Consultancy, Strengthening Public Partnership with Central/Eastern Europe

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 31

Position description

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, hope

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child and has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. UNICEF works with a wide-range of partners to help realize the rights of all children. Join us as a Public Partnerships Specialist, working with some of our major Government donors, in the Public Partnerships Division in New York Headquarters.

The Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF's position as a partner of choice for children's rights among governments and inter-governmental actors around the world. The Division is doing this by positioning children's rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions as resource, policy and programme partners. A key premise for PPD is that the engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization.

The Consultant will be part of the Europe Team in PPD. Under the supervision of the Public Partnerships Manager, the Consultant will contribute to the strengthening the partnership with the Central and Eastern Europe, and Commonwealth of Independent States.

Consultancy Duration: 4 months, July 1st 2018 to October 30th 2018, with possibility of extension.

How can you make a difference?

Support the Public Partnerships Manager in identifying and designing new and innovative initiatives and strengthening current partnerships with the governments of CEE/CIS in consultation with UNICEF’s HQ Divisions and field offices. The overall results contributing to the team’s work will include:

  • Strategic analyses, including tracking and analyzing partner profiles, new political, economic, and social developments, trends and priorities of development, and tailored strategic planning and implementation of action plans.
  • Pro-active engagement with CEE/CIS Member States bilaterally and in the UN inter-governmental space.
  • Strengthened partnerships by exploring all possible sources of new and continued resource mobilization and horizontal cooperation opportunities with CEE/CIS governments.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Analyze and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues in countries and regions as relevant/needed, assess implications and make recommendations on possible policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance human/children’s rights.
  • Monitor and report on perspectives on the global development agenda which directly or indirectly affect children, with special attention to the CEE/CIS governments. Advise senior management of developments and trends as well as on recommendations regarding follow-up activities. Track and share emerging trends and directions through mapping exercises and documentation.
  • Analyze aid environment, trends and specifics, and maintain up-to-date select partner profiles.
  • Develop packages of documents for different events and activities in communication with different HQ departments and field offices.
  • Advise on strategic, policy and operational decisions by the UN that may have human rights and protection implications for children and advise on measures necessary to protect and promote human rights of children in the countries.
  • Prepare advocacy materials and support organize activities for the promotion and protection of children’s rights in relevant UN intergovernmental consultations and provide advice to government partners
  • Update donor engagement plans and ensure timely implementation. This includes identifying partnership (advocacy and resource mobilization) entry points through the gathering of financial (ODA, thematic, humanitarian) and political intelligence of donors and matching it with UNICEF priorities.
  • Develop relevant materials and assist in organizing meetings and events, including travels to capitals and bilateral meetings with partner representatives in New York, as well as in the margins of strategic meetings and conferences.
  • Analyze global initiatives ongoing in New York and initiate additional activities to use such opportunities for advocacy and resource mobilization.
  • Actively contribute to the ongoing work and collaboration with the CEE/CIS partners within different fora and initiatives, and different structures such as Executive Board, Group of Friend of Children and SDGs, ECOSOC, UNGA, UN GA’s Third Committee; Security Council, and others.
  • Organize theme-based briefing sessions for Member States related to UNICEF’s work in collaboration with other HQ Divisions.


  • Advanced degree in social science, international relations, public administration, law or related field.
  • At least five years of work experience, including specialized experience in analyzing and synthesizing information, producing accessible outputs to inform decision making.
  • Experience in inter-governmental processes and in international relations and diplomacy would be an asset
  • Knowledge of office computer systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and internet research tools.
  • Ability to work in international and multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a strong attention to detail.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of another UN language an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Competencies required: commitment, embracing diversity, integrity, teamwork, and drive for results; communication, judgment, planning, setting standards and monitoring work, analytical and conceptual thinking.

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.

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