Temporary Appointment (6 Months), Partnership Specialist, Geneva 257 views

Job no: 528296

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Switzerland

Division/Equivalent: Partnerships

School/Unit: Geneva, Switzerland

Department/Office: Private Fund Raising and Partnerships

Categories: Private Fundraising and Partnerships, P-3

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 Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) team in UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division (PFP), leads on UNICEF’s engagement with private sector and public-private initiatives and platforms that are actively shaping business agendas, priorities and investments. The team is responsible for managing partnerships and leading engagement strategies for partnership development with global, regional and national platforms that can serve as catalysts and accelerators for country and regional offices and relevant HQ divisions in reaching, influencing, mobilizing and partnering with the private sector to achieve better results for children.

Purpose of the Job:

Under the guidance of the Chief, Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, the incumbent is responsible for developing, coordinating and managing strategies and relationships with key multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives involving business for accelerating UNICEF’s partnership, advocacy and programmatic objectives with the private sector. The incumbent is also responsible for guiding and coordinating HQ divisions, regional and country offices and National Committees in the development of strategies for engagement in key multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives, including public-private partnerships.

How can you make a difference?

Main Tasks:

  • Partnership building, networking and engagement: Identifies and maximizes opportunities for UNICEF engagement in select multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives involving the private sector, including public-private partnerships. Manages UNICEF’s engagement in these initiatives to advance UNICEF’s advocacy, programmatic and partnership goals. Builds and strengthens strategic partnerships to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to advance children’s rights, leveraging the value of UNICEF partnerships and collaboration, while preserving the organization’s credibility and reputation.
  • Advocacy: Develops advocacy opportunities and strategies to engage the private sector in priority advocacy themes under the UNICEF Strategic Plan and private sector IMPACT Plan. Identifies external champions and develops key asks for UNICEF priorities for children. Works to connect and engage key external stakeholders with the appropriate UNICEF division/office (HQ, Regional, Country) to engage the private sector in advancing specific programmatic and advocacy objectives with key partnerships and initiatives.
  • Planning and coordination: Coordinates within PFP, across divisions, RO/COs, National Committees and external organizations on UNICEF’s engagement in key global platforms related to the private sector. Plans, organizes and supports engagement of UNICEF senior leadership and/or private sector partners in key initiatives. Coordinates the preparation of briefing notes, talking points, key messages and other information materials as needed.
  • Capacity building: Capacity building with National Committees, headquarters, regional and country offices on engaging in private sector platforms and initiatives, including training, strategies and best practices to approach and engage the private sector to advance national, regional and global advocacy and partnerships initiatives and priorities.
  • Technical support: Provides technical support and advice regarding the integration of strategies for engagement with key platforms and initiatives into UNICEF planning processes, approaches and work plan. Provides inputs into briefing materials and other communications as needed. Develops content, thought leadership and subject matter expertise tailored to the unique interests and capabilities of a particular platform and its membership.
  • Communications: Supports the development of key messages related to engagement with multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives vis-a-vis internal and external audiences. Provides inputs and develops content/articles for internal and external audiences. Works with partnerships colleagues across the organization, to develop strategies and messages for priority UNICEF partners and National Committees.
  • Knowledge management: Facilitates knowledge capture and sharing on engagement with key global platforms and initiatives, including through updating Unison (the UNICEF Customer Relationship Management System), the PFP intranet and other sources.


  • Support development of one ‘Platform Engagement Strategy’ (e.g. engaging with Sports related platforms and bodies).
  • Support development of one ‘Thematic Engagement Strategy’ (e.g. in the area of Education and the Future of Work).
  • Facilitate UNICEF engagement in key events (e.g. engagement of UNICEF regional offices in events of global or regional platforms).
  • Development of materials for country support on platform engagement (e.g. thematic content, guidance, capacity building and training materials, building on outputs from previous projects related to engagement with multi-stakeholder platforms).

Estimated Duration of the contract:

  • 6 Months, maternity cover (February 2020 through July 2020)

Reporting To:

  • Chief, Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, PFP

Work Place:

  • Geneva, Switzerland

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


  • An advanced university degree in international development, international relations, social sciences, business or public administration, marketing, communication/external relations or other related field.
  • Training or experience in partnership management is an asset.


  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in partnership development, private sector engagement, relationship management related activities, and advocacy with business on children’s rights and development.
  • Experience of UNICEF programmes and track record in effectively working with different stakeholders and working on complex, multi-stakeholder partnerships involving the private sector, whether within UN, Government, NGOs or the private sector, would be an asset.

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in English is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core competencies:

  • Communication (LIII)
  • Working with people (LII)
  • Driver for Results (LIII)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising (I)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Persuading and Influencing (III)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (II)
  • Planning and Organizing (II)

view our competency frame work at:


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.

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements page. If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator.

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

Advertised: Dec 04 2019 W. Europe Standard Time

Application close: Dec 18 2019 W. Europe Standard Time

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    Temporary Appointment (6 Months),Partnership Specialist, P-3, # 112182, PFP, Geneva, Switzerland in Switzerland

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