How can you make a difference?
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.
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.
These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Offices (ROs) and Country Offices (COs), usually reporting to a more senior staff member within the field of partnerships.
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.
Key functions, accountabilities and related duties / tasks :
Scans and scouts external environment within designated partnership area for opportunities and risks and shares information in a timely fashion with relevant UNICEF staff.
Contribute to the development and management of initiatives for high-level outreach, including for UNICEF's Senior Management.
Works closely with UNICEF's colleagues to ensure that policy advocacy and outreach is strongly grounded in the experience and insights of the programmes that UNICEF's supports.
Contributes written inputs for communications instruments that best inform and influence decision makers.
Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the success of the team, including guiding, training, and coaching short-term staff, including interns and consultants, as needed.
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.
Language Requirements :
Fluency in English and proficiency in French is required (fluency in English with strong willingness to learn French is acceptable).
Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate :
To view our competency framework, please visit .
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.
This position is based in the Regional Office in Dakar and the incumbent will be expected to work from Dakar, Senegal.
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.