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Senior Programme Associate (Partnership), GS-7, South Africa Country Office, Pretoria # 120155 (Temporal Appointment 364 days) - SOUTH AFRICA NATIONALS ONLY

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Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Pretoria
Level: G-7
Location: South Africa
Categories: Programme Management

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, partnerships

UNICEF South Africa works with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia, the corporate sector, media and other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child.  


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child; in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. Through the Communication and Partnerships section, UNICEF South Africa works to strengthen advocacy and fundraising to achieve its programme priorities and improve the lives of the most disadvantaged children.
The Partnerships team is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with external stakeholders, working collaboratively to generate income from individual donors, corporates and foundations. The team also works closely with National Committees abroad and UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division to drive income growth for the South Africa Country Office.

In this position, the Partnerships Consultant will play a key role in supporting the partnerships team, serving as a channel coordinator and project administrator. This will require strong organizational and operational expertise, coupled with the ability to demonstrate tactical execution. Furthermore, this role will work closely with enabling functions (legal, compliance, IT, Social Media etc.) in SACO, Regional Office (RO) and PFP to optimize local execution of key partnership activities.

Key responsibilities of the Partnerships Officer will be as follows:

Administration and Operational Support

• Records and manages all partnership interactions and engagements on UNISON, uploading and tracking contracts, MOUs and partner agreements
• Prepares donor invoices, donor certificates and tracks incoming partner payments and transfers
• Manages partnership vendors relationships with partners’ operational focal points
• Tracks and oversees the central partnerships action log and works to resolve open cases
• Oversees administrative and operational issues emerging across corporate, major donor and individual giving channels
• Provides project assistance and operational support to Partnerships team, such as tracking project timelines and schedules, mapping priorities and managing data entries
• Field travel and travel for partner meetings and engagements will also be necessary according to COVID-19 safety measures. These can be discussed with HR and Partnerships Manager on recruitment.

Partnership Coordination

• Works collaboratively with internal Programme Associates to track and monitor movement of donor funds into PSFR accounts and SACO more broadly
• Conducts and catalogues resource mobilization reporting across all channels monthly
• Analyzes fundraising trends using forecasting tools and suitable data management systems
• Contributes to proposal development and reporting by helping to manage deadlines, compile submission packages, and applying a strong attention to detail
• Applies clear understanding of partner strategies and priorities to identify linkages with UNICEF programmes and campaigns that create/produces fundraising opportunities

Fundraising and Relationship Management

• Enable the most suitable digital and traditional mechanisms for UNICEF to engage individual donors in South Africa taking into account cost-per-acquisition per channel
• Regularly liaise with PFP and RO colleagues on diversifying giving channels and enabling systems upgrades to fast-track ease-of-giving
• Offer and activate secondary individual giving fundraising channels for UNICEF through institutional partners
• Facilitate outreach to donors on the preparation of partnerships surveys and donor follow-ups
• Actively mobilize partners and supporters to activate omni-channel giving options
• Continuously seek out ways to improve the partner journey and the individual giving experience
• Maintain up-to-date contact database for individual givers and support online and print promotion of partnership and giving activities

Event and Project Management

• Manages the upkeep and the execution of the annual partnerships calendar
• Leads in planning strategic partnership meetings and managing stakeholder correspondence
• Directs the end-to-end logistics of fundraising and partnership activities (pledge uptake, security, registration, room set-up, event services, maintenance, catering, bookmark sales, etc.)
• Compiles post-event/engagement reports and creates appropriate feedback loops
• Co-ordinates and delivers successful partnership site visits (venue, sponsorship, travel, catering, security management etc.)

Critical Skills and Experience Required

• Proven track record in fundraising and donor management
• Experience in organizing and managing external stakeholder events
• Ability to conduct research and sound policy and business analysis
• Experience managing multi-stakeholder relationships and coordinating information across internal (inside the organisation) and external (external to the organisation) stakeholders
• Proven experience in organizing, facilitating and managing meetings and events
• Skill in the identification and establishment of new partnership and fundraising opportunities
• Ability to reconcile or match the needs of the organization with those of the account
• Good negotiation skills with experience across different cultures and educational backgrounds
• Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in a service-oriented manner under tight deadlines
• Proficiency in the use of CRM software for the management of donor accounts and donor data

Key Competencies

• Building Trust – Delivers against objectives while working collaboratively across teams.
• Execution – Manages preparation of plans, budgets and activities that support these goals.
• Planning and Organizing – Prepares, monitors and oversees the workplans of the section.
• Stakeholder Management – Client focused, happy to help, flexible attitude.
• Attention to Detail – Accurately records details and delivers according to the brief.


• Completion of Secondary School, university level courses in one of the following fields: public relations, international relations, political science, communications and marketing, international development, business studies or another relevant technical field.

Work Experience

• 7 years administrative experience in one or more of these areas: public/business administration, private sector partnership, stakeholder management, hospitality, resource mobilization, fundraising and/or external relations.
• Two years in a client facing and/or account management function strongly preferred
• Background in fundraising and multi-stakeholder project administration required

Language Proficiency

• Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English, working knowledge of other UN language a plus.
• Knowledge of national languages in South Africa is an asset.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: by 26 May 2022.

This notice will also appear on,, UN Job List, UN Jobs.

We invite you to watch a short video on the system on how to apply:

If you have not been contacted within 1.5 months of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from South African nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

Core Competencies

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

Works Collaboratively with others (1)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.


 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 may also be 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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