Chief Strategic Development Officer

Chief Strategic Development Officer

  • London
  • Permanent
  • Circa £125,000 per annum

Circa £125,000 per annum


Part home/Part office (London) based


UNICEF ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else. We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place for all our children.


We are now seeking an outstanding leader to join us as our new Chief Strategic Development Officer.


We consider this an absolutely key appointment, as you will lead on delivery of our ambitious strategic 2023 to 2026 plan and be in place to facilitate the creation of the next strategic plan for UNICEF UK. In addition, you will work closely with the executive team to help us achieve our ambitions and more for the children of the world.


You will be an inclusive, values-led leader, who knows how to collaborate with colleagues, and able to bring people together into a cohesive view. Your track record will include a strong experience of developing and delivering ambitious strategies. You will be an innovative thinker and leader of people.


If this all sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you.


Act now and visit to apply online.


Closing date: Tuesday 9 April 2024.

Panel interviews with UNICEF UK: Tuesday 30 April 2024.

Final panel interviews with UNICEF UK: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 May 2024.


In return, we offer:

  • excellent pay and benefits (including flexible working, generous annual leave and pension, big brand discounts and wellbeing tools)
  • outstanding training and learning opportunities and the support to flourish in your role
  • impressive open plan office space and facilities on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • an open culture and workplace with colleagues who share our values, enjoy their work and are motivated to do their utmost for children.
  • the opportunity to work in a leading children’s organisation making a difference to children around the world


Our application process: We use a recruitment platform called “Applied” that anonymises your responses and focuses on your actual skills that are relevant to this role. This benefits you by giving you a greater chance of expressing your skills in this objective selection process.


We are gradually moving back to our offices on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London and we anticipate most colleagues will work one or two days a week in the office and the rest of the time from home.  We will happily discuss other flexible options to suit your circumstances.


We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates and disabled candidates because we would like to increase the representation of these groups at this level at UNICEF UK. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for children.


UNICEF UK promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.


We welcome a conversation about your flexible working requirements, personal growth, and promoting a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.


The successful candidate will be required to apply for a criminal records check. A criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the role and the circumstances of your offences.


We only accept online applications as this saves us money, making more funds available for us to help ensure children’s rights.


If you require support in completing the online form or an application form in an alternative format, please contact Supporter Care on 0300 330 5580 during office hours.


If you do not hear from us within 14 days of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please note that we only provide feedback to shortlisted candidates.


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