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Re-Advertisement: Partnerships Specialist (Philanthropy), NO-C, Fixed Term Appointment, New Delhi, India, South Asia Region (SAR), Post Number 113530

New Delhi

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-29

Under the direct supervision of the Partnerships Manager, this post will develop new partnerships and manage key existing partnerships with the sector. The incumbent will develop and implement fundraising strategies to focus on maximizing value from India-based major donors and foundations in support of the country programme’s priority focus.

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.

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For every child, an Advocate...

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

The Resource Mobilization and Partnerships (RMP) section at India Country Office works to maximize resources and drive growth of mobilization of resources. Partnerships Team is one of the three units within the RMP section. The Partnerships Team drives best in class alliances with Major donors, Foundations and Corporates in India. It also develops the partnerships strategy and internal processes to ensure efficient and effective coordination across all UNICEF actors. 

Within the Partnerships Unit, the purpose of the Philanthropy Partnerships Team is to drive impact through partnerships with foundations, major donors, membership-based organizations (MBO) and faith-based organizations (FBO) in India, defined as financial and non-financial resources in addition to other valuable assets and opportunities. The team supports India Country Office with partnership strategies and in securing partnership that bring quality resources to optimize the partnership value to achieve UNICEF's strategic goals and to deliver programmes for children in India.

How can you make a difference?
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. 

The purpose of the Philanthropy Fundraising Unit is to drive resource growth from foundations, major donors, membership-based organizations (MBO) and faith-based organizations (FBO) in India as part of an integrated philanthropy engagement strategy. Resource growth will come from these sources: i) the renewal and growth of existing in-country and multi-country partnerships, ii) the development of new strategic partnerships and iii) the support team with account stewardship. 

Under the direct supervision of the Partnerships Manager, this post will develop new partnerships and manage key existing partnerships with the sector. The incumbent will develop and implement fundraising strategies to focus on maximizing value from India-based major donors and foundations in support of the country programme’s priority focus.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks: 
  • Lead philanthropy team to inspire and engage a group of major donors and key foundations in India interested in promoting and supporting children’s rights. 
  • Map and prioritize the greatest opportunities with Ultra high net worth individuals, high net worth individuals, major donors and foundations in India to build relationships with senior stakeholders for maximizing influence, resources and knowledge that can advance UNICEF’s mission. 
  • Develop and secure strategic resources through new and existing philanthropic partnerships. This will primarily include foundation, major donors, however, could also include MBOs and FBOs. 
  • Build and manage internal and external networks to assist in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of support in India. 
  • Develop propositions and outreach plans for foundations and major donors and lead on partnership negotiations, proposal submissions and pitches. 
  • Leading the new business process from prospect identification to securing first meetings, through the contract signature for assigned prospects. 
  • Providing inputs in the development of the philanthropy fundraising strategy for India Country Office (ICO). 
  • Working with ICO programmes and communication colleagues to identify propositions for philanthropy prospects, particularly for major grant and foundation opportunities where significant proposition development is required. 
  • Manage Field visits and other stewardship activities related directly to your prospects and partners. 
  • Oversee other project documentation, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action, especially in agreed strategic plan which ensures maximum effectiveness of fund availability from new donors as well as maximum diversification of risks. 
  • Supervise, oversee and monitor foundation and major donor teams. 

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


  • An Advanced University Degree in marketing, international development, business administration, advertising or a degree in social sciences or any other relevant field.


  • A first University Degree in marketing, international development, business administration, advertising or a degree in social sciences or any other relevant field combined with 2 additional years (minimum 7 years in total) of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree or any other relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in acquiring new high value partners like Business, Foundations and Major Donors.
  • Experience in working or managing major donors and foundations preferred.
  • Fundraising experience will be a preference.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Diversity Considerations:

We encourage all candidates meeting the required qualification and experience to apply. 

UNICEF’s active commitment towards an ever more diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive work environment is critical to deliver the best results for children.  

We strongly encourage applications from women, trans* and gender non-conforming people and persons with disabilities. 

We provide reasonable accommodation for employees and applicants with disabilities. Please let us know in your application if you identify as a person with a disability and how we can support you. 

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. 

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff. Flexible working arrangements, paid parental leave and other family-friendly policies support UNICEF staff to fulfill professional and personal commitments. Learn more Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.


  • The vacancy is open to internal and external candidates. As per the UNICEF Staff Selection Policy, the definition of “internal” is only applicable to UNICEF staff members holding a permanent, continuing or FT appointment.

  • When applying for the vacancy, candidates must possess a valid work permit for India. 

  • 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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. 

  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

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

  • UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited / recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 



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