Officer, Foundation Partnerships

United States Fund for UNICEF
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 29

Position description

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit

Officer, Foundation Partnerships   

UNICEF USA is seeking an Officer (entry-level) to provide grants management and business development support for the Foundation Partnerships team. 

The Officer, Foundation Partnerships will be responsible for three key functions:

  • Operations - Support processing and grants management functions across team from day to day transferring of funds to drafting term statements and quality control 

  • Team - Facilitate team organization and efficiency to deliver to key business priorities 

  • Business Development - Provide data collection support for partner briefs and research to identify alignment with prospects. Manage and track outreach approach to partners and prospects 

The Officer will support key portions of the Foundation Partnerships team mandate in support of UNICEF’s work in the key strategic areas. In general, such support will consist of research, writing, partner outreach/client management and various analytical tasks, with a particular focus on grants management.  In addition, assist with business development strategy to grow and diversify portfolio of thematic investment across partner landscape.

Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

Grant Management

  • Draft sections of key documents, including grant proposals, sub-award agreements, reports, and presentations intended for a variety of purposes and audiences

  • Ensure timely execution of grant/sub-award agreements, entry/updating of project records in the grants management database and execution of funds transfer to sub-awardees

  • Prepare and deliver reports/presentations to internal and external stakeholders on progress of partnerships

  • Conduct due diligence to identify legal, procedural and financial issues for potential grants/sub-awards prior to proposal submission/approval, as well as over the life of multi-year grant projects

  • Develop and maintain up-to-date versions of standard attachments to grant applications and assist team members to assemble grant application proposals

  • Represents the team on select tasks forces and cross-departmental projects

  • Manage or support on grants management, as needed 


  • Lead process of transferring grant funds to UNICEF and sub-awardees Oversee various systems for managing and tracking key phases in the life cycle of grant-funded programs

  • Ensure that sub-award templates are in line with organizational policies 

  • Train new staff and provide onboarding support 

  • Liaise with finance and compliance personnel on legal, procedural and financial issues regarding sub-granting/contracting processes

  • Focal point for grants management processing and data quality, and Grants Management team. Ensure consistent and streamlined administrative and financial processing and workflow

  • Support on administrative tasks, such as note taking, building and preparing analytic reports, presentation design  

Business Development

  • Support on key research and landscape analysis

  • Input on thematic research and partner briefs 

  • Prepare or collect meeting notes and presentation materials

  • Generate periodic e-mail review/assessment of key themes, developments, projects, grants, programs, etc., in the Foundation Partnerships & global development community


  • Bachelor’s degree;  advanced degree strongly preferred in international development, international relations, global/public health, public policy/advocacy, economics or a related field

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in grants management, client services

  • Knowledge of U. S. & international grant-making rules and regulations, as well as private foundation policies, desired

  • Familiarity with current global health/development issues 

  • Strong communication skills and ability to contribute to proposals, reports, research and presentations 

  • Proven ability to prioritize, work independently, handle multiple, complex tasks simultaneously, generate pragmatic solutions to address potential roadblocks as well as leverage key opportunities.

  • Ability to navigate complex environments, and help build relationships with a variety of different institutions.

  • Strong “client service” orientation and interpersonal as well as negotiation skills, quantitative and analytical skills, and written/verbal communication skills

  • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service

Application instructions

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