Manager, Global Programs

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UNICEF USA (“UUSA” or “We”) relentlessly pursues a more equitable world for every child, upholding the rights of all children and empowering every child, everywhere. We also support the fundamental belief that children should have a voice and role in shaping their futures and the futures of their communities.

Over eight decades, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has built an unprecedented global support system for the world’s children, and has boldly taken on the biggest, seemingly impossible challenges facing children. UNICEF relentlessly works day in and day out to deliver the essentials that give every child an equitable chance in life: health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children.

We know that sustainable change is attainable, but it can’t be achieved alone. It takes a committed team – individuals, governments, corporations, volunteers and staff – who demonstrate a relentless commitment to working tirelessly, day in and day out in some of the toughest, hardest to reach places. Big problems need big solutions, and we harness our collective, global voice and energy to do more good, in more places for children. We will never stop supporting UNICEF to develop smarter, more cost-effective solutions; scaling up proven, data-driven programs; and harnessing new technologies to create measurable change for children.

UUSA is organized under the laws of New York State as a not-for-profit corporation. As such, UUSA is a tax-exempt organization as defined under Section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is governed by an independent, non-salaried Board of Directors.


Position:        Manager, Global Programs 

Location:       Remote or NYC National Headquarters

FLSA Status: Exempt


Manager, Global Programs

The Global Programs team serves as strategic advisors to UNICEF USA colleagues on UNICEF’s program content, priorities and funding needs. Team members serve as liaisons between UNICEF USA and UNICEF programs worldwide, supporting resource mobilization efforts including by providing program information and developing proposals and reports; managing program visits and engagement opportunities with UNICEF; and building staff knowledge about UNICEF. The Manager will join a team whose primary goals are to provide strategic guidance, programmatic expertise and resource mobilization support to colleagues across the organization.


Reporting to the Deputy Director, Global Programs, UNICEF USA seeks a highly skilled strategic thinker, professional writer, project manager and administrator with a minimum of 5 years of work experience. This manager will serve as internal subject-matter expert and strategic advisor on key thematic areas in collaboration with UNICEF USA’s Philanthropy, Marketing & Communications, and Public Affairs teams. This work includes providing strategic program guidance; engaging with UNICEF colleagues; preparing and submitting proposals, reports, presentations, and other fundraising and educational materials to support revenue generation and donor stewardship; and other special projects as assigned.


Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

  • Provide strategic program guidance to fundraisers across the organization to identify areas of programmatic support that best align with partner and UNICEF interests and needs. Strategic support can include influencing donor solicitation and stewardship strategies, participating in donor meetings and calls to provide programmatic information and funding priorities, and proactively identifying opportunities to deepen UNICEF USA’s relationship with partners and supporters around specific program portfolios.
  • Prepare high quality collateral, including but not limited to grant applications, proposals, reports, letters of intent, briefs, acknowledgments, presentations and other communications for submission to donors and supporters in a timely manner. Must be able to synthesize complex information for communication to audiences with different levels of understanding of the subject matter.
  • Manage the holistic grant cycle for individual and institutional giving, including proposal development, tracking progress and donor reporting.
  • Facilitate bilateral engagements between donors and key UNICEF colleagues, including staff briefings, donor calls and private donor engagements. Manage the full process cycle of developing briefing memos, handling logistics and following up on funding opportunities and proposal development.
  • Conduct research, collect, analyze and interpret UN/UNICEF data and information needed for proposals, reports, budgets, etc., utilizing UNICEF and other UN resources to develop fundraising materials.  
  • Develop partnership, donor and program strategy in coordination with UNICEF’s mission, approach and sectoral work in countries and regions around the world, matching with priorities of private donors, corporate partners and foundations.
  • Make presentations and lead meetings internally and externally with UNICEF colleagues and internally with UNICEF USA staff about UNICEF programs and priorities.
  • Contribute to quality impact reporting with quantitative and qualitative data, highlighting UNICEF USA’s unique contribution toward UNICEF’s results.
  • Provide surge support across the team to help manage high volume requests and assist with special projects for the division, as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, international development or another subject area relevant to UNICEF’s mission (master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience, preferably with program strategy, including working with or as a frontline fundraiser, program and business development, grant writing or global development program management.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills: demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information and communicate that information in an accessible and compelling manner, with a track record of delivering high quality collateral. Experience writing proposals for individual and institutional donors soliciting six and seven figure gifts preferred.
  • Strong attention to detail and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of international development issues is essential; knowledge of UNICEF and international development issues particular to children is a plus.
  • Experience organizing and facilitating strategic meetings and events; prior public speaking experience to large donor or supporter audiences preferred.
  • Strong research capacity to identify answers to staff and donor questions in a timely, detailed, and strategic manner.
  • Ability to adhere to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously with independence; ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality required.  
  • Strong customer service approach.
  • Comfort operating with relative independence and taking initiative to support colleagues and suggest ways to meaningfully engage partners and donors.
  • Growth-mindset; enthusiasm for learning and interpreting new information, comfort with asking questions and asking for support when needed.
  • Familiarity with grant making and reporting and comfort reviewing budgets and financial reports preferred.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and racial belonging.  


Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.


Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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