United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Public Partnership Officer (Europe Team/Public Partnership Division)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

This position will be situated within the UK++ sub-team of UNICEF’s PPD Europe Team. It reports directly to the Senior Advisor Cluster Lead, also based in the London Outpost. The UK Team oversees UNICEF’s Public Partnerships with the UK Government and other assigned Member States.

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, hope . . .

The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF's position as a partner of choice for children's rights among governments and public actors around the world. The Division engages in evidence-based Policy Advocacy and resource mobilization to support the implementation of the UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the Agenda 2030.

This position will be situated within the UK++ sub-team of UNICEF’s PPD Europe Team. It reports directly to the Senior Advisor Cluster Lead, also based in the London Outpost. The UK Team oversees UNICEF’s Public Partnerships with the UK Government and other assigned Member States.

How can you make a difference?

Based in London, the Public Partnerships Officer will support the management of the day-to-day relationship and collaboration with various partners including the UK Government, National Committees and provide support the London Outpost Senior Advisor and the Team in their enhanced engagement with other relevant assigned partners.

Key Functions:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the work/engagement plans with the UK Government and assigned partners, to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEF’s partnership strategy.
  • Support the management of ongoing engagement with UK-based partners and beyond, including information sharing, Coordination and ensuring synergy.
  • Help maintain effective relationships with relevant member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners, in order to keep them informed on important, strategic operational UNICEF issues.
  • Provide operational support with outreach and facilitating meetings and relationship building between UNICEF Senior Management and relevant partners.
  • Collaborate with Partners in identifying and securing opportunities for UNICEF engagement.
  • Attend meetings with the National Committees to UNICEF, UN and other multilateral bodies, NGOs, member states, taking notes, sharing information, and supporting joint information programmes to increase UNICEF’s profile, and protect its interests.
  • Support the team with necessary preparations for, participation in and follow up in relation to key partnership opportunities including G7, COP26, COVID19 response and other shared priorities. As the timeline progresses, also provide support for PPD engagement with external stakeholders and Government colleagues.
  • Assist with the preparation of information to provide to member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners on the strategy, Design, relevance and impact of programmes, to advocate the work of UNICEF. Collate and share relevant discussion and feedback on programme activities and issues of priority to UNICEF, gathered from member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners, to engage them with inter-governmental/inter-agency discussion and inform future activities.
  • Contribute to ideas for opportunities to develop new and existing synergies with other UN agencies to senior external partnership officers in order to support a more effective and efficient approach to programme delivery and provide support with coordination amongst UN/Funds and Programmes colleagues based in the UK.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on partner and income trends, analyse development Assistance Policies and keep resource partner profiles updated.
  • Gather inputs from UNICEF that will contribute to inter-governmental/inter-agency work, to ensure that UNICEF positions are properly explained and taken into account in decision making.
  • Provide additional contribution Management Support to the Team.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A (Bachelor’s or higher) in one of the following fields: International Relations, political science, communications, international development, or another relevant technical field is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: Government relations, public affairs, programme management, resource mobilization, External Relations, or other relevant area.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, negotiation and organization skills.
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, and take forward ideas, as well as to share and communicate these to others.
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Strong familiarity with political and governmental processes.
  • Knowledge of partnership development and resource mobilization.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Previous UNICEF experience in partnerships related matters is an 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 values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Competencies

· Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1) · Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2) · Works Collaboratively with others (2) · Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2) · Innovates and Embraces Change (2) · Thinks and Acts Strategically (2) · Drives to achieve impactful results (2) · Manages ambiguity and complexity (2) Functional Competencies 

· Analyzing (2) · Persuading and influencing (1) · Applying technical expertise (2) · Learning and researching (2) · Planning and organizing (1) 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. Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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