UN Women: Partnerships and Communications Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belarus
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 19

Position description

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The work of the Brussels Office which is part of the RM Team, SPD,  is inter alia guided by the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) which was signed on 16 April 2012. It reaffirms the partnership between the EU and UN Women to support gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world and to ensure closer collaboration on policies and programmes; sharing information, expertise and analysis in order to effectively advance women’s rights. The MoU focuses on the following (non-exclusive) thematic areas: gender justice, women’s leadership and political participation; women’s access to economic empowerment and opportunities; Combatting sexual and gender-based violence; Humanitarian aid; Women, Peace and Security; Responsiveness of plans and budgets to gender equality; Gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of global issues.

The Brussels Office Team supports, in cooperation with UN Women’s field presence and headquarters on resource mobilization and partnership building with the EU institutions. It leads UN Women’s corporate analysis of developments and trends related to EU institutions, ensuring UN Women’s senior management receives timely advice and recommendations. It supports UN Women’s field-based presences concerning collaboration with the European Union Delegations and also engages with the UN Brussels team inter alia on influencing policy development in areas of competence, including by advocating adherence to UN and multilateral standards and norms, and promoting consistency of approach and concepts.

Under the supervision of the Director, Brussels Office, the Partnerships and Communications Specialist supports the Brussels Office in sustaining and expanding UN Women’s partnership with the European Union, supporting dialogue with the different EU institutions, supporting the implementation of the MoU, identifying partnership opportunities, as well as supporting UN Women staff in liaising with the EU delegations around programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through preparation of briefing packages. Partnership Development Specialist works closely with other members of UN Women Brussels team, and in close cooperation with SPD, as well as Programme and Communications staff both at HQ and in the field, also in the context of the new EU budget cycle 2021-2027 and the corresponding EU Gender Action Plan 2021-2025.

The work requires knowledge of strategic results-oriented programming, monitoring and evaluation, as well as experience in resource mobilization for international development programmes, involving dialogue strategic partners.



Duties and Responsibilities

Provide Partnership Development  and Resource Mobilization support:

  • Provide technical and coordination support to the development and management of UN Women’s strategic partnerships and working-level relationships with Brussels-based stakeholders, including particularly at the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council, the City of Brussels and key civil society organizations;
  • Provide substantive support and advice for missions to Brussels, meetings and other consultations with the EU, including preparation of briefs and other materials; real-time donor intelligence captured, analyzed and prepared, including interests, priorities, issues, and changes in the political and aid environment;
  • Provide technical and coordination support in resource mobilization efforts;
  • Development and maintain relationships with EU partners; Provide coordination partnership building and engagement support with partners, including selected EU Member States;
  • Represent UN Women in events organized by partners, and at UN inter-agency fora, including participation in working group meetings and contribution to joint advocacy, such as the communications working group as requested;.

Provide Policy Analysis Support:

  • Monitor relevant policy developments at EU level, particularly in key UN Women priority areas from an UN Women perspective and prepare regular analysis to share with relevant UN Women  sections and offices;
  • Coordinate and prepare inputs to policy dialogue and consultations with the EU, in partnership with relevant UN Women colleagues;
  • Prepare high-quality briefing materials for the Executive Director and Senior Management including for missions and participation in meetings and international events;
  • Provide technical inputs the HQ Policy Section on policy analysis as needed.

Provide office management support:

  • Provide substantive support to the Director during the stages of UN Women strategic planning on policy related processes related to the EU partnership as well as the annual work planning exercise and corresponding monitoring.

Lead Communications and Advocacy initiatives:

  • Ensure the visibility of the Liaison Office’s work and of the donor through regular communication (social media);
  • Provide communication support to Country Offices and Regional Offices  CO/RO on the production of EU-related communications materials, including for the UN-EU Spotlight Initiative as needed;
  • Act as focal point on communications in the office; Provide communication support to UN Women’s Nordic Office; Work closely together with the HQ Communications Section;
  • Coordinate the advocacy activities of the Office together with our partners (EU counterparts, civil society, UN agencies, the City of Brussels etc);
  • Provide communication support on  c activities with EU partners in the context of follow-up to the Generation Equality Forum.

Perform any other duties as requested by Supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Timely attention and response to UN Women’s partners and donors, also in context of follow-up to Generation Equality Forum.
  • Quality inputs to policy briefs and timely support to HQ, Country Offices and the Regional Offices for briefs.
  • Timely and quality inputs to annual workplan and policy initiative.
  • Quality communication and advocacy products which result in increased in visibility and a strong investment case for UN Women as well as strengthened partnerships.




Core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues;
  • Strong policy analysis skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States (donor and programme);
  • Ability to launch and manage advocacy activities;
  • Good networking skills, and ability to mobilize support on behalf of UN Women;
  • Strong negotiating skills;
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes;
  • Strong IT skills, including databases, extranet and office software packages;
  • Strong communications management skills, including social media management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.



Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business management, social sciences, public administration, international relations, communications, women's studies, or a related field is required; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in partnership building, communications/ advocacy, and/or organizational development;
  • Experience in gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • Experience in policy analysis, preferably in the EU context;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations, the media, international institutions, EU institutions and donors;
  • Experience working in the UN system and in the field is an asset.


  • Fluency in English and French is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

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