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Partnerships Specialist, P-3, TA (364 days) # 126200, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Copenhagen
Level: P-3
Location: Denmark
Categories: Partnerships

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, an Education

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.


Strategic office context:

UNICEF is a reference in the United Nations system for management of supply chains and procurement. From 2018 to 2020, total procurement for goods and services exceeded US$11.78 billion. Supply Division (SD) manages critical supply chains for children, most notably in vaccines and medicines, but also in education, nutrition and WASH, which along with its market shaping, product innovation, system strengthening and financing, drive access to supplies and services that are essential for the world’s children to survive and thrive. From 2022 to 2025, SD will build on progress made and make critical contributions to the achievement of results in child health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene and in disability-and gender-integrated programming, striving to bring access to essential supplies to the forefront of child right’s realization.


How can you make a difference?

The overall purpose of the Partnerships Specialist role is to enable the private sector to provide strategic partnership-based support to Supply Division (SD) and the broader UNICEF Supply Function, directed towards priority areas (with a focus on supply chain activities), and with any risks duly assessed and mitigated. The key result is strengthened supply chains for children, through private sector partnerships. 


You will be accountable for: 

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Partnership Manager, Strategy, Partnership and Knowledge Management Centre (SPKC) - and in close liaison with key stakeholders within SD, and in other UNICEF offices and National Committees - the Partnership Specialist:

  • Manages a defined portfolio of partnerships with the logistics sector. This includes development of partnership goals and strategy for the specific partner, and implementation of the same through annual workplans, engagement of relevant internal and external partners at the right level to deliver on plans, create internal and external visibility and annual collaborative reviews and reporting of the partnership achievements and lessons learned.  
  • For the assigned partnerships, contributes to the development of new partnership collaboration areas including collaboration related to other logistics services than air and sea transport, supply chain sustainability, and supply chain strengthening activities.
  • Manages all transport related partnership engagement to fully utilize and leverage the opportunities for collaboration with this sector. This includes coordination of the implementation of in-kind freight opportunities to UNICEF emergency operations through existing partnerships and ad hoc opportunities.
  • Acts as lead focal point for contributions in kind (CIKs): in collaboration with the Partnership Manager, coordinates the CIK process from SD’s side ensuring proper assessment of product offers, quality, value, and potential risks to UNICEF. Contribute to development of UNICEF CIK policy, procedures, guidance and training.
  • Acts as focal point within the team for planning of communication activities related to partnerships. In close collaboration with external partners and the internal communications team, coordinates the overall annual SD planning of internal and external communication around private sector partnerships, taking advantage of key moments during the year to highlight how partnerships contribute  to the achievement of UNICEF’s supply related goals and align with partner priorities.
  • Contributes to the development of the partnership function in Supply Division. This through development of practices for the current and new partnerships (including partnership SOPs for effective collaboration and implementation), through development and standardization of partnership materials with the team (such as Briefing Notes, presentations, pitches, plans, reporting and templates) and through development of new partnership approaches based on lessons learned.
  • Under the guidance of the Private Sector Partnership Manager, provides strategic, logistical and programmatic support to UNICEF Supply Division Senior Management and other UNICEF staff on private sector related partnership engagements helping to raise awareness within UNICEF and with partners on UNICEF supply objectives and priorities.  


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



An advanced university degree in business administration, political science, international development, public affairs, international relations, communications, law or another related field.

A first University degree may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced university degree in conjunction with two additional years of relevant work experience.


Work Experience

At least five (5) years of relevant and professional experience including partnerships, external relations and/or resource mobilization, preferably in an international organization.

Experience with, or exposure to, the logistics and transportation industry is required.

Experience of in-kind donations is desirable.



Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 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:

The core competencies required for this post are:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (II)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II)
  • Drive to achieve results for impact (II)
  • Innovates and embraces change (II)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (II)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (II)
  • Works collaboratively with others (II)

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 only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at:

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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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