Partnerships Officer (Advocacy). (*Open to Nationals of ECA Countries*) in UNICEF Rome, Latium, Italy


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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, Hope

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.

The Partnerships (Advocacy) Officer is part of the Communications and Advocacy Section and reports to the Communication Specialist. The post supports the drafting, implementation and monitoring of the country office’s strategic partnership and advocacy strategy, which aims to place child rights and equity issues on the political agenda of new and strategic shared-value partners from public and private sector, and leverage these partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs in the country.

How can you make a difference?

Key Functions, Accountabilities And Related Duties/tasks

  • Contribute to the drafting and regular updating of the Country Office Strategic Partnership and Advocacy strategy.
  • Develop and implement the work plan for assigned area, in order to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results, in accordance with the strategy.
  • Scans and scouts external environment of public and private sector for opportunities, trends, and risks and shares information in a timely fashion with relevant UNICEF staff.
  • Guided by country programme results and the scanning of the partnership landscape, regularly updates stakeholder analyses with the aim to mobilize new value-based partnerships.
  • Provides strategic, logistical and programmatic support to senior management and other UNICEF staff in corporate engagement and interaction with assigned partners.
  • Develops and maintains deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective public and private partners and relevant stakeholders, contributing to a database of key contacts and to UNICEF’s base of knowledge on partnerships.
  • Works closely with UNICEF’s colleagues to ensure that advocacy and outreach is evidence-based and strongly grounded in the experience and insights of the programmes that UNICEF’s supports. Contributes written inputs for communications instruments that best inform and influence decision makers.
  • Expands UNICEF’s network of key interlocutors to build stronger relationships between UNICEF and governments, other key-decision makers, regional development institutions, foundations, civil society organizations, international financial institutions and/or other relevant constituencies.
  • Support the identification and pursues opportunities for advocacy, engagement, policy influence and collaboration, including on how to anticipate and respond to partners’ concerns and priorities.
  • Contributes to the development and planning and implementation of initiatives for high-level outreach, including for UNICEF’s Senior Management.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure the success of the team, including guiding, training, and coaching short-term staff, including interns and consultants, as needed.

Impact Of Results

The incumbent gathers, analyses and reports information in a manner that draws out fact-based insights to inform approaches to partner relationships and support substantive discussion with partners. S/he captures relevant information and progress, and ensures internal information sharing. 

Accurate and timely information to partners will strengthen the credibility of the organization which in turn will result in trust and increase resources to the organization. Well analyzed and support to senior management can result in an increase of funding opportunities. 

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

  • University degree in International Relations, Communications, Partnership development and or related field.
  • Minimum of three years practical professional work experience in communication, advocacy and partnership development;
  • Field work experience; Background/familiarity with child rights related policies and programmes.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

UNICEF Competencies Required For This Post Are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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 deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates are encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please do kindly upload the following documents online.

  • Latest CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Latest two PERS (for Internal Candidates)
  • Staff members holding FTA, Permanent and Continuing appointments are eligible to apply for this position.
  • Bearing in mind the necessities of service and programmatic priorities, this post is open to nationals of the Eastern Caribbean countries including Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Candidates must be citizens of any of these countries to be considered eligible for this post. Please note that National Officers (NOs) are expected to serve in the country of their nationality; therefore the nationality of the selected candidate will determine the duty station of the post. Being locally recruited staff, candidates are personally responsible for any travel and accommodation arrangements required to start her/his appointment. Candidates are advised that depending upon the nationality and duty station of the most technically qualified and suitable candidate and contingent upon the availability of office space in that country, the post may be considered as work from home.

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.

Company: UNICEF

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Rome, Latium, Italy

Application Deadline: N/A

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