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Senior Manager, Strategy and Coordination, Family Planning 2030

Position Overview

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) was a global partnership with an ambitious goal: to enable 120 million additional women and girls to access and use contraceptives by 2020. Since our founding in 2012, governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research community have come together toward this goal. We’ve made significant progress, but more remains to be done. Over the last two years, the FP2020 Secretariat and Core Conveners (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the United States Agency for International Development, and the United Nations Population Fund) conducted a global consultation to create a shared vision for 2030 that builds on the progress achieved to date and positions us to achieve the future women and girls around the world are asking for. As we look toward the future, we are excited to transition to the next phase of this partnership: FP2030. The Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Foundation and will shift to regional hubs over the course of 2021.

This position will be in place through March 31, 2022, with the possibility for extension.

The Senior Manager, Strategy and Coordination reports to the Executive Director, FP2030, and has a close working relationship with the FP2030 Directors. The Senior Manager, Strategy and Coordination supervises the Coordinator, Senior Leadership and Reference Group; Senior Manager, Budget, Grants, and Contract Services; and interns as relevant, and works closely with coordinators to ensure collaboration and coordination across the Secretariat.
 
The Senior Manager, Strategy and Coordination also supports the Secretariat’s engagement with the Core Conveners and FP2030’s Transition Management Team, Transition Oversight Group, and funders. 

Essential Functions

The Senior Manager, Strategy and Coordination is a multifaceted position that provides strategic and programmatic oversight to a number of core functions within the Secretariat including, but not limited to: 

  • Supporting the Executive Director’s effective execution of the Secretariat’s overall strategy and approach, providing support to deliver on cross-cutting Secretariat functions. 
  • Facilitating the coordination of FP2030’s senior management team and routine coordination of FP2030’s coordinators to align on activities and priorities.
  • Overseeing FP2030’s alignment with UN Foundation’s human resources and administrative functions: People & Culture, Operations, and in close coordination with the Senior Manager, Budget, Grants and Contract Services, Finance, and Business Services, Budgets, and Reporting (BSBR).
  • Providing overall management for reporting and proposal drafting for Secretariat funding.
  • Coordinating, overseeing, and/or supporting, as appropriate, core partner collaboration and external engagement, meetings, and events.
  • Facilitating the Secretariat’s efforts in the transition toward the 2030 partnership.

Management of the Executive Director’s Office

  • Support the flow of information in and out of the Executive Director’s office, facilitating timely and efficient decision-making and prioritization of the Executive Director’s time and focus.
  • Support the Executive Director in realizing FP2030’s vision and strategy (acting as a thought-partner and sounding board).
  • Supervise the Coordinator, Senior Leadership and Reference Group in supporting the administrative needs of the Executive Director (including but not limited to travel coordination, expense reports, and schedule management).
  • Oversee engagement with respective UN Foundation teams (People and Culture, Operations, BSBR etc.), including supervision of the Manager, Budget, Grants, and Contract Services, interns, and temporary staff.
  • Solicit proposals and manage Executive Office contracts/contractors, as needed, including the contracts for the Transition Management Team.
  • Draft monthly updates for the President/CEO of the UN Foundation and the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General on behalf of FP2030’s Executive Director.
  • Assist in overall staffing, including rightsizing throughout the transition, helpful to identify gaps, hiring, and onboarding full-time and part-time employees, secondees, fellows, and contractors.

Cross-team Coordination

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Secretariat staff to develop, review, and implement the overall FP2030 strategy and approach.
  • Support the Executive Director in ensuring effective cross-team and inter-organizational information sharing, collaboration, and execution of key strategic deliverables of the partnership, which is especially relevant as related to the transition.
  • As needed, coordinate and lead the Secretariat’s engagement in cross-team external events, such as ICFP.
  • Facilitate the coordination of FP2030 directors including drafting weekly meeting agendas and implementing relevant next steps.  
  • Oversee the routine coordination of support-level staff, including Coordinators, to effectively communicate and align activities and priorities across the team.
  • Oversee the annual performance evaluation process, including a written process in Q1 and a mid-year review in July/August, liaising closely with UNF’s People & Culture.
  • Lead the development and execution of team retreats, as applicable, in coordination with an external consultant, to focus on discrete areas of team skills building.
  • Lead cross-team engagement in preparation for global events, such as major conferences, to include coordinating Secretariat-hosted events, managing the travel team, staffing the Executive Director, and serving as a key point of contact for external partners.

Discrete Initiatives and Partner Engagement

  • Execute discrete and time-sensitive projects on behalf of the Executive Director and senior management team.
  • Work with the Executive Director to manage and strengthen relationships with key FP2030 partners, including but not limited to Core Conveners, Transition Oversight Group, and Transition Management Team by coordinating ongoing communication.
  • Support communication and correspondence with Secretariat funders, and potential funders, and coordinate monthly calls.
  • Oversee the proposal, quarterly work planning, and reporting processes for the FP2020 Secretariat to its funders.
  • Ensure clear information related to the transition is communicated to the Secretariat on a timely basis.
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic guidance to senior leadership related to the transition.
  • Participate in and provide strategic guidance to ensure cross-team continuity in the development and execution of all events and external engagements for FP2030.
  • Represent FP2030 at relevant meetings, conferences, workshops, and other events and contribute to other duties as assigned
  • Maintain working knowledge of the UNF agreement process (for both contracts and grants), and when to utilize the proper templates accordingly. (As applicable to the role)
  • Draft and review agreements and maintain an understanding of all agreement terms and applicable flow-downs, consulting with UNF’s finance/contracts team as needed. (As applicable to the role)
  • Attend training sessions provided by UNF’s contracts team to maintain and keep up to date with UNF’s current policies and procedures. (As applicable to the role)
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of UNF’s Salesforce database to be able to process and track agreements, extract information and prepare reports. (As applicable to the role)
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree or commensurate experience required.
  • 7+ years’ work experience in human rights, public health, international affairs or closely related international development field.
  • Ability to move projects forward from inception to implementation to completion.
  • Strong communication and research skills; ability to synthesize complex information and disseminate.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Flexibility, self-starter, openness to new challenges, team player, ability to prioritize competing demands.
  • Committed to driving progress in achieving social justice and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in all work products.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Strong professional interpersonal skills and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

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