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Partnerships Specialist, P-3, FTA, Helsinki, Finland, #120039

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Helsinki
Level: P-3
Location: Finland
Categories: Innovation

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, learning

The UNICEF Learning Innovation Hub is part of the UNICEF Office of Innovation business unit. It will be the home for the architects of the future of learning. It is established in Helsinki and supported by Government of Finland, a global leader in education and technology, with the goal of bringing together the global community to build game changing solutions in education, that can help solve the learning crisis and as well imagine and develop alternative learning futures for all children.

The UNICEF Learning Innovation Hub will support the Reimagine Education initiative through accelerating equitable access to world class digital learning solutions by testing and scaling frontier technologies & innovations hand in hand with UNICEF Country Offices. At the same time, it will create a safe playground for disruption, inviting UNICEF and the learning community to look for solutions outside the traditional sphere and join tech entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, data ninjas, fiction writers, designers, business leaders & others to explore new learning journeys, pedagogical approaches, spaces and artifacts that help unleash each child’s full potential.

The UNICEF Learning Innovation Hub will bring to the front the voice of young people about the skills they want to acquire to become
entrepreneurs of their own life and become forward-thinking powerhouse that re-imagines and builds bright alternative futures that turns learning into a fascinating adventure for all children.

How can you make a difference?

The Partnership Specialist will work under the direction of the P5 Chief Learning Innovation Hub, The Partnership Specialist position deepens collaboration with key Office of Innovation (OOI) Learning Innovation Hub stakeholders and provides an interface for partnership scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence within the scope of assignment. Incumbent may also serve as focal point and resource for colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development. The key result is to ensure greater visibility and scale for UNICEF Learning Innovation Hub influence in support of its mission and support the overall OOI strategy.

The Partnership Specialist is an expert in the field of partnership development. This position is responsible for the execution of managing broad and complex assigned work-plans, and responsible for regularly supporting senior management in strategic partnership direction and design. Subsequently, it is expected that the successful candidate develops original and innovative means to help advance the profession and also tackle highly complex matters that do not follow established patterns.
  1. Support senior advisers and senior management in establishing the annual partnership work plan, setting priorities/targets and performance measurements.
  2. Monitor work progress for the partnerships and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
  3. Lead the work plan for assigned areas, in order to ensure timely, innovative, effective and efficient delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEF and the Learning Innovation Hub - OOI partnership strategy.
  4. Implement the work plan for assigned areas, in order to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEF’s partnership strategy.
  5. Seek and promote new partnerships, including resource mobilization, working with UNICEF colleagues to identify partnership and resource mobilization needs and broker dialogues and agreements to meet those needs.
  6. Receive and screen inquiries from potential partners and facilitate communication with appropriate UNICEF staff. Scans and scouts external environment within designated partnership area for opportunities and risks and shares information in a timely fashion with relevant UNICEF staff.
  7. Provide strategic, logistical and programmatic support to Learning Innovation Hub management and OOI Senior Advisor Partnership & Communication in partner engagement and interaction with assigned partners.
  8. Develop and maintain deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective partners and relevant stakeholders’ ecosystems, contributing to a database of key opportunities and contacts and to UNICEF’s base of knowledge on partnership.
  9. Expand UNICEF’s network of key interlocutors to build stronger relationships between UNICEF and governments, other key-decision makers, regional development institutions, foundations, civil society organizations, international financial institutions and/or other relevant constituencies.
  10. Develop and implement annual partnership engagement and development plans for the Learning Innovation Hub.
  11. Act as a focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for outreach, engagement, policy influence and collaboration, including on how to anticipate and respond to partners’ concerns and priorities, ensure that UNICEF’s interests, perspectives, and knowledge are taken into account in relevant policy and institutional processes, and ensure that they are fully aware of UNICEF’s perspectives, policies, priorities and capabilities. Contribute to the development and management of initiatives for high-level outreach, including for UNICEF’s senior management.
  12. Contribute to the development of new partnership practices and approaches, including resource mobilization, by formulating
    recommendations for action based on on-going monitoring, analyzing current trends within designated partners and formulating
    recommendations for strategy approaches and message development.
  13. Contribute to strategies for engagement and the development of communications products to enhance UNICEF’s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and key stakeholders by providing analysis of the current environment and trends and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development. Works closely with UNICEF’s colleagues to ensure that policy advocacy and outreach is strongly grounded in the experience and insights of the programmes that UNICEF’s supports. Contributes written inputs for communications assets that best inform and influence decision makers.
  14. Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the success of the team, including guiding, training, and coaching short-term staff, including interns and consultants, as needed.

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


  • An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: business, international relations, political science, communications, advertising, strategic design, international development, or another relevant technical field.                             

  • *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.


  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience is required, at national and international levels, in developing, implementing and supporting education programming.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public affairs, programme management, resource mobilization, external relations, business development, or other relevant area.

  • Experience working in business development and strategic partnership within or with the private sector is required; experience especially in the technology and innovation space is desired.

  • Experience working within education and/ or innovation partnerships / projects is required.

  • Knowledge of global international education partnerships/ consortium, as well as key players within the global education private / public sector is desired.

  • Experience working within an agile startup environment is desired.

Language Requirements: 

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

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.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • 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)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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.

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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