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, innovate…

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

The Office of Innovation (OI) is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly — anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach — in a traditionally risk-averse field — to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.
  • To learn more about our work, please visit the following link: https://www.unicef.org/innovation/

    How can you make a difference?

    You’re an superior organizer and communicator, and are obsessively optimizing ways your team can work together. You can see the big picture but also follow up on the details. You understand the implications of technology’s growth into every part of our lives. You occasionally wake up worried about killer robots, and are interested in how mobile phones, big data, and blockchain can transform the world of international development. You have a firm handle on and interest in international relations, and a keen sense of how a large organization works internally and outside with others.

    UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultantto assist in the coordination and management of the Office of Innovation partnerships pipeline.

    Under the supervision of the Partnerships Lead, the consultant will be responsible for:

  • Managing existing partnerships:
  • Lead and project manage discussions/check-ins with existing partners as relevant to relationship management;
  • Regular follow up with partners and internal team;
  • Report on deliveries/activities/blocking points;
  • Coordinate reporting as required in agreement/by NatCom;
  • Identify (with input from Leads) opportunities to grow/extend existing partnerships.
  • Developing partnerships:
  • Create proposals for new partners: including scope definition (coordinating with the relevant leads/ the science team) and annual work plan;
  • Draft any partnership agreements (e.g. agreements, MoUs and LoIs) for partners and collaborators;
  • Lead and project manage discussions and negotiations related to new partnerships under discussion: scope, roles and responsibilities, financial contributions or fundraising activities;
  • Provide technical guidance and input on partnership process (e.g. due diligence, benefits package for partners, UNICEF partnerships standards etc).
  • Ensure we are meeting our communications obligations (those in agreements and as needed to position OI for future partnerships) with current partners including opportunities to showcase ongoing partnership-related successes/failures.
  • Prospecting new partners:
  • Research and identification of prospective partners for priority areas of work (as defined in workplan);
  • Initial outreach to prospective partners (incl communication through NatComs and PFP);
  • Updating partnership needs for each area of work (through regular discussion with respective leads).
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in one of the following fields: public and/or private sector partnerships, communications, social sciences communication, public relations, business administration and management. A first University Degree 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 5 years of progressively responsible experience in partnerships/project management, and a track record of organizing and managing partnerships between the technology sector and development/non-profit organizations.
  • Exposure to fundraising and partnerships management in the United Nation a huge plus.
  • Demonstrated planning, communication, fundraising and very strong writing and editing skills.
  • Capacity to prioritise and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities.
  • Must be a natural project manager – keeping resources and conversations organized a requirement
  • Fluency in English required. Competence in another UN language – especially French or Spanish – preferred.
  • Payment details and further considerations

  • Monthly payment, based on monthly tasks and progress reports, approved upon monthly review with supervisor.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance.
  • Consultant is eligible for standard DSA for all work-related travel.
  • Applications must include:Cover letterand CV.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The competencies required for this position are Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing, Applying Technical Expertise, Entrepreneurial Thinking.

    To viewour competency framework, please click 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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

    Source: UN Children’s Fund. The content of this article does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of Global Diaspora News (www.GlobalDiasporaNews.com).