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Director, Public Partnerships Division, D-2, New York

Apply now Job no: 536049
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: D-2
Location: United States
Categories: D-2, Senior Leadership Vacancies

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 commitment

In the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, UNICEF charts a course towards attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the realization of a future in which every child has a fair chance in life. The Strategic Plan outlines the change strategies (the HOW) for achievement of results under the five Goal Areas. UNICEF delivers change by combining high-quality programmes at scale, harnessing innovation and collecting evidence, in partnership with Governments, other UN partners, International Financial Institutions (IFIs), civil society, the private sector, communities and children. It uses these to leverage wider change nationally and globally through advocacy, communications and campaigning. UNICEF also builds public support around the world to volunteer, advocate and mobilize resources for the cause of children, and works with partners to achieve an even greater impact.

On the critical path to results is a specific strategy to develop and leverage resources and partnerships for children (HOW change strategy #3). UNICEF will influence domestic financing and budgeting for children. It will also have a strong focus on mobilizing resources from Governments and the private sector – including individuals, foundations and corporations – to maximize longer-term, flexible and predictable funds in support of UNICEF programmes and advocacy for children.

The purpose of the job is to drive the organization’s strategic engagement and partnerships for children by mobilizing and leveraging resources from governments, large intergovernmental organizations, IFIs and international civil society organizations to maximize longer-term, flexible and predictable revenue in support of UNICEF programmes for children.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director/Partnerships, the Director of the Public Partnerships Division will oversee teams in and outside New York duty station and collaborate closely with Country Offices, Regional Offices, HQ Divisions to expand engagement and strengthen relations with key public partners including government donors and multilateral partners.

How can you make a difference?

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Lead Resource Mobilization: Increase significantly the revenue from donor governments, both traditional and new partners, in line with our strategic plan priorities and goals. Explore and develop new modalities for resource mobilization with partners like the World Bank and EU. Guide the cross organizational development and implementation of the Global Resource Mobilization Strategy in collaboration with the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division and other internal stakeholders.
  • Partnership Engagement: High level strategic engagement with key Governments and multilateral partners to build support for our advocacy priorities linked to the Strategic Plan. Provide guidance and coordination to other Divisions, Regional and Country Offices on advocacy with governments. Meet with missions, governments, multilaterals and regional bodies to discuss our priorities and manage diplomatic relationship.
  • Lead advocacy in the intergovernmental space: Oversee the engagement with the Group of Friends (GoF) of children and the SDGs. Enhance the space for child rights and child participation in global multilateral fora. Connect global government advocacy and processes to opportunities at country level by providing support to UNICEF country offices (COs) and Regional offices (ROs).
  • Diversify Public Sector Partners and Explore: Broaden our partnership base by strengthening partnerships with emerging economies and IFIs such as the World Bank, other multilateral development banks, e.g. the Islamic Bank and regional development banks.
  • Collaboration across the UN System:  Work to help ensure cross UN collaboration linked to the QCPR, CEB and UNDG processes. Strategically advise and coordinate UNICEF on UN Development System (UNDS) Reform and intergovernmental processes. Strengthen UN partnerships to improve the achievement of integrated and coherent results for children across the SDGs, and improve efficiencies wherever possible. Guide offices at the global, regional and particularly the country level on these processes. Engage with UNGA Committees and support SG’s regional reviews.
  • Ensure Systems are Fit for Purpose: Enhance strategic dialogue, reporting, risk analysis and visibility to strengthen credibility with partners. With relevant Divisions and offices, develop and update procedures and systems, including on risk and fiduciary management, reporting, transparency and visibility so that the organization can better address partner expectations. Strengthen top risk management, partner intelligence and revenue forecasting systems.
  • Manage Public Partnerships Division including teams in and outside New York duty station: Manage effectively PPD’s human capital (career development) and financial resources and incentivize cross divisional work and achievements. Emphasize people management and the UNICEF’s core values.

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

  • Advanced level University Degree or equivalent years of experience in International Affairs, Political Science, Law, Economics, Social Studies and related disciplines.
  • 15 years of experience in international cooperation, half of which in a senior management position at national and international levels, preferably in a large organization.
  • Experience in leading and managing a large team.
  • Prior experience of working in resource mobilization, partnership development, particularly with the public sector.
  • Prior experience at the international level, in multilateral contexts or within the UN system.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and partnership skills to work in harmony in a multicultural environment. Demonstrated ability for leadership, alliance and relationship building, negotiation and advocacy, and ability to work under broad guidelines in a sometimes politically charged environment, and for strategic and global thinking.
  • Strong communication, partnership and public relations skills with the capacity to succinctly convey ideas and advocate for organizational positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and put new ideas in practice.
  • Demonstrated risk and crisis management skills.
  • Understanding of the private sector and ability to interface public and private partnerships.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of another UN language will be an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and

Core competencies: 

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people
  • Works collaboratively with others

View our competency framework here:

Download File Competency Framework Brochure.pdf

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.



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.

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