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Director of Partnerships Division

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-30

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Post Number : BSP-004

Grade : D-1

Parent Sector : Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30-SEPT-20


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



The Division for Partnerships is located within UNESCO’s Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP) and is responsible for coordinating UNESCO’s public and private partners including key interlocutors from bilateral donors, United Nations and multilateral organizations, regional institutions such as the European Union (EU) and regional banks, civil society, philanthropy, foundations and corporations. It will diversify and expand UNESCO’s donor base and provide backstopping  and  guidance  to  UNESCO  Programme  Sectors,  field offices, and category 1 institutes in support of their efforts to engage with partners and mobilize resources. The Division for Partnerships will be responsible for the elaboration of strategies for partnership and resource mobilization, in line with UN reform and best practices in these areas. The Division for Partnerships will ensure that UNESCO promotes the right partnerships and has adequate resources to deliver on its Medium-Term Strategy (C/4) and Programme and Budget (C/5) to meet the increasing demand by its beneficiary Member States. lt will also contribute to the creation of a stronger enabling environment for resource mobilization, through the provision of capacity building and knowledge resources for internal and external stakeholders, by providing support for structured financing dialogues and other donor consultations, and promoting the refinement of systems and processes to make them ever more conducive to efficient engagement with partners.

The Director for Partnerships, acting under the direct authority of the Director of BSP, will lead  and set strategic directions to improve and expand UNESCO's partnership development with public and private sector stakeholders including civil society organizations, businesses, philanthropy, academia and the United Nations in furtherance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Director for Partnerships will drive the Organization's strategic engagement and partnerships through the mobilization and leveraging of resources from these entities in order to maximize longer-term, flexible and predictable revenue in support of UNESCO's programmes.

The Director will oversee teams in and outside Paris and collaborate closely with field offices, Headquarters sectors and Central Services to expand engagement and strengthen relations with key partners, enhance technical support for partnership and resource mobilization and funds oversight, and management.

Under the direct authority of the Director of BSP, the incumbent will:

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Partnership Engagement: Expand Strategic Partnerships

  • Pursue and maintain high-level strategic engagement with public and private sector stakeholders to build support for UNESCO's advocacy priorities.
  • Provide expert advice and education to new and potential donors on the strategy, design, relevance and impact of programmes to advocate the work for UNESCO.
  • Develop, explore and enhance innovative financing policies and mechanisms to influence public/private decision-makers and their constituents to deliver results within UNESCO's mandate.
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Resource Mobilization: Increase Revenue

  • Lead complex negotiations for contributions and partnership agreements in order to reach advantageous outcomes for UNESCO, such as more flexibility and predictability in line with the Organization's strategic priorities and goals.
  • Strategically identify and oversee innovative strategic and fundraising opportunities from new and traditional donors.


Management of the Division for Partnerships

  • ldentify and build collaborative networks internally to align activities, share information and ensure new and existing partnerships to support UNESCO's strategic objectives, and provide value.
  • Troubleshoot and facilitate problem-solving processes that ensure greater institutional agility and innovation to support new and expanded partnerships and resource mobilization mechanism and approaches.
  • Liaise with programme sectors and field offices to leverage all of the Organization's relevant resources and capacities in an effort to initiate innovative ideas and maximize opportunities.
  • Establish policies and procedures to ensure due diligence and efficiency in resource mobilization.
  • Strengthen resource mobilization with public sector and multilateral organizations.
  • Enhance strategic dialogue, reporting, risk analysis and visibility to strengthen credibility with partners. With relevant services, develop and update procedures and systems, including on risk and fiduciary management, reporting, transparency and visibility so that the Organization can better address partner expectations. Strengthen partner intelligence and revenue forecasting systems.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Driving and managing change (M) Strategic thinking (M) Making quality decisions (M) Building partnerships (M) Leading and empowering others (M) Managing performance (M) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS



  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of business administration, international development, economics, political science, marketing or other related area.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of 15 years' of progressively relevant professional experience in the field of resource mobilization and partnership development, of which preferably 5 years of experience acquired at the international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating contributions and partnership agreements.
  • Experience with the development of strategic framework in resource mobilization and/or partnerships development.
  • Demonstrated experience, with established results, in the development of resource mobilization and/or partnerships with institutional frameworks.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in the management of large teams.
  • Experience in assessment of risks.
  • Proven experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks with donors.
  • Experience with knowledge management tools and systems.
  • Proven track record generating new revenue or successfully managing strategic partnerships.
  • Excellent problem solving and negotiation skills; ability to effectively collect, analyze, organize, distill and present information.
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  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.


Work Experience

  • Experience in working with corporate, NGO and non-profit organizations.
  • Experience within United Nations or large multilateral organizations.
  • Experience in the field of economic diplomacy.



  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s activity areas and relevant partners and donors.



  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish). 

UNESCO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, as well as exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. More details can be found on the ICSC website. Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.


The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 


UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.


Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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