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Corporate Partnerships and Fundraising Specialist, NOC, FTA, Kyiv, Ukraine (Open to Nationals of Ukraine only)

Kiev (Ukraine)

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 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.

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, every right

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the post is to increase resource mobilization in Ukraine by establishing and extending local partnerships with the corporate sector for the benefit of children and its current programs. S/He will also serve as a focal point and resource for colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership and fundraising development. The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF, influence and leverage in support of its mission.

UNICEF is trying to increase its resource mobilization in Ukraine. Given the specifics of the Ukrainian market and existing prospects in cooperation with local and international business, Ukraine CO is interested in identifying a candidate with a strong background in new partnership development and managing corporate alliances. Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the office has been working with numerous contribution offers received from large corporation and midscale companies.

The Partnerships and Fundraising Specialist position was established to scale up current and future partnerships with business, bi-laterals in the country and multilaterals, including Public private partnerships. The candidate is expected to assist the CO with identifying and scoping potential corporate partners in line with the new CPD, programme priorities and section needs and developing MOUs and programme concept notes in close cooperation with the relevant sections.  Due to country-specific situation, the office is looking for a candidate with a solid experience of working within or with corporate sector, business development and strong negotiation skills. Priority will be given to candidates with professional work experience in fundraising, marketing, sponsorship, communications and/or project management.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Using the Country Office’s resource mobilization strategy, develops the corporate engagement strategy, leads the mapping exercise, the long-term strategic planning, decision-making in the analysis, development and implementation of fund raising activities within the country, to optimize fundraising and increase the revenue and its potential for future.

  2. Analyze fundraising channels, identify opportunities for innovative partnerships for resource mobilization from partners. Create successful engagements with corporate partners to promote UNICEF's mission. Negotiate relationships and acquisition and retention of corporate partnerships through promotional activities, marketing events, press releases, media and social media content. Seeks and promotes new partnerships, working with UNICEF colleagues within country and regional office to identify partnership needs and border relevant agreements to meet those needs.

  3. Lead development of new partnerships with corporate sector and approaches by formulating recommendations for action based on on-going monitoring, analyzing current socio-economic and political trends within current and prospect corporate partners and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development.   Develops strategies / interventions on CSR to increase an engagement/ participation of companies and partners.

  4. Build and cultivate Corporate Relations/ Partnerships Management, which includes identifying and scoping potential corporate partners working with UNICEF colleagues in line with the Country Office programme priorities, CO Fundraising Strategy and Corporate Engagement Strategy and section needs to develop contribution agreements, MOUs and programme concept notes with inputs from the relevant sections. Receives and screens inquiries from potential collaborators and facilitates communication with appropriate UNICEF staff. Provides strategic, logistical and programmatic support to other UNICEF staff in corporate engagement and interaction with assigned partners.
  5. 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. 

  6. 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…

Education: An advanced university in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Fundraising, Management or another related field.

Experience: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in fundraising, sales, marketing, partnerships or another related area, preferably in the corporate sector. Proven experience from building corporate partnerships, business development or corporate social responsibility and communications is an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Ukrainian is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The 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

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.


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.


UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2019-01-20

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