UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. And we never give up!
For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE
In an effort to measurably improve UNICEF's ability to deliver better results for children, 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?
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world's thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office and general guidance of the section colleagues this position will support the development and preparation of the Child Protection (or a sector of) program/s and will be responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of progress of child protection programs/projects within the country program. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm and to protect their rights to survival, development and well-being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies.
The Partnership Specialist position reports to the Chief - Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, based in UNICEF, New Delhi India Country Office.
The purpose of the position is to deepen collaboration with key stakeholders and provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence within the scope of assignment. The incumbent may also serve as focal point and resource for colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development. The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
The incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties and end results:
- Implement the work plan for assigned area, in order to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEF’s partnership strategy.
- Seeks and promotes new partnerships and resource mobilization, working with UNICEF colleagues (especially colleagues within Programme and Field Offices) to identify partnership and resource mobilization needs and broker resource mobilization agreements to meet those needs.
- 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.
- Provides strategic, logistical and programmatic support to senior management, Chiefs of Field Offices and other UNICEF staff in corporate engagement and interaction with assigned partners.
- Develops and maintains 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.
- Provides technical guidance and support to Field Offices on responsible business practices beyond the 2% rule in order to leverage state resources and achieve agreed outcomes for children.
- Expands UNICEF’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.
- Develops partnerships through active outreach with key industry associations, networks, academic institutions and initiate activities to further the Child Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) agenda and practice.
- Develops partnerships introducing CRBP principles to Business Management, Bachelor and MBA courses in order to teach future business leaders, the importance of socially sustainable business ethics.
- Develops and implements annual partnership engagement and resource mobilization plans.
- 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 partners’ concerns and priorities, ensure that UNICEF’s interests, perspectives, and knowledge are taken into account in relevant policy and institutional processes, and ensure that they are fully aware of UNICEF’s perspectives, policies, priorities and capabilities. Contribute to the development and management of initiatives for high-level outreach, including for UNICEF’s Senior Management.
- 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.
- 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.
Impact of Results:
The Public Partnerships Specialist is a seasoned professional in the field of external relations, in particular partnership development and resource mobilization. The quality of work and external communications performed by the specialist directly impacts on the overall reputation of UNICEF. S/He follows established procedures but is expected to make recommendations on strategies for engagement and communications products. The Public Partnership Specialist is accountable for quality, substantive input and ability to project a competent and trusted image of UNICEF to partners.
- 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.
- Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation.
- In-depth knowledge of partnership development and resource mobilization.
- 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.
- In-depth familiarity with political and governmental processes
- Ability to conduct sound policy analysis.
To qualify as a champion for every child you will have:
Requirements of the position (QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES):-
- Education: An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: international relations, political science, communications, international development, or another relevant technical field.
- Experience: A minimum of five 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.
- Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.