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Risk & Compliance Specialist (Public Partnerships), P-3, Public Partnerships Division (PPD), Temporary Appointment (364 days), NYHQ Post #124530 Req #561586


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, HOPE

The Public Partnerships Division leads and works with UNICEF country offices, regional offices, and other headquarters divisions to drive public sector fundraising, leveraging, and advocacy to increase income and influence from partnerships and engagement with public sector to deliver results for children. PPD serves as the UNICEF global knowledge leader on resource mobilization and partnership with public sector partners, including governments, international financial institutions, public-private partnerships (such as Global Programme Partnerships), inter-governmental and UN inter-organizational arrangements.

Risk management in the context of the Public Partnerships Division’s (PPD) mission is an organizational and strategic function that enables the division to anticipate, identify and mitigate risks associated with public sector funding to UNICEF, which amounted to over $6 billion in 2023. It is positioned within the Systems, Analytics, Policy and Operations team of PPD.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Risk Manager, the Risk Specialist will be responsible for strengthening risk assurance and compliance efforts for the division, especially in support of contracting and negotiating with public sector partners and in notifications to donors on SEA and fraud allegations.

Key Functions/accountabilities

Contracting and negotiations support
  • Coordinate and provide technical and advisory support to PPD’s Director Office and PPD’s teams on the negotiation of contracts with public sector donors, especially around the area of donor conditionalities.
  • Monitor and track donor conditionalities across public sector donor portfolios and advise PPD teams and other internal stakeholders on how to respond to specific donor conditionalities in line with UNICEF policy and practice.
Integrity notification (SEA and fraud) risk management support
  • Coordinate with UNICEF’s Office of Internal Audit and Investigation (OIAI), country offices and PPD teams on the notification process to donors on fraud and SEA allegations. Review contracts to determine legal obligations and when notifications are required, draft and clear notification text with relevant stakeholders and coordinate dissemination process.
  • Assist in the roll out of organizational guidance on these notifications.
Audit and compliance support
  • Conduct quality assurance and follow-up on the implementation of PPD audit recommendations, including those related to annual risk assessments.
  • Review internal work processes in PPD to ensure that accountabilities are clear and placed at the adequate levels as per global policies and/or best practices. Provide support in developing systems, policies and procedures that will enforce and strengthen internal work processes.
  • Coordinate PPD’s inputs and responses to external UN Board of Auditors exercises.
Policy and regulatory framework support
  • Support in the maintenance of PPD’s regulatory content, including the update of the Resource Mobilization policy.
  • Manage PPD consultation and input process for organizational policy drafts that are circulated by other Divisions for PPD comment
  • Build capacity of PPD teams on knowledge of regulatory content and how it impacts on donor/partner agreements.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Business or Public Administration, Law, International Relations, International Development, or other related disciplines.
  • At least 5 (five) years of continuous professional work experience in risk and compliance as it relates to public partnerships, or in another directly relevant area.
  • Proven experience working with public sector donor contracts/agreements and understanding of the practical applications of conditionalities in donor contracts.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to exercise good judgment in situations of ambiguity, incomplete information, and high sensitivity.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively liaise with stakeholders and management.
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is 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…
  • 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.


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.
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