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Individual Contractor (11.5 months, full-time, home-based): Partnerships Specialist (Foundations), Global Foundations Partnerships Team, PFP

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Contract type: Consultancy
Duty Station: Geneva
Level: Consultancy
Location: Switzerland
Categories: Communication, Partnerships, Fund Raising

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 Global Foundations team is located within the UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) Division. UNICEF seeks to work in partnership with the world’s leading and emerging foundations on causes of mutual importance, to achieve sustainable change at scale for every child. The organization’s vision is to harness the potential of the foundations community to increase financial investments for children, to exchange knowledge around joint areas of technical expertise, to engage their voice in advocating for children’s rights, and to leverage social sector financing for children. 

UNICEF has established a number of highly valuable partnerships with leading foundations, which have been a major source of income growth in recent years. The Global Foundations team has been mandated to accelerate this growth, and identify non-financial engagement opportunities, by rolling out a new Global Foundations Strategy across key markets, including National Committees and Regional and Country Offices. 

How can you make a difference?

The Foundations team is seeking someone to support consolidation and growth of our foundations partnership work as the team goes through a period of change and expansion.  Under the general guidance of the Chief, Foundation Partnerships, you will be responsible for supporting key activities relating to UNICEF’s existing high-level partnerships, as well as supporting and being part of team activities and approaches for growth into new areas and ways of working. The role will involve supporting the team on partnerships, event management, knowledge management, market research and development, internal engagement within PFP and National Committees, financing tracking and monitoring and wider engagement with the PFP Foundations channel.  


  1. Support on key Global Existing partnerships 

Support to team as required to strengthen, deepen and maintain existing foundation partnerships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EAA/EAC, UN Foundation and others including support in developing and executing partner-specific engagement plans, establishing and maintaining information flows, reviewing and assessing existing grants, maximizing new business opportunities across partnerships as and where identified by the team.   

  1. Knowledge management and capacity building 

Support capacity building work with National Committees, Regional Offices and Country Offices, including devising and implementing regular calls, information flows and events. Work with National Committees, HQ and regional/country office colleagues to increase knowledge of the foundations community and increase skills for engaging with foundations. Ensure appropriate use of UNISON and SharePoint across the UNICEF family. 

  1. Support Market development activities 

Support the team as requested on work to define market growth and opportunities and support actions to drive market development and growth strategies. 

  1. Support on internal and external communication 

Support development of information packages for the UNICEF leadership team and drafting of briefing notes for specific events and meetings; work with the team on areas of internal collaboration within PFP and across UNICEF as required; support the team on financial tracking and planning. 

  1. High-value networks and convening events 

Support the team in coordination for high level events, thematic roundtables and convening events, as needed, including for example UNGA, Transforming Education Summit, WEF and others; support drafting of briefing notes and organisation of key bilateral events for and with partners.   


The post holder should provide the below-mentioned deliverables, working with the Foundations team: 

  1. Work on quality assurance and finalization of up to ten reports or documents for existing high value partners, supporting the foundations team 

  1. Provide monthly reports on progress and opportunities related to new business development within the Foundations team globally and linked with strategic growth and opportunities (helping to develop, track and engage with new business pipeline) 

  1. Provide financial analysis / tracking and market reporting monthly to feed into strategic decisions and action of the team, building on inputs from markets and global team 

  1. Coordinate and support the team and country offices on specific proposals for up to four key new and existing partners 

  1. Organise at least six partner events or other capacity building events  

  1. Provide monthly progress reports on projects in support of collaborative working across PFP and PG with other partnership colleagues 

  1. Provide monthly overall updated progress and activity reports with inputs from wider Foundations team for use internally in UNICEF, such as DED updates, ensuring internal information and knowledge is up to date monthly 

  1. Create knowledge management products for both internal and external use (6 documents / reports as requested) 


11.5 months, full-time, tentatively starting in July 2022 


Chief, Foundation Partnerships who will provide overall direction and guidance. You will also work with and take direction from other members of the PFP Foundation Partnerships team, and with key stakeholders across the UNICEF family including National Committees. 


Home-based within CET time zone + or - 2 hours, with the option to travel to Geneva office 

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


  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, public administration, business management, communication, or another relevant field. 

  • A first level university degree in a relevant field combined with professional experience in partnerships may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 


  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in a combination of two or more of the followings: private foundations and/or other public or private grant-making bodies or organizations, partnerships development, programming, communications, planning and strategic support, business or international development and/or project management is required. 

  • Familiarity with UNICEF programmes is highly desirable. 

  • Experience managing complex grants, developing new partnerships and new strategic approaches is desirable. 

  • Experience working with or understanding of the development sector is critical. 


  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Remarks: Please indicate your ability, availability and gross daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start.

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. 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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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.

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