About UNICEF: Employment

Associate Director, Cross-Sectoral Policy, D-1, Division of Policy and Strategy, New York

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 an Associate Director, Cross-Sectoral Policy, D-1, Division of Policy and Strategy, New York.


1) To strengthen UNICEF’s use of evidence to influence cross-sectoral policies so that they improve results for disadvantaged and excluded children, including through national development plans and budgets, macro-economic policy, social protection policy and sustainable development policy (demography, migration, urbanization and climate change).

2) To lead and manage high quality technical advice, tools and guidance for UNICEF regional and country offices related to cross-sectoral dimensions of economic and social policy, and to provide advice to Programme Division colleagues on economic and public finance dimensions of UNICEF’s sectoral work. 

3) To build global level partnerships in economic and social policy analysis and dialogue, in collaboration with the Office of Research as appropriate, in order to leverage results and resources for children and women.

4) To provide high-quality advice to the senior management of UNICEF in these areas and on global economic and social trends and their impact on children.


• Advanced university degree in social science or related field.

• At least twelve years’ experience in development work, with at least four years at the field level, including country-level engagement in development planning, macro-economic policy, public administration reform or other relevant cross-cutting issues. Experience with UNICEF field programmes an asset.

• Established intellectual leadership in a relevant area of cross-cutting social, economic or environmental policy.  A track record of relevant peer-reviewed publications an asset.
• Excellent command of written and oral English is required. A good working knowledge of Spanish or French is highly desired.


• Excellent analytical, writing, public speaking and advocacy skills in social and economic policy fields.
• Proven competencies in the management of teams oriented to the provision of technical support and analysis.
• Demonstrated capacity to collaborate effectively with peers within and across institutional boundaries.

This is a vacancy in UNICEF’s Senior Staff Rotation and Reassignment Exercise (SSRRE 2013). Applicants are invited to express a maximum of five post choices, listed in ranking order of preference within this exercise. For staff within the UN system, please note that at least three of the posts applied to should be at the applicant’s present level.

Applicants are requested to submit a P. 11 form, CV and ONE cover letter for all positions applied to (please note positions and ranking order of choice in cover letter). Please send your application to recruit.ssr@unicef.org by 23 November 2012.

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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