Partnerships and Advocacy Officer, NO-1, FT, Minsk, Belarus

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This is a NO-1 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-1 contracts.

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, an advocate

UNICEF is the world's leading organization for children, and we've been working in Belarus for nearly 30 years. We work with the government, public organizations, and the private sector to ensure that all children in Belarus have the best possible start in life. Our work focuses on four key areas: supportive family environments, access to justice, future generations and partnerships and investments for children.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of Partnerships & Advocacy Specialist (P3), the Partnerships and Advocacy Officer will support the office in establishing and deepening collaboration with key stakeholders (traditional and non-traditional donors) and helping to provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence within the scope of assignment. The key result is to ensure partnerships, both public and private as well as advocacy with the business sector, yield tangible results for children in Belarus and increase visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

1. Contribute to the development and implementation of the CO private and public partnerships strategy and associated work plan and ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results. Support the private partnerships advocacy and fundraising component ensuring that new partnerships are established and bring in-kind or financial contributions, have impact on the advocacy and programmatic results.

2. Liaise with Regional Private Sector Fundraising Hub and Regional Partnerships Adviser on advocating and leveraging resources for children and keeping them abreast of partnership developments and trends in the country.

3. Ensure effective coordination of fundraising and communication assets developed locally and/or adapting regional and global assets.

4. Support the development of frameworks and templates and review partner agreements and amendments for senior staff approval, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations and due diligence.

5. Maintain a database with partner portfolios and their interest areas. Maintain up-to-date information on partner and income trends, analyse development assistance policies and keep resource partner profiles updated.

6. Support the supervisor and senior management in nurturing relationships with partners organizing meetings, events in support of partnership building efforts. Help maintain effective relationships with partners to keep them informed on important, strategic UNICEF issues.

7. Attend meetings with partners, taking notes, sharing information, and supporting joint information programmes to increase UNICEF’s profile, and protect its interests.

8. Contribute to ideas for opportunities to develop new and existing partnerships to support a more effective and efficient approach to programme delivery.

9. Assist with the preparation of information to provide to partners on UNICEF’s programmes, pitch documents, proposals, concept notes, and others to advocate the work of UNICEF.

10. Collate and share relevant discussion and feedback on programme activities and issues of priority to UNICEF, gathered from partners, to inform future activities.

11. Maintain awareness of current activities, political, social, economic events, conduct analysis to understand how they may impact UNICEF activities and programmes and provide timely information to UNICEF staff for decision-making.

12. Conduct research on perspective new partners for UNICEF, and provide analysis of the areas of work, outreach, financial based and reputation of prospective partners.

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

  • Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.

    Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience is required.

    Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Russian is required. Knowledge of Belarusian is an asset.

    Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Background/familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset. Experience of working across teams. Excellent problem-solving and communication skills; ability to effectively collect, analyze, organize, distill, and present information. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and prioritize while working against multiple deadlines.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male candidates and person leaving with a disability are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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