Implementing Partnership Management Specialist Application, P-3/P-4, New York

Level: P3 or P4
Duty Station: New York
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. UNICEF works in partnership with a wide range of implementing partners, both government and CSO partners, to deliver results for children across the globe. Effective implementing partnership management is therefore essential for ensuring that resources are utilized as intended and results are being achieved.

Key Expected Results 
1. Support to implementing partnership management
- Provide technical assistance to regional and country offices in the formalization of partnerships with government, civil society organizations and other implementing partners in line with relevant policies, procedures and guidelines including the CSO Procedure and guidance on work plans.
- Provide technical assistance to country offices in the implementation of HACT in line with the HACT Policy and Procedure and other relevant organizational policies, procedures and guidelines, including the Finance and Administrative Policy 5: Cash Disbursements Supplement 3- Cash Transfers (HACT).
- Guide, advise regional and support country offices in HACT processes and the development of country level assessment and assurance plans.
- Guide, advise and support regional and country offices in the use of UNICEF tools and systems (i.e. eTools, InSight, VISION) as it relates to implementing partnership management.
2. Oversight and quality assurance
- Support the development of global policies, procedures and guidance related to implementing partnership management.
- Provide oversight and ensure quality assurance process are in place on the implementation of HACT assurance activities and the use of the FACE form at the global level. This includes the quality of assurance reports and follow-up and escalation of findings of assurance activities consistent with the HACT Procedure.
- Provide oversight and ensure global quality assurance processes are in place on the implementation of the CSO Procedure. This includes ensuring that partners are selected in accordance with the CSO Procedure, time limits for operationalizing partnerships are met, especially in humanitarian responses, results are clearly articulated and SMART and budgets reflect actual requirements for achieving results.
3. Analysis, monitoring and reporting
- From a global perspective, monitor and report on the status of HACT implementation at the country and regional level using corporate tools and systems such as eTools and InSight and identify high risk areas requiring special support.
- From a global perspective, monitor and report on other implementing partnership management performance indicators.
- Prepare global reports for senior management as may be required.
- Analyze and monitor cash transfers at global, regional and country level.
Education: An Advanced University Degree in Development studies, International Development, Programme/Project Management Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics, Auditing or other relevant field is required.
Experience in lieu of advanced degree will be considered.
Experience: A minimum of 5 years (8 years for P4) of professional experience in programme/project development and management or finance at the national and international level some of which with the UN and/or in a developing country is required.
Experience in assessing internal controls and auditing is an asset. Experience in reviewing performance for compliance with legal agreements is an asset.
Language Requirements: Oral and written proficiency in in the language used in the region. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send submit:
1. Detailed and up-to-date P-11 form (which can be downloaded athttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html);
2. CV/resume; and
3. Cover letter explaining what makes you suitable for this position.
Submissions are to be sent to syktsou@unicef.org with subject line “Implementing Partnership Management Specialist Application” by latest 10 June, 17:00 EST.
Successful candidates will be expected to start soon after selection. Please indicate your ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above. 
Please note that acknowledgement of application will be extended only to short-listed candidates.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
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