Private Sector Partnership and Innovation Specialist, P-4, Temporary Appointment, (364 days), Khartoum Sudan -UNICEF


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 Private Sector Partnership and Innovation Specialist, P-4, Temporary Appointment, (364 days), Khartoum Sudan

Job no:548171
Contract type:Temporary Appointment
Categories:Alliances and Resource Mobilization, Private Fundraising and Partnerships
Advertised:03 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline:11 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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,

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?

Purpose of the job

Under the direct supervision of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Manager, this post will be responsible for leading technical and coordination support to expanding private sector partnerships and catalyzing innovation, including technology for development (T4D) and social innovation, across programme sectoral areas, supporting achievement of UNICEF’s priorities.

Working closely with all sections in the UNICEF office, and its private sector partners, the post will lead the Business for Results (B4R) roll-out in the office which aims to equip UNICEF Sudan with the skills, knowledge, and tools to engage with business and accelerate results for children, as well as identify and help sections to co-create strategic multi-stakeholder platforms (e.g., GenU), and selected private sector partnership driving results for children and young people in Sudan.

In addition, this post will provide strategic guidance and coordination support to co-creating UNICEF Sudan innovation strategy, and support establishment of systems and structures to coordinate from ideation to scale up T4D initiatives, as well as social innovation approaches/ methods.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Private Sector Partnerships

  • Lead coordination and support to the implementation of the UNICEF B4R strategy developed at the UNICEF B4R workshop in September 2021. Monitor and assess B4R implementation and facilitate required corrective action to realize the office goal and objectives.
  • Support mobilization of partners for the establishment of the GenU platform in Sudan.
  • Support existing and identify and facilitate with sections the co-creation of new shared value partnerships with the business community in support of the UNICEF Sudan Country Programme and / or HAC.

2. Innovation/ T4D

  • Facilitate development of an office-wide innovation strategy, in close coordination with programme sections, ICT/operations, field offices, Regional Office and the Global Innovation Centre; this will include analysis of key programme bottlenecks and identification of potential innovation strategies to overcome them.
  • Provide strategic guidance to country-specific testing, development, roll-out and scaling of innovation/ T4D products and processes that strengthen and improve UNICEF’s programming and results for children; this may include the adoption by programmes of tools for social innovation, including Human-Centered Design approach or Lean start-up modelling, as well as T4D tools for programming for children, including U-Report.
  • Undertake field visits to monitor and assess innovation/ T4D programme implementation and decide on required corrective action, including in emergencies.

3. Knowledge management and sharing

  • Package and communicate knowledge on private sector partnerships and innovation/ T4D for evidence-based decision making.
  • Strengthen documentation of private sector partnerships and innovation/ T4D best practices and ensure effective sharing and generation of knowledge between UNICEF Sudan and other global & regional private sector partnership and innovation/ T4D implementers.
  • Support maintenance of the Private Sector Partnerships and Innovation Inventories, including on private sector partnerships and T4D interventions, assets, resources, and networks.

4. Capacity building

  • Lead for the partnership and resource mobilization unit support to private sector partnership and innovation-related proposal and partnership development efforts in collaboration with programme and field teams.
  • Co-create and support establishment of private sector partnership and innovation systems and structures allowing UNICEF Sudan programme and field teams to efficiently and effectively collaborate and drive this agenda.
  • Foster and develop partner networks with local innovators, civil society, academia, and private sector to build and provide a space to nurture and test innovative approaches.
  • Provide capacity-building and training to UNICEF staff, partner staff and end users for catalyzing private sector partnerships, and innovation/ T4D.

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

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, international development, development planning, public administration, or a related technical field.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional work experience, including both international and national work experiences.
  • Strong experience in facilitating strategy development processes.
  • Strong experience in brokering UN private sector partnership.
  • Strong experience in catalyzing innovation for development.
  • Strong writing and communication skills and the aptitude to handle competing messages and priorities with multiple audiences.
  • A strong understanding of UNICEF’s mission and vision as well as its programmes through direct or indirect work experience with UNICEF is desired.
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with partners, in particular the private sector.
  • Familiarity and experience with international development contexts, particularly complex environments (experience working in Sudan would be an advantage).

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) 

The core competencies required for this post are….

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)

View our competency framework at 

Visit the link below for the full terms of reference:

Download File TOR- P4 Private Sector Partnership and Innovation Specialist.docx

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

No Fees:


Advertised: 03 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 11 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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