Partnerships Specialist - Programme Group, New York

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

City: New York

Office: UNICEF New York

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Partnerships Specialist (P-3), Health Section, Programme Group, NYHQ #83511

Job no: 544306

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Health Section, UNICEF NYHQ

Categories: Programme Management

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, Health and Well Being

The global health programme team provides overall technical guidance, partnership development and oversight to UNICEF’s health programme comprising of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, HIV and AIDS, Immunization and public health emergencies. The Office of the Director, Health is supported by the Planning and Partnerships team and cross-cutting programmes.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Senior Adviser (Advocacy & Partnerships), the Partnership Specialist supports the establishment and/or strengthens collaboration with existing partners and key stakeholders to strategically position UNICEF’s global health programme in a shifting landscape. S/he will play a key role in expanding resource mobilization efforts for health. This will include strategy development, mapping and applying external trends to the UNICEF context, and ensuring active support from senior leadership to secure a robust resource base for UNICEF HQ, RO and CO health efforts.

Support to office priority setting and decision making

1. Implement the work plan for the assigned area to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEF’s global health partnership strategy.

2. Work in close partnership with UNICEF teams and National Committees to strengthen and deepen existing donor support for global health, including co-developing strategies with key UNICEF colleagues, ensuring strong collaboration across key teams and offices, engaging UNICEF leadership, supporting negotiations and strategic engagement with donors, and maximizing opportunities to expand health’s resource base.

3. Remain informed of key global health priorities to support fundraising teams across the organization as well as National Committees to proactively engage with existing and potential partners around such priorities. Create tools to support and align UNICEF’s engagement with donors in global health.

4. Contribute to the development of new 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.

5. Develop and maintain deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective partners and relevant stakeholders, contributing to a database of key contacts and to UNICEF’s base of knowledge on partnership and resource mobilization.

6. Support the various health programme units to maintain an up-to-date donor engagement and resource mobilization strategy around the health priorities of the Strategic Plan. These include but are not limited to programme briefing notes, stand-by proposals, donor reports and partner landscape analysis.

7. Contribute to strategies for engagement and the development of communications products to enhance UNICEF’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. Work closely with UNICEF’s colleagues to ensure that policy advocacy and outreach is strongly grounded in the experience and insights of the programmes that UNICEF’s supports. Contribute written inputs for communications instruments that best inform and influence decision makers.

8. Perform 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 have...

An advanced university degree (Master’s) is required in International Relations, Political Science, Public Health, Communications, International Development, and/or another relevant technical field

A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: Public Affairs, Programme Management, Resource Mobilization, External Relations, and/or another relevant area.

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here. Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


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

The program group is currently undergoing organizational changes, therefore the exact location of the post is still under consideration. The selected candidate for this position would be expected to relocate internationally with the position if it is moved to another location during the contractual period.

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

Advertised: Aug 31 2021 Eastern Daylight Time Application close: Sep 14 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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