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Posting Title:Partnership Specialist
Job Location: Afghanistan
Skill Required: Business Development/ Resource Mobilization,
Preferred Experience: Relevant work experience of 2 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 06th Dec, 2021

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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.

The situation in Afghanistan remains exceptionally complex, with a protracted emergency situation, characterized by recurrent natural disasters, an increased number of people living in poverty, continued internal displacement, unprecedented levels of food insecurity, further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. This complexity has greatly impacted the situation of children and women in the country. The withdrawal of the United States military forces from Afghanistan in August 2021 and the establishment of a de-facto government by the Taliban has exacerbated the complexity and uncertainty of the situation. UNICEF is required to rapidly adapt our ways of working to address the multiple operational constraints present in the highly volatile and unpredictable context. This includes the need to establish a Programme Management Unit that will provide operational and transactional capacity to the Afghanistan Country Office to ensure urgent lifesaving and resilience-building programs can continue.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and supervision of the Partnerships Manager, the Partnerships Specialist (P3 TA) will be responsible for supporting the fundraising efforts of the office, with a particular focus on large-scale opportunities in response to the recently agreed HAC for 2022. This will be achieved through support to donor engagement, donor profiling, and elaboration of key products such as proposals and briefing notes, in liaison with other key staff across the agency. In addition, the staff member will be responsible for grant management as well as contributing to donor recognition efforts in support of maintaining and strengthening existing and new government and other large-scale donor funding partnerships.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Under the guidance and supervision of the Partnerships Manager, the Partnerships Specialist (P3):

  • Assist in delivering against the fundraising targets of the Afghanistan Country Office (CO) and the implementation of the CO Resource Mobilization strategy by participating in the preparation and coordination of funding proposals, concept notes, briefing notes, internal and external analysis, and other relevant materials to foster donor engagement.
  • In collaboration with Public Partnership Division (PPD), provide oversight, technical support, and guidance to the country office regarding proposal development and related grant management.
  • In collaboration with the Communications Section supports the implementation of the Afghanistan Country Office visibility and recognition plans and related work plans to support the visibility of UNICEF’s role in Afghanistan and to ensure donor visibility/communication materials’ requirements are met.
  • Ensure timeliness and quality of donor reporting and other donor submissions. This includes gathering of information, consolidation, editing, layout, and branding of all required reports on contributions to Afghanistan, ensuring compliance with donor requirements, quality of data, and systematic-results based reporting.
  • Improve systems and processes to monitor grants and performance against key indicators related to contribution management and donor reporting. Ensure compliance with UNICEF standards and guidelines on oversight of CO’s donor reports, including managing a quality assurance system of sampling and feedback.
  • Identify capacity strengthening needs in the CO for capacity building on resource mobilization; accordingly, design, prepare and implement various pieces of training or on-site support to CO as deemed appropriate to ensure that the relevant staff has the most up-to-date information on fundraising guidelines and requirements.
  • Propose and/or undertake action on operational procedures to ensure there are effective work processes as well as a proper and efficient system of managing the records of CO donor submissions.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in International Development, Public Relations, Business Administration, or related discipline.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in fundraising, donor relations, external communications, and/or program planning and monitoring
  • Fieldwork experience in fundraising, donor relations, and background/familiarity with emergency situations is preferable.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


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