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Public Partnerships Manager, P-4, Fixed Term, Public Partnerships Division, Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Public Partnerships Manager position is based in Washington DC as a UNICEF out-post. The staff member will be an integral part of the UNICEF Public Partnerships Team based in New York, helping to ensure that UNICEF maintains broad political and financial support from the U.S. Government. Under the overall supervision of the Team Lead, and acting as a Washington DC-based “Deputy” to the Team Lead on the UNICEF-USG partnership, the position will manage the partnership and resource mobilization efforts with various institutions of the Government of the United States, including but not limited to, USAID, US Congress, State Department, and other US Government agencies. The UNICEF staff member will also work closely with the US Fund for UNICEF (UNICEF’s National Committee, also known as UNICEF USA) on engagement with US Congress. In addition to relationship management with parts of the US Government, this position will also lead the oversight of USAID-funded global health and development awards, valued at over $100 million annually. This includes managing 2-3 staff members and supporting the development and review of agreements, proposals and USAID donor reports in coordination with UNICEF field offices globally.

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, [insert tagline]

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.

How can you make a difference?

The Public Partnerships Manager position sits within UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division (PPD). 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 program partners. A key premise for PPD is that the engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy and resource mobilization.

The Public Partnerships Manager position is based in Washington DC as a UNICEF out-post. The staff member will be an integral part of the UNICEF Public Partnerships Team based in New York, helping to ensure that UNICEF maintains broad political and financial support from the U.S. Government. Under the overall supervision of the Team Lead, and acting as a Washington DC-based “Deputy” to the Team Lead on the UNICEF-USG partnership, the position will manage the partnership and resource mobilization efforts with various institutions of the Government of the United States, including but not limited to, USAID, US Congress, State Department, and other US Government agencies. The UNICEF staff member will also work closely with the US Fund for UNICEF (UNICEF’s National Committee, also known as UNICEF USA) on engagement with US Congress. In addition to relationship management with parts of the US Government, this position will also lead the oversight of USAID-funded global health and development awards, valued at over $100 million annually. This includes managing 2-3 staff members and supporting the development and review of agreements, proposals and USAID donor reports in coordination with UNICEF field offices globally.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Supervise 2-3 staff members based in Washington DC.
  • Develop funding opportunities, strategies and workplans for assigned government donors (the US Government in this case) in a nonpartisan manner.
  • Represent and coordinate UNICEF’s participation in various US Government fora and related Washington DC-based civil society/NGO events.
  • Lead UNICEF coordination with UNICEF USA’s Washington DC-based staff on engagement with US Congress and related policy advocacy and legislation.
  • Implement and manage resource mobilization activities; identify all possible sources of new and continued funding within the relevant portfolios; monitor and evaluate existing resource mobilization channels to ensure achievement of UNICEF fundraising goals, including UNICEF’s annual core contribution from the US Government and USAID’s Global Health funds.
  • Monitor global trends in development cooperation and aid; monitor donors’ development policies, budgets, systems and procedures and revise UNICEF resource mobilization strategies, activities and income projections for assigned donors as required; take appropriate action and/or advise UNICEF senior management on recommended engagement with donors to maintain and increase UNICEF’s resource base.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with government officials of departments of assigned donor governments and other key stakeholders who are responsible for various elements of support to and relations with UNICEF; to promote, advocate, mobilize and influence cooperation with UNICEF to ensure UNICEF’s resource base and the attainment of UNICEF’s goals and objectives.
  • Prepare comprehensive and substantive briefing notes, reports, statistics, income projections and requirements for Executive Director’s and Deputy Executive Directors’ meetings with ministers, senior donor government officials, senior parliamentarians, members of cabinet or heads of major institutions.
  • Negotiate terms of agreements of funding consistent with UNICEF Rules and Regulations in coordination with the UN Legal Division, HQ divisions and field offices.
  • Develop policy papers and guidelines to enhance fundraising efforts and initiatives for assigned donors for review/consideration of senior management.
  • Guide and support field offices to prepare and package program proposals for assigned donors, advise them of funding opportunities for other resources and on their relations with assigned donors in the field. Guide and support relevant HQ offices on engaging with the US Government via PPD.
  • Serve as focal point for UNICEF relations with assigned donors, negotiating agreements, funding support and feedback to donors, as well as arranging meetings for funding purposes with assigned donors and assigned thematic area.
  • Attend relevant meetings of UN system and assigned donors, to present and promote UNICEF goals and objectives and resource requirements.
  • Organize and join Executive Director and other senior staff visits to Washington, DC (as well as other meetings with assigned U.S. Government partners and related stakeholders held outside of Washington, DC)

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) degree in an area such as (but not limited to) social and economic or political sciences or international relations or law.  Specialized training in international relations and/or international development. 
  • A minimum of eight (8) of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in the areas of social and economic development and cooperation or government relations, preferably including fundraising in an international organization. 
  • Experience working with USAID, U.S. Congress, or any U.S. federal agencies engaged in global development or humanitarian activities; or the U.S. Executive branch will be a significant asset.
  • A combined understanding of the United Nations/UNICEF, and of U.S. Government structures, including US budget and appropriations processes, and US foreign policy priorities.
  • Resource mobilization and/or grant management experience.
  • Network of relevant contacts, particularly within both chambers of the US Congress, is a significant asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others, (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people. 

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

Remarks:

In your cover letter please highlight any US Government experience (direct or indirect).

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable applicants from all backrgounds are encouraged to apply.

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 appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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