Partnerships Specialist / Industry Engagement (Safe Online), (P-3), End Violence Against Children(EVAC), New York, USA #121327 [Temp Appointment, 364 days], (REQ#553285)

Job no: 553285

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: UNITED HOSTED FUNDS



Categories: Partnerships

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, a future.

Every year, over 1 billion children experience violence. Violence in childhood undermines all other investments in children: in their health, education and development, often with negative lifelong consequences and intergenerational impact. Recognizing the devastating impacts of violence against children, in 2015 world leaders committed to end all forms of violence, abuse and neglect by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In July 2016, the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and an associated Fund.

The End Violence Partnership has four priority initiatives:

  • Works with countries through the process of Pathfinding and ending corporal punishment, whereby governments commit to ending violence against children by implementing evidence-based solutions such as the INSPIRE strategies.
  • Builds on existing efforts to ensure children are safe in and through schools via the Safe to Learn initiative, backed by a growing coalition of partners and countries who endorse its Call to Action.
  • Strengthens the network of organisations working to keep children Safe Online by leveraging its network of grantees and partners to influence global policy debates and investing in models and solutions to tackle child online sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA).
  • Since 2001, the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children (GI) worked to end corporal punishment, advocating for full and comprehensive law reform to prohibit violent discipline, raise awareness about the issue, and monitor law throughout the globe. In September 2020, the Global Initiative became part of the End Violence Partnership, allowing the organisation’s essential work to continue under the new name End Corporal Punishment.

About the Safe Online Initiative (Safe Online):

Safe Online is one of End Violence’s key priority areas and it focuses on how digital technologies and connectivity impact and facilitate existing and new forms of child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as other forms of violence against children in digital environments. Safe Online’s investment portfolio has reached US$48 million, funding 60 projects focused on preventing and eliminating online CSEA with impact in over 70 countries. In 2022, additional US$20 million will be invested in new programmes and solutions, significantly growing the overall portfolio. The investments range from supporting programs at country level, large-scale research projects (e.g. Disrupting Harm), to designing new and scaling-up existing technology-based solutions. Beyond investing in individual projects, Safe Online has built a strong collaborative network of partners who are working to share the knowledge, learnings and solutions in this field to maximize collective results for children at risk and those who are victim of online CSEA. Safe Online is also increasingly contributing to global policy discussions on child online safety with governments, tech industry, regulators, and others, ensuring that the safety of children is at the heart of intersections between connectivity and safety; privacy and protection; and technology and human rights.

How can you make a difference?

The Partnerships Specialist / Industry Engagement reports to the Safe Online Director. The Specialist is accountable for leading engagement efforts and development of mutual value alignment with industry partners. The Partnership Specialist position’s purpose is to deepen collaboration and knowledge exchange between industry and the Safe Online community and align with advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts. S/He may also serve as focal point and resource for colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for the development partnerships (including in the areas of technology, data science and child rights).

The position will work within the End Violence Safe Online team under supervision of the Safe Online Director and in close collaboration with industry partners. The expectation is to perform the following key tasks: Partnerships & Industry Engagement

  • Build trust and credibility with key stakeholders (external and internal)
  • Strengthen connections and programmatic links of Safe Online with partners, specifically industry, academia and research networks, and child protection and data science/technology communities
  • Navigate trust building between tech industry and other sectors and aligning with the strategic goals of the Safe Online work
  • Provide support to and create opportunities to leverage industry partnerships and Safe Online networks to maximize the impact of funded research and promote the work in the wider community
  • Identify opportunities and contribute to resource mobilisation efforts with existing and new partners, or through mutual value alignment for design of collaborative programmes/ concepts
  • Support Safe Online grantee community and End Violence team in engagement efforts with industry and data science/ technology communities of practice

Actively Define Portfolio

  • Create linkages between technology, digital development and data science communities and child protection, youth participation and violence prevention communities – including children and youth – for strategic positioning and generation of new opportunities in resource mobilisation and advocacy
  • Translate research and collective insights to strategic development of the portfolio including, through opportunities to expand and connect current evidence generation work to innovation, transparency and knowledge generation efforts
  • Identify new opportunities for initiatives through active engagement in communities of practice including through continuing research and professional development
  • Contribute to visibility and advocacy opportunities at key events and meetings

Programmatic Implementation & Delivery

  • Coordinate design, implementation and delivery of programmes in collaboration with industry partners
  • Manage programmes including relationships with grantees and supporting synergies and collaborations in Safe Online community and with key industry partners
  • Conceptualise, prepare and facilitate meetings or events with partners, capturing key decisions and strategic discussion to inform key stages and elements of programmatic design and delivery, and managing regular communication
  • Set up, manage and implement programmes including creating relevant materials, overseeing and ensuring coordination of all key stakeholders
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the success of the team, including support to the Safe Online team with technical inputs or contributions to wider team initiatives, strategies and grantee work

  • Contribute to a positive and constructive team culture

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields: international relations, political science, communications, economics, international development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: public affairs, diplomacy, advocacy, partnership management, resource mobilization, external relations, or other relevant area.
  • Current knowledge of child protection issues, trends, as well as strong technical knowledge of CSEA, online and offline, as well as wider VAC is required.
  • Diplomatic communication and negotiation skills to establish and maintain trusted partnerships for achievement of objectives and to develop close and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders is required.
  • Deep understanding of digital and frontier technologies (specifically AI, VR/AR, blockchain) and how they impact children’s safety and well-being is required;
  • Experience working with and negotiating among technology industry stakeholders to advocate for children’s safety in their platforms, core technologies, and systems is required.
  • Skill in the mapping and identification of new opportunities or requirements for partnerships is required.
  • Familiarity with child protection and industry landscapes and processes is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of partnership development and resource mobilization is an asset.
  • Demonstrated track record of public speaking is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate new approaches in respect of financing for SDGs and outreach- related activities is an asset
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and analytical skills is required;
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core competencies

  • 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)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.


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

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.

Your appointment is limited to EVAC,a UNICEF hosted fund. While UN staff regulations and rules, as well as UNICEF policies and procedures, apply to you during your appointment, certain provisions therein may apply to you differently due to the limited scope of your appointment.

Advertised: Jul 22 2022 Eastern Daylight Time Application close: Aug 07 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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