Partnerships Expert Office

United Nations Children's Fund

Geneva, Switzerland

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

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. 

The consultant is to conceptualize, support and drive the coordination and management of partnerships for the Giga team. In collaboration with the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division/UNICEF and, in some instances, in coordination with ITU, the consultant will:
  • Lead strategy to develop and grow the partnership portfolio to enable Giga’s continued growth as an initiative for global connectivity.
  • Oversee existing partnerships, including developing and owning relationships with counterparts within partner organizations
  • Support the management team in developing novel partnership modalities leveraging the Giga Technology Centre to drive technology-based collaborations for open-source products, including the UN’s first connectivity-focused accelerator.
  • Help define and execute Giga’s strategic engagements with Barcelona ecosystem, developing relationships with academic / research institutes, public sector, and start-up actors.
  • Conceptualize and execute a strategy for future engagement with the technology sector, including the rollout of GigaISPs, a programme for incentivizing internet service providers to connect schools
  • Working alongside Giga Co-leads and the functional workstream leads to understanding how the Partnerships Team can continuously improve to support shared goals.
  • Lead on strategy and processes for engaging with key stakeholders, such as internal UNICEF teams, ITU, and National Committees.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have: 
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in International Development, Public/Business Administration, International Relations, Social Sciences, or a related field or relevant work experience is required. *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 7 of relevant work experience in partnerships, project management, strategic planning, or management consulting.
  • Relevant experience in the development of partnership pitches and proposals, negotiating partnership agreements, and managing and developing relationships with partner organizations
  • A proven track record of managing teams and developing resources.
  • The ability to prioritize and manage progress and deadlines across a diverse range of partners, projects, and activities.
  • Very strong writing, editing, and content development skills, as well as demonstrated strength in communication.
  • Experience working with (or ability to quickly learn about and speak to) technology, data, telecommunications, and innovative solutions.
  • Ability to manage multiple perspectives and sets of priorities, driving toward consensus across several stakeholders.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.