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Partnerships Manager - Generation Unlimited Corporate (P-4), Fixed-Term # 00117131, Programme Group, Generation Unlimited (GenU), Geneva Switzerland
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
P-4 Mid-level Professional Full-time Internationallly Recruited
Closing soon: 7 Feb 2023
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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 fair Chance

Over the decades, UNICEF has worked to protect the rights of children of all ages — from early childhood through adolescence – and will continue to deliver results for all children and young people under the five goal areas of the Strategic Plan. In recent years, our work to support the unique needs of young people has gained momentum, as the challenges facing them have come more sharply into view. The second decade of life is a time of tremendous opportunity – but for far too many youths, it also presents increasing challenges.

Building on work across the UN with and for young people, and in line with the UN Youth Strategy, in 2018, UNICEF launched a new global partnership dedicated to expanding opportunity for young people, ages 10-24.  Generation Unlimited (GenU) is centered on finding new ways to ensure that every young person is in school, learning, training or employment by 2030 — with a focus on those in the greatest danger of being left behind, including girls, the poorest, those with disabilities, young people on the move, and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.  

This partnership brings together leaders from governments, UN agencies, the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, and young people, and identifies, co-creates, resources and scales-up innovative solutions to expand opportunity for young people. Young people participate meaningfully in the co-creation of solutions, informing, advising, and helping implement at every step of the way.


How can you make a difference?

The Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships (PSFP) section within PFP works with National Committees and UNICEF country offices to maximize financial and non-financial support for children and young people. Within this section, the purpose of the Corporate Partnerships Team is to drive impact, defined as financial resources in addition to other valuable assets and opportunities, in order to optimize the value of multi-dimensional partnerships with companies to achieve UNICEF’s GenU strategic goals.

The team supports key UNICEF Divisions with partnership strategies as well as National Committees and Country Offices with their strategies for significant growth. The team also champions and drives global best practice, partnership strategy and issues guidance and policies globally. Team members also play a role in the relationship management of key partners.

Under the overall guidance and direction of the Deputy Director Partnerships and Resource Mobilization, the Fundraising Manager plays a technical role for the coordination, planning, development, and realization of GenU’s resource mobilization strategy, within PFP’s Corporate team, under the leadership of Chief Corporate Partnerships. The incumbent will oversee and coordinate various fundraising channels and activities, ensure engaged and long-term partnerships, and contribute to revenue growth for GenU.

This post will optimize partnership outcomes, defined in both financial and nonfinancial terms, from a portfolio of leading high-impact international partnerships with Corporates globally focusing on Generation Unlimited youth programs. The incumbent will play a critical role in working with UNICEF’s National Committees, who co-manage these high-value partnerships, in significantly growing and renewing strategic relationships and expanding them by geography or channel in order to leverage the greatest impact from the partnership. The incumbent will work closely with the National Committees and lead dissemination of knowledge and best practices in partnership management, across UNICEF.


Key functions and accountabilities

  1. Oversee the global Market Portfolios for Generation Unlimited specific outreach, to maximize a portfolio of high value international partnerships with corporates with the objective to achieve fundraising targets and deliver against the non-financial partnership goals, working with National Committees and Country Offices. Specific responsibility for key strategic relationships.
  2. Develop and coordinates with the relevant institutions outreach for new partners and the partnerships up for renewal, advises on outreach and renewal strategies and best practices, and expands large national partnerships into international ones.
  1. Manages successfully internal and external stakeholders with focus on excellence in:
  • Relationship management of the corporate partners.
  • Engagement with existing and activating other National Committees and Country Offices.
  • Intra-UNICEF stakeholder coordination – with Program Division, Communication, Contracting and other engagement channels such as CSR, Innovations and Advocacy.
  1. Lead and coordinates elements necessary for the development and implementation of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited strategy, and the corporate fundraising plan and targets.

For additional details, please see the full Job description here:   JD - Partnerships Manager - Generation Unlimited Corporate # 117131.docx

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

  • An advanced university degree in Business, Marketing, International Relations, Social Science or related fields is required.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional work experience in fundraising, commercial- or non-commercial account management, or marketing of which a minimum of two years in an international context is required.
  • *A first University Degree combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, or public relations or corporate communications.

  • At least two years of line management experience is desired.
  • Ability to work independently and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Good commercial awareness and proven business acumen.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language 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.


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 Programme Countries 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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