Nairobi, 2013. Group work at the T4D Capacity Building Workshop. Photo Credit: David Simon from Thoughtworks.
UNICEF believes that partnerships and collaborative relationships are critical to deliver results for children and to realize their rights. Photo Credit: David Simon from Thoughtworks.

Are you an expert in corporate fundraising, marketing and engaging with partners? Are you a strong leader who enjoys working on developing innovative solutions, partnerships and initiatives?

UNICEF believes that partnerships and collaborative relationships are critical to deliver results for children and to realize their rights. UNICEF works with a broad range of partners, including the private sector, all over the world in order to achieve such outcomes.  Recognizing the important contribution that the private sector brings to advancing children’s rights and well-being, in 2013 UNICEF developed a strategic approach to Integrated Corporate Engagement (ICE) to enable UNICEF to work more holistically with the private sector, maximizing opportunities on corporate fundraising, corporate social responsibility, programme delivery and innovation.

UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant that will assist the Co-Leads of the Innovation Unit by developing a range of engagement offerings between UNICEF Innovation and prospective corporate targets.  Specifically, this consultant will be working on designing an engagement strategy and tools on Innovation for corporate partners.

Duty station and duration of consultancy: UNICEF NYHQ in New York for 11 months

For full details on the position, click here.

Qualified candidates who want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children are requested to send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae in English, a daily rate, and a United Nations Personal History Form (P-11) to slbammer(at)unicef.org by 18 July 2014, making reference to “UNICEF Innovation Engagement Specialist”.

**Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.**

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Terms of Reference
UNICEF Innovation Unit and Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division,
UNICEF NYHQ, New York

Consultancy Appointment: Private Sector Partnerships Specialist – Innovation

Background

UNICEF believes that partnerships and collaborative relationships are critical to deliver results for children and to realize their rights. UNICEF works with a broad range of partners, including the private sector, all over the world in order to achieve such outcomes.

For decades, UNICEF has been involved in win-win alliances with hundreds of companies across the globe working together to meet challenges in child health and nutrition, providing quality basic education for all, and protecting children from violence, exploitation and AIDS.

Recognizing the important contribution that the private sector brings to advancing children’s rights and well-being, in 2013 UNICEF developed a strategic approach to Integrated Corporate Engagement (ICE) to enable UNICEF to work more holistically with the private sector, maximizing opportunities on corporate fundraising, corporate social responsibility, programme delivery and innovation. The integrated corporate engagement strategy intends to evolve UNICEF’s approach to corporate partnerships, bringing it up-to-date with demands in the marketplace for deeper, more strategic partnerships based on shared value, and ensuring that the Organization continues to maximize results for children. It builds on the significant accomplishments, lessons learned and good practices in corporate engagement and partnership development by colleagues in HQ Divisions, Regional/Country Offices and National Committees. A cross-divisional Integrated Corporate Engagement Implementation Team (ICE-IT) has been established to plan and coordinate the development and implementation of UNICEF’s integrated corporate engagement strategy.

Led by the UNICEF Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, UNICEF’s network of National Committees and some of its country offices, UNICEF has strategies, systems, processes and capacities in place to support its corporate resource mobilization and corporate social responsibility activities. Considering the private sector’s leadership in innovations and innovative approaches, UNICEF now wishes to strengthen its capacity for more systematic engagement with current and new partners in support of innovations for the most disadvantaged children. The private sector both small and large are leaders in innovations and innovative approaches, they will have an important contribution to make by tapping into their core business and expertise to address social issues

UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 60 years. Over the past several years, it has been actively investing in piloting and implementing technology-based and design solutions. The Innovation Unit in New York supports the organization’s 150+ country offices and territories – in finding solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children. The UNICEF innovation work includes both policy and practice of innovation in UNICEF, and the larger UN. UNICEF is engaged in testing and scaling up new partnerships, technologies, and collaborations in some of the world’s most difficult operating environments. UNICEF’s system of innovation throughout the organization includes:

  • An Innovation Unit in New York that supports UNICEF programmes on the ground and the organization at large through partnerships, technologies, and connections
  • An Innovations node in San Francisco that builds partnerships with the technology sector, and will help scale social innovation start-ups.
  • An Innovation Centre in Nairobi that identifies and field tests scalable innovations;
  • A network of Innovation Labs around the world (from Armenia to Zambia) that bring together the private sector, academia, and the public sector to develop solutions for key social issues, and ensure we are always watching for new ideas from unexpected places.

Purpose

UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant that will assist the Co-Leads of the Innovation Unit by developing a range of engagement offerings between UNICEF Innovation and prospective corporate targets. Specifically, this consultant will be working on designing an engagement strategy and tools on Innovation for corporate partners (within the context of the broader and pre-existing UNICEF corporate engagement strategy), including, but not limited to:

  • The mapping and monitoring of engagement with prospective corporate partners
  • Internal coordination of corporate engagement on Innovation with relevant HQ divisions, Innovation system, National Committees, ICE-IT, and others
  • Outlining a set of engagement opportunities and methods that will connect corporate targets and funding with UNICEF’s Innovation channels such as Global Innovation Center, Innovation Labs and other innovation global and country level needs
  • In collaboration with Division of Communication, create/implement a unified communication and outreach plan on Innovation for corporate engagement.

Duty Station and Duration

The consultant will work full time and will be based out of UNICEF NYHQ in New York for 11 months. The work may require travel as needed.

Responsibilities and Deliverables:

Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor, Innovation and in close collaboration with relevant sections of the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, the consultant will be responsible to fulfil the following deliverables:

  • Coordinate with UNICEF Country Offices, Innovation Lab leads, the Innovation Center in Nairobi, and other UNICEF innovation resources to identify and document funding, expertise and other resource needs, package and update the information for sharing with PFP, National Committees and prospective partners
  • Work with PFP and UNICEF National Committees to map engagement opportunities and key corporate targets including

o   Review the pool of existing UNICEF and National Committee Corporate partners against innovation funding and resource needs and identify key prospects

o   Conduct research on potential new partners and maintain a global corporate partner prospect list

o   Assess opportunities and offers of support received from corporations, National Committee or PFP

  • Screen all prospective target companies before engaging Develop a case for support, corporate outreach strategy, tools and/or platforms for engaging partners (within the context of the broader and pre-existing UNICEF corporate engagement strategy)

o   Design pitch documents and other relevant materials needed to secure new corporate alliances

  • Create a system for appointing value to non-traditional forms of engagement such as provision of expertise, design, co-creation or other core business inputs from the corporate sector and support the development of new template agreements and modalities for these newer forms of engagement.
  • Support ongoing corporate partnerships and the initiation of new forms of mutually beneficial collaborations between UNICEF/ National Committees and prospective corporate targets

o   Assist in identifying and developing large new alliances with specific target companies and coordinating with PFP or relevant National Committees where these companies are headquartered

o   Create a prioritization system that effectively allocates funds, expertise and resource to priority Innovation needs

o   Ensure follow through on all related matters needed to secure new large corporate alliances or manage existing ones

o   Assist in the drafting of funding proposals

o   Participate as required in donor meetings to facilitate the development of new and management of ongoing partnerships.

o   Coordinate and or manage new/existing accounts and ensure implementation of agreed activities, seamless transfer of funds/expertise, reporting and others

  • In collaboration with DOC and PFP-Corporate Communication focal point, create a content driven and unified communication/outreach plan for one-dimensional and multi-dimensional engagement opportunities with UNICEF Innovation

o   Develop a more streamlined system for preparing donor materials and media/communication content for distribution in National Committee territories and to interested corporate partners

o   Assemble and draft newsletters, partnership tool kits, website info, and other necessary engagement tools

o   Develop a recognition plan for different levels of corporate partnerships

  • Provide functional design inputs into the development of a cross-divisional/regional Corporate Relationship Management (CRM) database and corporate website
  • Provide day-to-day support and guidance to the UNICEF Innovation Unit, Innovation Labs Leads, the Innovation Center in Nairobi, Country Offices, National Committees and corporate partners by responding to specific needs and quires related to proposals, reports, and contribution management
  • Serve as a focal point for consolidated inputs from Innovation for all other ICE initiatives
  • Monitor and evaluate partnerships, as well as document the lessons learned with corporate targets

Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Advanced degree in in one of the following fields: technology, communications, social sciences communication, marketing, public relations, business administration and management
  2. At least five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in corporate fundraising, marketing, and/or in a corporate managerial role with engaging with partners
  3. A track record of working on developing innovative solutions/partnerships and initiatives
  4. Strong leadership skills; capacity to prioritize and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities
  5. Prior experience in prospecting, fundraising and/or partnerships building required
  6. Understanding of UNICEF corporate engagement dimensions an asset
  7. Familiarity with UNICEF Innovation’s work an asset
  8. Prior experience in working on children’s issues an asset
  9. Demonstrated research, planning, communication and writing skills
  10. Ability to work with a diverse set of partners to create problem specifications, system requirements, and then implement software and technology innovations

Competencies:

Core Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies:

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analysing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

Please refer to the full terms and conditions for this position here.

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