Deputy Representative (Operations) at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is in need of qualified applicants for the vacant position of Deputy Representative for operations. Check below for the full details of the position:

  • Job Title: Deputy Representative (Operations)

  • Employment Type: Contract (Fixed Term Appointment)
  • Job No: 20079
  • Location: Abuja
  • Level: P-5
  • Categories: Human Resources, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Supply Management, Legal Affairs, Operations, Administration, Financial Management, Facilities Management, Transportation


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For Every Child, Dedication

  • As a Strategic Business Partner, the Deputy Representative (Operations) will have overall responsibility of overseeing the operational functioning of the country office, specifically responsible for leading for results, drive change, provide risk-informed, solution-focused analysis, advice, and services and contribute to programme and management decisions for delivering results for children in Nigeria.
  • In addition, this position serves as a key strategic advisor to their office’s leadership in helping implement UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025.

UNICEF - Deputy Representative


How Can you Make a Difference?

  • In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally. In partnership with the government, civil society, children and families. Click here to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:
  • UNICEF Nigeria is looking for an experienced Deputy Representative (Operations) to become part of a highly motivated and committed team of over 400 staff who work to bring visible changes in the lives of the most disadvantaged children in NIGERIA.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

The Deputy Representative’s (Operations) key functions and accountabilities include:

  • Champion strategic management of resources to achieve organizational goals and ensure Value for Money (VfM)
  • Enhance Risk Management to increase organizational performance and strengthen internal control (Valuing Risk Management)
  • Ensure further operational centralization and optimization for maximized efficiency gains (Valuing Systems and Structures)
  • Strengthening internal and external-facing partnerships and leveraging UNICEF’s oversight and understanding of financial management across all areas of the office (Valuing Partners)
  • Valuing People: Together with People Management, manage and develop people resources to promote technical competence and foster career progression and retention of a “fit for purpose”/ agile workforce.



  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s and above) in one of the following areas is required: Business Management,; Financial Management, Accounting, Public Finance or related Operations function (Supply Chain, Human Resources, Information Technology, International Business, Project management, etc.) or a full professional Accounting Designation (CA, ACA, ACCA, CPA, CIMA, CPFA, Expert Comptable) from an internationally recognized institute/body of accountancy with valid membership in good standing is required.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience at the national and international level is required, specifically in advocating and implementing strategic organizational initiatives in one or more operations management areas, including budget; financial management and reporting; facilities management; administration; supply and logistics management; information and communication technology; human resources.
  • Prior experience in the development sector or UN system/ international NGOs would be an asset.
  • Additional experience in one or more of the following areas would be desired:
    • Audit and investigations
    • Safety and Security
    • Grant Management
    • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Experience in a UN system agency, large private or public company, or experience working in a developing country and/or humanitarian/ emergency context is an asset.
  • Experience in working with corporate ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning) and IPSAS (International Public Sector Accounting Standards) is highly desirable.
  • Experience in Results Based Management is a requirement.
  • Experience in managing successful client-oriented work units is an asset.
  • Experience in co-creating policy is desirable.
  • Prior experience working with diverse stakeholder groups or multi-stakeholder partnerships is highly desirable.
  • Previous hands-on experience in strategic and managerial leadership is required.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it.

UNICEF Competencies Required for this Post are:

  • Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (III)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (III)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (III)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (III)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (III)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (III)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (III)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (III)

(Functional) Competencies:

  • Deciding and Initiating Action (II)
  • Following Instructions and Procedures (III)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (III)
  • Analyzing (III)

Other Skills:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Managing complexity and change.


Application Closing Date: 29th August, 2022.


  • 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.
  • For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • 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.

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