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Consultancy (Home-Based) Private Sector Engagement, Polio Eradication Programme, New York, USA (4 – 5 months)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Grade: Unspecified
Job Expired 2 Nov 2021
Added 1 month ago
Job Description

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, a future

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, 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. 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.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is seeking a consultant with private sector fundraising expertise to help position and drive support for polio campaigns from HNWI, corporates and foundations. The overall objective of this role will be to map out existing resources and lessons learned from current private sector engagement, and develop a series of packages and propositions, as well as facilitate outreach to potential new donors and work with existing corporate donors. The consultant will primarily develop products and approaches for UNICEF with the polio team, but will also work closely with other UNICEF sections, country offices and National Committees, as well as GPEI partners involved in the Private Sector working group to align messaging, carry out research and when relevant design partnership-wide fundraising proposals.


Key functions and accountabilities include the following:

1. Carry out a mapping of current private sector relationships and products

a) Review existing partnerships with private sector donors, approaches and channels, particularly towards capturing lessons learned and identify successes and opportunities

b) Review existing products (e.g. concept notes, GPEI and UNICEF web-based resources), with a view to identify gaps and additional needs

2. Support and/or lead prospect prioritization and engagement, depending on agreed relationship leads amongst partners, and areas of potential engagement, including geographies

a) Prioritize prospects from existing mapping exercises and compilations

b) Support prioritization of general industry target areas, and carry out due diligence according to UNICEF and partners’ criteria

c) Prioritize corporate prospects that have a strategic interest in countries where polio campaigns are planned in Africa and Asia, with a particular focus on markets with high potential (based on existing mapping and prospect listings, adding some corporates with an interest in global health programmes)

d) Working with partners in developing the approaches and pitching to prospects

3. Collaborate on a series of fundraising packages and products for private sector prospects, and ensure alignment with overall GPEI strategy and programming, as well as the new investment case currently in development


a) Assess the UNICEF polio programme with a view of identifying a range of different fundraising products or packages suitable for different audiences, including cross-GPEI proposals

b) Collaborate on the development of concept notes and packages for a range of audiences and channels (eg online donations, large-scale concept notes, by area of work, geographies), in conjunction with UNICEF staff and Communications consultants.

4. Enhance donor recognition/visibility across UNICEF and GPEI, in conjunction with UNICEF sections, partners and the UNICEF Polio External Communications Specialist

a) Assess opportunities and channels for donor recognition for private sector donors across UNICEF and GPEI channels, including websites, communication pieces, reports, etc

5. Participate in meetings and lead on outreach efforts with UNICEF National Committees and GPEI partners, including virtual field visits, and provide inputs and support the organization of events/speaker panels, as these become defined by UNICEF and the GPEI Private Sector Working Group

a) Act as the polio focal point for assigned UNICEF National Committees

b) Develop and tailor communications for outreach as needed

c) Participate in bi-weekly/monthly GPEI Private Sector working group calls

d) Support conceptualization and implementation of donor panels, speaker and special events, including developing concept notes, talking points, speeches and presentations; identify relevant guests and carry out event organization.


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will…

  • Have a first degree in social sciences, international development, or other related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in private sector fundraising, particularly for international programmes. 
  • Experience in carrying out market mapping and donor research to identify priority areas and prospects.
  • Outstanding written communication skills and proven record of developing concept notes, proposals, reports and information materials for private sector audiences in various markets.    
  • Experience in approaching prospects and developing a relationship towards securing funding.
  • Analytical capacity to source information from various sources and ability to adapt technical materials for private sector donors.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work across different units and encourage collaboration and support, also virtually; ability to explain complex concepts to different audiences; ability to communicate with all levels of management and staff, sensitivity for cultural differences.


  • Donor landscape knowledge of various markets, or capacity to adjust approaches and learn about different contexts.  Knowledge of current fundraising contexts and challenges.
  • Ideally an understanding of global health programmes, or the ability and willingness to rapidly learn.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and coordinating high-level panels and events, from creating concept notes to approaching speakers and providing relevant talking points and presentations.

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. To view our competency framework, please visit here. Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.


Requirements: Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11); Upload copy of academic credentialsFinancial proposal that will include: a) your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of references b) Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable c)Your availabilityAny emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF. At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information: With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

Remarks: 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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