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Director of Partnerships Division


Post Number : BSP 004

Grade : D-1

Parent Sector : Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 05-JAN-2022 RE-ADVERTISEMENT


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



The Division for Partnerships is located within UNESCO’s Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP) and is responsible for coordinating UNESCO’s public and private partners including key interlocutors from bilateral donors, United Nations and multilateral organizations, regional institutions such as the European Union (EU) and regional banks, civil society, philanthropy, foundations and corporations. It will diversify and expand UNESCO’s donor base and provide backstopping and guidance to UNESCO Programme Sectors,  field offices, and category 1 institutes in support of their efforts to engage with partners and mobilize resources. The Division for Partnerships will be responsible for the elaboration of strategies for partnership and resource mobilization, in line with UN reform and best practices in these areas.


The Division for Partnerships will ensure that UNESCO promotes the right partnerships and has adequate resources to deliver on its Medium-Term Strategy (C/4) and Programme and Budget (C/5) to meet the increasing demand by its beneficiary Member States.   It will also contribute to the creation of a stronger enabling environment for resource mobilization, through the provision of capacity building and knowledge resources for internal and external stakeholders, by providing support for structured financing dialogues and other donor consultations, and promoting the refinement of systems and processes to make them ever more conducive to efficient engagement with partners. 

Long Description

The Director for Partnerships, acting under the direct authority of the Director of BSP, will lead and set strategic directions to improve and expand UNESCO’s partnership as well as structure appropriate solicitation strategies that ensure critical resources for advancing the Organization’s work.  The Director for Partnerships will drive the Organization's strategic engagement and partnerships through the mobilization and leveraging of resources from these entities in order to maximize flexible, longer-term revenue in support of UNESCO’s programmes, in furtherance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Director will oversee teams in Headquarters and collaborate closely with field offices, Programme Sectors and Central Services to strengthen relations with key partners and expand their engagement.  He/She will develop, for the Organization, technical support for partnership and resource mobilization as well as funds oversight and management.

Under the direct authority of the Director of BSP, the incumbent will:

Long Description

Partnership Engagement: Expand Strategic Partnerships

  • Initiate innovative and ambitious partnerships to increase the reach and impact of UNESCO’s ongoing efforts in advancing UNESCO’s priorities. 
  • Coordinate the management of ongoing relationships with existing partners and supporters, and, where relevant, leverage those relationships to greater collective impact to generate revenues and global visibility to the Organization.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to new and potential donors on the strategy, design, relevance and impact of programmes to advocate the work for UNESCO.

Long Description

Resource Mobilization: Increase Revenue 

  • Prospect new partners and promote UNESCO to potential public and private donors to generate more flexible and predictable funding. 
  • Expand and diversify the funding base/pipeline to advance UNESCO’s strategic priorities and goals and existing collaborations. 
  • Identify and oversee innovative and strategic fundraising opportunities from new and traditional public and private donors.


Management of the Division for Partnerships

  • Provide intellectual leadership and technical guidance.
  • Promote teamwork to ensure harmonization, linkages, collaboration and synergy and, through the Senior Managers, ensure that staff members are provided sufficient information, guidance and support to perform and deliver results according to the organizational, personal and professional standards of efficiency, accountability and integrity.
  • Establish policies and procedures to ensure due diligence and efficiency in resource mobilization.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of business administration, international development, economics, political science, marketing or other related area.



  • Minimum of 15 years' of progressively relevant professional experience notably in the field of resource mobilization, including within the corporate sector, of which preferably 4 years of experience acquired at the international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating contributions and partnership agreements.
  • Experience with the development of strategic framework in resource partnerships development and resource mobilization.
  • Demonstrated experience, with established results, in the development of global partnerships and resource mobilization with institutional frameworks.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in the management of large teams.
  • Experience in risk assessment.
  • Proven experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks with donors at international level. 
  • Experience with knowledge management tools and systems.
  • Proven track record generating new revenue or successfully managing strategic partnerships at a global scale.



  • Excellent problem solving and negotiation skills; ability to effectively collect, analyse, organize, distil and present information.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills.



  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English or French and good knowledge of the other language. 





  • Experience in working with corporate, NGO and non-profit organizations.
  • Experience within the United Nations or large multilateral organizations.
  • Experience in partnership development with Private Companies and Foundations.
  • Experience in the field of economic diplomacy.



  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s activity areas and relevant partners and donors.



  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish).  


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.