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UNICEF recruiting Partnerships Manager

Switzerland, 08 February 2019


The Global Foundations team is located within the Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR) section of the Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) division of UNICEF. The team is charged with driving forward ambitious growth plans for foundation partners, which constitutes one of the five key revenue streams outlined in UNICEF's Strategic Plan. 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 continue and accelerate this growth by rolling out a new Global Foundations Strategy across all key markets, including National Committees and Regional and Country Offices. 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, and to engage their voice in advocating for children's rights. 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.

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This role temporarily fills a post left open due to maternity leave. Under the general guidance of the Chief, Foundation Partnerships, the incumbent will be responsible for driving high-level partnerships and ambitious new partnership opportunities with foundations, working closely with focal points in New York HQ divisions, National Committees, Country Offices and Regional Offices. Responsibilities will also include guiding UNICEF offices as well as National Committees in the development of strategies for mobilizing resources, devising engagement plans, and building successful partnerships with foundations. The post will have responsibility for line managing two Partnership Specialist (Foundations) roles in New York.


  • Global foundations strategy: Work with Chief, Foundation Partnerships and colleagues from the Global Foundations team to implement and monitor UNICEF's new strategic framework for engaging with foundations. Tasks include securing active support and engagement from senior leadership and colleagues at HQ, regional/country offices and National Committees.

  • New partnerships: Develop strategic approaches to prospective partners, obtain buy-in within UNICEF family (HQ, regional/country offices and National Committees) including at a senior leadership level, and increase number and quality of foundation partnerships globally.

  • Capacity building: Work with National Committees, HQ and regional/country office colleagues to increase knowledge of foundation community and implement tools and resources to support skills development for engaging with foundations. Provide guidance in developing, negotiating and implementing partnerships with the foundation community, and expand network of UNICEF and National Committee offices engaging with foundations.

  • Existing partnerships: Strengthen, deepen and maintain existing foundation partnerships, including developing and executing partner-specific engagement plans, establishing and maintaining information flows, reviewing and assessing existing partnerships, and renewing partnerships and collaborations. Close liaison with relevant UNICEF and National Committee offices will be required.

  • International coordination: Ensure that vertical coordination and information flows around specific foundation interactions are established and followed up with Office of the Executive Director and UNICEF senior leadership. Facilitate interactions with foundations and respond to UNICEF and National Committee queries on foundation-related issues.

  • Business analysis: Undertake and support financial analyses of foundation income, including projections and actuals, inform market-specific financial analyses and opportunities, and provide inputs on pertinent trends and influences on the foundation sector.

  • Institutional priorities: Remain informed of key institutional priorities in order to position the Global Foundations team to proactively engage with existing and potential partners around such priorities.

  • Management: Line management responsibility for 2 Partnership Specialist, Foundations posts, and line management support for 1 Partnership Specialist, Philanthropy post.


Effective implementation of the above tasks will support the acceleration of UNICEF's engagement with foundations, harnessing their income, influence and expertise to support children's rights. This in turn will contribute toward UNICEF's ambition to increase financial contributions from foundations to $368 million per annum by 2021. A key driver of success will be supporting organizational efforts to drive 'new business' to the foundations portfolio, while ensuring alignment in approaches across all key markets.

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