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Partnerships Specialist: Partnerships with Technology Companies

Duration: 11.5 months

Location of the assignment: San Francisco CA

Level: Consultant contract (equivalent to P4)

Languages: Fluency in English. Competence in another UN language preferred (where applicable).


UNICEF has been innovating for children for more than 60 years. Innovations support the organization’s 135+ country offices in finding solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children. The UNICEF innovation work includes both policy and practice of innovation in UNICEF, and the larger UN. Innovation is a cross-sectoral function that enhances programme and development effectiveness as well as management and is guided in all contexts by UNICEF’s Innovation Principles ( UNICEF is engaged in testing and scaling up new partnerships, technologies, and collaborations in some of the world’s most difficult operating environments.

In January 2016, the Executive Director established UNICEF’s Office of Innovation in order to establish UNICEF’s innovation functions in one office and leverage the increasing initiatives across UNICEF.  Through this decision, the Executive Director’s vision is to scale up successes to achieve results for children across the organization. The Executive Director has asked the newly unified innovation team to develop a common, coordinated strategic plan that continues to support creativity and agility while addressing key operational risks and enhances efficiencies and enables increased access to innovations.  The newly established Office of Innovation combines:

  • The Global Innovation Centre (GIC) in Bangkok, Kampala and Nairobi: established in 2014, and focusing on Scale Up which looks at expanding the application of proven solutions from one to several countries and regions by UNICEF and partners
  • Ventures in New York which looks at investing in new solutions with a 0-2 year horizon
  • Futures in San Francisco: focusing on what is coming in the 2-5 year horizon and works with big tech partners


UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant in the San Francisco office to assist in implementing an organization-wide strategy for partnership with key technology companies. Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor, Innovations and in close collaboration with the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division and the US Fund for UNICEF, the consultant will be responsible for fulfilling the following deliverables:

Partnerships Team Co-ordination:

  • Internal: Provide overall day-to-day coordination and significant input to strategic work of the Partnerships team and all partnerships work (including fundraising) across the Office of Innovation, under the guidance of the Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation
  • External: Support PFP, US Fund and other National Committees (as appropriate) in relationship-building, coordination, knowledge management/info sharing/documentation, activity planning for major partners, and with gathering Innovation input to major strategic initiatives

Events (West Coast based): With the US Fund, co-ordinate a series of regular events with tech partners (current and prospective) and UNICEF supporters to cement UNICEF as a leader in innovation with the Bay Area/Silicon Valley ecosystem

High profile social media channels/tools: With oversight from Senior Advisor, Innovation, act as focal point for Office of Innovation’s strategic role within UNICEF’s larger partnership with Facebook; and as needed support to engagement with other significant distribution channels such as Viber, etc.

Future areas: Support to early stage development of significant new partnerships in the ‘Future’ areas of work: Transportation, Money, Identity, Learning, etc.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in one of the following fields: technology, communications, social sciences communication, public relations, business administration and management.
  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience and a track record of working on developing innovative solutions/partnerships and initiatives between the technology sector and development/non-profit organizations
  • Demonstrated planning, communication, research, fundraising and very strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong leadership skills; capacity to prioritise and manage a diverse range of partners, projects and activities
    • Project management skills including task prioritization and budget monitoring
    • Ability to work with a diverse set of partners to create problem specifications, system requirements, and then implement software and technology innovations
    • Prior experience working in/with technology companies
    • Prior experience in prospecting, fundraising and/or partnerships building required
    • Familiarity with UNICEF’s Innovation work an asset
    • Prior experience in working on children’s issues an asset


Interested and suitable candidates are requested to send their applications with Subject “Partnerships with Technology Companies” to: on or before 03 November 2016.

Applications must include the following:

Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Applicants must clearly indicate the position applied for and use this order to name file attachments: Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_Mukasa_CV or Gold_Mukasa_CoverLetter. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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Job Opportunity: eTools
Job Opportunity: Special Adviser, Partnerships