Resource Mobilization and Partnership Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th September, 2019

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.

How can you make a difference?

In April 2018, a new Government was elected to power and issued a manifesto entitled, ‘New Direction’, which outlines an ambitious vision for how Sierra Leone can become a middle-income country by 2035. The Government aims for 80 per cent of Sierra Leone’s population to live above the income poverty line; to increase life expectancy to at least 70 years; to raise employment to 90 per cent; and increase literacy and numeracy to 90 per cent. These policies will rely on partnerships with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the African Development Bank, in addition to development partners including the United Nations (UN) agencies.

At the core of the government manifesto is the Free Quality School Education (FQSE) initiative, which believes that unless children acquire essential skills in school, the country will not develop socially and economically. Also central to the ‘New Direction’ is science, technology and innovation, for which a new Directorate in the Office of the President has been formed, and which is believed will help ensure future prosperity for the nation.

It is in this context that the 2020-2023 Country Programme of Cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Sierra Leone is designed, to support the programme strategies of direct importance for the fulfilment of children’s rights in line with the Government’s priorities outlined in the ‘New Direction’. It pays particular attention to the social, economic, and geographic inequities and disparities towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is aligned with the 2020-2023 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Sierra Leone, the UNICEF Strategic Plan (2018-2021), and contributes to the achievement of all Key Results for Children (KRCs) for the West and Central Africa region.

The overall programme goal of the new Country Programme (CP) is to achieve improved outcomes for all children to enable Sierra Leone to progressively realize sustainable and peaceful economic and social development through: improving access to quality basic services; promoting safe and protective behaviours and social practices; and strengthening the resilience of their parents and communities in which they live. To do this, UNICEF Sierra Leone will focus on ensuring more children and mothers survive and thrive; quality education and learning is improved; children and adolescents live in a strengthened protective environment; and evidence-based, child-centred social policy is strengthened. This will be supported by improved monitoring and evaluation; communication, advocacy, and partnerships; innovation and behaviour change.

To achieve the above goals, UNICEF Sierra Leone must leverage resources from bilateral and multilateral partners, regional fora and UNICEF National Committees, and to develop a range of new and innovative partnerships. As such, the Country Office (CO) seeks a Resource Mobilisation & Partnerships (RMP) Specialist to develop and help implement a sound resource mobilisation and partnerships strategy and action plan and to facilitate proposal development which speaks to the current donor interests and landscape in Sierra Leone. She/he will also be expected to develop key strategy documents to help drive resource mobilisation going forward into the new CP.

Main activities and tasks

The RMP Specialist will provide support in the development of a resource mobilisation and partnerships strategy and action plan with a focus on four major goals and KRCs. From the available resource mobilisation and advocacy strategies, the specialist will conduct an analysis of funding trends, opportunities and challenges related to resource mobilisation, including new and emerging funding opportunities as well as innovative funding ideas and strategies. The Specialist will lead the process of developing strategy and action plans and sample donor proposals. The key objectives of this consultancy are:

  • Based on existing general resource mobilisation and advocacy strategies, develop a concise and compelling resource mobilisation and partnership strategy and action plan for the new country programme 2020-2023;
  • Map the donor environment and prospective donors; and
  • Develop generic proposals which speak to the major CO goals and KRCs.

Preparatory phase:

  • Prepare a detailed workplan in line with TOR goals and objectives.
  • Undertake discussions with all stakeholders through formal meetings (Government UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors and civil society) and Skype calls (with entities located outside Freetown).
  • Support the review and completion of the detailed mapping of all partners.
  • Prepare and submit an outline of the RMP strategy for management approval.

Analysis phase:

  • Undertaken a desk review and analysis of all key internal documentation (Situation Analysis (Sitan)/Common Country Assessment (CCA), UNDAF/Country Programme Document (CPD)/Country Programme Management Plan (CPMP); key studies, evaluations and assessments; proposals and donor reports) and other reference documents (Strategic Plan 2018-2021); 2030 and 2063 Agendas)
  • Prepare and submit for comments/review the first draft of the RMP strategy.

Drafting & finalisation phase

  • Present first draft of RMP strategy and action plan at the Country Management Team meeting.
  • Incorporate comments/observations from the RO and CO in the final draft of the RMP strategy.
  • Finalise the RMP strategy and submit for final validation to CO.
  • Develop standalone proposals for each of the programme areas (Health & Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Protection) taking into account cross-cutting themes of Young People & Adolescents, Innovation, behaviour change.
  • Develop stand-alone proposals for sub-thematic programme areas.

Work relationships

  • The incumbent will work under direct supervision of the Deputy Representative. She/he will work closely with Section Chiefs, Chief of External Relations and Advocacy (ERA) and Reports Specialist.
  • The RMP Specialist will ensure that senior management has the products necessary to effectively present the key results for children to international development partners (including UNICEF National Committees), to attract and secure additional resources and mobilise additional funding.

Outputs / deliverables

  • A donor mapping of traditional and non-traditional, including potential financial and non-financial partnership opportunities.
  • Door profiles for top 10 donors.
  • A resource mobilisation and partnerships action plan and identify responsibilities for key staff.
  • At least 10 comprehensive sectoral programme proposals linked with key results for children.
  • Comprehensive sub-thematic proposals linked with four key results for children.
  • Training of programme staff on key fundraising principles and practices.

Language: Fluency in English is required


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