Senior Adviser (Resource Mobilization & Policy), P-5, FT, Public Partnerships Division (PPD), Brussels, Belgium, Post #43707 Req # 565655
Job no: 565655
Position type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Belgium Division/Equivalent: Partnerships
School/Unit: Public Partnerships Division
Department/Office: PPD, Brussels
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.
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For every child, an advocate
The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) has been established to mobilize resources and engage in policy advocacy by building partnerships with donor and recipient countries, UN agencies, development financial institutions and global programme partnerships, at global, regional, and country levels.
Within PPD’s overall mandate, the Office in Brussels manages UNICEF’s relationship with European Union Institutions (namely the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions) in order to expand political space for children through evidence-based policy advocacy, to mobilize and to leverage European Union (EU) resources and to provide support and guidance for the effective management of EU-funded programmes. The Brussels Office further strives to orchestrate UNICEF’s global interactions with EU institutions effectively, strategically and with a results-focus.
How can you make a difference?
The Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor is evolving in a small office where the Director is D1 level. The Senior Policy Advisor reports to the Director of the office.
Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks:
Advisory Capacity and Policy Development
Exercise advisory role to the Director and the Office and provide guidance, coordination and initiatives in policy and strategy development in an evolving EU policy context. Advise and support the Director and the Office in strengthening the Policy and Advocacy Partnership with the EU institutions. Submit policy recommendations and position papers and support the design and management of an effective and high-potential partnership with the EU institutions. Promote the systematic and strategic inclusion of children’s rights in EU policies and strategies, legislation and budgetary decisions and leverage the EU funding architecture and policy framework to increase investments for the most disadvantaged children. Share UNICEF’s evolving global expertise on leveraging resources for children to strengthen strategic alliances and build EU support for common approaches.
In close coordination with the rest of the Office, and particularly the Deputy Director, design and manage an effective and results-focused policy and advocacy strategy to strategically position UNICEF as a trusted and credible partner of EU institutions and to expand political space for children, especially the most disadvantaged. In close collaboration with the Global Advisor on Migration, develop, implement, and monitor the Office’s engagement strategy on children affected by migration. Guide and support evidence-based policy advocacy and the effective orchestration of UNICEF’s strategic interaction with EU institutions (the European Commission, EU Council and the European Parliament) as well as with the Permanent Mission of the EU Member States (through the Group of Friends). Develop UNICEF’s Knowledge and Innovation Partnership with the EU institutions by positioning UNICEF as an innovation leader, placing innovation for children on the EU policy agenda and fostering EU support for innovative solutions to children’s issues.
Advocacy, Communication and Networking through Partnership and Collaboration
Identify and manage strategic alliances with UN, civil society partners and the media to promote UNICEF’s priorities and equity agenda vis-à-vis EU institutions, focusing on the most disadvantaged children. Collaborate closely with relevant UNICEF divisions, Regional and Country Offices and National Committees to ensure alignment and maximize the opportunities to deliver results for children in partnership with EU institutions. Provide partner intelligence and guidance on the evolving EU policy and programming context to support an effective & strategic global engagement by Country Offices/Regional Offices with EU Delegations and EU institutions. Represent UNICEF in high-level meetings, consultations and workshops with EU institutions/officials and partner agencies to conduct policy dialogue and advocacy, establish UNICEF’s technical expertise and influence EU policy developments. Participate in international/EU-level meetings, workshops, and expert consultations. Develop and lead the media strategy of the Office, to position UNICEF as a “go-to” partner of the media on child rights issues and to support the global roll-out of the cause framework and campaigns. Develop and lead the digital communication strategy of the Office, connecting the digital platform managed by the Office with those at global levels and in EU member states, in close collaboration with the Division of Communication, and concerned National Committees and Country Offices.
Strengthen UNICEF’s internal capacity – at country, regional and Headquarters level- to mobilize and leverage EU assistance and the policy and programming partnership delivering results for children. Design and share effective tools to support strategic interactions and policy dialogue (especially on migration) with EU institutions to mobilize and leverage the EU partnership and increase EU support for UNICEF’s global priorities and programmes, focusing on the most excluded, most disadvantaged and most vulnerable. Facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity development of key partner agencies and organizations how to integrate child rights in programming, policy formulation and budgeting. Promote and facilitate the global dissemination of the joint EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit: integrating Child Rights in Development Cooperation. Design and deliver customized training and dissemination events on child-right based programming and policy making, drawing on the EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit, and targeting EU institutions and relevant partners (European Parliament, EEAS, bilateral partners).
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social and economic sciences, development, or international relations. – Specialized training in EU laws or institutions an asset.
- A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels in development cooperation, child rights, advocacy, and policy development.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English required and fluency in French highly desirable. Knowledge of other EU languages an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Advertised: Sep 05 2023 Romance Daylight Time
Application close: Sep 20 2023 Romance Daylight Time
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- Closes Sep 20 2023Senior Adviser (Resource Mobilization & Policy), P-5, FT, Public Partnerships Division (PPD), Brussels, Belgium, Post #43707 Req # 565655 in Belgium
Within PPD’s overall mandate, the Office in Brussels manages UNICEF’s relationship with European Union Institutions (namely the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions) in order to expand political space for children through evidence-based policy advocacy, to mobilize and to leverage European Union (EU) resources and to provide support and guidance for the effective management of EU-funded programmes. The Brussels Office further strives to orchestrate UNICEF’s global interactions with EU institutions effectively, strategically and with a results-focus. The Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor is evolving in a small office where the Director is D1 level. The Senior Policy Advisor reports to the Director of the office.