Home-based Consultancy: Resource Mobilization, Iraq (International)
Application deadline 7 months ago: Wednesday 22 Jun 2022 at 20:55 UTCOpen application form
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Purpose of Activity/Assignment: Effective engagement and partnerships with the public and private sectors play a crucial role in the ability of UNICEF to deliver results for children and young people, both by raising vital revenue and by supporting advocacy and delivery of the child rights agenda.
Iraq is a high middle-income country and is transitioning from humanitarian to a development context, which requires new and innovative ways of fundraising for both types of operations. The Resource Mobilization (RM) Consultant will support the UNICEF Iraq Country Office to diversify and expand its donor base especially focusing on private sector engagement and new/emerging public sector donors for both humanitarian response and development assistance, in addition to providing support for gathering donor prospecting, communications and content development.
Iraq Country Office developed its Resource Mobilization and Leveraging Strategy 2020-2024 (RML Strategy) and Action Plan in 2021, which lays out a vision and framework for fundraising, leveraging and advocacy. UNICEF Iraq has a heavy reliance on public sector donors. National Committee (NatCom) and private sector income represent a very small percentage of its income. ICO is looking to change this by embracing a culture shift, as laid out in the RML Strategy.
UNICEF would like to expand its current private sector partnerships, especially with foundations, telecommunication companies, the oil sector, business coalitions, and Iraqi high net worth individuals, for more shared value through innovation with the private sector and co-creation. Additional support is required for all these areas of work and to support implementing related actions in ICO’s Resource Mobilization and Leveraging (RML) Strategy and its Action Plan.
Scope of Work: The Resource Mobilization (RM) consultant gathers, analyses and reports information in a manner that draws out fact-based insights to inform approaches to partner relationships and support substantive discussion with partners. S/he captures relevant information and progress and ensures internal information sharing. Accurate and timely information to partners will strengthen the credibility of the organization which in turn will result in trust, expand and diversify donor base to increase required funds and leverage resources for UNICEF’s work in Iraq. Well analyzed and evidence-based support to senior management can result in an increase of funding and leveraging opportunities and diversify donor base for the country office directly impacting its ability to implement and scale up UNICEF development and humanitarian programmes.
Under the direct supervision of the Resource Mobilization Manager, the RM Consultant will undertake the following deliverables: - Support local private sector engagement, expansion, and UNICEF Iraq readiness for PSFR - Support donor diversification through proposal writing, content development and reporting to donors - specific focus on local private sector, UNICEF National Committees, emerging public sector and Gulf Area public and private sector donors. - Support operationalization, tracking and monitoring of the UNICEF Iraq Resource Mobilization and Leveraging Strategy 2020-2024 and action plan.
Overview of work assignment: 1. Enhanced local private sector engagement and expansion with 3% annual increase and/or at least two signed partnership agreements with private sector through local engagements
Expansion of current local and regional private sector partnerships, such as Zain and Ooredoo Telecom, for more shared value through innovation with the private sector and support co-creation, through content development, advocacy, networking and partnership building - Minimum two new agreements signed with telecom and private sector entities in Iraq through local engagement (July to August 2022)
Operationalization of the oil sector approach and engagement plan, including with Eni, including via donor prospecting and profiling (mapping and analysis), developing related pitch documents/concept notes/presentations, proposal, talking points for senior managers’ engagements and other documentation as needed. (July to Sept 2022) - Oil sector operational plan is fully implemented - Private sector mapping and analysis completed - Related RM products completed - Meetings convened and reports produced
Exploration/mapping of bigger partnerships with pre-qualified global partners (such as Unilever, J&J, etc.) through engagement with PFP, relevant national committees and the MENA Regional Support Centre (RSC) as well as multi-stakeholder platforms (July to Dec 2022) - Minimum 5 contacts established, and concept notes submitted - 2 two partnership negotiations are in advance stage
Support UNICEF Iraq CO readiness for becoming a private sector fundraising (PSFR) office in close coordination with PFP MENARO and Geneva (July to Dec 2022) - UNICEF Iraq readiness plan is in place and actions are completed
Coordination with PFP and related National Committees for Due Diligence process and other related legal requirements for partnerships with private sector entities and in support of PSFR readiness (July to Dec 2022)
Engagement with key Iraqi influencers, high net worth individuals and diaspora (in close collaboration with Communication Section) - Engagement plan and related products with outreach to 2-5 high net worth individuals (Sept – Dec 2022)
2. Donor base diversification via quality proposal writing, content development and reporting - specific focus on local private sector, UNICEF National Committees, emerging public sector and Gulf Area public and private sector donors
Proposals and concept notes are compiled, drafted and submitted on time (July – Dec 2022) - Minimum 5 new proposals and Concept Notes are developed and submitted - Minimum two partnership negotiations are in advance stage.
Develop, maintain and regularly update two-page concept notes, strategy documents, donor profiles, donor mission briefs and donor tracker and other RM products and tracking tools focusing on private sector engagement. (July to Sept 2022) - Update existing concept notes related to the CPD based on the SMR/MTR recommendation - Prepare new concept notes for the new strategies developed (ECD, Data and evidence, HDN, Digitization, Climate change) - Update donor profiles - Prepare donor tracker related to private sector engagement
3. Support supervisor for the operationalization, tracking and monitoring of the UNICEF Iraq Resource Mobilization and Leveraging Strategy 2020-2024 and action plan - Update sector strategies, donor mapping and action plan in close coordination with CMT members – covering a period of end of CPD (July 2022)
Qualifications required - Master’s degree in International relations, political science, communications, international development/development studies, 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/donor relations, or other relevant area. - Relevant experience in a UN system, especially UNICEF, other international development agency or organization is considered as an asset. - An in-depth understanding of the typology and economic situation of Iraq and largely the MENA region is an asset. Work effectively through email, phone and other means of communications - English fluency and strong oral and written communication skills. Fluency in Arabic is an asset.
Majority of period of consultancy is home based. Two weeks travel period for local market research and meetings with stakeholders in Erbil, Baghdad and Basra with travel arranged by UNICEF according to its procedures.
Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant
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