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UNICEF Innovation Unit and Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division,


Consultancy: Private Sector Partnerships Specialist- Innovation


We are trying to redefine how UNICEF can work with private sector partners – particularly those in the space of technology and finance. In order to do this, the UNICEF Innovation Unit is seeking a new team member who will help us create, test, and share tools for connecting new collaborators to UNICEF’s work. This role will also be responsible for monitoring the results of these engagements and prototypes and helping to recommend which ones continue, and which ones don’t.

Specifically, this team member will be working with a set of partnership packages (fundraising, brain-raising, etc.) for corporate and foundation partners and prospects, extending them, and developing new ones as needed. This work will happen in line with the broader UNICEF corporate engagement strategy), including, but not limited to:

  • The mapping and monitoring of engagement with current and prospective corporate partners
  • Internal coordination of corporate engagement on Innovation with Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, National Committees, other HQ divisions, Innovation system, National Committees, and others
  • Developing 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

Duty Station and Duration

The consultant will work full time and will be based out of UNICEF NYHQ in New York for eleven and a half (11.5) months. The work may require travel as needed.

Responsibilities and Deliverables:

Under the supervision of the Innovation Fund Manager and in close collaboration with the Programme and Innovation unit of the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, the consultant will be responsible of fulfilling the following deliverables:  

  1. Needs identification and packaging: Coordinate with UNICEF Country Offices, Innovation Lab leads, the Global Innovation Center, Innovation Fund Manager and others engaged in innovation work, to identify, prioritize, document and regularly update funding, expertise and other resource needs, package and update the information for sharing with PFP, National Committees and prospective partners
  1. Prospecting & Partnership Development
  • Develop additional and update existing pitch documents/packages and other relevant materials needed to secure new corporate alliances in line with UNICEF Innovation’s priorities
  • 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
    • Match prospective partner profiles and interest (programmatic and geographic) with priority innovation needs and conceptualize the strategic direction of the pitches vision and direction
    • Assist the drafting of funding proposals
    • Participate as required in donor meetings to facilitate the development of new and management of ongoing partnerships.
    • Ensure follow through on all related matters needed to secure new large corporate alliances or manage existing ones
    • In some instances, coordinate and or manage partrnerships and ensure implementation of agreed activities, seamless transfer of funds/expertise, reporting and others
  • Support and coordinate strategic engagement with specific industry sectors, such as the technology and telecommunication industries
  1. Tracking, monitoring and knowledge management
  • Maintain a map of partnerships and engagements, conduct research and screening on potential new partners and maintain a global corporate partner prospect list
  • Document good practice examples and lessons learned from corporate partnerships and processes
  • Create a system for tracking non-financial engagement and 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
  • Contribute to the piloting and roll-out of the organizational Corporate Relationship Management (CRM) database and corporate website as it relates to innovation partnerships
  • Reporting on selected new and existing partnerships.
  1. Tools and guidance
  • 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 queries related to proposals, reports, and contribution management
  • Assess ongoing opportunities and partnership offers received from corporations, National Committee, PFP and country offices
  • Support the development of template agreements and modalities for these newer forms of engagement.
  • Lead on the organization and implementation of monthly innovation calls with National Committees and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate the conceptualization, development and implementation of a due diligence process for innovation partnerships and develop supporting tools
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a recognition plan for different levels of partnerships
  1. Other
  • Support communication efforts as needed (e.g. content for press releases, newsletters, websites etc.)
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Senior Adviser and the PFP focal point

Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Expert decomplicator and clear communicator.
  2. A degree in one of the following fields: marketing, public relations, business administration and management, technology, communications, social sciences,
  3. At least five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in prospecting, developing and managing financial and non-financial partnerships with the private sector and other actors
  4. Prior experience in the private sector
  5. Knowledge of development programming including experience in developing countries/contexts with the UNICEF, UN and international organizations, Foundations or NGOs an asset.
  6. Demonstrated experience of working on developing innovative solutions/partnerships and initiatives
  7. Strong leadership skills; capacity to prioritize and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities
  8. Demonstrated research, planning, communication and writing skills
  9. Understanding of UNICEF corporate engagement dimensions an asset
  10. Familiarity with UNICEF Innovation’s work an asset
  11. Prior experience in working on children’s issues an asset


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


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. In this regard, 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 has recently established 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, and 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 work in this area is led by an Innovation Unit in New York that supports the organization – and particularly our 135 country offices – in finding solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children. The 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. Since 2007 UNICEF’s Innovation Unit has worked with partners to develop open-source, equity-focused solutions including those that have created nationwide systems for realtime information on children in countries throughout East Africa, realtime tracking of the distribution of more than 25 million insecticide treated mosquito nets in Nigeria; and mentored and supported more than 1,000 youth entrepreneurship projects through the Kosovo Innovation Lab

UNICEF has a system of innovation facilities throughout the organization including:

  • Innovation Unit in New York: to support UNICEF programmes on the ground and the organisation at large through partnerships, technologies, and connections
  • Innovation node in San Francisco: to build partnerships with the technology sector
  • Global Innovation Centre in Nairobi: to scale-up and implement proven, successful innovations globally and foster collaboration among entities in the global south
  • A network of Innovation Labs around the world: to 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.


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 monthly rate, and a United Nations Personal History Form (P-11) to unicef.jobs@gmail.com by 30 July 2015, making reference to “Private Sector Partnerships Specialist- Innovation ”.

Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.

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