Junior Consultant (Partnerships)

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    2 months ago
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    Partnership and Resource Mobilization
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Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris


Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 11-FEB-2024

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


Under the overall authority of UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, in full collaboration with DPT’s Division Director and the direct supervision of the Chief, Section for Digital Policies and Digital Transformation (CI/DPT/DIT), the consultant will assist in generating, managing and supporting strategic partnerships with existing and new UNESCO partners.

UNESCO’s CI/DPT/DIT Section supports Member States in navigating human right-based digital transformations through national assessments of digital enabling environments, accompanied by policy advice for inclusive and multistakeholder driven digital governance, while enhancing the capacities of governments to implement digital transformation initiatives across the executive, legislative and the judicial branches of government. CI/DPT/DIT facilitates digital cooperation through multistakeholder for a to develop capacities, exchange knowledge on good digital policy practices and enhance strategic foresights.

The consultant will assist in:

Long Description

  • Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement: Identify and assist in engaging with potential partners, donors, and stakeholders relevant to CI/DPT/DIT’s digital transformation agenda. This includes government entities, private sector companies, international organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, and individual experts.
  • Partnership Development: Actively seek and establish partnerships with entities that can provide technical, financial, human or strategic support to CI/DPT/DIT initiatives. This includes negotiating partnership terms and fostering collaborative relationships, in close cooperation with dedicated UNESCO services.
  • Proposal Writing and Funding Applications: Draft compelling proposals and applications for grants, funding, and project support. This involves understanding donor priorities, aligning them with CI/DPT/DIT projects, and clearly articulating the value and impact of the proposed work.
  • Advocacy: Raise the visibility of CI/DPT/DIT activities in consultation with CI/EO’s Communication Officer. This includes ensuring a coherent web presence and creating materials (like brochures, newsletters, and social media content), that highlight the section’s work and its impact.
  • Monitoring and Reporting: Track the progress of resource mobilization efforts, evaluate their effectiveness, and provide regular reports to UNESCO management. Use insights gained to refine strategies and approaches.
  • Trend Analysis: Stay informed about the latest resource mobilization trends, evolving UNESCO partnership strategies, technological advancements, and policy developments in the field of digital transformation. Use this information to identify new opportunities for resource mobilization.
  • Collaboration with other UNESCO entities: Work collaboratively with other sections and entities within UNESCO to identify synergies and opportunities for joint resource mobilization efforts and ensure alignment with overall approaches.

Deliverables include:

  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Partnership development proposals
  • Project proposals and funding applications

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advance university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Business Administration, Public Administration, International Relations, or a relevant UNESCO CI field with a focus on fundraising and resource mobilization.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional work experience in fundraising, resource mobilization, and partnership development, preferably within an international or non-profit organization context.
  • Proven track record of successful proposal writing, grant applications, and securing funding from a variety of sources including government entities, private sector companies, and international organizations.


  • Exceptional skills in developing and implementing resource mobilization strategies and work plans.
  • Strong relationship-building skills, with the ability to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including donors, NGOs, academic institutions, and individual experts.
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills, capable of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of fundraising activities and strategies.
  • Competency in crafting compelling communication materials that support fundraising efforts and enhance the visibility of projects.


  • Excellent knowledge of English



  • Additional training or certification in fundraising, resource mobilization, or related fields.

Work Experience

  • Experience in digital policy development or digital transformation projects, with an understanding of their resource mobilization implications.
  • Background in working collaboratively across various departments within an organization to identify and capitalize on joint fundraising opportunities.


  • Innovative thinking in identifying new fundraising opportunities and adapting to evolving donor landscapes.
  • Familiarity with the latest trends in fundraising and resource mobilization, especially in the context of digital transformation and international development.


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


Interested candidates should complete the on-line application, download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:

Part 1: Technical Proposal

  1. Completed UNESCO Employment History Form
  2. up-to-date curriculum vitae, including two references from different institutions that may be contacted,
  3. a motivation letter indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the assignment,
  4. an approach and methodology for the assignment, a work plan and comments on the Terms of Reference if any (in brief).
  5. List of publications and provide link or URL for online view.

Part 2: Financial Proposal

  1. A competitive fee for the assignment, which should be quoted in EUR (or USD) and expressed on a monthly basis (with maximum of 3000 EUR per month) – the overall cost of the assignment, expressed as an overall lump-sum.

Application proposal and any supporting documents (in English or French) should be submitted in the system as one single document by the deadline indicated, Paris time.

No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

Only applications providing the information requested in the application procedure will be considered

Additional Information:

  • The selected candidate might work remotely. No travel supported.
  • This consultant contract is for a period of 11 months, with possibility of renewal (one month of break)
  • Estimated contract start date: ASAP, best second half of February 2024


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 recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.


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