Interim Director of UK Programmes


Interim Director of UK Programmes

Circa £90,000 per annum

Fixed Term Parental leave – up to 12 months

Part home/part office based

UNICEF ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated, and protected than any other organisation. We have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else. We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place for all our children.

This is a great opportunity to join the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) as the Director of UK Programmes.

In this role, you will be a critical member of the Extended Leadership Group (which is responsible for the overall management of UNICEF UK) by working to realise UNICEF’s vision for children worldwide, and to successfully achieve the organisation’s objectives to deliver income, influence, and UK impact. As the Director of Programmes you will oversee the successful delivery our three core domestic programmes, which reach millions of children across the UK every year. These programmes achieve sustained changes in major areas of policy, by demonstrating the impact of UNICEF UK rights-based approaches.

As an able and highly experienced, credible leader, your will need the significant programmes experience you have gained or are in the process of growing. You would have delivered multiple programmes and/or services within the UK. You will have successfully implemented large-scale, complex national agendas using rights-based approaches, and have effectively managed multifaceted teams, to deliver transformational and systemic change. You will also have experience of effectively dealing with the media and/or acting as an organisational spokesperson and representative.

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Closing date: 5pm, Monday 26 September 2022

First stage interview date: Thursday 6 October 2022

In return, we offer:

  • excellent pay and benefits (including flexible working, generous annual leave and pension, big brand discounts and wellbeing tools)
  • outstanding training and learning opportunities and the support to flourish in your role
  • impressive open plan office space and facilities on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • an open culture and workplace with colleagues who share our values, enjoy their work and are motivated to do their utmost for children.
  • the opportunity to work in a leading children’s organisation making a difference to children around the world

We are gradually moving back to our offices on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London and we anticipate most colleagues will work one or two days a week in the office and the rest of the time from home. We will happily discuss other flexible options to suit your circumstances.

We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, disabled candidates, and from men, because we would like to increase the representation of these groups at this level at UNICEF UK. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for children.

UNICEF UK promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

We welcome a conversation about your flexible working requirements, personal growth, and promoting a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a criminal records check. A criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the role and the circumstances of your offences.

We only accept online applications as this saves us money, making more funds available for us to help ensure children’s rights.

If you require support in completing the online form or an application form in an alternative format, please contact Supporter Care on 0300 330 5580 during office hours.

If you do not hear from us within 14 days of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please note that we only provide feedback to shortlisted candidates.

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