Partnerships Specialist (Multi-Stakeholder and Public-Private Partnerships), P-3, FT, MSP, PSFP, PFP, Geneva, Switzerland

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This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 129,815 USD and 169,982 USD.

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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.

The Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) team in UNICEF's Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division (PFP), leads on UNICEF's engagement with multi-stakeholder platforms, advocacy with business, and public-private partnerships (PPPs). The team is responsible for managing partnerships with global platforms, developing advocacy strategies for engagement with platforms and businesses, and facilitating the development and piloting of new PPP models and initiatives to address issues affecting children through advocacy, engagement, investment, collective action, and public-private collaboration.

For every child, a champion

Under the guidance of the Advocacy and Policy Manager, the incumbent is responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing advocacy and engagement strategies and relationships with key multi-stakeholder platforms, initiatives, and partnerships involving business for accelerating UNICEF's partnership, advocacy, and programmatic objectives.

The incumbent is also responsible for guiding and coordinating HQ divisions, regional and country offices, and National Committees in the development of strategies for engagement in key multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives, including public-private partnerships and the strategic use of advocacy with business for the mobilization of business and business influence.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions and accountabilities:

  1. Partnership building, networking and engagement: Identifies and maximizes opportunities for UNICEF engagement in select multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives involving the private sector, including public-private partnerships. Manages UNICEF’s engagement in these initiatives to advance UNICEF’s advocacy, programmatic and partnership goals. Builds and strengthens strategic partnerships and develops new initiatives to mobilize and pursue opportunities with key private and public sector stakeholders to advance children’s rights, leveraging the value of UNICEF partnerships and collaboration, while preserving the organization’s credibility and reputation.
  2. Advocacy with Business: Develops advocacy with business opportunities and strategies for key organizational priorities that can include tactics such as developing guidance and business cases, forming coalitions, creating campaigns and initiatives, and leveraging events and networks, including to advance partnerships objectives. Identifies external champions and develops key asks for UNICEF priorities for children to engage the private sector in advancing specific programmatic and advocacy objectives with key businesses, partnerships and initiatives.
  3. Project management: Manages complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives, develops workplans and budgets, and leads on organization and implementation of deliverables according the workplan, in alignment with broader advocacy and partnership objectives.
  4. Planning and coordination: Coordinates within PFP, across divisions, RO/COs, National Committees and external organizations on UNICEF’s engagement in key global platforms and initiatives related to the private sector. Plan organize and support engagement of UNICEF senior leadership and/or private sector partners in key initiatives. Coordinates the preparation of briefing notes, talking points, key messages and other information materials as needed.
  5. Capacity building: Equips and builds capacity of National Committees, headquarters, regional and country offices on engaging in private sector platforms and initiatives, and engaging the private sector to advance national, regional and global advocacy and partnerships initiatives and priorities, and to facilitate the development, piloting or scale up of PPP models.
  6. Technical support: Provides technical support and advice regarding the integration of strategies for advocacy with business and the engagement with key platforms and initiatives into UNICEF planning processes, approaches and work plans. Provides inputs into briefing materials and other communications as needed. Develops content, advocacy messaging, thought leadership and subject matter expertise tailored to the unique interests and capabilities of particular platforms and the wider business audience.
  7. Communications: Supports the development of key messages related to the mobilization of business influence and advocacy with business, and the engagement with multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives vis-a-vis internal and external audiences. Provides inputs and develops content/articles for internal and external audiences. Works with partnerships colleagues across the organization, to develop business and advocacy strategies and messages for priority UNICEF partners and National Committees.
  8. Knowledge management: Facilitates knowledge capture and sharing on business advocacy and engagement with key global platforms and initiatives, including through updating UNISON (the UNICEF Customer Relationship Management System), the PFP intranet and other sources.

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


  • An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: international development, international relations, social sciences, business or public administration, marketing, communication/external relations or another relevant technical field.
  • Alternatively, a first level University Degree in a relevant field combined with (2) additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in partnership development, private sector engagement, relationship management related activities, and advocacy with business on children’s rights is required.
  • Experience in effectively working with a diverse group of stakeholders and working on complex, multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives involving the private sector, whether within UN, Government, NGOs or the private sector, is required.
  • Knowledge of and interest in children’s rights and the role of the private sector in international development and humanitarian action is highly desirable; experience in any of these areas an asset.
  • Familiarity with non-financial private sector engagement (i.e., multi-stakeholder partnerships, advocacy with business, private-public collaboration) is an asset.
  • Experience working within UNICEF is an asset.

    Language Requirements:

    Fluency in English is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required,

  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results 1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1) are required.

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 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.

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 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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). 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.

UNICEF PFP-Geneva is currently reviewing organizational changes; therefore, the exact future location of the post is still under consideration/to be determined. Candidates may be asked to commence duties remotely. Should the selected candidate be assigned and relocate, they may later be asked to relocate and be assigned to another location during the initial contract or assignment period.

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

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