re-advertisement: Partnerships Specialist, (P-3), Iran #121652 – non Iranian nationals (temporary appointment-6 months)

  • Contract
  • Iran
  • Posted 1 week ago

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

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

And we never give up.

For every child, Joy

Job organizational context and purpose for the job

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.

Job organizational context and purpose for the job  :

The Iran Country Programme is a medium size UNICEF’s complex operation which has expanded rapidly in recent times, with an annual budget in 2021 of approximatively $15 m. With the advent of the Afghan Refugee Crisis increase of emergency support is expected and will require negotiation of ambitious grants and donor proposals. Production of quality reports are also required to sustain these partnerships.

The Partnership Officer TA position will be located in Tehran, Iran and will report to the Deputy Representative while working very closely with the Program and Operation teams. She/ he will be responsible for supporting the Country Programme team in its overall resource mobilization efforts for timely respond to humanitarian needs triggered by the Afghan Refugee Crisis. This includes donor mapping, donor analysis and engagement, support to donor submissions (such as proposals, amendments and reports) as well as donor recognition, and ensuring effective and efficient resource mobilization systems, processes and approaches. The partnership specialist will also interact and strategize with the Private Sector Resource Mobilization team.

Purpose of the Job

The role will assist in supporting the overall resource mobilization efforts of the Iran Country office with responsibility to secure funding for the new program cycle and to increase UNICEF’s financial contribution to the Afghan Refugee Crisis Response. The incumbent will be supporting the development and enhancement of relations and donor submissions with high value public donors (including EU, Germany, UK, Japan, US and others); for high quality donor recognition and contribution management for the same donor portfolio; and for ensuring functioning and effective resource mobilization systems, processes and capacity are maintained.

How can you make a difference?

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

Targeted high value public donor engagement and analysis:

Maintain up-to-date information on targeted high value public donors, analyze development assistance policies and keep resource partner profiles updated; Compile and prepare briefing notes and other documents for engagement and information sharing purposes; support donor engagement/visit preparation and execution.

Timely, Quality Donor submissions:

Collaborate with Programme staff and PPD to prepare timely and high-quality funding proposals, concept notes, briefing notes, reports and other donor submissions to targeted high value public donors, ensuring collaboration with and consolidation of inputs from PPD, relevant Programme Sections and others.

Technical support on donor submissions and grant management:

Provide oversight, technical support and guidance regarding all targeted high priority donor submissions, contractual negotiations and related grant management and ensure adherence of donor submissions to such requirements

Maintenance of effective resource mobilization systems and processes

Maintain and share information on all donor requirements and ensure effective functioning of resource mobilization systems and processes.

Impact of Results

Funds are mobilized to support the priorities through high quality and timely donor submissions, analysis and engagement, and effective resource mobilization systems.

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


Advanced university degree in science, economics, social policy, and international studies in related field.


Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in multilateral diplomacy and partnership, donor mapping and donor relations, external communications, and / or programme planning, and monitoring is required.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered an asset.


  • Diplomatic communication and negotiation skills to establish and maintain trusted partnerships for achievement of objectives and to develop close and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation. 
  • In-depth knowledge of partnership development and resource mobilization.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate new approaches in respect of resources management and outreach- related activities.
  • Skill in the identification of new opportunities or requirements to meet challenges in the field and propose changes.
  • Excellent communications skills, verbal and written.
  • In-depth familiarity with political and governmental processes
  • Ability to conduct sound policy analysis.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustaianability(CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework 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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to delivering the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates with disability are encouraged to apply.

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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: 16 Mar 2023 Iran Standard Time
Deadline: 02 Apr 2023 Iran Daylight Time

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