Outreach and Partnerships Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 09

Position description

Present in 166 countries and territories, UNDP supports governments in developing strong policies, institutions and partnerships to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It does so in part through its comprehensive knowledge network, which includes expert practitioners that provide focused advice and support in strategic policy areas. 


UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. The GPN assists UNDP and its partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. The GPN also supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data-driven, including in its program support efforts.


Within the GPN, the Effectiveness Group provides crucial support to ensure that UNDP is an effective, accountable and transparent thought leader and partner of choice for sustainable development. Through support to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) and International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), the Effectiveness Group fosters multi-stakeholder actions for more effective cooperation and partnerships, including strengthening policies, institutions and systems, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships to make the best use of all available resources to realize national development goals. Drawing on the comparative advantages of UNDP in strengthening country capacities to manage and coordinate development cooperation, the Effectiveness Group supports the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, as part of the OECD-UNDP Joint Support Team, as well as the International Aid Transparency Initiative, as part of a wider Secretariat consortium. 


The Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) will take place on 13-14 July 2019, just ahead of the Ministerial Segment of the 2019 United Nations High-Level Political Forum under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. As its core objective, the SLM will seek to galvanise governments, civil society and other actors into the ‘gear change’ needed to accelerate SDG implementation through inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships – which represent a core principle for implementing the 2030 Agenda, as underscored by SDG 17. The SLM will also lay key groundwork for a new GPEDC programme of work, as a follow-up to the current work programme (2017-2018), which will culminate at the SLM. The next programme of work will define the strategic direction of the GPEDC over the next biennium, drawing on the substantive outcomes of the SLM.


In addition, the development of a new IATI Strategic Plan (2019-2022) is an opportunity to position the multi-stakeholder initiative for continued growth and relevance in the context of Agenda 2030. The development of the Strategic Plan is being led by the IATI Governing Board with support from the Secretariat (led by UNDP), and will be an inclusive and consultative process, producing a Strategic Plan for consideration and adoption at the mid-2019 Member’s Assembly (September 2019), the annual meeting of the IATI membership. The IATI Governing Board, supported by UNDP, will lead a series of targeted consultations / “focus groups”, ensuring the suitability of the IATI Strategic Plan for addressing the needs of partner countries and publishers, given the emerging challenges inherent to the 2030 Agenda. 


In support of these two crucial processes, UNDP is recruiting a Temporary Appointment – Outreach and Partnerships Specialist.  This position will operate under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader / Global Policy Adviser - Effective Development Cooperation with matrix reporting to with the International Aid Transparency Initiative Secretariat Coordinator. As an integral part of the UNDP-OECD Joint Support Team and the IATI Secretariat, s/he will also work in close collaboration with external colleagues across several organizations as well as with UNDP Regional and Country Office focal points on effective development cooperation.



Duties and Responsibilities


1. Contribute to the effective planning and organization of the GPEDC Senior-Level Meeting, including outreach and communications activities.


  • Act as focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for outreach, engagement, policy influence and collaboration, including on how to anticipate and respond to partners’ concerns and priorities.
  • Contribute to the increased engagement of and outreach to the Global Partnership Initiatives, enhancing their contribution to the work of the GPEDC.
  • Contribute to strategies for engagement and the development of policy briefs and / or communications products to enhance the GPEDC’s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners. 
  • Support the GPEDC Co-Chairs and Steering Committee in conceptualizing and organizing outreach and  media events as well as press releases for the SLM, as appropriate.
  • Provide substantive oversight of communication products, including the GPEDC external website, strengthening utility for key development stakeholders. Responsible for quality assurance of outreach, communications and knowledge products. 
  • Contribute to logistical and operational planning, and budgeting for the SLM, as appropriate.


2. Lead communications and outreach activities in support of elaboration of the 2019-2022 IATI Strategic Plan:


  • Provide substantive support to drafting relevant questions (scripting) for targeted interviews between IATI Governing Board members and their constituencies, based on outcomes from the first three months of the Strategic Planning process (positioning papers, online consultation, data use survey, country case studies). 
  • Organize a consultative meeting with UN mission focal points to review and socialize the initial direction of the Strategic Plan among member states and other key IATI stakeholders. 


3. Oversee maintenance and growth of the GPEDC’s digital Knowledge-Sharing Platform (KSP) and the wider effective development cooperation community of practice:


  • Develop relevant inputs and sections of the 2019-2020 GPEDC Program of Work around knowledge-sharing for increased development effectiveness, in consultation with colleagues from the UNDP-OECD Joint Support Team, the GPEDC Co-Chairs, and Steering Committee.
  • Develop and implement a specific outreach and network strategy for building a community of practice and the KSP; 
  • Spearhead strategic planning for the KSP, including planning and execution of online consultations, leading outreach to new partners, and overseeing the general growth of the platform in terms of content and membership.  
  • Organize and lead online and in-person knowledge-sharing events for the GPEDC.   


4. Development of an IATI Communications and Outreach strategy for 2019-2020, including responding to outcomes of the SP process:


  • This document should serve as a roadmap for key Communications priorities, setting out strategic, measurable, and impactful communications activities, and responding to the outcomes of the 2019-2022 Strategic Planning Process. 
  • Prepare a clear strategy for the Governing Board with options and costs to guide the transition of communications activities from their current base with IATI’s consortium partners Development Initiatives, to implement the directive from members provided at their 2018 annual Members Assembly.
  • Under the direction of the IATI Governing Board, act as Focal Point for construction of a collaboration and knowledge-sharing platform to compliment iatistandard.org (TBC).





Corpoare competencies:




  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.



  • Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.



  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.




  • Strong inter-personal skills and excellent organizational and coordination skills. Excellent networking skills with a demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships: sensitizes UN partners, donors and other international organizations to the UNDP strategic agenda, and ability to identify areas for joint efforts.

Effective Development Cooperation:

  • Knowledge of transparent and effective development cooperation which can then be carried forward into inclusive, country-led mechanisms for development cooperation management 


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies.

Knowledge Management:

  • Ability to participate effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, and to collaborate and cooperate with others.



Required Skills and Experience




  • Master's degree in International Affairs, Development, Economics, the broad social sciences or other related discipline(s).




  • At least 5 years of work experience in the areas of knowledge management and partnership-building, preferably within the UN system, at least 3 of which is in the area of effective development cooperation; 
  • Must have an excellent understanding of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and the International Aid Transparency Initiative and the key principles of effective development co-operation and transparency;
  • Proven experience managing digital knowledge management platforms or processes, especially those that target multiple stakeholder groups;
  • Proven experience providing substantive and operational support for large, international events, preferably within the UN system; 
  • Familiarity with UNDP internal procedures, including managing procurement processes, is required.


Language Requirements:


  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Good working knowledge of another UN language is an asset

Application instructions

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