Position: Representative, D-1 (UNICEF)__Deadline:20Jul

Job no: 552225
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Phnom-Penh
Level: D-1
Location: Cambodia
Categories: Senior Leadership Vacancies, Executive Management

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 fulfil 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, dedication.

The Representative serves as the accredited representative of UNICEF in the country and reports to the Regional Director for general direction and oversight. The Representative is responsible for establishing dialogue with the Government to develop the framework of cooperation in the country and for working closely and collaboratively with the Government and national institutions, stakeholders and partners, to develop the Government-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation in active support of efforts to advance children’s rights as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, other international treaties/frameworks, the SDGs, and UN intergovernmental bodies.

As head of a medium size Country Office, the Representative is responsible for providing leadership and vision to the UNICEF Country Office team in advocacy, managing partnership and leveraging resources for the achievement of results and realization of the rights of children. The Representative leads and oversees the various programme sectors and operations teams ensuring delivery of quality results in accordance with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity. The Representative is accountable for upholding UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability, and ensuring the establishment and maintenance of a non-discriminatory, inclusive and nurturing working environment for all staff and personnel, to enable them to effectively and efficiently deliver high-quality results for children.

How can you make a difference?

The Representative’s key functions and accountabilities include:

  • Developing and planning the Country Programme
  • Leading and managing the Country Office
  • Monitoring and quality control of the Country Programme
  • Representation and external relations at global/regional and national level
  • Delivering high quality results for children, including in a complex operating environment
  • Support to the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team to advance the UN Cooperation Framework
  • Leading resource mobilization efforts and nurturing and strengthening partnerships
  • Leading innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Safety, security and well-being of staff, programmes and organizational assets


To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…


  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, international relations, government and public relations, public administration, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 13 years of professional development experience that combines intellectual and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in developing countries is required. Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

Person Profile:

  • The post will require a good people manager who is astute and intellectually curious regarding issues and topics extending beyond the role of the post.
  • The person must have excellent communication, influence and interpersonal skills combined with a culturally sensitive approach to interact with people, adapting their style to a wide range of audiences.
  • Emotional intelligence and self-reflection is essential to maneuver in a complex social and political environment.
  • The post needs a leader who can inspire commitment and guide the team to make decisions that make an impact on work that we do for the children.
  • Openness is important. Tact and diplomacy are necessary when dealing with complex issues.  Working experience in the Asian context is an advantage. 
  • Familiarity with working across humanitarian and development contexts is an asset.

Country Typology:

  • Country Income Level: Cambodia is a lower middle income country.
  • Duty Station:  Phnom-Penh is a “B”, family, and non-emergency duty station.
  • Office Size: 100
  • Annual Budget: USD24 million per annum
  • Good for 1st time Representative: No
  • Schooling: various options available in international schools

Brief country context:

While recently graduated to the lower middle-income category, Cambodia is still an LDC with sustained economic growth but lagging behind social services, human resource capacities and infrastructure.  Traditional reliance on western ODA is being rapidly outperformed by support from China. In addition to its main office in Phnom Penh, UNICEF maintains staff in two provincial zone-offices. UNICEF programme is accompanying the transformation of the education and social protection systems, addressing high rates of violence against children and institutionalization, malnutrition, low WASH coverage and low quality of health services.  Cambodia is highly vulnerable to natural disaster.

In the Cambodian highly structured development cooperation architecture, UNICEF is the lead agency for the sector-wide Education, WASH, Nutrition and Social Protection groups.  


For every Child, you demonstrate...

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability


  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

***This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

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

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 may also be 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.

Advertised: SE Asia Standard Time
Deadline: SE Asia Standard Time

Moreinfo: https://jobs.unicef.org/en-us/job/552225

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