Oct 262018

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 31 Oct 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, a future

National Committees for UNICEF are an integral part of UNICEF’s global organization. Currently there are 33 National Committees in the world, each established as an independent local non-governmental organization. Serving as the public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF in industrialized countries, National Committees work tirelessly to raise funds from the private sector, promote children’s rights and secure worldwide visibility for children threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation. In 2009, the community of National Committees for UNICEF adopted a set of Principles of Good Governance. The objective of the Principles is to enable robust governance in National Committees as a condition for achieving results, by increasing effectiveness and efficiency, ethics, transparency and accountability, and ensuring a well-considered risk and control environment is in place.

The Governance Team in UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division leads UNICEF’s strategic work on implementing the Principles and works with boards and executive management in each National Committee to convert the Principles into action and results.

How can you make a difference?

The position will provide research, writing and knowledge management support to the Governance Team on substantive governance projects to support the implementation of the Principles of Good Governance in National Committees for UNICEF.


  • Substantive research on governance best practices for the development of technical advisory products and updating of knowledge center in five areas of the Principles of Good Governance;
  • Information collection (from open source, research journals, subscriptions) and analysis;
  • Writing, editing and formatting newsletters, guidance papers, products and information notes;
  • Marketing of governance tools and resources to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Other specific projects, as determined.
  • Deliverables:

    Specific research, papers/products and activities for delivery to be discussed and agreed, including but not limited to:

  • Researching, reviewing, updating, editing and formatting three guidance papers.
  • Researching, writing, editing and formatting a newsletter.
  • Researching and updating the knowledge library with the latest international good governance practices.
  • Reporting to:

  • Chief Governance, Country Relations Section in UNICEF PFP
  • Work Place:

  • Office-based work in Geneva Switzerland, UNICEF PFP.
  • Estimated Duration of the contract and Proposal:

  • 2.5 months (tentatively from November 2018 to mid-January 2019)

  • Advanced university degree, preferably in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, Public Administration, International Relations, Finance, or other disciplines.
  • Minimum of 5 years of responsible professional work experience at international level in research, writing and/or editorial work.
  • Fluency in English; working knowledge of French and other National Committee country languages will be an asset.
  • Proficiency with standard MS Office applications (Excel, Power Point, Word, etc.).
  • Excellent writing skills are required.
  • Excellent research skills are required.
  • Excellent communication, marketing and presentation skills are required.
  • Knowledge of concepts related to organizational (corporate) governance structures and processes is desirable.
  • Experience in non-profit sector and/or non-profit (corporate governance) is an asset.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to quickly build rapport with individuals and groups and ability to maintain an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, and to exercise tact and discretion.
  • 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.

    The competencies required for this post are….

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication (LII)
  • Working with People (LII)
  • Drive for Results (LII)
  • Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (LII)
  • Analyzing (LII)
  • Applying technical expertise (LII)
  • View our competency framework at


    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.

    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.

    UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    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

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