Partnerships Officer

United Nations Children's Fund

Budapest, Hungary

The position’s purpose is to support the supervisor -Head of the Communication department and, senior management in deepening collaboration with key stakeholders and helping to provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence within the scope of the assignment.  The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission.

Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks:
  • Contribute to the implementation of the work plan for assigned area, to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEF’s partnership strategy.  Build and maintain UNICEF Oman Public and private’s partnerships, by supporting the development and implementation of standards and guidance for UNICEF partnerships, formulation of work plans and develop strategies and technical proposals for resource mobilization, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations. Additionally provide assistance in the reporting process and recognition efforts to both maintain and strengthen existing.
  • Support the development of frameworks and templates and review partner agreements and amendments for senior staff approval, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on partner and income trends, analyze development assistance policies and keep resource partner profiles updated. And conduct proactive analysis to identify new partnerships opportunities according to emerging markets.
  • Help supervisor maintains effective relationships with member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners, to keep them informed on important strategic operational UNICEF issues. Attend meetings with the UN and other multilateral bodies, NGOs, member states, taking notes, sharing information, and supporting joint information programmes to increase UNICEF’s profile, and protect its interests.
  • Lead the implementation of the country office's business agenda (income and influence). Develop and roll out the annual plan with the private sector to engage them in achieving the Oman Country Office programmatic and fundraising outcomes, including as regards family-friendly policies.
  • Gather inputs from UNICEF that will contribute to inter-governmental/inter-agency work, to ensure that UNICEF positions are properly explained and taken into account in decision making.
  • Contribute in the country office efforts (in coordination with programme sections and the office of representative) to develop effective and persuasive donor proposals, reports, investment cases and other fundraising related materials following the Standard of Procedures of UNICEF Oman  for proposals and reports.
  • Conduct research on new prospects for UNICEF, and provide analysis of the areas of work, outreach, financial based and reputation of prospective partners.
  • Provide support on corporate alliances negotiations, child rights promotion with/on business, and infuse a child rights perspective in policies and practices of all donors partners, especially business, conducting due diligence as required.
  • Support and manage the Business leadership Circle (BLC) including;  advocacy efforts, management of annual meetings, individual relations and identifying emerging opportunities and members. 
  • Support other communication and partnership reporting requirements including; the population of briefing notes, talking points and advocacy briefs when required.
The Partnership Officer will be expected to make impact of results through:
  • The incumbent gathers, analyses and reports information in a manner that draws out fact-based insights to inform approaches to partner relationships and support substantive discussion with partners. S/he captures relevant information and progress and ensures internal information sharing.
  • Accurate and timely information to partners will strengthen the credibility of the organization which in turn will result in trust and increase resources to the organization. Well analyzed and support to senior management can result in an increase of funding opportunities.
To qualify as a champion for every child a vision, you will have:

  • A university degree is required in one of the following fields: international relations, political science, communications, international development, or another relevant to the TOR.
  • A minimum of one year 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 to the TOR.
  • Prior relevant experience with UN is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
  • Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation. 
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written.
  • Strong networking and negotiation skills
  • Strong familiarity with political and governmental processes
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Advanced knowledge of partnership development and resource mobilization.
  • Ability to conduct sound policy analysis.
  • Ability to contribute to formulation of strategies and policies.