Public Partnerships Manager, P-4, Fixed Term, Public Partnerships Division, Washington D.C

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 25 July 2022
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UNICEF works in some of the worldโ€™s toughest places, to reach the worldโ€™s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

To create a world where the rights of every child are realized, UNICEF builds meaningful partnerships with the public and the private sector, to advocate on behalf of children worldwide and to leverage resources for programmes in their support.ย Focusing on the public sector, UNICEF's Public Partnerships Division works to achieve two outcomes: 1) The rights and interests of children are effectively translated into policies, programmes and budgets of public partners at all levels; and 2) Adequate, flexible and predictable resources are mobilized and leveraged to achieve results for children.ย 

How can you make a difference?

This position reports to Senior Advisor, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) Team, Public Partnerships Division.

The Public Partnerships Manager will be expected to work primarily on the World Bank portfolio. S/he will take a leading role in negotiations of World Bank legal agreements and templates, including highly complex project agreements negotiated at HQ level, in close coordination with OED legal, DFAM, OIAI, SD and other relevant teams. S/he will guide and support country offices on World Bank legal agreement templates, and review and clear agreements negotiated at country level. S/he will be responsible for analyzing and interpreting World Bankโ€™s financial rules and regulations, as well as environmental and social standards and other legal obligations that apply to the World Bankโ€™s operations. S/he will lead on developing World Bank specific guidance, tools, and templates to support implementation of environmental and social (and other) requirements for World Bank-financed programmes. S/he will serve as a grant manager over the lifetime of World Bank-financed projects, tracking implementation progress, funds utilization, and timely receipt of required reports.ย 

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

1. Support senior advisers and senior management in establishing the annual work plan, setting priorities/targets and performance measurements.

2. Monitor work progress for unit managed and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.

3. Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines for team members; and provide timely guidance to enable the team to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently.

4. Lead the work plan for assigned area, in order to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEFโ€™s partnership strategy.

5. Seeks and promotes new partnerships and resource mobilization, working with UNICEF colleagues to identify partnership and resource mobilization needs and broker resource mobilization agreements to meet those needs.

6. Receives and screens inquiries from potential collaborators and facilitates communication with appropriate UNICEF staff. Scans and scouts external environment within designated partnership area for opportunities and risks and shares information in a timely fashion with relevant UNICEF staff.

7. Provides strategic, logistical and programmatic support to senior management and other UNICEF staff in corporate engagement and interaction with assigned partners.

8. Develops and maintains deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective partners and relevant stakeholders, contributing to a database of key contacts and to UNICEFโ€™s base of knowledge on partnership and resource mobilization.

9. Expands UNICEFโ€™s network of key interlocutors to build stronger relationships between UNICEF and governments, other key-decision makers, regional development institutions, foundations, civil society organizations, international financial institutions and/or other relevant constituencies.

10. Develops and implements annual partnership engagement and resource mobilization plans.

11. Acts as a focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for outreach, engagement, policy influence and collaboration, including on how to anticipate and respond to partnersโ€™ concerns and priorities, ensure that UNICEFโ€™s interests, perspectives, and knowledge are taken into account in relevant policy and institutional processes, and ensure that they are fully aware of UNICEFโ€™s perspectives, policies, priorities and capabilities. Contribute to the development and management of initiatives for high-level outreach, including for UNICEFโ€™s Senior Management.

12. Contributes to the development of new partnership and resource mobilization practices and approaches by formulating recommendations for action based on on-going monitoring, analyzing current trends within designated partners and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development.

13. Contributes to strategies for engagement and the development of communications and advocacy products to enhance UNICEFโ€™s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and key stakeholders by providing analysis of the current environment and trends and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development. Works closely with UNICEFโ€™s colleagues to ensure that policy advocacy and outreach is strongly grounded in the experience and insights of the programmes that UNICEFโ€™s supports. Contributes written inputs for communications instruments that best inform and influence decision makers.

14. Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the success of the team, including guiding, training, and coaching short-term staff, including interns and consultants, as needed.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will haveโ€ฆ

An advanced university degree (Masterโ€™s or higher) inย international relations, political science, communications, international development, or another relevant technical field. A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public affairs, programme management, resource mobilization, external relations, or other relevant area. Experience working with the World Bank is required. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Desired skills:

The ability to allocate appropriate time and resources for successful achievement of goals, and foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning. Ability to implement clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, identify priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required. Diplomatic communication and negotiation skills to establish and maintain trusted partnerships for achievement of objectives and to develop close and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders. Authoritative knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation.ย  Authoritative knowledge of practices in partnership development and resource mobilization. Knowledge of World Bank programmes, as well as its operational modalities, policies and procedures. Demonstrated ability to formulate new approaches in respect of resources management and outreach- related activities. Skill in the identification of new opportunities or requirements to meet challenges in the field and propose changes. Excellent communications skills, verbal and written. Strong financial, analytical and problem-solving skillsย with excellent attention to detail. In-depth familiarity with political and governmental processes Ability to conduct sound policy analysis. Ability to meet tight deadlines and to handle concurrent activities efficiently under pressure, with minimum supervision.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEFโ€™s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post areโ€ฆ

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

We offer aย wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEFโ€™s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male candidates from programme countriesย are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

This vacancy is archived.

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