Consultancy – Strategic Engagement Project Manager, New York or Remote, Office of Global Insight and Policy, 9 months (full-time)


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…

Child rights are universal, inalienable and indivisible. Yet the pursuit of these enduring rights takes place within a world that is in constant flux. Economic, social and political dynamics, driven by new technologies, actors and challenges, pose important tests for the current and future well-being of children.

The Office of Global Insight and Policy (Global Insight) was established in 2019 to assist UNICEF in interpreting, and engaging in, a rapidly changing world. Global Insight provides UNICEF with intelligence on a range of issues with implications for children and its work, equipping the organization to shape the global discourse more effectively with greater awareness of children’s issues, and preparing it for the future by scanning the horizon for frontier issues and ways of working.  

With dedicated expertise in seven policy areas – digital technology, human capital, governance, the environment, society, finance, and markets – Global Insight serves as UNICEF’s internal think tank, scoping frontier issues and emerging practices affecting children that may inform UNICEF’s approach.

How can you make a difference?

Global Insight (OGIP) is looking for an experienced project manager to join its Strategic Engagement Unit. In this role, the Strategic Engagement Project Manager will design and execute on processes and platforms that improve coordination, planning, and collaboration within the Office. Projects include supporting internal communications, improving our knowledge management, building an efficient repository of content and templates, and facilitating meetings to strengthen the strategic engagement functions of OGIP’s work. Through these projects, the Project Manager will enable the Unit and Office to establish, operationalize and institutionalize effective approaches which can then be carried forward in the future.  We are looking for a creative and motivated consultant that’ll help us build a solid back office to enable agile and effective operations, which are central to our ways of working.

Proven experience and knowledge in applying collaborative, iterative and agile principles in project management roles is highly desirable. Experience working with global teams and in international settings is preferable, but not necessary.

Your main responsibilities will be:

 Planning Framework development and implementation:

  • Work with internal stakeholders to refine, operationalize and manage office-wide planning framework
  • Develop, implement and institutionalize processes to ensure OGIP products are made available through key channels (intranet, website, newsletter, etc) in a logical, standardized manner to maximize their reach.
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  • Contribute to the design and delivery of the projects management practice to leverage the diversity of skillsets in the office and encourage collaboration

Capacity and timeline management for priority projects:

  • Propose and coordinate necessary exchanges and meetings to set timelines towards the delivery of “highlight” projects
  • Organize retrospectives and evaluation meetings to support monitoring, evaluating and learning practices, and the refinement of the office’s projects model
  • Monitor dashboard and support planning framework by flagging capacity gaps and surge needs

Project manage SEU operations:

  • tools and processes thahelp drive unit’s work within OGIP and UNICEF.
  • Organize meetings follow up to ensure timelines are set and met.
  •  internal communication systems and channels to improve Unit and Office-wide flow of information.
  • Where necessary, assign and coordinate consultants deployed for particular projects.
  • Source, build and update lists with key internal and external stakeholders for OGIP communications and partnerships
  • Work with Chief of Staff to prioritize and monitor SEU capacity deployment

Office-wide management:

  • Coordinate prioritization for all-staff and Management Team meetings
  • Gather and/or write notes for key internal meetings.
  • Support knowledge management strategy and backend architecture for resources

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, social science or a relevant field
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in project management, planning, organizational design and/or corporate strategy development.
  • Significant experience as a project manager and demonstrated ability to deliver on complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience with strategy and execution of internal and external engagement functions such as in campaigns, communications, design, or partnerships/coalition
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills; meticulous attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines with a commitment to quality.
  • Ability to use and/or adopt UNICEF’s corporate tools and software in order to develop strategies and deliver tasks (such as Microsoft suite, SharePoint, Mailchimp,…)
  • Experience in making decks to present information to specific internal audiences is an asset.
  • Experience facilitating, designing and executing participatory meetings and events online is an asset
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The competencies required for this post are: Communication; Working with People; Drive for Results; Analyzing; and Applying Expertise.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.



Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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