Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, D-2, Geneva – UNICEF – Genf, GE

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,

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. Therefore, 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.

How can you make a difference?

The primary purpose of the post is to lead the implementation of a global strategy to mobilize private financial and organizational resources for children through the management of, and service to, UNICEF’s strategic partnership with National Committees, engagement with corporate partners and private business partners, as well as through private sector fundraising in selected country offices. Furthermore, the Director will also drive the implementation and strengthening of an integrated approach to corporate engagement in UNICEF.

The key functions and accountabilities include:

  • Lead the implementation and delivery of agreed private sector resource mobilization and partnership strategies and objectives including, but not limited to, fundraising and shared value partnerships with individual, corporate, foundation and philanthropic partners.
  • Lead the formulation of UNICEF’s private fundraising and partnership strategies, goals and objectives. Ensure coherent and resourced UNICEF-wide strategies and approaches with National Committees and selected Country Offices, private and corporate partners. Ensure proper financial and KPI related business reporting with subsequent management review and guidance for corrective action planning.
  • Lead in collaboration with other parts of the organization as well as National Committees and provide leadership on exploring and applying innovative solutions for fundraising, including global fundraising using digital tools, blended finance solutions and others.
  • In collaboration with Public Partnerships Division (PPD), Division of Communication (DOC), National Committees and others, provide leadership in organizing global fundraising campaigns.
  • Assume overall accountability for shared value partnerships with private sector partners.
  • Actively support and manage the strategic relationship with National Committees.
  • Oversee monitoring of compliance with the Cooperation Agreement between UNICEF and National Committees and the development and implementation of other monitoring and oversight tools and framework, including for improved governance and risk management.
  • Direct the preparation of timely and regular financial reports and analysis including forecasting based on solid market research.
  • Systematically gather information on target and potential markets, assessing financial outlook and analyzing trends. Regularly update the senior management on business intelligence and assessment of the organization’s performance and competitiveness with regards to its engagement and fundraising work with private sector partners.
  • Oversee the management of UNICEF’s relations with international private sector platforms and business networks such as International Chamber of Commerce, World Economic Forum, and others.
  • Oversee the simplified system for coordination of top international private sector strategic partners, i.e. Global Account Management, Unison etc.
  • Collaborate actively with PPD to optimize UNICEF overall position and resource mobilization, and to encourage and develop opportunities for public-private sector partnerships.
  • Direct the preparation of the annual workplans and budgets for private fundraising ad partnerships, inclusive of staffing, marketing, operations and financial plans, considering the context of amalgamated JSPs and regional PBR approved CO plans, for presentation at the appropriate Executive Board sessions and global management fora.
  • Direct planning and management of PFP’s human, financial and material resources with a view to ensure their optimum utilization.
  • Assume overall responsibility for staff morale, training and development as well as budget and administrative control.

Impact of Results:

As the overall income from the private sector in 2019 was $1.457 billion or 23 per cent of the total income for the organization, including nearly one-half of the overall Regular Resources to the organization was raised from the private sector, the incumbent’s decisions could significantly impact overall performance and effectiveness as well as UNICEF’s brand reputation and credibility in fundraising and advocacy for children. Appropriate advice and decisions in the judgement, administration or policy implementation will have a major effect on the productivity, cost-effectiveness and profitability of PFP, strongly linked to the level of income for UNICEF, its public image, and its ability to effectively partner or fundraise from stakeholders.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in business administration, public administration, international relations, social sciences or related area.
  • A minimum of 15 years of professional development experience that combines intellectual and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in developing countries. Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Prior experience of working in resource mobilization, partnership development, particularly with the private sector, will be an asset.
  • Experience in leading and managing a large team is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is considered an asset.

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Ability to implement clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, identify priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.
  • Comfortable in operating in a highly complex “matrix structure” within UNICEF as well as with the National Committee community.
  • Demonstrated ability for leadership, alliance and relationship building, negotiation and advocacy, and ability to work under broad guidelines in a sometimes politically charged environment, and for strategic and global thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise diverse professional teams of senior level and technical staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively. Diplomatic communication and negotiation skills to establish and maintain trusted partnerships for achievement of objectives and to develop close and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and put new ideas in practice.
  • Demonstrated ability for analytical and conceptual thinking, and technical leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage resources at large scale, financial and human capital.
  • Demonstrated risk and crisis management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • Responsive and effective problem-solving and crisis management skills.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). Core competencies for this post are:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (3)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Planning and Organizing (3)
  • Persuading and Influencing (3)

View our competency framework at


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.

Opening Date Thu Jul 09 2020 02:00:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) W. Europe Daylight Time

Closing Date Wed Jul 22 2020 16:55:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)ENVOYER VOTRE CANDIDATURE

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