Partnerships Officer, South-South Cooperation

Vacancy Announcement
Functional Title : Partnerships Officer, South-South Cooperation 
Contract/Grade: NO-B
Duty Station: Beijing, China 
Vacancy Open: 12 March, 2019
Vacancy Closes: 24 March, 2019
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, an advocate
UNICEF and China have a long history of collaboration. In 1947, China became the first country in Asia to welcome a partnership with UNICEF, and our first programme provided emergency relief services to children. UNICEF is also working with the Government of China to promote partnerships and South-South Cooperation between China and other developing countries for the benefit of the most disadvantaged children. Under the guidance of the Partnerships Specialist, the purpose of this post is to deepen organizational collaboration with key stakeholders, mainly in the public sector, and provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence, to contribute to identifying and strengthening partnerships for South-South Cooperation.
How can you make a difference?
We are now seeking committed and hardworking development professionals to support our work on promoting partnerships and South-South Cooperation between China and countries in Africa and Asia for the benefit of the most disadvantaged children. This entails:
• Monitor and analyse current and emerging issues related to China’s investment in developing countries, particularly Africa
• Work with developing, reviewing and proposing new policies and practices on South-South Cooperation
• Facilitate inter and intra-regional activities aiming at promoting best practices in South-South and triangular cooperation
• Explore opportunities of joint collaboration in supporting child programmes in developing countries
• Build and maintain close relations with the Government of China, civil society, NGOs, private sector, development banks, and academic institutions to promote and implement South-South Cooperation activities
• Explore opportunities with relevant government entities for potential programmes for children in developing countries
• Assess programme results together with the Chinese Government’s implementing agencies and entities
To qualify, you will have…
• An advanced university degree (Master’s) in Development studies, Social Policy, Social Sciences, Programme/Project Management, Business Administration or other relevant field. Exceptionally, a bachelor’s degree with additional work experience may be accepted
• At least two to five years of professional working experience in international development or programme/project development at the national and international level
• Demonstrated experience in building partnerships with governments or knowledge of how government entities function
• Field experience in Africa and/or Asia highly desirable
• Strong advocacy and partnership building skills
• Experience working with the UN or other international development organization is an asset
• Fluency in English and Mandarin
For every child, you demonstrate…
• Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity and proven understanding and sensitivity to cultural nuances;
• Interpersonal and motivational skills; capacity to build team spirit and bring diverse teams to deliver on shared results;
• Drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work;
• Capacity to think outside of the box and drive innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
• Strong communication skills, fluently and confidently gathering and expressing and writing opinions and information.
If you recognize yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, send a Cover Letter and CV through If you have difficulties applying online, you may apply to The deadline for receipt of applications is 24 March 2019.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. In our effort to achieve a gender balance in our current workforce, we particularly encourage applications from qualified male candidates
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.