Partnerships Manager, Foundations/Partnerships/PSFP/PFP, Geneva



Re-advertised – Partnerships Manager, P-4, (FT), # 121602, Foundations/Partnerships/PSFP/PFP, Geneva, Switzerland

Job no: 554181

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Switzerland Division/Equivalent: Partnerships

School/Unit: Geneva, Switzerland

Department/Office: Private Fund Raising and Partnerships

Categories: Partnerships, Fund Raising

“This position is being re-advertised. existing applicants need not re-apply, as your application will still be considered. Thank you.”

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 Global Foundations team is located within the UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) division. The team is charged with maximizing foundation partnerships for UNICEF. UNICEF seeks to work in partnership with the world’s leading and emerging foundations on causes of mutual importance, to achieve sustainable change at scale for every child. The organization’s vision is to harness the potential of the foundations community to increase financial investments for children, to exchange knowledge around joint areas of technical expertise, to engage their voice in advocating for children’s rights, and to leverage social sector financing for children.

UNICEF has established a number of highly valuable partnerships with leading foundations, which have been a major source of income growth in recent years. The Global Foundations team has been mandated to accelerate this growth, and identify non-financial engagement opportunities, by rolling out a new Global Foundations Strategy across key markets, including National Committees and Regional and Country Offices.

For every child, a champion

Under the guidance of the Chief, Foundation Partnerships, the incumbent will be responsible for driving the Foundations strategy 2022 – 2025, supporting the growth of high-level partnerships and ambitious new business opportunities with foundations.

The incumbent will work closely with focal points in Programme Group and other key Divisions within UNICEF; they will also work with National Committees, Country Offices, and Regional Offices, working with colleagues to seek and develop new areas of growth and partnership globally, creating opportunities and maximizing those that arise. The incumbent will also contribute to growing and connecting the Foundations team across PFP.

How can you make a difference?

Responsibilities will include advising UNICEF offices and National Committees in developing strategies for mobilizing resources, influence, and impact with Foundation partners, devising leadership engagement plans, building cross-cutting ways of working across PFP and other Divisions in UNICEF, and cultivating successful partnerships with foundations across the spectrum of financing, influence, and expertise.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities.

The emphasis on certain work areas may vary depending on needs and opportunities.

Global foundations strategy: Act as strategy co-owner and driver for the PFP Foundation Partnerships team, working with the Chief, Foundation Partnerships, and wider team to implement and monitor UNICEF’s new strategic framework for engaging with foundations. Work will focus on implementing the new UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022-2025. This will include strategy development, mapping and applying external trends to a UNICEF context, designing new models of engagement, and securing active support from senior leadership and colleagues at HQ, Regional/Country Offices, and National Committees. Specific focus areas will include capitalizing on new foundations giving trends around philanthropic competitions, public-private partnerships, and innovative financing instruments, as well as nurturing emerging foundations in collaboration with other high-value channels.

New business development: Develop and oversee strategic approaches to prospective foundation partners; obtain buy-in within UNICEF family (HQ, Regional/Country Offices, and National Committees), including at a senior leadership level; support negotiations and direct engagement with key foundations; seek ways to increase business through closer collaboration with PFP and other colleagues; increase the number and quality of foundation partnerships globally.

Growing current partnerships: Work in close partnership with National Committees and UNICEF teams to strengthen and deepen existing foundation partnerships, including co-developing strategies with key UNICEF colleagues, ensuring strong collaboration across key offices, engaging UNICEF leadership, supporting negotiations and strategic engagement with foundations, and maximizing opportunities across the spectrum of finance, influence, and expertise.

Strategic market support: Act as foundations focal point for specific National Committees, guiding on annual strategy development, revenue targets and investment needs, and supporting on specific partnerships and new business opportunities. The goal is to maximize foundations engagement in these markets.

Capacity building and ways of working: Work with National Committees, HQ and Regional/Country Office colleagues to increase knowledge and skills around foundations engagement, as well as creating and implementing tools to support skills development for engaging with foundations. Provide guidance in developing, negotiating and implementing partnerships with the foundation’s community, and expand network of UNICEF and National Committee offices engaging with foundations. Work with PFP colleagues to find new, cross-cutting collaboration in support of growth in results.

Leadership engagement: Ensure that the Office of the Executive Director and UNICEF senior leadership are equipped with the intelligence and information required to support foundation partnerships at the most senior levels within UNICEF. This includes providing regular updates on the Global Foundations Strategy and foundations portfolio to senior staff (particularly PFP leadership and the Deputy Executive Director, Partnerships).

Business analysis: Undertake and support financial and strategic analyses of foundations income, including projections and actuals, inform market-specific analyses and opportunities, and provide inputs on pertinent trends and influences on the foundations sector.

Institutional priorities: Remain informed of key institutional priorities in order to position the Global Foundations team to proactively engage with existing and potential partners around such priorities.

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


  • Advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: international development, public administration, business management, communication, or another relevant technical field.
  • Alternatively, a first-level university degree in a relevant field combined with (2) additional years of qualifying professional experience in partnership development may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a combination of the following is required: private foundations and/or other public or private grant-making bodies or organizations, partnership development, programming, communications, and project management.
  • Experience in direct relationship building and management of high-value partnerships is highly desirable.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a team is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF programmes is highly desirable.
  • Experience working within UN/UNICEF is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is 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: (link)

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.

Advertised: Sep 12 2022 W. Europe Daylight Time Application close: Feb 09 2023 W. Europe Standard Time

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  • Closes Feb 09 2023

    Re-advertised – Partnerships Manager, P-4, (FT), # 121602, Foundations/Partnerships/PSFP/PFP, Geneva, Switzerland in Switzerland

    This is an exciting opportunity to join the UNICEF Global Foundations team and make an incredible difference for the world’s children! UNICEF, the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, seeks a Partnerships Manager who will work closely with focal points in Programme Group and other key Divisions within UNICEF; they will also work with National Committees, Country Offices, and Regional Offices to seek and develop new areas of growth and partnership globally, creating opportunities and maximizing those that arise. The incumbent will also contribute to a growing and connecting the Foundations team across PFP. Are you a passionate and committed professional who wants to make a lasting difference for children? The world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

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