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UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. To ensure that interventions are sustainable and scaled up, UNICEF will support primarily local government units (LGUs) as the main instruments of delivering services and building systems. The level of engagement with government institutions will take into account capacities, economies of scale and sector issues.
It has a field office in Cotabato City, the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms.
How can you make a difference?
Job organizational context: The Philippine Country Office is a medium-to-large size country office with its base in Manila. It has a regular field office in Cotabato City which is a "D" duty station. Moreover, the office is situated in a country that is highly exposed to natural hazards. The office has its own PFP team which raises funds for its different programs; including emergencies and there is a need to complement this section with a Partnership Manager to lead all the PCO efforts in conceptualizing, planning, executing, monitoring and yearly review of UNICEF Resource Mobilization Strategy (RMS) and the development and strengthening of the engagement with public and private sector partners and regional bodies.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
Under the leadership of the Country Representative and in coordination with Communication, PFP and all the Programme units under the leadership of the Deputy Representative, the Partnerships Manager is responsible for the conceptualization, planning, execution, monitoring and yearly review of UNICEF Resource Mobilization Strategy (RMS) and the development and strengthening of the engagement with public and private sector partners, regional bodies, Global Foundations, IFIs and other financial investors interested in pursuing innovative financing initiatives, UNICEF National Committees and other UN Agencies in coordination with RO, HQ, PPD and DFAM. The incumbent is also responsible for supporting senior management team in the Country Office (CO) with an affordability analysis to identify the country office needs for the new Country Programme and the development of strategic partnerships to leverage resources to achieve results for children in the Philippine, thus contributing to OR funding. This includes but is not limited to the exploration of new markets, product opportunities and innovative financing mechanisms such as impact bonds.
The Partnerships Manager represents the organization as required in receiving official visitors and within the region. In addition, the Partnerships Manager provides advice and training to UNICEF programme staff on donor profiles and advocacy priorities, available resource mobilization tools and support from RO/HQ.
Lastly, as part of resource mobilization efforts for the new country programme, the CO has identified the need to produce quality and relevant information and pitching material in line with the CP8 priorities. The Partnerships Manager, in coordination with PFP and the Communication section, contributes to the conceptualization and creation of relevant, informative, easy and catchy material to successfully engage in conversations with different donor audiences.
- Conceptualization, development, implementation and yearly review of CO's resource mobilization strategy.
- Monitor, analyze and report on perspectives on the global development agenda as it is expressed in the multilateral arena, and track trends and directions which directly or indirectly affect children.
- Comprehensive and up to date mapping of donors and key strategic opportunities for leveraging results for children.
- Monitor and evaluate existing fundraising channels to ensure achievement of UNICEF resource mobilization goals to meet the objectives and financial targets of the RMS.
- CO is provided guidance and support in a timely and systematic manner on opportunities for public and private partnerships and resource mobilization; the Partnerships Manager serves as PPD focal point for donor relations and partnerships and explores new geographical areas and product opportunities, with regular coordination with DFAM, ROs and HQs on new and existing global and regional initiatives, innovative opportunities and partnerships that could enhance resource mobilization, credibility of the CO and achieve the funding targets set out for the new Country programme (2019-2023).
- New and innovative partnerships - possibly multi-stakeholder ones - in consultation with RO, HQ, PFP and National Committees are identified, designed and nurtured.
- CO is provided advice on improving the quality of funding and technical guidance and quality control in proposal and reporting preparation and follow up; training to programme staff is organized as required and cross-sectional work is promoted.
- Positive relationships with donor groups are enhanced through timely and accurate reporting and monitoring of donor interests and information needs; key counterparts are fully informed of UNICEF's strategic priorities for the Philippines, recognize the value added of UNICEF, and consider UNICEF as a partner of choice in the country.
- The Partnerships Manager contributes to the quality and timely review and submission of concept notes, donor proposals, reports and other mandatory internal and thematic UNICEF reports in line with the internal workflow process.
- Gather comprehensive and substantive analyses, briefs, notes, statistics, and other information requirements for senior management's meetings with existing or perspective donor inside or outside the Country.
- Implement and manage plans and activities with the objective of increasing OR from public and private partners, in coordination with in-country PFP, RO and HQ; arrange and/or attend relevant meetings in or outside the Country to present, represent, and promote UNICEF's goals, positions, and resource requirements, pursuing maximum participation of key influencers/decision makers. Negotiate and advocate programme goals and strategies, identify strategic alliances to facilitate implementation of country strategies. Contribute to better consultative processes and networking with donors.
JOB GRADE FACTORS
Nature of work is primarily to support the Country Representative, the Senior Management Team and the Programme Team in mobilizing needed OR through traditional and innovative fundraising channels such as innovative financing, for a smooth running of the new Country Programme, and to monitor funding gaps, thus complementing the in country existing PFP efforts.
- The work typically requires to strengthen existing partnerships and build new ones, developing innovative approaches and fundraising channels, mechanisms and techniques, exploring new geographical areas and product opportunities to boost OR.
- The position also requires great networking skills to strengthen internal relationships and optimizing support from RO and HQ counterparties, thus boosting the PCO internal visibility.
- As a functional team leader, the nature of work focuses on facilitation, guidance, collaboration and coordination. As a technical manager and expert in fundraising, the Partnership Manager provides training and/or guides and supports on planning, integration and coordination.
- The position has significant freedom to innovate and plays a role in knowledge sharing/dissemination.
- The Partnerships manager advocates effectively for resources and/or mobilize resources through compelling representation and serves as a catalyst in the expansion and harmonization of programme initiatives by other international or bi-lateral development partners. Her/His effectiveness as an advocate and trusted counterpart substantially affects UNICEF's image as a reliable and creative partner.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- Education An advanced university degree is required in social sciences, international relations, political science, international finance, public relations, media, communication, international law, or another relevant technical field.
- Work ExperienceA minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional experience in external relations, liaison and/or any resource-mobilization related activities, preferably in an international organization is required. Language Requirements:Fluency in English required. Knowledge of another 1 or 2 UN languages is an asset.