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Partnerships Specialist, (NO-3),Fixed Term, Kigali, Rwanda, # 83793 (for Rwandan Nationals Only)

Kigali (Rwanda)

The purpose is to strengthen the organization’s collaboration with key stakeholders and provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence. S/He may also serve as a focal point and resource for colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development and volunteerism. The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission.

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, Equity

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does  in programs, 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. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. 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 fulfill 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 Partnerships Specialist will work on designing and successfully implementing long-term volunteer projects across the country. The Partnerships Specialist will also engage with private sector and explore partnership opportunities with corporates, multinational companies and CSOs. The Partnerships Specialist must be a seasoned professional in the field of external relations and partnership development. S/He must follow established procedures and is expected to make recommendations on strategies for engagement with the private sector and on volunteerism. The Partnership Specialist is accountable for quality, substantive input and ability to project a competent and trusted image of UNICEF to partners while successfully executing tasks assigned to her/him.

How can you make a difference?

The Partnerships Specialist reports to the Chief, Communication Advocacy and Partnerships. The purpose is to strengthen the organization's collaboration with key stakeholders and provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence. S/He may also serve as a focal point and resource for colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development and volunteerism. The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission.

Main responsibilities include:

  1. Seeks and promotes new partnerships and resource mobilization, working with UNICEF colleagues to identify partnership and resource mobilization needs and broker resource mobilization agreements to meet those needs. Receives and screens inquiries from potential collaborators and facilitates communication with appropriate UNICEF staff. Scans and scouts external environment within designated partnership area for opportunities and risks and shares information in a timely fashion with relevant UNICEF staff. Provides strategic, logistical and programmatic support to senior management and other UNICEF staff in corporate engagement and interaction with assigned partners.
  2. Develops and maintains deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective partners and relevant stakeholders, contributing to a database of key contacts and to UNICEF's base of knowledge on partnership and resource mobilization. Expands UNICEF's network of key interlocutors to build stronger relationships between UNICEF and governments, other key-decision makers, regional development institutions, foundations, the private sector, international financial institutions and/or relevant constituencies.
  3. Develops and implements annual Volunteering and Partnership Engagement plans.
  4. Acts as focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for Volunteering, outreach, engagement, policy influence and collaboration, including on how to anticipate and respond to partners' concerns and priorities, ensure that UNICEF's interests, perspectives, and knowledge are taken into account in relevant policy and institutional processes, and ensure that they are fully aware of UNICEF's perspectives, policies, priorities and capabilities. Contribute to the development and management of initiatives for high-level outreach, including for UNICEF's Senior Management.
  5. Contributes to the development of new partnership, volunteer projects, and resource mobilization practices and approaches by formulating recommendations for action based on on-going monitoring, analyzing current trends within designated partners and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development.
  6. Contributes to strategies for engagement and the development of communications products to enhance UNICEF's visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and key stakeholders by providing analysis of the current environment and trends and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development. Works closely with UNICEF's colleagues to ensure that policy advocacy and outreach is strongly grounded in the experience and insights of the programmes that UNICEF's supports. Contributes written inputs for communications instruments that best inform and influence decision makers.
  7. Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the success of the team, including guiding, training, and coaching short-term staff, including interns and consultants, as needed.

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

  • An Advanced university in international development, public affairs, international relations, political science or other related field.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in external relations, liaison and/or any resource-mobilization related activities, preferably in an international organization is required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Leading and Supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and Concepts (II)  
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Persuading and Influencing (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (II)

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

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.Please note that UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees)

 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kigali (Rwanda)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-14

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