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Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Mali
Closing date: 24 Jul 2018

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, a champion

UNICEF Mali is working in regions that lack basic social services and have been affected by political instability. We are also supporting the government in improving child survival, development, and protection. Our work focuses on strengthening community resilience, building capacity, and advocating equitable policy. We are working with partners to improve health, nutrition, WASH access, and education. We are part of an innovative multi-sectoral program to tackle stunting, and are investing in sustainable schooling.

Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.

How can you make a difference?

Since the outbreak of the crisis in Mali in 2012, humanitarian needs have dramatically increased, as well as the need to invest in longer-term, resilience-building interventions, in line with the humanitarian-development continuum. However, Mali remains one of the least funded crisis in the world, and the protracted nature of the conflict has led to limited public attention, together with an increased focus on security issues, thereby limiting investments in basic social services. At the same time, the potential to develop partnerships involving the private sector is on the rise. In this context, resource mobilization has become a more challenging exercise, demanding a mix of knowledge and skills, in order to better position UNICEF in Mali in an increasingly competitive funding environment, and to explore a wider range of resource mobilization and partnership opportunities, including innovative funding and shared value partnerships with the private sector.

A TA Partnership Officer position is therefore required to support a more pro-active approach to resource mobilization, help make the case and better articulate UNICEF new programme priorities, such as the Young People’s Agenda, and explore new and innovative funding mechanisms, including strengthening engagement with the private sector. As part of the implementation of the UNICEF in Mali country Programme (2015-2019), the Partnership Officer will be in charge of supporting resource mobilization and partnerships with the aim of maximizing of quality, flexible resources for development and humanitarian programmes, and to secure shared-value private partnerships to accelerate results for the children of Mali.

Under the leadership of the Resource Mobilization Specialist, and as part of an integrated public and private sector approach to resource mobilization in the Country Office, the Partnership Officer will support the development and management of strategic partnerships with public and private sector donors in order to maximize resources to achieve results for children in Mali, including:

Support implementation of Resource Mobilization Action Plan 2018 for Mali

Identification of resource needs and matching these with funding opportunities; making the case for support for UNICEF in Mali’s development and emergency programmes, including emerging areas of work (young people’s agenda); articulation of strategies for outreach to and communication with potential public and private sector donors; and methods to improve resource partner recognition and visibility. Beyond fundraising for UNICEF, this will involve leveraging increased resources for children through partnership and advocacy. Once opportunities are identified with potential resource partners, support development of funding proposals or related materials (e.g. Letters of Intent, concept notes, etc.), which are tailored for resource partners, grounded in the latest programme evidence and include clear objectives and a robust results framework.

Contribute to development of private sector partnerships and explore innovative financing

Contribute to identify and develop new financing strategies and opportunities for child-focused investments under the wider umbrella of the SDG agenda and Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development. Explore opportunities to engage with the private sector and develop shared-value partnerships. Contribute to identify opportunities to leverage funding for children through public-private partnerships.

Specific Tasks

Support implementation of Resource Mobilization Action Plan 2018 for Mali

  • Contribute to development of quarterly funding gap analysis for each programme section to prioritize funding needs and resource mobilization efforts
  • Update funding context and donor intelligence tool and draft donor briefing
  • Contribute to the development of sector-specific resource mobilization Action Plans to ensure financial resources are available to address the needs of the most vulnerable children in Mali
  • Contribute to organization of donor filed visits and other recognition initiatives
  • Draft concept notes and other information documents tailored to donors’ needs and interests
  • Contribute to development of private sector partnerships and explore innovative financing

  • Contribute to strengthen financial and non-financial engagement with private sector actors
  • Support prospection and identify innovative funding opportunities for Mali and contribute to the diversification of the Mali Country Office funding portfolio.
  • Support opportunities to leverage funding and develop public-private partnerships.
  • Contribute to explore partnerships with multi-lateral institutions and non-traditional donors to identify and develop new financing strategies
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education:An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Policy, Social Policy, Business Administration, Marketing, Communication and other relevant disciplines with specialist training in humanitarian action.*A first level university degree is acceptable with additional two years of experience in lieu of advanced degree.
  • Work Experience:A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in partnerships, donor relations, resource mobilization, fundraising/marketing, communication or related field is required. Experience in an international organization and in an emergency context an asset.
  • Language Proficiency:Fluency in French and English is required.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)
  • Other skills and attributes required:

  • Excellent writing skills with evidence of proposal development writing highly desirable.
  • Enthusiastic and proactive attitude and strong relationship-management skills.
  • Solid interpersonal and organizational skills, flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Good knowledge and use of Microsoft Office word, excel and power point.
  • View our competency framework at:

    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.


    * 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.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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