Strategic Partnerships Specialist



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Location : Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
Application Deadline :06-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :364 days

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

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.

 

Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, and in line with the ongoing UN Reform, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Multi Country office priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

 

Under the supervision of the Representative, the Strategic Partnership Specialist will provide technical support to the development and management of UN Women’s strategic partnerships and relationships, and resource mobilization strategy, as well as enhance resource mobilization capacity in the Multi-Country Office (MCO). 


Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and manage UN Women’s strategic partnerships in the Multi Country Office (MCO)

  • Manage and coordinate relationships with key partners; provide technical inputs to senior management’s efforts at the country level to develop new and innovative partnerships;
  • Set and monitor annual priorities, goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) for MCO partnerships;
  • Provide strategic advice to the Multi Country Office on building and maintaining partnerships and positioning with potential donors, including country Civil Society Advisory Groups (CSAG); coordinate the work of the CSAG;
  • Advise MCO on the design and implementation of effective advocacy strategies and methods for proactive and strategic targeting of partners and donors.

 

Manage, and facilitate the implementation of, MCO resource mobilization strategies and initiatives

  • Manage the development and implementation of differentiated, donor fund-raising strategies, aligned and coordinated with country-level activities initiatives and outreach activities;
  • Develop targeted products and initiatives to mobilize programmatic resources and attract additional donors’ funding;
  • Gather information on project/programmes pipelines and corresponding resource needs through close collaboration with country-based counterparts;
  • Provide technical support to the development of project proposals in line with the UN Women’s strategy and the interest of donors;
  • Undertake ad-hoc donor studies, research, and other activities to identify funding opportunities; update the resources mobilization strategy as needs emerge.

 

Build trust and maintain effective relationships with donors

  • Provide technical support to the Representative and other senior managers in the preparation of missions, meetings and other consultations with donors, including the preparation of notes, briefs and other materials;
  • Act as a direct entry point for donors, building institutional relationships;
  • Provide regular updates on donor profiles, databases (e.g. contacts management) and donor intelligence;
  • Identify opportunities to secure additional non-core resources;
  • Provide technical support the drafting and review of partner-specific Framework Arrangements and Cost Sharing Agreements and the preparation of brief funding proposals and concept notes, where appropriate.

 

Coordinate the submission of high quality and timely reports to Donors

  • Maintain systems to promote compliance with the terms of grants and agreements, across the region;
  • Provide technical support to programme managers for the preparation of high quality and timely donor reports;
  • Coordinate with the Monitoring and Reporting Analyst for the collection of information and preparation of results-based reports for external constituencies.

 

Provides advice and support to strengthen internal resource mobilization capacity

  • Advise and support Programme Managers on resource mobilization procedures and guidelines as well as funding modalities;
  • Facilitate partnership and resource mobilization training to program staff and managers based in the Multi Country Office including the development of tools and products, as needed;
  • Advise on the creation of UN Women Multi Country Office communication products, packages and positions.

 

Participate in knowledge building and sharing and advocacy efforts

  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products and mechanisms to effectively position UN Women in the region wherever possible;
  • Share knowledge and enhance organizational learning among UN Women MCO through the development and use of on-line tools, templates, tips, mechanisms and guidelines;
  • Monitor emerging issues that could affect partnerships and resource contributions at the national or regional levels (risk management).

 

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely attention and response to UN Women’s partners and donors
  • Quality inputs to resource mobilization strategy and timely support to the Programme managers
  • Timely targeting of funding opportunities and timely tracking of donor intelligence
  • Quality communication and advocacy products which result in increased resources and a strong investment case for UN Women
  • Quality monitoring and reporting mechanism to ensure quality of data and limit redundancy in efforts.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

 

Core Competencies:

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

 

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States (donor and programme);
  • Proven 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 analytical and interpersonal skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • 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.

 

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, communications/ advocacy, and/or business development;
  • Experience in gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations, international institutions and donors;
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset.

 

Language requirements:

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

 

Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process

UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.



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