Partnerships Specialist (Foundations), P3, Ta (364 Days), # 120198, Pfp, Doha, Qatar


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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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The Global Foundations team is located within the UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) division and works across the UNICEF family of country offices and national committees to maximize engagements and stewardship with foundations 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 foundation community to increase financial investments for children, exchange knowledge around joint areas of technical expertise, engage their voice in advocating for children’s rights, and leverage social sector financing for children.

Education Above All (EAA) and its programme Educate a Child (EAC) has been a key UNICEF partner contributing over 250 million USD to UNICEF’s Out-of-school Children programme and has been a major source of income growth for the Foundation channel in recent years. To support this growing partnership, a dedicated resource is needed to operationalize the partnership across several country offices, ensuring high-quality proposals, reports, and engagements with this high-value partner.

UNICEF in Qatar was established in 2019 and has developed partnerships with various Qatari public and private entities. The partnerships team is based in Doha, and the Qatar Office plans to develop this partnership and broaden the engagement under local stewardship.

For every child, Support

Under the supervision and general guidance of the Partnership Manager, Qatar, and with matrix management to the Chief of Foundations in PFP, the postholder will be responsible for managing key activities relating to UNICEF’s partnership with the Educate a Child (EAC) Foundation. This role will work in close collaboration with the Qatar Partnership Manager, who oversees the overall strategic engagement with this partner on the EAC file. The post holder will lead the Educate a Child (EAC) portfolio specifically and will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of ongoing grants, the submission of quality reports, financial oversight and income tracking, overseeing monitoring and planning for projects, guide the development of new proposals, and support on communication and organization of field visits. The role will also involve supporting growth activities as necessary, including, where appropriate, support to EAA more broadly and driving the capacity building of the country offices working closely with focal points in PFP, and the respective Regional Offices.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Grant Management of existing EAA/EAC partnership: Manage the 64.75 million USD existing grants across six country offices (Kenya, Sudan, Zanzibar, Somalia, Tanzania and Paraguay). Liaise with the country offices and respective regional offices for effective Implementation of the projects. Support on managing other grants from EAA as and when required.

2. Support on new Expressions of Interests (EoIs)/proposals development: Coordinate and support country offices on submission of new EOI/proposals leading on the currently active pipeline of 48 million USD across eight countries (Uganda, Gambia, Comoros, Syria, Turkey, Paraguay At risk, Somalia At risk, and Liberia), and on any future proposals, in coordination with the respective regional offices, PFP, PG Education team, DPAM and others as relevant.

3. Support and quality assurance of reports: Lead on the dissemination of the guidelines on reporting and liaising with the country offices on timely submission of the semi-annual narrative and financial reports for all the active grants. Provide necessary quality assurance support to the reports before submission to the partner. Liaise with EAA/EAC on report feedback and support country offices in the effective resolution of the feedback and timely closure of the narrative and financial reports. Keep track of all report versions and manage effectively all the documentation related to the narrative and financial reports.

4. Financial monitoring of the active grants: keep track of incoming payments for all the active grants in coordination with the PFP finance team. Follow-up with the partner on pending payments and share necessary information with PFP finance and the country office and the country offices on receipt of the information on the transfer of payments from EAA/EAC.

5. Capacity building: Coordinate with the respective regional offices for capacity building of country offices on proposal development and reporting.

6. Organizing field visits and inception visits/calls: Liaise with EAA/EAC on the development of the yearly field visit calendar. Support country offices to plan and execute field visits for existing grants and inception visits for new grants in coordination with the communication lead of the partnership, PFP, and regional offices.

7. Support partnership communication activities: Work closely with the partnership communication lead, PFP, and the regional office in the Implementation of the partnership communication plan at the country office level and the global level. Work on the EAC quarterly newsletter. Contribute to internal communication stories.

8. Lead on administrative aspects of the partnership: Prepare quarterly updates on ongoing programmes and pipelines. Manage the partner page on intranet and UNISON- updating and sharing with relevant internal audiences.

9. Support the Monitoring & Evaluation aspects of the programmes by aligning, guiding, and overseeing UNICEF’s M&E deliverables, and systems vis-a-vis the agreed partnership M&E framework.  

10. Support new models of collaboration based on EAC’s strategic goals to engage in innovative financing and new programmatic initiatives with UNICEF and undertake new partnership management activities as required.


Effective implementation of the above tasks will support the acceleration of UNICEF’s engagement with EAC, and in turn, will contribute toward UNICEF’s ambition of increasing financial contributions from foundations to $300 million annually by 2025.

Estimated duration of the contract:

  • 364 days

Reporting to:

  • Partnership Manager, in Doha, Qatar

Working Place:

  • Doha Qatar

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


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


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience at the national and/or international level in a combination of the following: experience of working with the private foundations and/or other public or private grant-making bodies or organizations, partnerships development, programming, communications, project management, proposal development and reporting is required.
  • Experience with UN/UNICEF is an advantage

Language requirement:

  • 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...

  • 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.

To view our competency framework, please visit 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.

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.


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