Resource Mobilization Manager – Partnerships (P-4), Programme Group – Education, New York HQ, # 00092652.

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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.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, 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 favouritism. 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 fulfil 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.

Under the guidance of the Senior Adviser, Education (Management, Advocacy & Partnerships), the Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Manager works in close collaboration with the Director, thematic Team Leads, Planning and Budget leads. Furthermore, the Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Manager regularly liaises with PFP, PPD, National Committees and funding partners to support implementation of the resource mobilization strategy.

For every child, education….

The purpose of the role is to develop and support implementation of resource mobilization strategies and approaches with governments and private sector with the purpose of raising additional resources for education programmes globally. Furthermore, the role will entail directly or indirectly managing relationships with Government Missions to the UN, donor capitals and private sector partners. Working with internal and external stakeholders, the incumbent will ensure that the mobilization of resources is consistent with goals, targets and priorities set in the UNICEF Strategic Plan and Global Education Strategy.

How can you make a difference?

Major duties and responsibilities

Development and implementation of the resource mobilization strategies and plans

  • Develop, maintain and support implementation of resource mobilization strategies/approaches/plans; ensure that these align to the delivery of the Education Strategy which works to advance access, participation and learning outcomes for marginalized children through policy leadership and support to countries for excellence in programming.
  • Map, assess and help pursue funding opportunities with public and private donors; support development of new alliances or engagements; monitor and analyze ODA trends and interests that inform resource mobilization and engagement approaches.
  • Support development of proposals and investment cases, including quality review and clearance.
  • Build relationships with existing and potential contributors for catalytic funding and provide leadership on engagement with non-traditional donors, in particular for innovative financing modalities and leveraged financing.
  • Support donor missions in close coordination with country offices and communications colleagues through the conceptualization, compilation, and preparation of briefing and other programme documents for advocacy and information sharing purposes.

Partnerships Management

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking with partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, funding organizations and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on education.
  • Identify and plan key advocacy and engagement opportunities, including events and meetings (where relevant, in partnership with PPD, PFP, UNICEF National Committees) to ensure recognition of donor support and to shine a spotlight on UNICEF programmes and progress.
  • Support UNICEF’s participation in inter-agency discussions and planning on education and donor-related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered. Collaborate with partners across education agencies on planning and preparation of joint partner initiatives and advocacy.
  • Collaborate with the Planning, Monitoring and Reporting colleagues to produce and disseminate mandatory UNICEF reports, including global annual results reports.
  • Plan and manage annual review and donor consultations, report launches, partner group meetings, etc. to maximise existing and potential relationships. 
  • Collaborate closely with the Global Partnerships portfolio and its donor engagement through GPE, Education Outcome Fund, Education Cannot Wait, as well as political fora such as G20, G7 and HLSCs.
  • Lead and coordinate Briefing and Background notes as applicable for different partner-related purposes, ensuring that UNICEF, division and section management are supported with timely and quality strategic and technical inputs.
  • Coordinate the timely submission of financial and narrative proposals, as well as the preparation of narrative and financial reports to donors in coordination with relevant UNICEF partners. Update various financial management database to ensure that contributions and reports are uploaded and recorded appropriately.

Effective and Efficiency of the Resource Mobilization and Partnership Function

  • Manage and develop tools and resources that ensure adequate fundraising intelligence is available at any given time to inform decision making ; enable an “institutional memory” within the office through development and maintenance of record keeping of reports, proposals, fund tracking and other material developed for contribution management.
  • Ensure monitoring of implementation and effectiveness of partnership and resource mobilization strategies and plans, taking corrective action when and where necessary to minimize risk and maximize results.
  • Support timely and quality submissions of donor proposals and reports.
  • Lead the establishment and maintenance of a partner data base for resource mobilization working with colleagues in PPD and PFP and the Global Board, consistent with the strategic objectives of the resource mobilization plan and the harnessing on non-traditional forms of support.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Public Policy, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field is required.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional relevant experience in resource mobilization, partnership building, leveraging public and/or private resources and management is required.
  • Prior experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset as is familiarity with emergency contexts.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA), and sustainability

Please click Here to view UNICEF’s core values and Here to view our competency framework.

UNICEF competencies required for this post are.

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

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 including 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, 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 promoting 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 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.

“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

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page.  If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

  • 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.

Advertised: 20 Jun 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 05 Jul 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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