Public Manager, Washington

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: UNICEF Washington, United States

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Monday, 12 October 2020

Public Partnerships Manager, P-4, Washington, DC, Public Partnerships Division, PPD, #101529

Job no: 534526

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Partnerships

School/Unit: Public Partnerships Division

Department/Office: Government Partnerships

Categories: P-4

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 . . .

This position sits within UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division (PPD). The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF’s position as a partner of choice for children’s rights among governments and inter-governmental actors around the world. The Division is doing this by positioning children’s rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions as resource, policy and program partners. A key premise for PPD is that the engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy and resource mobilization. Based in Washington DC, the UNICEF out-posted staff member will be an integral part of the UNICEF Public Partnerships Team in New York, helping to ensure that UNICEF maintains broad political and financial support from the U.S. Government.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of the Team Lead, the staff member will manage the partnership and resource mobilization efforts with various institutions of the Government of the United States, including but not limited to, USAID, US Congress, State Department, CDC, HHS, and other US Government agencies. The UNICEF staff member will also work closely with US Fund for UNICEF staff based in Washington, who are the main interlocutors with the U.S. Congress.In addition to relationship management with U.S. government officials, this position will also lead the grant management of USAID-funded global health and development awards, valued at over $75 million annually. This includes developing and reviewing agreements, proposals and donor reports. Specific responsibilities include:

Develop funding opportunities, strategies and workplans for assigned government donors (the US Government in this case) in a nonpartisan manner.

Represent and coordinate UNICEF’s participation in various US Government fora and related Washington DC-based civil society/NGO events.

Implement and manage resource mobilization activities; identify all possible sources of new and continued funding; monitor and evaluate existing resource mobilization channels to ensure achievement of UNICEF fundraising goals, including UNICEF’s annual core contribution from the US Government and USAID’s Global Health funds.

Monitor global trends in development cooperation and aid; monitor donors‘ development policies, budgets, systems and procedures and revise UNICEF resource mobilization strategies, activities and income projections for assigned donors as required; take appropriate action and/or advise UNICEF senior management on recommended engagement with donors to maintain and increase UNICEF’s resource base.

Establish and maintain high level contacts with senior officials of departments of assigned donor governments and other key stakeholders who are responsible for various elements of support to and relations with UNICEF; to promote, advocate, mobilize and influence cooperation with UNICEF to ensure UNICEF’s resource base and the attainment of UNICEF’s goals and objectives.

Prepare comprehensive and substantive briefing notes, reports, statistics, income projections and requirements for Executive Director’s and Deputy Executive Directors‘ meetings with ministers, senior donor government officials, senior parliamentarians, members of cabinet or heads of major institutions.

Negotiate terms of agreements of funding consistent with UNICEF Rules and Regulations in coordination with the UN Legal Division, HQ divisions and field offices.

Develop policy papers and guidelines to enhance fundraising efforts and initiatives for assigned donors for review/consideration of senior management.

Guide and support field offices to prepare and package programme proposals for assigned donors, advise them of funding opportunities for other resources and on their relations with assigned donors in the field. Guide and support relevant HQ offices on engaging with the US Government via PPD.

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Serve as focal point for UNICEF relations with assigned donors, negotiating agreements, funding support and feedback to donors, as well as arranging meetings for funding purposes with assigned donors and assigned thematic area.

Attend relevant meetings of UN system and assigned donors, to present and promote UNICEF goals and objectives and resource requirements.

Organize and join Executive Director and other senior staff visits to Washington, DC (as well as other meetings with assigned U.S. Government partners and related stakeholders held outside of Washington, DC).

Supervise 1-3 staff members formally and informally within the overall team.

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

An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in an area such as (but not limited to) social and economic or political sciences or international relations or law. Specialized training in international relations and/or international development. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels in the areas of social and economic development and cooperation or government relations, preferably including fundraising in an international organization.

Experience working within the U.S. Congress; U.S. federal agencies engaged in global development or humanitarian activities; or the U.S. Executive branch will be a significant asset.

A combined understanding of the United Nations/UNICEF, and of U.S. Government structures, including US budget and appropriations processes, and US foreign policy priorities.

Resource mobilization and/or grant management experience.

Network of relevant contacts, particularly within both chambers of the US Congress, is a significant asset.

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

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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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 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.


Please include a cover letter with your application summarizing your interest and your specific experience and qualifications relevant for this role. Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.

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.

Advertised: Sep 17 2020 Eastern Daylight Time Application close: Oct 11 2020 Eastern Daylight Time