TA Public Partnership Specialist (P-3)

Panama City, Panama
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TA Public Partnership Specialist (P-3)

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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.

And we never give up.

For every child, we respond to emergencies

In the Latin America and the Caribbean region, thousands of children and their families are on the move across international borders, fleeing violence, disaster or poverty in pursuit of a better life or family reunification. Most recently, the number of people migrating from Venezuela worldwide is rapidly increasing. With the arrival of population, local capacities and systems in receiving countries are being overstretched in already vulnerable host communities.

While the situation is evolving and assessments are ongoing, the available figures do not fully depict the extent of the situation, it is estimated that more than 1.6 million people have arrived in South America alone since 2015. Children in the context of migration and their families, particularly indigenous people, are among the most vulnerable. Their most urgent priorities are access to registration and protection mechanisms, psychosocial support, social protection, inclusive education, integrated health and nutrition services, safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and adequate temporary or permanent housing.

Despite efforts made by host and transit countries to guarantee children’s rights, major gaps remain. Children and their families face challenges to regularize their immigration status, which affects their access to social protection, health, early childhood development, education, sustainable livelihoods and child protection – of paramount importance considering that migration puts children at higher risk of discrimination, violence, xenophobia, exploitation and abuse.

In response to the increased migration flows, UNICEF’s Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO) is supporting key response interventions in countries facing the highest influx. Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, Eastern Caribbean Area (ECA), Ecuador and Peru while at the same time scaling-up the country programme in Venezuela itself.

Country Offices are currently implementing specific response plans in line with the revised HAC appeal. In other countries in LAC receiving migrant population, UNICEF’s Country Offices are monitoring the migration trends and, in coordination with partners, are further identifying response gaps and opportunities for support. In these contexts, UNICEF’s work may focus on advocacy and technical assistance for authorities and partners. Building on its regular programme, it will prioritize children’s access to services, mainly protection and education, ensuring two-way communication channels between relevant government stakeholders and affected population.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance and direction of the Regional Adviser of Public Partnerships, and in close consultation with the Regional Chief of Programme & Planning and the Regional Adviser Child Protection, the Public Partnerships Specialist will have to deepen the organization collaboration with key stakeholders and provide an interface for knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence in the Latin American and Caribbean region. S/He may also serve as a focal point and resource for colleagues in the regional and country offices on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development. The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission in the region. S/He will have a focus on identifying resource mobilization opportunities and related strategies to engage with potential donors and governments regarding emerging emergency and humanitarian situations across the region.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Seeks and promotes new partnerships and resource mobilization, working with UNICEF colleagues to identify partnership and resource mobilization needs and broker resource mobilization agreements to meet those needs. Receives and screens inquiries from potential collaborators and facilitates communication with appropriate UNICEF staff. Scans and scouts external environment within designated partnership area for opportunities and risks and shares information in a timely fashion with relevant UNICEF staff. Provides strategic, logistical and programmatic support to senior management and other UNICEF staff in corporate engagement and interaction with assigned partners.
  2. Develops and maintains deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective partners and relevant stakeholders, contributing to a database of key contacts and to UNICEF base of knowledge on partnership and resource mobilization. Expands UNICEF network of key interlocutors to build stronger relationships between UNICEF and governments, other key-decision makers, regional development institutions, foundations, the private sector, international financial institutions and/or relevant constituencies.
  3. Develops and implements annual partnership engagement and resource mobilization plans.
  4. Acts as focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for outreach, engagement, policy influence and collaboration, including on how to anticipate and respond to partners concerns and priorities, ensure that UNICEF interests, perspectives, and knowledge are considered in relevant policy and institutional processes, and ensure that they are fully aware of UNICEF perspectives, policies, priorities and capabilities. Contribute to the development and management of initiatives for high-level outreach, including for UNICEF Senior Management.
  5. Establish and nurtures strong communication and coordination lines with HQ counterparts and Country Offices focal points.
  6. Contributes to the development of new partnership and resource mobilization practices and approaches by formulating recommendations for action based on on-going monitoring, analyzing current trends within designated partners and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development.
  7. Contributes to strategies for engagement and the development of communications products to enhance UNICEF visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and key stakeholders by providing analysis of the current environment and trends and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development. Works closely with UNICEF colleagues to ensure that policy advocacy and outreach is strongly grounded in the experience and insights of the programmes that UNICEF supports. Contributes written inputs for communications instruments that best inform and influence decision makers.

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

A) Education:  An advanced university degree in international development, public affairs, international relations, economics, political science or other related field

B) Work experience: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in external relations, liaison and/or any resource-mobilization related activities, preferably in an international organization is required

C) Language: Fluency in Spanish and English (written and spoken)

D) Other skills and Attributes:

  • Capacity to work in stressful conditions.
  • High level of Integrity and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.
  • Excellent planning and organization skills.
  • Analytical and conceptual ability, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

Closing Date Thu Oct 18 2018 05:55:00 GMT+0100 (British Summer Time) 

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