Temporary Appointment – Public Partnership Specialist (6 months duration)

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, an advocate

Under the general guidance and direction of the PPD Senior Advisor/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 and respective thematic areas; as well as liaison with: Government Missions to the UN, donor capitals, 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 is in team that oversees UNICEF’s partnership (financial and policy) with the

How can you make a difference?

1. Contribute to the Partnership, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Strategies with Member States

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor and working closely with the Public Partnerships Managers and the Public Partnerships Specialist, contribute to the partnership, advocacy and resource mobilization strategies for assigned Member States, in coordination with the 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.

2. 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.

3. Effectively manage partnership agreements

  • Under the guidance of the Public Partnerships Managers, negotiate terms of agreements of funding between UNICEF and assigned Member 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.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies (For Staff without Supervisory Responsibilities) *

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.


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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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