Consultancy (12 months, home-based): Corporate Research Consultants (Two roles), Partnerships Advisory and Support Services Section, Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP)

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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 partner research and due diligence (DD) function, managed for the organization by the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division (PFP), aims to support UNICEF’s effective engagement with business and private philanthropy entities, and is looking for additional corporate research and due diligence consultant capacity to: extend such services; provide additional research support to identify trends of public opinion on social issues, media coverage; provide reporting support for the profiling and analyzing companies identified as prospects for high-value partnerships.
Under the direct supervision of the Corporate Research Officer, PFP-Partnerships Advisory and Support Services Section (PFP-PASS) and working closely with the rest of the PASS team, the incumbent will be responsible for undertaking regular and ad-hoc corporate intelligence work related to UNICEF corporate engagement.
The overall objectives of the assignment will include the following:
• Ensuring, through the delivery of corporate research reports and due diligence analyses provided by the consultant, that UNICEF engagement with corporations and other partners is undertaken in line with applicable ethical standards, criteria, and policies and that the organization is equipped with the necessary knowledge base to assess, and managed potential ethical and reputational risks involved.
• Ensuring that audience-focused information on ethical business and risk management related to key potential and/or current corporate partners of UNICEF is readily available to users and Partnerships colleagues through contributions of research reports delivered by the consultant.
• Ensuring that due diligence research results, data, and information are properly documented, recorded, and managed using the organization’s dedicated CRM platform for information management and advisory support.

How can you make a difference? 

Scope of Work:
Specific objectives will include:
• Supporting the due diligence process with a focus on delivering regular research and risk assessment reports of companies and business entities considered by UNICEF for high-value partnerships.
• Ensuring research and risk assessment reports are regularly uploaded in UNICEF’s due diligence management database in line with timeliness KPIs for turnaround on due diligence research reports.
• Develop adequate audience content related to due diligence research (presentations, briefing materials, etc.) to support the due diligence teams’ efforts, ensuring that content is timely and effectively available to all users.
Work Assignments Overview
• Report Delivery: Provide corporate research support for the due diligence process for UNICEF funding and non-funding corporate engagement by conducting corporate review reports as needed.
• Information Management: Upload information related to UNICEF corporate research and due diligence on the UNICEF Intranet, Internet, CRM, and other relevant platforms.
• Monitoring, Documentation, and Dissemination: support the unit in documenting and sharing information on corporate research and due diligence, including identifying relevant information (from both internal and external sources) on ethical business and sustainability issues, market trends, and other related issues and ensure prompt dissemination for use in briefings, meetings, presentations.
The monthly expected deliverables:
  • Deliverable 1: 40 due diligence research reports estimated average.
  • Deliverable 2: Timely to upload 40 recordings of all reports in the UNICEF due diligence database within 10 working days for regular due diligence analysis and 2 working days for emergency research requests.
  • Deliverable 3: Dissemination of due diligence research reports; research reports on external trends and developments; and impact prospecting updates (8 updates/month estimated in various formats, e.g., briefing note inputs, presentations, etc.)
  • Deliverable 4: one report against deliverable targets.

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


• first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or above) in communication, marketing, journalism, public relations or business administration, and other relevant fields is required.


• A minimum of two years of progressive experience in the following fields: in corporate social responsibility, market research, reporting, or other related fields is required.

• Experience in developing high-quality, polished communication products targeted at private and corporate audiences, preferably in the international development arena, is required.

• Experience with research, analysis, and partner due diligence is highly desirable.


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



• Ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities, and risks and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.

• Attention to detail and track record of delivering against objectives.

• Ability to work remotely with alignment to the Geneva time zone.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to capture key points and actions in succinct formats for a variety of audiences.

• Computer literacy in standard applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, etc.).


• Understanding corporate engagement dimensions within or outside of UNICEF. • Understanding of non-profit management and the UN system.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).   

To view our competency framework, please visit  here


The application should include a cover letter, and a work sample. Sample works can include due diligence reports, position papers, or briefing notes. At least one sample of previous work must be provided. Applications submitted without at least one sample of work and a cover letter will not be considered.

Please indicate your all-inclusive (lump sum) fees excluding travel costs, in USD against the deliverables listed above. If there is a need for business travel, the travel costs will be covered by UNICEF separately. The office selects the individual based on best value for money.

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

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 (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). 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. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

Advertised: 30 Apr 2024 W. Europe Daylight Time
Deadline: 07 May 2024 W. Europe Daylight Time

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