Public Partnership Officer, (P-2), Fixed Term, Public Partnerships Division (PPD), Brussels, Belgium, Post #103519 Req #565618

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


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

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF’s Public- Private Partnerships (PPP) team coordinates UNICEF’s engagement with Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs e.g., Gavi, Global Fund, GPE) to identify and develop new financing strategies and opportunities for child-focused investments under the wider umbrella of the SDG agenda.  The PPP team also collaborates with UNICEF’s Private Sector Partnerships Division (PFP) to advance public-private collaboration more generally.  The Public Partnerships Officer will assist with resource mobilization, contribution management, and guidance to country offices and partners.

More specifically, the Public Partnerships Officer will be responsible for providing assistance and support, as member of the team, to the Public Partnerships Manager and Specialist, in various aspect of external relations, resource mobilization and other related functions for assigned resource partners, and liaising, as necessary, with Government Missions to the UN, resource partner headquarters and capitals, UN agencies, UNICEF Headquarter Divisions and UNICEF Field Offices. She/he will be responsible for contribution management and maintaining on-going contacts at working levels with these various offices.

Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks:

Resource Mobilization and relationship management

  1. Resource mobilization strategies:
  • Assist the Public Partnerships Manager and Specialist to ensure the maximized mobilization of quality resources through the development of resource mobilization strategies for assigned resource partners for RR, ORR, and ORE (including thematic) contributions.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on partner and income trends, analyze development assistance policies and keep resource partner profiles updated (including in UNISON).
  1. Contribution agreements:
  • Assist the Public Partnerships Manager and Specialist to support the development of framework agreements and template agreements.
  • Help negotiate, review and clear resource partner agreements and amendments for Senior Adviser/Senior Management’s signature, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations.
  • Keep track of the grant agreements pipeline including in UNISON, and work closely with Country Offices (CO) and Regional Offices (RO) to ensure that UNISON pipeline is regularly updated.
  • Review and clear grant creation and amendment requests in Service Gateway / UNISON / Vision to ensure that all information related to the conditions of the agreement is properly reflected, including IPSAS related conditions.
  1. Contribution / Grant Management
  • Follow up on disbursements from multi-year contributions and ensure that disbursement request has been submitted locally or at HQ level.
  • Lead periodic / semi-annual Global Partnership for Education Cash Transfer Request exercise in coordination with Programme Group Education.
  • Respond to all donor/region/country office queries related to the contribution funds disbursement/receipt.
  • Review/monitoring of Unapplied Receipts Dashboard, analyze unapplied receipts and follow up with donors/COs/DFAM as required.
  • Monitor grant expiry date and expenditure to avoid large unspent balances.
  • Share certified financial statements with COs / RO/ HQ / donors as appropriate. For final statements with unspent balance, liaise with COs and donors on the refund / reprogramming and work with DFAM on grant closure.
  • Review narrative reports in Fiori. Support country offices to improve resource partner reporting.
  1. Meetings and Consultations:
  • Assist with the organization of Annual Programme Consultations or mid/term evaluations for multi-year programmes with assigned resource partners, including preparation of the agenda, and ensure suitable participation of UNICEF staff.
  • Assist the Public Partnerships Manager and Specialist to prepare briefing notes and any other documentation required by the Executive Director and Senior Management for visits to and from assigned resource partners.
  • As required, meet with scheduled and ad hoc visitors from resource partner headquarters and capitals, Missions and field offices.
  • Participate in and summarize results from internal and external meetings with assigned resource partners.
  1. Partner liaison:
  • Assist the Public Partnerships Manager and Specialist in managing day-to-day direct contact with resource partner headquarters.
  • Ensure that partner queries are responded to in a timely manner.
  • Assist the Public Partnerships Manager and Specialist to submit project proposals to resource partners in a timely manner as required and follow up as necessary with assigned partners.
  1. UNICEF liaison:
  • Act as a link between resource partners and UNICEF field offices/HQ divisions. Ensure submission of UNICEF response to partners in a synthesized manner.
  • Provide capacity building activities and guidance to various divisions and field offices on various issues pertaining to resource mobilization, partner-specific information, contribution management issues and interpretation of resource partner conditions.

Other tasks

  • If required, act as OIC of the team in the absence of Senior Advisor.
  • Coordinate the submission of updates to the Public Partnership Division Strategic Planning team, including income projection updates.
  • Assist in the preparation of data analysis on resource partner funding and funding trends.
  • Support key team processes as requested by Senior Advisor, notably the development and implementation of UNICEF PPP Strategy.
  • Assist in tracking performance indicators related to the mobilization of resources (including monitoring funding levels) and reporting.
  • Act as a UNISON Focal Point for GPP donors.

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

  • A university degree is required in business administration, economics, international relations, social sciences, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme management is required, including financial management, monitoring and evaluation, or a related field.
  • Fluency in English is required. A high level of proficiency in other UN languages, is an asset.

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. All selected candidates will, therefore, 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.


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 are also 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.

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

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