Strategic Partnerships Officer

Post Number : IEP/PA/114

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-JAN-2022 - EXTENDED

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


​​​​​​Duration of contract: 2 years with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and performance. 


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The UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning is a semi-autonomous institute that specializes in strengthening the planning and management capacity of education ministries and their partners through research, training, knowledge mobilization and technical assistance to support planning and managerial capacity. It has three Offices, in Paris, Buenos Aires and Dakar, and draws on core and project funding to achieve its goals and objectives. The Institute will launch its new Medium-Term Strategy (2022-2025) in December 2021. It draws on core and project funding to achieve its goals and objectives.


Under the overall authority of the Director of IIEP, the Strategic Partnerships Officer will generate, manage and support strategic relationships with core funders and new partners who share the goals and objectives of UNESCO and IIEP.  Situated within the Director’s Office, the position supports IIEP’s strategic management team, which includes functional team managers and regional team managers.

The incumbent will:

  • Develop a work plan for enhancing strategic partnerships and resource mobilization.

  • Maintain a clear and complete data base of key contacts, policy shifts and funding opportunities.

  • Support the Director’s regular meetings and outreach to key partners and funders.

  • Prepare concept notes, briefing notes, and funding proposals.

  • Prepare annual reporting on fundraising activities and successful partnerships.

  • Provide support to the Director and Team Leaders on opportunities and outreach to key partners.

  • Coordinate and/or support the drafting of major funding proposals.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Teamwork (C)
Results focus (C)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Managing performance (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)




  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or higher) in education policy and administration or another related social science discipline.


Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years, out of which preferably 2 years acquired at international level in fundraising, managing complex funding and strategic relationships.



Skills and Competencies

  • Building Partnerships:
    • Demonstrated capacity to manage complex funding and strategic relationships with diplomacy, and attention to achievement of core objectives and impact.
  • Client orientation, Communication and Results Based management:
    •  Ability to write proposals and report on program outcomes to key funders, using both quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  •  Promoting Organizational Change and Development:
    • Ability to provide systemic support for strategic partnership development, working with senior managers and technical experts.
    • Demonstrated competency in supporting development of fundraising and strategic partnership strategies within an international development setting.
  • Tact, discretion, good judgment and influencing skills.
  • Ability to work in ambiguous and complex situations and provide effective policy guidance.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with and communicate effectively with senior leadership. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and with partners and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent knowledge of productivity software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite.



  • Excellent knowledge of English and French.




  • Previous involvement in advocacy, resource mobilization or marketing in an international organizational setting.



  • Knowledge of Spanish.


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



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

For full information on benefits and entitlements for this position , please refer to the UNESCO Guide on Staff Benefits


Please note that candidates must complete an on-line application and provide full and accurate information. No modifications can be made to the application once submitted. Evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria set in the Vacancy Announcement (VA). It may include tests and/or assessments as well as a virtual competency-based interview (CBI).

Only candidates who pass the selection process will be contacted and are subject to reference checks based on the information provided in their application.



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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.

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