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Senior Partnerships Advisor

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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Duration of contract: One (1) year with the possibility of an extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.


Post Number : ED/PA 188

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 16-SEPT-2021


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



The Section for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 Leadership facilitates and supports the organization’s mandated role in leading the Education 2030 Agenda. In so doing, the SDG 4 Leadership Section works with diverse constituencies, international partners and networks to reinforce global cooperation to support the implementation of collective commitments to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. A renewed Global Education Cooperation Mechanism (GCM) was endorsed at the 2021 Global Education Meeting and aims to bring countries and international partners together around shared priorities in more agile, efficient and aligned ways to accelerate progress towards SDG 4.

Long Description

The new GCM puts forward a remodeled SDG4-Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee (HLSC) which will serve as the global education body, consisting of a “Leadership Group” at Ministerial or Head of Agency level and a “Sherpa Groups.  A dedicated Inter-agency Secretariat hosted by UNESCO will support the functions, activities and meetings of the HLSC and other GCM Forums / Platforms.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), guidance from the Director of the Division for Education 2030, and direct supervision of the Chief of Section of SDG 4 Leadership, the incumbent will develop and lead the partnerships strategy, and identify, facilitate, strengthen and manage new and existing partnerships within the newly established Inter-Agency Secretariat.

Long Description
  • Lead the drafting of the GCM partnerships strategy.
  • Identify, facilitate, build and manage key strategic partnerships in the framework of the GCM.
  • Build relationships with relevant actors, helping to identify new opportunities for advocacy and event partnerships.
  • Ensure the inclusion of the GCM’s work in high profile and relevant global and regional events, fora and platforms. Work closely with the team, including the communications specialists in forging advocacy and PR partnerships to strengthen GCM recognition and visibility.
Long Description
  • Facilitate the mobilization of in-kind and financial resources, including both traditional and innovative financing opportunities, and support partnerships building with key education partners and Member States in the context of shared resourcing and responsibilities for the Inter-agency Secretariat.
  • Orient dialogue with the Multilateral Education Platform and the Global Education Forum in the context of their review as embedded parts of the GCM.
  • Support the facilitation and management of partnerships within the three HLSC core functional areas.
  • Manage partnerships to solidify the leadership role of UNESCO as Coordinating Agency of the GCM.
  • Represent the Inter-agency Secretariat in meetings and networks of partners as relevant.
  • Directly manage interns and consultants as required.
  • Perform other duties as required.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Teamwork (C) Innovation (C) Results focus (C) Planning and organizing (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Managing performance (M) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of education, development studies, public policy, social sciences, communications, or other relevant discipline.


Work Experience:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant experience in partnerships development and advocacy, of which preferably, at least three (3) years acquired at the international level. 
  • Proven experience in bringing diverse stakeholders together towards a common vision, and knowledge / familiarity with working with multilateral partners and key donors.
  • Experience in global events management.

Skills and competencies:

  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills for different audiences.
  • Excellent networking, outreach, interpersonal, facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Familiarity with the functioning of international organizations and those of other major multilateral / international agencies/organizations in the field of education.
  • Experience in resource mobilization and partnership development.
  • Broad understanding of a wide range of public policy issues in education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work innovatively with minimal supervision and in a self-motivated manner.
  • Ability to manage a high volume of work, keep deadlines and produce quality work under pressure.
  • Experience in working with diverse teams and ability to maintain effective working relations within a multicultural team.
  • Excellent IT skills (e.g. Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Eventbrite).


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience with UNESCO and/or UN system.
  • Good knowledge of and commitment to the GCM’s objectives, and good understanding of expectations of the GCM stakeholders. 
  • Experience in a developing country context.


Good working knowledge of French.


A written test may be used in the evaluation of shortlisted candidates.


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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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