UNICEFUSA: Officer, Foundation Partnerships

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please visit unicefusa.org.


Officer, Foundation Partnerships

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is seeking an Officer to support the Workstream 2 portfolio of partners and grants within the Foundation Partnerships (FNs) team. The overarching goal of Workstream 2 is to leverage key foundation donor partnerships in support of UNICEF’s work in the areas of maternal, neonatal and child health, health system initiatives in the post- 2015 environment and humanitarian response.

Reporting to Director, Foundation Partnerships, the Officer will support key portions of the Foundation Partnerships team mandate in support of UNICEF’s work in the areas of maternal/child health, health system strengthening and humanitarian response. In general, such support will consist of research, writing, partner outreach/client management and various analytical tasks, with a particular focus on development and management of grants/grant-based initiatives to effectively leverage leading global development partners.  In addition and upon request, the Officer will assist the wider Foundation Partnerships team by performing similar tasks essential to the FNs team’s ability to cultivate, manage and grow its current portfolio of complex, multi-year grant programs.


Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (included but are not limited to):


Grant Development/Grants Management

  • Draft sections of key documents, including grant proposals, sub-award agreements, reports, and presentations intended for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Ensure timely execution of grant/sub-award agreements, entry/updating of project records in the grants management database and execution of funds transfer to sub-awardees.
  • Prepare and deliver reports/presentations to internal and external stakeholders on progress of partnerships.
  • Conduct due diligence to identify legal, procedural and financial issues for potential grants/sub-awards prior to proposal submission/approval, as well as over the life of multi-year grant projects.
  • Develop/maintain up-to-date versions of standard attachments to grant applications and assist FNs team members to assemble grant application proposals.
  • Liaise with other USF departments and UNICEF staff to ensure successful implementation of Public-Private Partnerships/Foundation Partnerships’ strategy and partnership initiatives.
  • Potential ownership and management of smaller grants within the FNs team portfolio as per growing role/responsibility over time.
  • Other research/writing/operations tasks as required to support FNs department development and implementation of its annual growth strategy.


  • Develop/utilize various systems for managing and tracking key phases in the life cycle of grant-funded programs, including execution of grant and sub-award agreements, funds receipt and transfer, and report development and submission.
  • Ensure that sub-award templates are regularly updated as needed and reviewed/approved by the USF’s finance and compliance personnel and orient new staff in the use of these forms.
  • Liaise with USF finance and compliance personnel to resolve any legal, procedural and financial issues regarding sub-granting/contracting processes.
  • Become proficient in using the USF’s grant management database and act as a resource person for other FNs staff that use the system.
  • Liaise with finance personnel as needed to ensure timely transfer of funds to sub-awardees.
  • Assist in organizing travel for FNs team members.
  • Assist the FNs team to troubleshoot operational challenges as these arise.

New Business Development

  • Conduct key research to help formulate partnership strategies and identify partners and relationships that will serve the organization’s mission and goals.
  • As directed, represent the FNs team at U.S. Fund and UNICEF-sponsored program presentations (Brown Bags, Lunch & Learn presentations, updates and briefings) and prepare or collect meeting notes and presentation materials.
  • Generate periodic e-mail review/assessment of key themes, developments, projects, grants, programs, etc., in the FNs & global development community.



  • A BA or BS is required and an advanced degree preferred in international development, international relations, global/public health, public policy/advocacy, economics or a related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in grant proposal writing, grants management and/or administration-related role, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong “client service” orientation and interpersonal as well as negotiation skills, quantitative and analytical skills, and written/verbal communication skills.  Note: candidates selected for an interview may be asked to submit writing samples of past work, and a writing assessment may also be administered.
  • Familiarity with current global health/development issues, UN agencies preferred.
  • Ability to contribute to proposals, reports, research and presentations that are client-ready and reflect analytical thinking, creativity and a clear understanding of both the prospective partner’s requirements and The U. S. Fund for UNICEF’s programs and assets.
  • Proven ability to prioritize, work independently, handle multiple, complex tasks simultaneously, generate pragmatic solutions to address potential roadblocks as well as leverage key opportunities.
  • Ability to navigate complex environments, and help build relationships with a variety of different institutions.
  • Knowledge of U. S. & international grant-making rules and regulations, as well as private foundation policies, is ideal.
  • Must demonstrate USF Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service.


Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.

To Apply – Please apply on-line at http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH07/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=UNICEF…

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The U. S. Fund for UNICEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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