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.

In Ukraine, UN Women is committed to delivering results across strategic priorities, exercising its triple mandate encompassing normative support, UN system coordination, and operational activities to mobilize urgent and sustained action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. UN Women has long been actively supporting local priority areas in Ukraine from increased political participation to gender mainstreaming in public policy, and economic development.

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine has had a profoundly negative impact on the lives of women and men, girls and boys, causing widespread destruction, displacement and suffering. According to Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan for 2023, nearly 18 million people, out of whom 6.7 million are internally displaced, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Multiple forms of gender-based violence (GBV), including intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) and economic exploitation, are being reported, exacerbating the pre-war situation. With women constituting the majority of refugees from Ukraine and those displaced within the country, the multisectoral impact of the war affects women disproportionately through such factors as increased care responsibilities, reduced access to livelihoods and increased threat of gender-based violence.

Under the direct supervision of the Country Representative and in coordination with the Programme team in the Ukraine Country Office, the Planning and Partnership Specialist will provide technical and substantive support to the development and management of UN Women Ukraine Country Office’s strategic partnerships and relationships, and resource mobilization strategy. He/she will develop and implement the partnership strategy and provide technical support to the UA CO management on partnership development, donor intelligence and donor relations, while ensuring timely and qualitative donor reporting. The Planning and Partnership Specialist will contribute to increased visibility and knowledge of UN Women’s products and strategies. He/she will support the diversifying and deepening of CO resource base. In close coordination with Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECA RO) and Head Quarter (HQ) colleagues, he/she will be responsible for the analysis and management of all fundraising channels and activities, ensuring support for long-term, flexible and larger resources for UN Women in Ukraine

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and coordinate UN Women’s strategic partnerships in Ukraine

  • Expand 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 partnerships;
  • Provide strategic advice to the Country Office on building and maintaining partnerships and positioning with potential donors;
  • Advise Country Office 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, regional resource mobilization strategies and initiatives

  • Manage the development and implementation of a country office resource mobilization strategy in line with the CO SN and AWP;
  • 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 agreements; including memorandums of understanding, UN to UN agreements, and other partnership agreements.

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 Specialist and programme team for the collection of information and preparation of results-based reports for external constituencies.

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;
  • Further the CO’s knowledge of how digital solutions can advance SN results; develop appropriate digital products as requested
  • Share knowledge and enhance organizational learning 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 Country Office
  • 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


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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf



  • 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


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, communications/ advocacy, and/or business development is required.
  • At least 3 years experience in gender equality and women's empowerment is required.
  • Experience working at the country level, especially in a conflict and/or post conflict context is required.
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

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


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Diversity and inclusion:

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)