Partneships Specialist (Private)

UN Children's Fund, Beirut, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th November, 2018

Job Description

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, a Champion

Private partnerships in Lebanon are largely an unexplored territory that UNICEF Lebanon will investigate and harness in 2018-2020.

The Private Partnerships Strategy (PPS) of the Lebanon country office takes into account the private sector’s crucial role in development and in advancing the SDGs. It provides a framework that aims to (1) proactively, efficiently and effectively mobilize funds for UNICEF Lebanon’s new Country Programme 2017-2020; (2) embrace opportunities and innovations with business including accessing their products, services and convening power to advance children’s rights; and (3) increase visibility of UNICEF and its brand positioning and awareness in Lebanon through the development of new strategic partnerships with Lebanon’s private sector. This holistic approach to partnerships is meant to identify the opportunity or combination of opportunities that will deliver the greatest impact for children

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of the Chief of Fundraising and Communication, the Private Partnerships Specialist will support the implementation of UNICEF Lebanon’s private partnership strategy in line with the global private sector strategic plan. The incumbent will drive revenue growth and oversee UNICEF Lebanon’s efforts to leverage the influence of the business community to positively impact children. In the long run, the aim is to establish strategic private partnerships with business, major donors and the general public that until now have not been exploited, and ensure greater visibility of the UNICEF brand.

Identify, secure, and manage strategic partnerships:

  • Use existing market research studies/databases to map top prospects and build/maintain a pipeline (based on giving and raising potential)
  • Initiate, cultivate and steward relationships with high-value partners, including but not limited to reaching out and pitching to companies’ CEOs and senior management, developing proposals based on identified synergies and shared values, and managing relationships with donors.
  • Initiate and lead fundraising efforts to generate funding support from the general public potentially via the following channels: digital, direct marketing etc.
  • Create and grow a UNICEF Lebanon Advisory Group comprising of high net worth individuals (HNWI), a Goodwill Ambassador (GWA), and/or influential people in arts media and business who are in a key position to advocate for children’s rights, support the LCO’s fundraising initiatives, and contribute financially to UNICEF’s programmes.
  • Oversee and coordinate non-financial engagements with the business community to align its behavior and practices with the child rights and business principles and to take action through public advocacy or public policy engagement thus raising awareness of child rights
  • Design and oversee the engagements between UNICEF’s programme sections and key private sector partners to mobilize and leverage their influence to accelerate the achievement of results for children.
  • Coordinate the creation of multi-stakeholder platforms or industry task forces to promote and implement legislative reforms to advance children’s rights and in line with UNICEF’s youth agenda.
  • Coordinate high quality field visits and events with donors

Cross-Sectional collaboration and capacity building:

  • Facilitate and support cross-sectional collaboration between the private fundraising and partnership (PFP) division in Geneva, Communications and Programmes in key areas of synergy related to advocacy, messaging and communications with the public and corporate partners
  • Develop and roll out a 360 degree, cross-sectional, capacity building plan for partnering with the private sector. The aim is to align and build the skills and knowledge of all parts of the house to facilitate private sector engagements that maximize results for children
  • Support in strengthening operational systems and mechanisms that will enhance UNICEF’s strategic private sector fundraising and partnerships

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, international development, public affairs, international relations or other related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively relevant professional experience in in external relations, liaison and/or any resource-mobilization related activities, preferably in an international organization is required.
  • Relevant experience in UNICEF or another UN system agency is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Lebanese context, in particular for partnerships and resource mobilization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge in French and Arabic is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles


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