Partnerships Specialist (Foundations), P-3, PFP, Geneva, Switzerland, #113283

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2020

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The Foundation Partnerships team is located within the Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships (PSFP) section of the Private Fundraisingand Partnerships (PFP) division of UNICEF.

The team is charged with driving forward ambitious growth plans for foundation partners, which constitutes one of the five key revenuestreams outlined in UNICEF’s Strategic Plan. UNICEF has established a number of highly valuable partnerships with leading foundations, whichhave been a major source of income growth in recent years.

The Foundation Partnerships team has been mandated to continue and accelerate this growth by rolling out a new Global Foundations Strategy across all key markets, including National Committees and Regional and Country Offices. The organization’s vision is to harness thepotential of the foundations community to increase financial investments for children, to exchange knowledge around joint areas of technicalexpertise, and to engage their voice in advocating for children’s rights. UNICEF seeks to work in partnership with the world’s leading andemerging foundations on causes of mutual importance, to achieve sustainable change at scale for every child.

Purpose of the Position

The postholder will work with the Partnerships Manager (Foundations) in Geneva to support the management and prospecting of high-levelpartnerships with foundations, both directly with partners and through focal points in National Committees, Country Offices and RegionalOffices.

The geographic focus will be Europe and the Gulf, with strong support to Africa. The postholder will also facilitate UNICEF’s engagement infoundation/philanthropic networks, with a view to adding UNICEF’s voice, expertise and thematic content to the global dialogue on issuesaffecting children, as well as organize thematic roundtable events. S/he will further support efforts to build the capacity of National Committees, Regional Offices, and Country Offices to effectively engage with the foundations community.

Key Expected Results

The role will provide critically needed project management support dedicated to existing high value foundation partnerships and to the development of new foundation partnerships alongside respective relationship managers in National Committees, Regional Offices and

Country Offices. Effective implementation of the above tasks will help to contribute toward the Foundation Partnerships team’s stewarding ofthe Global Foundations Strategy and it will help to drive the organization’s work toward meeting its financial targets in the Foundationschannel.

A key driver of success will be supporting organizational efforts to drive ‘new business’ to the foundations portfolio, while ensuring alignment inapproaches across all key markets and among other income channels, including major donors and corporates.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1. Partnerships management: Works with the Partnerships Manager to manage specific programme requirements of high-level partnershipsand prospects, including, but not limited to:

Identifying suitable proposal content, country office programmes, thematic fields and programmatic linkages to assist in the development, review, and update of relationship cultivation strategies and action plans. Leading content coordination to help negotiate partnership agreements and extensions, as required. Assisting in the development, review and update of relationship cultivation strategies and action plans. Organizing periodic strategy meetings with partners to help negotiate partnership agreements and extensions, as required. Monitoring and coordinating partner contributions to ensure all funds are efficiently and effectively utilized by UNICEF programmes worldwide. Organizing and occasionally accompanying partners on high-value field trips to increase their understanding and commitment to UNICEFprogrammes. Monitoring implementation by UNICEF country offices of donor agreements/projects and alerting the Partnerships Manager of related issues.

2. Grants management: Works with relevant country/regional offices and HQ divisions to prepare programme proposals, process grants,

monitor progress and provide quality oversight on appropriate reports for the managed partnerships in a timely manner.

3. Foundation/Philanthropy networks and convening events: Facilitates the organization of UNICEF participation in foundation/philanthropy networks, and helps to organize thematic roundtables and convening events, with a view to adding UNICEF’s voice, expertise and thematic content to the global dialogue on issues affecting children.

4. Communication: Collaborates with the Communications and Marketing section within PFP and the Division of Communications to develop communication plans and activities aimed at highlighting needs and maximizing visibility for relevant partnerships.

5. Knowledge management and capacity building: Supports knowledge management by capturing and sharing best practice experiences ofworking effectively with global, high-level partners. Facilitates capacity building work with National Committees, Regional Offices and CountryOffices.

6. Business analysis: Undertakes and supports financial analyses of foundation income, including projections and actuals, informs market specific financial analyses and opportunities, and provides inputs on pertinent trends and influences on the foundation sector.

7. Coordination: As appropriate, serves as focal point on communications and joint planning and reporting issues between the Geneva-basedand NY-based Foundation Partnerships Team.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


An advanced university degree in international development, public or business administration or closely related fields is required. A first level university degree in a relevant field combined with 7 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanceduniversity degree.


Minimum of five years’ experience in either the private or public sectors is required, including sound knowledge of handling programmeproposals, reports, budgets, M&E frameworks in the area of international development (i.e. education, health, child protection or related). Preference will be given to candidates with experience in direct relationship cultivation and management of high value partnerships, with adecisive advantage for demonstrating expertise in programme management (financial and technical) as well as programme monitoring andevaluation practices. Knowledge of UNICEF’s programmes and related processes are an asset. Securing partnerships with a value in excess of $5 million and/or managing proposal and report preparation processes is an asset. Sound knowledge of UNICEF programmes is highly desirable, along with understanding of programme management, monitoring, andevaluation practices.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English, with excellent writing skills is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

Care Respect Integrity Trust Accountability

Core competencies

Communication - Level III Working with People - Level II Drive for Results - Level III

Functional Competencies

Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level III Analyzing - Level III Relating and Networking - Level II Planning and Organizing - Level II Persuading and influencing- Level II Entrepreneurial Thinking- Level II

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service and this position is classified as "Rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty (i.e. 5 Years in the case of Geneva).

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is archived.