Partnerships Specialist (Private Sector), P-3, Temporary Appointment

UN Children's Fund, Nairobi, Kenya
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Job Summary

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’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

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Since the inception of the Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) Africa Regional Support Center (RSC) in 2014, UNICEF has developed regional and national level strategies for strong growth in partnerships and engagement with the private sector across the Eastern and Southern Africa region (ESAR). These strategies are in line with the UNICEF global private sector strategy, and contextualized for the African environment. In this context, the regional Private Sector Partnerships team works in close collaboration with country office, regional and UNICEF global colleagues, in engaging with the private sector for financial and non-financial contributions to its work for children in Africa. This includes resource mobilization, tapping into non-financial resources, leveraging business for Child Rights, and establishing high impact partnerships with the private sector.

This TA position is based in Nairobi, as part of the Public and Private Partnerships team in the ESAR Regional Office. Under the leadership of the Regional Partnerships Manager (Private Fundraising),, the incumbent will develop and strengthen partnerships with international and regional foundations and business, who can support UNICEF with financial investment, advocacy, and other in-kind resources.

Major duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Partnerships Manager (Private Fundraising) the incumbent will:

1. Initiate new Regional Partnerships – In close collaboration with the UNICEF global Private Sector Fundraising team and technical units in the Regional Office, to support in the development of new regional partnerships, including prospect research, networking, and exploratory meetings with potential major partners.2. Steward existing Regional Partnerships – to steward existing regional partnerships with business, including regional reporting and primary relationship management, with the goal of expanding and/or renewing appropriate partnerships.3. Build and strengthen capacity – to provide support to COs and Regional Office technical units on developing strategies for engagement with international and local business, including direct support to specific partners as requested. As well, to contribute content and support to private sector capacity building through CO missions and to major private sector trainings in the region.4. Support partnership knowledge management– to support knowledge management initiatives on partnership management between various UNICEF in-house entities, ESARO and the Country Offices.5. Provide CO backstopping support and other related tasks that contribute to larger partnership team objectives to ensure an integrated approach.

new regional partnerships per year established in the region2. 3 - 5 existing partnerships managed and positioned for best practice learning and partnership expansion3. Targeted CO support missions timely identified and executed; training content and relevant support provided to all major private sector trainings in the region.4. ESAR private partnerships information is up to date in Salesforce/UNISON and private sector focal points are trained in using UNISON.

Overall the incumbent will provide technical advice in the region, leading to:

  • Increased results for children through financial investment and utilization of a partner's core assets.
  • Strong partner satisfaction, resulting in expanded partnerships.
  • Increased brand recognition and advocacy through sophisticated partnership communication strategies.
  • Increased knowledge and expertise base in COs to engage effectively with the private sector.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

An advanced university degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences, Economics, Marketing, Fundraising or other related fields is required.

  • A minimum of5 five years of relevant work experience in private sector partnerships and fundraising is required, of which a minimum of three years in working with companies and foundations is desired. Experience developing shared-value partnerships also a plus.

  • Work experience within an international organization is required; work experience in Africa is an advantage.

  • Work experience with UNICEF is an advantage.

  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.

  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language, preferably French, an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post areLeading and Supervising [II], Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II], Analysing [II], Relating and Networking [II], Entrepreneurial thinking [II], Persuading and Influencing [III].

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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.

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