Partnerships Specialist

United Nations Development Programme
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Jul-13-2019
  • Posted
    Jun 20

Position description

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic advocacy and partnership development

  • Advise CB senior management on developing new, innovative partnerships for UNDP;
  • In close collaboration with the GPN/CB substantive teams, support the development of partnership and advocacy strategy, ensuring that it is coherent with corporate strategies and tailored to each major donor in the areas of crisis and fragility;
  • Ensure that new substantive engagements with partners and related agreements are in line with UNDP rules and regulations, meet quality expectations, and support UNDP’s achievement of the Strategic Plan;
  • Contribute to providing strategic policy recommendations and advocacy support with a view to positioning UNDP in areas related to crisis and fragility in close coordination with the communications function;
  • In collaboration with BERA and Regional Bureau as relevant, support the development and implementation of corporate initiatives, including corporate strategies tailored to specific partners;
  • Develop and oversee partnership management and resource mobilization tracking mechanisms;
  • Analyze partners and donor policies, strategies and trends in areas relevant to the Crisis Bureau;
  • Work with Regional Bureaus, BERA and CB relevant teams to advise and support Country Offices responding to crisis on partnership and resource mobilisation opportunities.

Support to the mobilization of non-core resources:

  • Identify and develop new opportunities for non-core resource mobilization and advise CB senior management, CB Team Leaders on appropriate strategies and approaches to seize these opportunities;
  • Support opportunities for strategic and coherent resource mobilization for UNDP’s Governance, Peacebuilding, Crisis and Resilience Funding Window and UNDP’s Global Projects hosted by CB;
  • Support the conceptualization and formulation of concept notes, proposals and other requested documents, and ensure appropriate follow-up;
  • Support engagement and negotiations with partners in relation to resource mobilization;
  • Work closely with relevant teams, the GPN Joint Directorate and BERA in relation to reporting (compliance with reporting requirements and quality reporting).

Effective Internal and External Partnership Relations:

  • Based on in-depth knowledge of UNDP’s work in crisis and fragility, identify targeted interventions to mobilize support for UNDP’s portfolio and positively influence donor countries’ funding decisions;
  • Builds, nurtures and maintains effective internal and external working relations within UNDP, including relevant Representation Offices responsible for specific donor countries;
  • Develop, nurture and manage relations with multi-lateral and bi-lateral partners, IFIs, the private sector, UN entities, Member States Permanent Missions, civil society organizations;
  • Engage in and support the organization of relevant events, such as recovery and reconstruction international conferences, thematic events, etc.
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing:
  • Identify and formulate lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader knowledge management efforts.
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Facilitate partnership/resource mobilization capacity-building and knowledge-sharing in coordination with relevant teams in CB and other relevant units in UNDP.

Competencies

Core Competencies

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them.

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow.

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers.

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others.

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others.

Delivery

Ability to get things done

Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy/practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.

Technical/Functional Competencies

Substantive positioning of UNDP

Knowledge of global institutions (such as the UN, IFIs), processes, good grasp of UNDP’s positioning, and ability to engage and foster strong networks with those institutions.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Multilateral Affairs

Knowledge of multilateral agencies (OECD, IFIs, EU, Regional Development Banks, etc.), including respective mandates and ways of working.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Negotiation

Ability to reach understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Partnerships

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Resource Mobilization

Understanding of donor priorities, strategies and funding architecture, ability to prepare funding proposals.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Substantive Networking

Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with member states, IFIs, UN partners, academia, research institutions, and think tanks.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Trends and Emerging Areas Analytics

Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Representation

Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in development studies, economics, political science, social sciences or related field.

Experience:

  • At least seven years of professional development related work experience at the national or international level on issues related to crisis and fragility;
  • Proven experience in donor relation and resource mobilization;
  • Proven experience in strategy development, partnership relations at the international level; specialized experience in development financing an asset;
  • Knowledge and understanding UN/UNDP’s mandate in crisis and fragility.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of English, as well as writing, presentation and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of at least one other UN language highly desirable.

Application instructions

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