UNICEF: Head of International Development Programmes

Posted on 05 May 2020

UNICEF is the world’s leading children’s agency. They work in 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, providing clean water and sanitation, education, healthcare, nutrition, and child protection. They are mandated by the United Nations to advocate for the protection of children’s rights here in NZ and around the world.   

The Head of International Development Programmes will be responsible for the management of UNICEF NZ’s international development and emergency aid programmes. They will work with the Group Manager Child Rights Programmes to develop strategy, design their international aid programme and manage key stakeholder relationships including the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and UNICEF Country Offices.

This is an exciting role, one where no two days are alike, where you will have a significant sense of job satisfaction knowing your work contributes to making a real difference to children’s lives. This includes leading a committed and self-managing team and ensuring the team is a full part of the integrated fundraising, advocacy and communications work programmes of UNICEF NZ.

Experience managing international development programmes,  advanced project management training, quality assurance and risk management skills are core expectations of the role, also forming and building strong relationships with key partners and stakeholders. Experience working with MFAT’s funding mechanisms for international development and emergency response would be an advantage. Experience working in the Pacific, Timor Leste or PNG would also be an advantage for a candidate.

Keen to know more?  Visit UNICEF's website here.

How to apply:

Applications close 12pm May 22nd 2020. Please send a CV and cover letter to Deepika Latchman at

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.