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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Policy and Compliance Specialist - International Maize and Wheat Improvement

by Yona Maro  |  at  12:14 AM

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information: www.cimmyt.org
Under the direct supervision of the General Counsel, the Policy and Compliance Specialist establishes and maintains a comprehensive policy framework, and serves as team leader to accomplish the update and harmonization of existing and new policies into the updated framework. The selected candidate will support the General Counsel with oversight of internal and external resources to ensure that employee conduct and operations are in compliance with the Code of Conduct, policies, procedures, and controls, and with CIMMYT’s contractual and legal obligations. The Policy and Compliance Specialist participates in the establishment and management of, and communication and training on, CIMMYT Compliance Program elements, including the code of conduct, Compliance Committee, and related policies, standards and procedures.
The position is based at CIMMYT’s campus in Texcoco, Mexico, located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, Mexico. The job will involve extensive travel within Mexico at various research stations and some travel in collaborating countries.
Specific duties:
  • Assess the adequacy of existing policies and identify gaps and issues that require change.
  • Support internal committees and working groups established by management to address policy development and ongoing coordination.
  • Propose an effective Policy Framework to incorporate best practices and international standards, taking into account CIMMYT’s evolving needs, and the regulatory framework of CIMMYT, sister organizations, and the United Nations Common system.
  • Propose for approval, and provide training to units and departments on, standardization of requirements as to the Policy Framework, including format, content, and definitions applicable to policies with wide applicability within the CIMMYT organization.
  • Provide training and direct mentoring to individuals with drafting responsibility, to ensure completion of updated and new policy drafts (and related standards, policies and procedures), recommendations, reports, studies, briefings, presentations, letters, blogs and other relevant outputs for key stakeholders.
  • Develop mechanisms to establish initial and continuing awareness of comparative best practices in policy management, regionally and internationally.
  • Respond to procedural questions related to policy administration.
  • Support the General Counsel in managing the CIMMYT Compliance Program.
  • Support the General Counsel in the management of the diverse membership of the CIMMYT Compliance Committee, in its oversight of the Compliance Program elements.
  • Propose for approval and implement the standards and procedures for CIMMYT stakeholders to raise a compliance concern or make a report.
  • Participate in the concern/report review process, to determine assignment of resources to resolve matters raised.
  • Participate in the selection and engagement of third party training courses appropriate for the CIMMYT population.
  • Collaborate with CIMMYT leadership to ensure issues raised in compliance reports are addressed with appropriate corrective action and without retaliation.
  • Collaborate with CIMMYT Communication to develop communication activities to engage the work force regarding the Policy Framework and the Compliance Program elements.
Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:
  • First level law degree that enables practice as an attorney, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • 6 to 10 years in similar positions.
  • Communication skills in spoken and written English with fluent Spanish.
  • Competencies:
    • Decision making.
    • Problem Solving.
    • Change Management.
    • Collaboration.
The position is for an initial fixed-term for three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.
CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must apply here for 16844 Policy and Compliance Specialist, until Thursday February 9th. Screening and follow up of applications will begin on Tuesday January 23th, 2017. Incomplete applications (CV and Cover Letter) will not be taken into consideration. For further information on the selection process, please contact Enrique Martinez, at e.m.sanchez@cgiar.org.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

Goodwill Ambassador Team Internship

by Yona Maro  |  at  12:11 AM

Background Information

Established in December 1950, UNHCR is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees. In more than five decades, UNHCR has helped more than 50 million people restart their lives. Today, UNHCR staff in more than 120 countries continue to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people.
Based in UNHCR's offices at London, England, this is a unique opportunity to gain experience within the UN system as part of UNHCR's Division of External Relations, specifically working within the Goodwill Ambassador team. It will provide insight and experience in communication and relationship management functions as well as administration and team support within the context of an international humanitarian organization.


· Management of email, filing, and administrative duties as required
· Helping to organize travel arrangements for GWA team staff
· Support with archiving and storing photo and video assets
· Preparing, drafting and formatting documents and presentations as required
· Online research relating to celebrity supporters and prospects
· Supporting social media initiatives relating to celebrity supporters
· Supporting planning and organisation of events involving celebrity supporters
· Complete other duties as assigned.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required

· Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are essential
· Strong experience with online research and knowledge of digital and social media essential
· Strong team player
· Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and basic administrative skills
· Flexibility, organizational skills, ability to work quickly under pressure and juggle multiple tasks essential
· A proactive approach to work with a proven ability to work independently and problem solve
· BA degree or higher
· Background or interest in refugee issues and/or international relations welcome
· Fluency in English required; a second UN language welcome, notably French or Spanish.
· Be a strong communicator with fluency in English, including advanced writing and editing skills
· Have strong research and organizational skills
· Knowledge of digital media, content management systems or other web based applications
· Be available to work full time (40 hours) for a six-month period


The selected Goodwill Ambassador Team intern will be based with the team in London, UK.


The selected intern will be expected to begin on Monday 25 February 2017 and be available for
6 months. The role is full time 9.00am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. Please note that the terms of internship as defined by UNHCR practice, preclude payment of any kind.

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation and CV, including testimonials/degrees/certificates to DENCODERHR@unhcr.org indicating “Goodwill Ambassador Team internship” in the subject of the email.
The deadline for applications is 26th January 2017.
Due to a high number of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.
Interviews will take place during the week of 31st January – 3rd February 2017.

UNICEF Campaigns and Special Events Volunteer

by Yona Maro  |  at  12:10 AM

UNICEF: Brand Building
Campaigns and Special Events Volunteer
UNICEF Division of Communications is seeking a dynamic, motivated individual to serve as a Campaigns and Special Events Volunteer in our Brand Building Division. The Campaigns and Special Events Volunteer will have a diverse set of responsibilities including assisting with campaigns and special events logistics and coordination, brand building and social media engagement. Additionally, s/he will work to promote engagement in public facing communications. For the right candidate, this is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the international community in event planning and communications in the United Nations system.
· Assist with upcoming campaigns and special events relating to Universal Children’s Day
· Research identifying past successful campaigns and activations, quantitative and qualitative data, potential corporate and global partners
· Creating decks, messaging and positioning
· Assist with event related logistics including but not limited to signage creation, invitations, reports, guest name tracking, excel spreadsheets of invitees, volunteer management, day of logistics, badging, meeting notes, updating and creating organizations documents related to the digital campaign and experiential event
· Assist with social media engagement
· Vendor research, for special events, merchandise, and other related projects
· Clerical duties, including electronic filing, data entry, and assembling information/guest information packages etc.
· Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge Requirements
· Full knowledge of Microsoft systems, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel required
· Strong experience with Social Media engagement and Keynote
· Experience with writing, editing and research required
· Ability to learn new project management software systems
· Excellent oral and written communications skills
· Knowledge of varied software platforms (MAC, DOS)
· IMovie/Final cut pro editing is an advantage
· Photoshop skills are an advantage
· Interest in humanitarianism and international development an advantage · Experience with UNICEF and/or UN system is an advantage
· An additional UN language is an advantage
Educational Requirements
College Degree in Communications, PR, Marketing, Film, International Relations or relevant field
Personal Requirements
• Able to work in a fast-paced environment and work well with an energetic team
• Self-Motivated
• Organized and efficient
• Articulate with good presence
• Able to multi-task
24-48 hours/week. Schedule is Flexible.
Volunteers are unpaid.

To Apply send CV, Cover Letter and any relevant documents to unicefbrand@gmail.com with the subject line “Campaigns and Special Events Volunteer” before 31st January 2017.

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