Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 26 Sep 2018
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. And we never give up.
For Every Child, hope
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.
UNICEF in the West & Central Africa (WCA) Region is expanding strategic public and private partnerships & high-value alliances for children, including through resource mobilization, and leveraging resources and policy influence with key stakeholders.First, to have meaningful impact for children in the region, UNICEF must mobilize significant Other Resources (OR) from both the public and private sectors. The Region is therefore shifting to a more strategic and purposeful approach to partnerships, based on solid evidence and analysis, and pro-active targeting of opportunities for strategic partnerships on a larger scale – within countries and across clusters of countries.Second, given the critical role of regional bodies in the WCA region, (e.g. ECOWAS and ECCAS), UNICEF seeks to leverage increased resources for and attention to children across the region, through partnership and advocacy. Enhanced engagement with WCA Governments and institutions, based on a common agenda for children and young people, is the key priority in this regard. Other work includes strengthening the nascent ODA programmes of several countries to become more child-focused; advocacy with IFIs and regional banks for child-friendly investments, and increased South-South and Horizontal Cooperation within and beyond the Region. Furthermore, partnerships with the private sector are being leveraged in those countries where potential is greatest and across clusters of countries, covering various types of strategic engagement.To provide greater support and coordination at the regional level to achieve these results, the senior Adviser (Public Partnerships) position was established by the ROMP 2018-2021. The Section works in close collaboration with others across the Regional Office, and with PPD and PFP colleagues, to ensure a multi-pronged approach which pro-actively targets strategic partnerships. This position leads the Partnerships Section to pursue these aims and build partnerships that can deliver and leverage results for children in West and Central Africa.Job Organizational context:The Senior Adviser (public partnerships) reports to the Regional Deputy Director for general guidance and direction. The Adviser is responsible for providing technical leadership and strategic direction to ensure that the rights of the child and young people are reflected in UNICEF’s advocacy, policies, programme and humanitarian work.
Purpose of the Job:
This position leads the Partnerships Section to pursue the above aims and help build partnerships that can deliver and leverage results for children in WCA.The key end results are:
Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
Summary of results-based key functions/accountabilities:
Foster collaboration with new and existing civil society networks and partners to advance the cause of children’s rights, in collaboration with RO Programme Sections.
Collaborate with RO Sections, the development of regional multi-country, multi-sectoral funding concept notes and proposals and manage the provision of quality assurance to RO and CO donor proposals and donor reports.
Impact of Results:
Incumbent is responsible for proactively identifying and analyzing key opportunities and making recommendations for action which will have an impact on the follow-up actions by the Regional Office and the Country Offices. Untimely, incorrect or inadequate analysis and advice could lead to wasting of resources (time and money), missed opportunities to transform and strengthen UNICEF’s engagement in the region and ultimately missed opportunities to promote and strengthen children’s rights.
Competencies and level of proficiency required:
Education: An advanced university degree in social or political science, international relations, management or other appropriate field is required.Experience:
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=516260