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The post is part of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (MENARO), and reports to the Regional Advisor, Partnerships, MENARO (P5). It also has close technical liaison with the Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) Division in Geneva, with selective guidance being provided by the Senior Advisor, Country Office Development and Support (CODAS), in PFP.
How can you make a difference?
Under the leadership of the Regional Advisor, Partnerships, and considering the strong linkages between the private and public sectors in MENA, drives the implementation of the MENARO private sector strategy including providing strategic and technical leadership and guidance to MENARO and MENA country offices in their development of private fundraising, engagement and partnership strategies, plans and activities in order to maximize results and resources for children.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Develop, implement and evaluate a regional framework for private sector fundraising, engagement and partnerships (as part of the MENA Regional Resource Mobilization and Partnerships strategy), to accelerate results for children: Regularly update the situation analysis in the region impacting fundraising, partnerships and other forms of engagement with the private sector, including trends in sustainability and global norms including Child’s Rights and Business Principles, and priority industries which impact children’s rights and well-being. Collaborate with COs on the development of a regional framework for private sector fundraising, engagement and partnerships in line with global and MENA-wide resource mobilization and partnerships strategies.
- Develop regional and multi-country partnerships with the Private Sector (and Public Private Parterships where relevant): Collaborate with regional office and Country Office colleagues to proactively identify and develop potential new strategic partnerships especially with major donors, foundations, and businesses in the region, and pursue the establishment of such new partnerships.
- Explore and develop new regional or sub region-wide fundraising initiatives that bring flexible funding to Country Offices: Identify which CO have the right prime criteria to raise funds from the public through digital channels and other means. Identify avenues for financing such activities and work with PFP in resourcing these activities. Set up the appropriate legal, financial and operational mechanism for the smooth implementation of flexible fundraising.
- Provide strategic and technical support to key country offices (as identified by PFP and MENARO) in the development and implementation of their private sector plans: Provide strategic guidance and operational support to the Golf Area Office as well as ensure compliance of internal reporting and processes. Identify individual country office needs and opportunities for specialized support, market research and the development of new fundraising channels and products especially during the country programme planning process and during the annual PFP planning process.
- Guide and support all MENA country offices in their engagement efforts with the private sector to accelerate programmatic results, including advocacy, market shaping, policy development: Utilize key processes such as the development of CPDs to link private sector work to programmatic priorities result frameworks. Guide key private sector fundraising, engagement, and partnership processes such as due diligence and agreements; and the development of holistic partnerships, integrating with programmatic priorities and integration of child rights in operations. Stimulate and enable the dynamic sharing and exchange of fundraising knowledge (best practices, lessons learnt, materials, ideas etc.) between the country offices in MENA and the rest of the organization. Build country office capacity in the development and implementation of their private fundraising, engagement, and partnership strategies. Identify risks to engaging with the private sector and guide country offices in putting in place risk reduction / mitigation measures.
- Support National Committees fundraising efforts towards MENA: Develop tools that allow for National Committees and other Country Offices to raise funds for MENAR. Create a feedback mechanism that brings intelligence of what NatComs require to effectively support the region and bring value to their global efforts in emergencies and development programming.
- Perform other duties as required and in support of PRM team.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, business administration, management, Corporate Social Responsibility marketing, fundraising or another relevant technical field.
- A first level university degree in a relevant field combined with 10 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of 8 years relevant and progressively responsible professional work experience including private sector fundraising, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility / sustainability is required.
- Knowledge of private sector fundraising, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility / sustainability is required - including role(s) with direct accountability for achieving income targets.
- Knowledge and experience of the MENA region; and of how UNICEF country offices work (and/or work experience in a country office) are advantages.
Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is considered 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:
- Leading and Supervising [II]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
- Planning and Organizing [II]
- Applying technical expertise [II]
- Relating and Networking [II]
- Entrepreneurial thinking [II]
- Persuading and Influencing [III]
- Creating and Innovating [II]
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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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.