Job Opportunity: Partnerships Specialist (Partnerships with Technology Companies)
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Special Adviser, Partnerships

Duration: 68 days; 7 Nov 2016 – 28 Feb 2017

Duty Station:  NYHQ or remote

Section & Unit: Office of Innovation

Languages: Fluency in English. Competence in another UN language preferred.


Since 2007 UNICEF has been a global leader in leveraging technology to advance development goals. Innovation work at UNICEF currently exists as a highly distributed network of labs, designers, developers, program managers, academics and private-sector partners, at headquarters, regional and country office level. The team focuses on:

  • Identifying program needs and linking them to innovative technologies and methodologies.
  • Building the capacity of colleagues at the country, regional and global levels, enabling them to identify and assess opportunities for the use of innovations.
  • Advising government counterparts.
  • Creating and strengthening partnerships, and supporting capacity building with local and regional stakeholders.
  • Managing the design and development of software and hardware products.
  • Supporting the roll-out of innovative programs and initiatives.


UNICEF is seeking to hire a consultant that will assist in implementing an organization-wide strategy for partnership with key technology companies. Responsibilities will include:

  • Co-ordination:
  • Internal: Provide overall day-to-day coordination of the Partnerships team and all partnerships work across the Office of Innovation, under the guidance of the Senior Advisor, Innovations
  • External: Support PFP, US Fund and other natcoms (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
  • Facebook and similar channels: Provide global support to 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…
  • Future areas: Working with programme colleagues, write landscape analysis and use case document on ‘Opportunity for Innovation in Cash Programming’ for Future of Money area of work


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 “Special Adviser, Partnerships” 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 shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Job Opportunity: Partnerships Specialist (Partnerships with Technology Companies)
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