E20, London
Greater London
£60,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Circa £60,000 per annum


Currently working from home


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.


Soccer Aid for Unicef is the biggest celebrity charity football match in the world, broadcast live on ITV and the brainwave of Unicef UK ambassador Robbie Williams and Triple S Sports and Entertainment. Soccer Aid for Unicef brings together two teams of celebrities and football legends from England and the World XI. The event started in 2006 taking place every two years. Since 2018 Soccer Aid for Unicef has taken place every year and through continuous growth delivers a substantial fundraising and communications campaign. Since its inception, Soccer Aid has raised more than £47million for Unicef UK and provided much needed support for children, unlocking their right to play.


The core Soccer Aid Team is a small but mighty multi-functional project team who work with departments right across Unicef UK and with external partners including ITV, Endemol and Triple S Sports and Entertainment. Unicef UK is also in a joint venture with Triple S Sports and Entertainment Group to create Soccer Aid Productions Ltd (SAP Ltd) to deliver the commercial elements of the campaign.


The Head of Soccer Aid works across Unicef UK and Soccer Aid Productions and is responsible for both the in-year operational delivery and preparation for following years across all campaign stakeholders. To succeed in this role, you should have excellent skills in relationship management and negotiation and a talent for influencing senior colleagues and of fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders. You will have experience of managing multiple large-scale projects, building and managing significant budgets and in leading and motivating multi-disciplinary teams to succeed.     


The Head of Soccer Aid role offers a genuine opportunity to make a difference to the lives of children around the world. The role is critical to Soccer Aid’s future success and a high-profile position where you will be exposed to senior stakeholders across all key partners for Soccer Aid. The level of success that the project achieves will have a direct effect on the levels on the income raised to support Unicef’s work.


Closing date: 10am, Monday 25 January 2021.

Interview date: Wednesday 3 February 2021 via MS Teams


We are normally based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London but while our office is closed, this role will work from home or from wherever makes you happy.


We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities, and from men, 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 are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote 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 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.


Registered Charity Nos. 1072612 (England and Wales) SC043677 (Scotland)


Refreshed on: 16 January 2021
Closed date: 25 January 2021
Tags: Communications, PR, Fundraising