About UNICEF Canada
UNICEF is a global agency that works tirelessly to ensure children survive, wherever children’s lives are at risk. As part of the UN, we are active in190 countries and territories, and are the world’s farthest-reaching humanitarian organization for children. We are passionate about the well-being of children around the world. Our goal is defend every child’s right to a childhood, to keep them protected, healthy and educated.
UNICEF stands for every child, everywhere. We are guided by the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, advocating for the protection of children’s rights, helping to meet their basic needs, and giving them a fair chance to reach their full potential.
UNICEF’S CANADA’S MISSION: to mobilize and empower Canadians to invest in the positive transformation of every child’s future.
UNICEF Canada is seeking a passionate and collaborative Chief Program Officer (CPO) to join the executive team and provide leadership to the important role UNICEF plays as an advocate influencing policies to protect and promote the rights of children in Canada and around the world. The CPO will lead and oversee the strategic positioning of UNICEF programs within Canada. Based on global priorities set by UNICEF, the CPO is also responsible for setting the programs funding priorities of UNICEF Canada, in alignment with UNICEF and with strategic plans.
The CPO guides the programs team and provides strategic leadership and support to key areas of the strategic plan.
Specifically, the CPO leads UNICEF Canada’s international and domestic programs and policy advocacy teams towards the goals of being a leading advocate for the rights of children and supporting the organization to achieve growing and sustainable revenue. Teams include stakeholder and government relations and youth participation. The CPO is part of the organization’s Executive Team and works across the organization to support business objectives and advance anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.
The CPO represents the UNICEF Canadian National Committee within UNICEF globally on key initiatives and teams related to advocacy and international programs. The CPO works closely with the Strategic Engagement team to ensure that UNICEF’s brand, leadership, influence and impact for children is well positioned to attract and retain a diverse group of Canadian donors, supporters, advocates, youth and funders, including as a media spokesperson on international and domestic children’s issues. Working closely with the President and CEO, the Director of International Programs and Director of Policy and Research (domestic), the CPO leads the government relations strategy and engages at high levels to leverage and build key relationships across all levels of government. The CPO develops and maintains strategic partnerships with other key agencies and partners in the international sector and domestic child and youth sector to build opportunities and influence to further the rights of children in Canada and around the world.
The preferred candidate will have experience in government and media relations, advocacy, children’s rights and international programs.
Strategic Leadership & Operational Planning (20%)
Revenue Development (10%)
International Programs, Policy and Research, and Advocacy (30%)
Government Relations and Public Affairs (15%)
Team Coaching and Operational Management (15%)
Executive Leadership (10%)
Qualifications, Competencies and Skills
All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button on the job advert page, complete our online application form, and submit your CV and cover letter as two different documents, which should be prepared before applying as they will be considered in the application process. The cover letter should be no more than two pages long and explain why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.
The document should be saved in PDF in the following format: Your First Name-Your Last Name-Document Name-Date (mmyy) e.g., Pat-Jones-CV-032023-UNICEF or Pat-JonesCoverLetter-032023-UNICEF
March 29, 2023
May 1, 2023
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