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									Temporary Appointment (TA) – Partnerships Officer (P-3), Freetown, Sierra Leone

Purpose

Under the general guidance of the Head of External Relations and the Country Representative, provide
technical support to the External Relations and Advocacy Office by supporting and facilitating
development partners groups meetings, engaging with donors, government officials and other partners
to advocate for child rights, coordinating and facilitating advocacy, fundraising and partnerships
activities through a committee, drafting and overseeing the drafting of advocacy and fundraising
materials.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

   1. Provides strategic direction in fostering and strengthening partnerships with bi- and multilateral
      organizations to effectively leverage resources for children in support of UNICEF Sierra
      Leone’s Country Programme (including funding assessment and analysis, development of a
      fundraising plan, regular update of fund-monitoring table, strategic use of resources and
      involvement in key programme processes, especially situation analysis, reviews and
      evaluations). Monitors and evaluates its impact.

   2. Ensures effective collaboration with key government line ministries to maintain children’s
      rights as part of the national development agenda by facilitating bilateral meetings
      (Government, UNICEF and UN Agencies), organizing and coordinating high profile visits,
      regional and international conferences and prepare fact sheets and other relevant information
      materials.

   3. Advises and supports the Representative and Deputy Representative in the coordination and
      management of key development fora in the critical sectors of health, education, water and
      child protection in which UNICEF serves as lead development partner. Supports the facilitation
      and set up of development partners group meetings and support the Representative in preparing
      key documents for partnerships.

   4. Ensures quality control of funding proposals, reports and other relevant documentation in
      compliance with criteria set out in donor guidelines, Executive Directives, UN/UNICEF policy
      papers, UNICEF Country Programme plans and other official guidelines and directives in
      collaboration with government, UNICEF Section Chiefs and other development partners. This
      includes emergency communication products.

   5. Develops, designs, adapts, package and disseminates relevant fundraising and resource
      mobilization materials such as a quarterly newsletter for UNICEF National Committees,
      documentaries/clips, publications, power point presentations, photographs, websites write-ups,
      social media write-ups etc., for NY, Geneva, NATCOMS, donors, the Regional Office and
      other identified international target audiences as well as represents the Country office at key
      donor/partnerships meetings and conferences.

   6. Provides relevant technical support to the national aid coordination structure within the
      Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to effectively position UNICEF within the
      sectoral budgetary committees.



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   7. When the Communication Specialist is not in the office the Partnerships Specialist will be
      Officer in Charge of the Office of External Relations and Advocacy and manage the unit
      consisting of a team of at least six local and international staff members.

Key Results
   1. You will support the facilitation of the WASH development partner’s group meetings and you
      will support the set-up and the facilitation of meetings of a development partners group in
      Child Protection.

   2. You will organise at least two meetings with the Parliamentary oversight committees in
      Education and Child Protection to build capacity and advocate for child rights.

   3. You will collect the content and draft the quarterly newsletter for the UNICEF National
      committees and ensure it is being sent out in a timely manner.

   4. You will organise and facilitate the monthly meeting of the Advocacy, Partnerships and
      Leveraging Committee within UNICEF and provide the necessary background information for
      strategic advocacy, fundraising and partnerships activities. Furthermore you will ensure the
      fund monitoring table is updated for each meeting.

   5. You will provide support to the Country Representative when it comes to drafting documents
      relevant fr development partnerships or donor relations.

   6. You will update the indicators aiming at advocating for the allocation of public funding in
      education, health and child protection that the Office has developed in 2011. You will submit
      these indicators to the budget support donors (e.g. the European Commission, DfID, AFD, the
      World Bank) to get their support and thus gain more influence on government budget
      allocation.
   7. You will be the focal point for the UN Communication Group and participate in their meetings.

   8. You will ensure that the NatCom donor toolkits are being updated regularly.

   9. You will support the Office of External Relations with organising donor and media visits.

   10. You will draft/update advocacy and promotion material if required.

   11. You will perform any other tasks as required in line with the above.

Qualification and Experience
  - Advanced University degree in journalism, public relations or a related field
  - At least 5 years working experience in public relations or external relations in an international
       and if possible development context.
  - Ability to work independently but in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders
  - Technically sound in drafting and editing reports.
  - Excellent communication and writing skills in English.
  - Adaptability and flexibility, client orientation, confidentiality, initiative, concern for accuracy
       and quality


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   -   Computer literate
   -   Experience of similar work in other countries, especially in low capacity countries is highly
       desirable, previous work with UNICEF or another UN agency an asset.



Further details:
Level: P-3
Location: The post is based in Freetown Sierra Leone, with occasional travel to upcountry locations.
Timeframe: 364 days
How to Apply
Interested applicants are requested to submit their Curriculum Vitae and a U.N. Personal History Form
(P11), which can be downloaded from http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html, as
well as a cover letter and send to colujones@unicef.org with a copy to espilsburywilliams@unicef.org

Deadline for applications: 27 January 2011.




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