Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 18 Jun 2018
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, Hope….
Corporate research and ensued due diligence are integral aspects of UNICEF’s scoping and selection work for corporate engagement (CE). This area of work, managed for the organization by the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division (PFP) aims to support UNICEF’s effective engagement with business, while at the same time ensuring that:
Interactions with companies are pursued in alignment with the organization’s integrity standards mandate, and
Decision making on whether and how to engage is informed by an adequate assessment of the risks and opportunities that engagements may pose to UNICEF, and ultimately to children.
Core to this function is the review and approval of companies and activities considered by UNICEF for non-commercial interaction, a process based on specific parameters for engagement and managed at PFP by the corporate research and due diligence team (CRDD).
As part of an ongoing process aimed to increase local accountability around prospect research and due diligence, the team in Geneva is re-aligning its service, as well as individual members’ tasks and regional/sector support to efficiently build capacity at regional/country level.
This process will require additional support to regular operations until the end of the year, to ensure business continuity and timely service delivery, particularly to those countries where the function will not be delegated. In addition, the team will require additional research and reporting support for the profiling and analysis of companies identified as prospects for high value partnerships.
How can you make a difference?
Overall objectives of the assignment will include:
ensuring UNICEF engagement with corporations and other partners is undertaken in line with existing ethical standards, criteria and policies and the organization is equipped with the necessary knowledge based to assess and managed potential ethical and reputational risks involved.
Ensuring that audience focused information on ethical business and risk management related to key potential and/or current corporate partners of UNICEF is readily available to users and to CE colleagues.
Specific objectives will include:
Supporting the due diligence process with a focus on research and risk assessment of companies and business entities considered by UNICEF for high value partnerships
Drafting due diligence reports against committed deadlines and uploading final reports on the online database. An average of 7 to 12 reviews per week are expected at full capacity.
Developing audience adequate content related to due diligence research making content timely and effectively available to all users.
Conducting additional research as needed, including on sector trends, with special focus on pharma and chemical sectors, for use in briefings, meetings, presentations, etc.
Activities include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following tasks:
Support the due diligence process for UNICEF funding and non-funding corporate engagement by conducting corporate reviews as needed. Ensure that screenings are done in accordance with UNICEF guidelines and policies for working with the Business community. An average of 7 to 12 reviews per week are expected.
Serve as focal point for due diligence services supporting the East and Central Asia region (ECAR).
Develop content and upload information related to UNICEF corporate research and due diligence on the UNICEF Intranet, Internet, CRM and other relevant platforms.
Support the team in harmonizing DD reports and ensuring quality of communication.
Support the unit in documenting and sharing information on corporate research and due diligence related work.
Identify relevant information (from both internal and external sources) on ethical business and sustainability issues and ensure prompt dissemination among corporate due diligence users and other colleagues concerned with CE work.
Conduct additional research on potential corporate partners and related issues such as market trends and internal trends for use in briefings, meetings, presentations, etc.
Corporate due diligence and screening reports in standard format and with standard content against committed deadlines.
Recommendations and insights on risks and risk management actions to be considered by UNICEF when interacting with companies submitted for CRDD.
Screening updates, briefing notes and other documentation related to CRDD.
Briefings on sustainability and integrity issues related to strategic industries and sectors.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Advanced degree (master’s level) and three years of experience in the development of high quality, polished communication products targeted at private and corporate audiences, preferably in the international development arena. A Bachelor’s degree in communication, marketing, journalism, public relations, or business administration with at least five years of experience in relevant fields can be considered in lieu of advanced degree.
Experience with corporate due diligence and evaluation highly preferred.
Ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities and risks, and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
Direct experience in developing and implementing communication plans and guidance/training materials.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to capture key points and actions in succinct formats for a variety of audiences.
Attention to detail and track record of delivering against objectives.
Understanding of corporate engagement dimensions within or outside of UNICEF an asset.
Understanding of non-profit management and the UN system an asset.
Computer literacy in standard applications is mandatory (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, etc.).
The assignment will be based at UNICEF headquarters in Geneva. It is anticipated that the consultancy will start in July 2018, with exact start dates to be determined. The consultancy will have a duration of 5.5. months. No travel is anticipated.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
Besides fluency in written and spoken English, the following competencies are required (LI, LII and LIII indicate the level required on a three point scale, LIII being the highest):
UNICEF Core Values
Diversity and Inclusion
UNICEF Core Competencies
Drive for Results (Level I)
Communication (Level II)
Working with People (Level I)
UNICEF Functional Competencies
Formulating Strategies and Concepts(Level I)
Planning and Organizing (Level II)
Applying Technical Expertise (Level I)
Analyzing (Level II)
Learning and Researching (Level II)
View our competency framework at:
Remarks: Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
How to apply:
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 our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=513775