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Junior Professional Officer (JPO) - Humanitarian Partnerships and Financing Officer, Public Partnerships Division/New York (OPEN TO REPUBLIC OF KOREA NATIONALS ONLY) Post #105787

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Banking and Finance
    • Economics
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-08

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The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF's position as a partner of choice for children's rights among governments and inter-governmental actors around the world. The Division is doing this by positioning children's rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions as resource, policy and programme partners. A key premise for PPD is that the engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child and has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. UNICEF works with a wide-range of partners to help realize the rights of all children. Join us as a Public Partnerships Specialist, working with some of our major Government donors, in the Public Partnerships Division in New York Headquarters.

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.

For every child, partnerships . . . 

The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF's position as a partner of choice for children's rights among governments and inter-governmental actors around the world. The Division is doing this by positioning children's rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions as resource, policy and programme partners. A key premise for PPD is that the engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization.

The Humanitarian Partnerships and Financing Officer would be part of the Humanitarian Partnerships, Financing and Human Rights Team in PPD. Under the supervision of the Public Partnerships Manager, the Humanitarian Partnerships and Financing Officer will contribute to the humanitarian financing policies, mobilization, management and development of resources and partnerships for UNICEF’s humanitarian action. UNICEF humanitarian action for children covers seven regions with over forty individual humanitarian appeals annually. 

How can you make a difference?

Support the Public Partnerships Manager in identifying and designing new and innovative partnerships approaches with member states with focus on humanitarian response. The overall results will focus on:

  • Strengthened partnerships by exploring all possible sources of new and existing funding channels and horizontal cooperation opportunities in support of UNICEF’s humanitarian action.

  • Effective support to UNICEF country offices for humanitarian resource mobilization.

  • Through coordination and relationship management, effective engagement ensured with key humanitarian actors such as OCHA and support deliverables related to management of CERF and Humanitarian Country Based Pooled Funds.

  • Increase evidence-base for humanitarian quality funding and support humanitarian financing inter-agency policy work.  

  • Create political space and influence partnerships for children's rights through a broad range of policy issues related to humanitarian financing and humanitarian engagement in the context of the Grand Bargain.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Resource Mobilisation and Partnerships Development:

  • Contribute to the development of resource mobilisation strategies for UNICEF’s humanitarian action for children. This includes identifying partnership (advocacy and resource mobilization) entry points through the gathering of financial and political intelligence of donors and matching it with UNICEF priorities with focus on quality flexible funding.

  • Analyse humanitarian funding trends and monitoring of changes in humanitarian financing environment in close collaboration with all division funding clusters and Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS).

  • Develop, initiate and coordinate implementation of processes for enhanced horizontal and vertical communication on humanitarian funding and related resource mobilisation opportunities.

  • Coordinate organization of briefings on humanitarian crises for meetings with key partners.

  • Work with communication colleagues to bring more visibility to UNICEFs humanitarian results and funding needs.

  • Facilitate bilateral meetings between senior management, including from the field and partner representatives in New York, Capitals in support of resource mobilisation efforts for humanitarian response.

  • Efficient Contributions Management to build trust and credibility. This includes due diligence and oversight related to grant creation and allocation, timely and quality reporting, etc.

Field Office support:

  • In coordination with the Regional Office (RO), provide technical support to Country Offices in emergencies (focus on L2 and L3 corporate level crises) in the development of resource mobilisation strategies and plans, and provide guidance on quality donor reporting, recognition and visibility, etc as needed.

  • Collection and dissemination of partner intelligence and mapping on a continuous basis to guide resource mobilization and partnership priorities and discussions with relevant partners.

  • Coordinate the analysis, monitoring and reporting of all UNICEF humanitarian financial data including providing substantive inputs to for all UNICEF flagship reports i.e. SitReps, OCHA's Financial Tracking System (FTS) as well as other ad hoc reporting requests.

  • Participate in and summarize results from internal and external meetings on humanitarian funding, including Emergency Management Team Meetings. 

Strategic analyses and humanitarian financing:

  • Monitor, analyze and report on perspectives on the global humanitarian financing which directly or indirectly affect children. Advise senior management of developments and trends as well as on recommendations regarding follow-up activities. Track and share emerging trends and directions through mapping exercises and documentation.

  • Attend and report to relevant HQ and field colleagues on the discussions at the inter-agency humanitarian financing discussions.

  • Contribute to internal inter-divisional discussions on finding financing solutions that provide more predictable and flexible funding for humanitarian activities.

  • Support UNICEF’s participation, engagement and positioning in high level inter-agency meetings related to humanitarian financing and partnerships, including development of statements, and briefing packages (i.e. Grand Bargain, IASC Results Group on Humanitarian Financing, high-level inter-agency pledging events).

Content and methodology of supervision

Title of supervisor: Public Partnership Manager

The supervisor will provide support and guidance to the JPO’s professional development and compliance with the Terms of Reference and timely delivery of the expected outputs/results.

UNICEF uses Achieve (an electronic performance appraisal system) that enables staff and supervisors to set up, monitor, and evaluate their annual work plan. Work outputs and development goals are discussed and rated by supervisor and supervisee.

There are 3 phases of the annual Achieve Cycle:

Phase 1: Performance planning – this is a joint exercise between the staff member and supervisor aimed at creating work plan deliverables

Phase 2: Performance progress – an open time during the year between Performance Planning and Performance Assessment when staff members track and update their work plan deliverables

Phase 3: Performance assessment - this involves reviewing and qualitatively assessing the staff member’s performance against agreed work plan deliverables and core competencies.

The JPO training programme includes the following learning elements:

  • Pre-Boarding: UNICEF Context, organizational culture and values;

  • On Boarding: Build and expand core knowledge of UNICEF’s functional context; Human Resources /Ethics;

  • JPO Orientation Programme – Designed towards development of professional skills and personal insights into performance and collaboration and create and understanding of how the organization functions and carries out its missions around the world;

  • E-learning opportunities in performance management: create the conditions for high performance and development;

  • E-learning opportunities on basic UNICEF programme & operational Strategies: assimilate UNICEF’s approaches to programming and operations; thematic programme areas; as well as cross-cutting function areas;

  • JPO Coaching, Mentoring and Buddy Programme – driven by individual needs and targeted towards insights into organizational culture and targeted training opportunities and support.

  • Stretch assignments- opportunity, normally from two max of six months that goes beyond the current description and creates an opportunity to learn new skills in a different Duty Station, Division or Section. The stretch assignment can be covered by the Duty Travel and training allowance as explained in the next paragraph.

  • Career Transition Programme tailored to support the JPOs in their final year with their future career aspirations

The JPO position includes a Duty travel and training allowance (DTTA) of $4000 per year which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and career development.

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

  • Citizenship of the Republic of Korea.
  • University degree in social science, international relations, public administration, law or related field.

  • Two (2) years of specialized and relevant experience with research (secondary-sources minimum), databases, analyzing and synthesizing information, producing accessible outputs to inform decision making.

  • Experience in inter-governmental processes would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of office computer systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and internet research tools.

  • Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment. Competencies required: commitment, embracing diversity, integrity, teamwork, and drive for results; communication, judgment, planning, setting standards and monitoring work, analytical and conceptual thinking.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a strong attention to detail.

  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Less than 32 years of age as of 31st December of 2020 (Born after Jan. 1 1988) (the maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended accordingly).

  • Male applicants should complete the Korean military service or be exempted.

  • Fluency in English and Korean is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Documents to be submitted for the application

Ÿ A complete application and motivation letter (this will vary among organizations)

Ÿ A scanned copy of applicant’s Resident Register

Ÿ A copy of the (advanced) university degree

Ÿ A certificate of English language proficiency.

* Applicants should submit a minimum of iBT TOEFL score of 107(PBT TOEFL equivalent is also acceptable) or TEPS score of 800 or New TEPS score of 452

Ÿ Only for male applicants: A certificate of Korean Military Service. The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended* in accordance with the Support for Discharged Soldiers Act and the military service law.

* Age limit for male candidates who have completed the service:

∙ less than one year will be extended for one year;

∙ one year above and two years under will be extended for two years;

∙ two years or more will be extended for three years.

Ÿ Only for low-income applicants: A scanned copy of applicant’s certificate of National Basic Livelihood Security Recipients issued in Korean and its unofficial English translation

Ÿ Only for applicants with disability: A scanned copy of applicant’s Disabled Person Registration Certificate or Disabled Person Welfare Card issued in Korean and its unofficial English translation

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

The functional competencies required for this post are...

  • Relating and networking (1)
  • Persuading and influencing (2)
  • Planning and organizing (1)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (1)

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 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.

For general information on the Korean JPO Programme and additional conditions see the following website:


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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