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Director, Office of Research, D-2, Florence, Italy

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
UNICEF, the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, seeks a Director, Office of Research, D-2, Florence, Italy.

Purpose:
The incumbent will be responsible for further strengthening UNICEF’s reputation as an evidence-based organization, set a practical but cutting-edge research agenda, build partnerships with leading academic institutions and think tanks and pioneer innovative approaches in conducting and communicating research and knowledge on the situation of children around the world. As Director of the Office of Research, you will:
• Articulate the major components of the global research agenda for childrenand contribute to the translation of the agenda into practical and appropriate research that is conducted and communicated in a creative way;
• Develop the Office of Research as a leading knowledge centre and laboratory of ideas on children;
• Lead and guide innovative multidisciplinary and high quality research for effective impact of policies and programmes on children;
• Develop worldwide partnerships and networking with academic and policy centres, including North-South and South-South collaborations so as to strengthen cutting-edge research while building capacities;
• Communicate latest research findings related to children and their relevance to different parts of UNICEF and its partners at global and national levels;
• Represent UNICEF in global and regional research related fora;
• Collaborate with other parts of UNICEF in promoting the effective use of research for children in policy settings and provide advice and substantive support to the field to improve quality and effectiveness of research, especially through its impact on policy;
• Lead the preparation and implementation of a strategy for mobilization of resources for UNICEF’s global research agenda ;
• Manage the staff of the UNICEF Office of Research.

Minimum Requirements:
• Ph.D or equivalent level in social sciences, public policy, international relations, public health, education, law or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.
• At least 15 years of progressively responsible professional and managerial work experience at the national or international level in development policy analysis and/or research and research management. Engagement in and familiarity with academic, policy and development institutions and professional networks is essential. Experience heading a research or similar institution highly desirable.
• Fluency in English and command of at least one other UN working language.
• Strong professional record and reputation in social science research, preferably on children. Leadership experience that includes advancing an organisational agenda in a national or international organisation.
• Proven experience in mobilising resources.
• Demonstrated verbal and written communication and advocacy skills. Ability to guide, manage and supervise diverse professional teams.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi¬cultural environment and establish

Applicants are requested to submit a CV, cover letter and P. 11 form, or eRecruitment Profile to recruit.ssr@unicef.org by 29 November 2013.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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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