National Partnership Consultant – UNICEF


Job Description

National Partnership Consultant, 11.5 Months, Khartoum, Sudan

Job no:536396
Contract type:Consultancy
Categories:Social and Economic Policy, Consultancy

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

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of the Commissioner of Social Safety and Poverty Reduction (CSSPR) and with a secondary reporting line to UNICEF Chief Social Policy, the Partnership Consultant participates in the overall effort of building and sustaining strategic partnerships aiming at advancing mandate issues and mobilizing resources for CSSPR. The Partnership Consultant is responsible for the development and implementation of the resource mobilization and partnership strategy and plan.

Consultant will be based in Ministry of Labour & Social Development (MoLSD) Commission of Social Safety and Poverty Reduction (CSSPR) office in Khartoum.

Basic Objectives of Consultancy/Contractor (Assignment) Services:

Objective 1: Support the CSSPR with the development and implementation of a sound cross-sectoral partnership and alliances building strategy that contribute to poverty reduction and assist the establishment of cohesive social safety nets. 

Key Activities/Tasks

  1. Prepare CSSPR partnership and alliance building strategy
  2. Establishment of contacts and building of a network from diverse issue-based potential partners
  3. Seek to create strong partnerships in line with the CSSPR strategic priorities.
  4. Screen and list possible CSSRP key partners

Objective 2: Lead the coordination with partners and donors on behalf of CSSPR.

Key Activities/Tasks

  1. Expand the understanding on potential partners’ mandate, areas of interests and work approaches
  2. Ensure contribution of CSSPR (government component) to partner’s ongoing programmes.
  3. Identify opportunities for partnering with private sector, national partners, CSOs, international organizations and UN Agencies
  4. Recognize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to resource mobilization and partnership-building activities.

Objective 3: Builds and maintaining issue-based partnerships and coalitions with the private sector and civil society organizations to ensure strategic alignment and resource mobilization. 

Key Activities/Tasks

  1. In coordination with other colleagues, leads public-private partnerships for poverty reduction. Seeks alliances with the business sector based on the principles of corporate social responsibility.
  2.  Utilize civil society organizations ability to access local knowledge, expertise and insight to provide connections with and understanding of potential beneficiaries needs.
  3. Build a network of credible CSOs who can provide advice to CSSRP on issues related to poverty reduction and developmental needs
  4. Partnering with reliable CSOs to complement efforts of the CSSRP and assist it to fulfil its role and commitments with donors’ organizations
  5. Promotes the prioritization of the poverty eradication agenda among private companies and seeks their contributions.


1.1    CSSPR partnership and alliance building strategy developed and cleared by commissioner.

1.2    Efficient network of diverse partners is established and maintained. At least 3 concept notes on the nature and objectives of expected partnerships is developed.

At least 3 MoUs in the areas of social safety nets, poverty reduction and engagement with private sector developed and concluded.

1.3    Based on engagement with the different partners’ criteria are developed to identify key partners.

2.1 Detailed work plans of CSSPR responsibilities and contribution to partner’s programmes in consultation with concerned sections at the CSSPR.

2.2 Mapping of partners’ mandates and work approaches start to evolve through communication and continuous engagement with partners

2.3 Partnership map of potential operational/technical/donor partners established, including a mechanism for regular updating the partnership map.

2.4 Mechanisms for regular coordination between the CSSPR and partners established, with clear ToR and responsibilities for various stakeholders.

3.1 Mapping of potential CSOs and private sector partners that could support the mission and mandate of CSSPR.

3.2 Database on credible CSOs established, including at least 25 CSOs in various parts of Sudan that can support the CSSPR mission to reduce poverty.

3.3. CSR database on private sector partners established; CSSPR – business partnership forum with a minimum of 10 corporate partners organized and documented.

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

  • A University degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, development economics, international development, social policy or related field.
  • A minimum of 5-8 years of previous experience with social policy is required
  • Work experience with the federal Ministry of Labour and Social Development or similar government entity would be regarded as a great asset.
  • Work experience with managing integrated/cross-sectoral policies and programming is a strong asset.
  • Work experience with CSOs, donors or international organization is a strong asset.
  • Awareness of policy debates and evidence is desirable; demonstrated knowledge and experiences in working on integrated, systems-based approaches (including linkages with social work case management) is advantage.
  • Language Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Working level proficiency of local languages is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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.

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

No Fee


Advertised: 24 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 30 Nov 2020 E. Africa Standard Time

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