinate a gender-sensitive review of HR policies and put forward recommendations for improvement;
  • Establish and consolidate a Sounding Board on gender and HR and enhance collaboration with other UN entities on HR and gender;
  • Establish solid communication mechanisms with main partners and stakeholders, including Gender Push, the Global Staff Association, the Gender Unit and Gender Regional Advisers.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: gender studies, human resources, psychology, international relations, or another relevant social science field
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in project management, strategic coordination, human resource management, diversity and inclusion or any other closely related areas. Experience in the development and implementation of strategies/action plans with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong influencing and partnering skills.
  • Relevant experience in project management and implementation with UNICEF or another UN agency is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in French or Spanish is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Integrity, Diversity and Inclusion, and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are Deciding and Initiating Action, Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Creating and Innovating , Planning and Organizing.


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