Director, Division of Data, Research and Policy (D-2)

New York, United States
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Director, Division of Data, Research and Policy (D-2)

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Director, Division of Data, Research and Policy (D-2)

Location: New York Headquarters

Closing Date: 30 October 2016

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children everywhere. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

The Director will lead and transform the work of the Data, Research and Policy Division, which includes the functions of data and analytics, policy and strategy, advocacy, research, organizational knowledge management, as well as organizational planning, reporting and guidance. The Director will oversee the development of a new Organizational strategic plan and its rollout to increase results for children and the most vulnerable people, as well as leading the development of new organizational approaches and policies, drawing on learning and research. S/he will lead the rollout of UNICEF’s new data strategy, with partners, to harness the power of data to drive change for children, innovation, and enable UNICEF to stay ahead of the latest data revolution. The Director will support UNICEF’s Office of Research on the development of a new research plan. S/he will also champion evidence generation and use within and beyond UNICEF, in close collaboration with data, research and evaluation colleagues.

Overall responsibility

  • Strategic leadership: develops UNICEF’s data strategy; drives and oversees the development, monitoring, reporting on and review of the Strategic Plan, its results framework and key performance indicators.
  • Leading policy and advocacy: leads Organizational strategic policy discussion, formulation, design and preparation.
  • Horizon scanning: proactively assesses trends and identifies emerging issues of relevance to the mandate of UNICEF.
  • Research support: supports UNICEF’s Office of Research (Innocenti Centre in Florence, Italy) on the development of a new research agenda and the broader research function across the organization.
  • Support to field offices: supports and provides high level advice to Regional Offices, Regional Management Teams and Country Offices in applying Organizational policies and standards of practice in all aspects of their work.
  • People management: leads the Division of Data, Research and Policy (DRP) effectively and efficiently; empowers staff to deliver results for children, and holds them accountable for the achievement of these results.

Qualifications of successful candidate

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in International Affairs, Political Science, Law, Economics, Social Studies, Statistics and/or related integrative disciplines.
  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant work experience in social development cooperation, half of which in senior management position at national and international levels, preferably in a large multilateral or bilateral organization. Experience should include at least five years of working in programmes in developing countries.
  • Fluency in English. A good working knowledge of another UN language (French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic) is an asset.

Candidate profile

  • Results-oriented leader with a track record in strategic and global thinking.
  • Analytical insight and ability to translate complex issues and data into clear strategy and plans.
  • Strong communication skills with the capacity to succinctly convey ideas and advocate for Organizational positions.
  • Record in fostering innovation and engaging and managing risk.
  • Strong management and leadership skills, track record in empowering people to achieve results.

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.

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