UNICEF Partnerships Specialist Jobs in Kenya

UNICEF Partnerships Specialist Jobs in Kenya

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.

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The Partnership Specialist position’s purpose is to deepen collaboration with key stakeholders and provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence within the scope of assignment. S/He may also serve as focal point and resource for colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development. The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission.

This position will encompass partnerships strategy; initiating and managing private sector partnerships; National Committee fundraising; celebrity management; supporting programme Sections on partnerships and fundraising and managing a Resource Mobilization Officer.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships (CAP), the incumbent will:

  • Partnerships strategy: Lead the implementation of the UNICEF Kenya partnerships strategy to support UNICEF Kenya advocacy on key children’s issues, with the aim of influencing policy change, raising public awareness and generating additional funds for programmes. This should be in line with the new UNICEF Kenya Country Programme (2022-26), KCO Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships Strategy and office-wide advocacy priorities. Update the Kenya private sector mapping and identify new partners as needed. Contribute to strategies for donor engagement and communication plans to enhance UNICEF’s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners.

  • Initiate new partnerships: In consultation with the Chief of CAP, lead the development of new country level partnerships, including prospect research, networking, and exploratory meetings with potential private sector partners, in line with country office priorities. A strong network of private sector contacts will be required. Support KCO programme sections with new sector-level partnership processes, including completing due diligence reviews and coordination with the regional office and HQ. Receive and screen inquiries from potential partners and coordinate with relevant UNICEF programme sections.

  • Manage existing partnerships: Manage and develop existing partnerships with the private sector, including office-wide partnerships with Rotary Kenya, Safaricom, Airtel and others, with the goal of implementing, expanding and/or renewing the partnerships. Manage and develop relationships with celebrity supporters, to help promote and raise awareness of UNICEF’s work for children and to support advocacy on priority issues.

  • Fundraising: Lead on fundraising from international business and foundations, including through UNICEF National Committees (NatComs). Identify opportunities, prepare pitches together with programme sections and coordinate with communication colleagues to create fundraising content. Together with the Resource Mobilization Officer, support programme sections with partnerships and
    fundraising, including identifying potential new donors.

  • Resource Mobilization: Manage the Resource Mobilization Officer (NOB) to support programme sections to develop high-quality fundraising proposals, consolidate donor reports, monitor the schedule of reports, manage grants and prepare briefing documents and analytics. Coordinate with communication colleagues to produce human interest stories and visibility materials for donors. .

  • Coordination: Coordinate the UNICEF Kenya KCO Partnerships Hub to leverage fundraising and partnership opportunities (financial and non-financial). Coordinate with KCO programme sections on public partnerships and fundraising. Maintain a register of office-wide partnerships that describes the status of agreements, due diligence undertaken, and performance. Coordinate with the ESARO regional office on regional partnerships and keep UNISON updated with details of private sector engagements.

  • Networking: Organize meetings and forums with CEOs and other senior business figures, foundations and celebrities, as needed, to discuss priority issues for children. Develop and maintain a partnerships map and contact list of key individuals, groups, organizations and fora whose support can assist in achieving UNICEF Kenya objectives. Develop and adapt materials for use in private sector interactions, in collaboration with communication and programme sections.

  • Education and WASH: Provide support to the Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sections on fundraising from the private sector, foundations, UNICEF National Committees, and others. This includes the Out of School Children programme, girls education and Connecting Schools to the Internet for Education, and drought response and climate change for WASH. Support the WASH Section and UNEP to fundraise for climate change response by accessing climate financing.

  • Work with programme sections across UNICEF Kenya Country Office to develop and pitch proposals for joined up climate programming.

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

  • An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: international relations, political science, communications, international development, or another relevant technical field.

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public affairs, programme management, resource mobilization, external relations, or other relevant area.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

    How to Apply

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