Temporary Appointment - 364 days - Public Partnerships Officer, P-1

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 03

Position description

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 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 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.

How can you make a difference?

The Public Partnerships Division is responsible for developing and strengthening public partnerships to support UNICEF’s work to protect the rights of every child.

The Public Partnerships Division office in Washington, DC supports UNICEF’s work by managing partnerships and resource mobilization with the various institutions of the Governments of the United States, and with International Financial Institutions. The International Financial Institutions include the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

The partnerships with the US government and the Washington, DC-based International Financial Institutions are among UNICEF’s most important and multi-faceted external partnerships.   The primary objective of the Washington, DC office is to strategically position UNICEF and the children’s agenda within the global leadership circles in DC. 

The Public Partnership Officer supports UNICEF’s Partnerships leadership in Washington, DC in deepening collaboration with key stakeholders and advancing knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence within the scope of assignment.  The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and support its mission with key partners.



  • Contribute to the implementation of the work plan for assigned area, to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with UNICEF’s partnership strategy.
  • Manage the day to day work of the Washington, DC office, including budget, supplies and logistical support.
  • Build and maintain UNICEF’s partnerships, by supporting the development and implementation of standards and guidance for UNICEF partnerships; formulation of work plans and strategies.
  • Support the development of briefing notes, frameworks and templates and review partner agreements and amendments for senior Washington, DC staff approval, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on partners, including knowledge management databases, and keep resource partner profiles updated.
  • Assist in communications with partners to maintain effective relationships with member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners, in order to keep them informed on important, strategic operational UNICEF issues.
  • Coordinate and attend meetings with the DC IFIs, US government entities and UN and other multilateral bodies and NGOs in order to take notes, share information, and support joint information programmes to increase UNICEF’s profile and protect its interests.
  • Contribute to ideas for opportunities to develop new and existing synergies with the DC IFIs and US government entities in order to support a more effective and efficient approach to programme delivery.
  • Assist with the preparation of information to provide to the DC IFIs, US government and other member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners on the strategy, design, relevance and impact of programmes, to advocate the work of UNICEF.
  • Collate and share relevant discussion and feedback on programme activities and issues of priority to UNICEF, gathered from the DC IFIs, US government and other member states, UN agencies, NGOs, host government and other partners, to engage them with inter-governmental/inter-agency discussion and inform future activities.
  • Gather inputs from UNICEF that will contribute to inter-governmental/inter-agency and IFI work, to ensure that UNICEF positions are properly explained and taken into account in decision making.
  • Maintain awareness of current activities, political and social events of UN and other multilateral bodies/governments, prepare regular news summaries including analysis of how events may impact UNICEF activities and programmes and provide timely information to UNICEF staff for decision-making. 
  • Conduct research on perspective new partnership engagements for UNICEF, and provide analysis of the areas of work, outreach, financial based and reputation of prospective engagements.

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

  • A university degree is required in international relations or another related field, including but not limited to the following fields: international relations, business administration, political science, health, education, English or writing, economics or international business, communications, or international development.
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in one or more of the following areas or related areas is required : public affairs, communications, government, economics or finance, health, education, government, programme management, resource mobilization, external relations, office management, customer relations, logistics or other relevant area. 
  • 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 values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Core Values

• Care
• Respect
• Integrity
• Trust
• Accountability

Core competencies

• Communication (II) 
• Drive for results (II) 
• Working with people (II) 

Functional Competencies:

• Formulating strategies and concepts (I) 
• Analyzing (II)
• Relating and networking (II)
• Persuading and influencing (I)
• Applying technical expertise (II) 
• Learning and researching (II) 
• Planning and organizing (I)

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