Public Partnership Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

New York, United States of America

Under the general guidance and direction of the PPD Senior Advisor and Team Lead, the Public Partnerships Specialist is responsible for various aspects of grant/contribution management, external relations, development and implementation of partner strategies and approaches for assigned member states (United States for this post) and respective thematic areas; as well as liaison with: Government agencies and Departments, UN agencies, UNICEF Headquarter Divisions and UNICEF Field Offices.  The Partnerships Specialist is responsible for maintaining on-going contacts at working levels with these various offices. This position sits in the team that oversees UNICEF’s partnership (financial and policy) with the Governments of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel. The position focuses on managing key aspects of the UNICEF-United States Government humanitarian partnership, which is valued at around $1 billion annually with over 300 active grants/awards across over UNICEF country offices globally. The Partnerships Specialist manages this high-volume partnership with another Partnerships Specialist within the team.

Key functions and responsibilities:

Contribute to the Partnership, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Strategies with Member States:
  • Under the supervision of the PPD Public Partnerships Team Lead and working closely with the Public Partnerships Specialist within the team, contribute to the partnership, advocacy and resource mobilization strategies for assigned Member States, in coordination with the respective National Committees and relevant UNICEF Divisions and Offices.
  • Monitor and analyze 1) global trends in development cooperation and aid; 2) relevant government foreign policies and statements that impact UNICEF’s humanitarian programs; 3) development and child rights policies, budgets, and positions of partner countries; 4) cross-cutting UN policy matters and initiatives that impact UNICEF’s partnership with assigned Member States.
  • Implement engagement plans and activities with the objectives of (1) increasing core and quality resources; (2) identifying all possible sources of new and continued funding; and (3) advocating for child rights with selected partner countries.
Support senior management for their strategic engagement with government and other partners:
  • Facilitate high level contacts with senior officials of Missions to the UN, departments of assigned Member States, and other internal and external interlocutors in order to promote cooperation with UNICEF and the attainment of UNICEF’s goals and objectives.
  • Prepare comprehensive and substantive analyses, briefs, reports, statistics, income projections and requirements for Executive Director’s meetings with minister level counterparts, senior Member State officials, senior parliamentarians, or heads of major institutions.
  • Help formulate advice to UNICEF senior management on recommended action with selected Member States/partners, to influence policies, (inter-governmental) positions and practices and maintain and increase UNICEF’s resource base.
  • Develop policy papers and guidelines to enhance Partnerships and initiatives for assigned partner countries for review/consideration of PPD senior management.
Effectively manage partnership agreements:
  • Under the guidance of the Public Partnerships Managers and Public Partnerships Specialist, negotiate terms of agreements of funding between UNICEF and assigned Member States (primarily United States) in a manner that is consistent with UNICEF Regulations and Rules in coordination with the UNICEF Legal Office, HQ divisions and field offices. Ensure appropriate management of negotiated contributions according to UNICEF Regulations and Rules.
  • Guide and support field offices in their engagement with partner/donor countries, and advise them on proposal development, legal arrangements and donor reporting.
  • Provide quality assurance for contribution/grant management in close coordination with relevant internal offices.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, or related technical field.  A first university degree (Bachelor's) 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 five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme management, monitoring and evaluation, United Nations intergovernmental processes, humanitarian assistance, or a related field.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.