The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for positioning UNDP as the world’s leading global development agency, promoting its global authority and thought leadership on sustainable development and the interconnected issues of poverty, inequality, and climate change. BERA leads and supports UNDP in building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances essential to achieving its mission. Creating strong political and financial backing for UNDP by providing partners and supporters with a clear understanding of what UNDP does and how our mission, capabilities and flagship services relate to them. The Bureau leads UNDP’s work on innovative and diversified partnerships and ways of financing the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also responsible for global campaigns on critical development issues, which aim to inform government policies and build partnerships around high-impact solutions. BERA coordinates and sets corporate standards across the functions of partnerships, marketing and communications within UNDP and leads on internal communications. The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy is positioned around three service lines; Public Partnership; Advocacy, Marketing and Communications; and Private and Finance Partners, all working in close collaboration and coordination under the guidance of the Directorate and with the support of the Management Support Unit and Strategic Analysis and Engagement team.


BERA has a robust network of Representation Offices (Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tokyo and Washington D.C.) and Regional Teams in five hubs (Africa, Arab States, Asia Pacific, Europe and CIS, and Latin American and the Caribbean) co-led with Regional Bureaux, all of which play a critical role in audience centric communications and management and strengthening of relationships with Public and Private Partners to help build a strong brand for UNDP within the local ecosystem. In April 2021 UNDP opened a new representation office in Germany. The office is a reflection of the complementary agenda between UNDP and Germany and the shared ambition of supporting country-led efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through the promotion of democratic governance, poverty eradication, stabilization and conflict prevention in fragile contexts and action on inequalities, climate change and the environment, making for a highly convergent partnership agenda.   The Office is expected to deepen the partnership with Germany, increase the visibility of UNDP and its work among German constituents and support UNDP at headquarter, regional and country levels in better positioning with German counterparts. The office will cultivate, build and nurture strategic relationships including with parliament and its committees, Ministries, KFW, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia, think tanks and the media. The Office is located in Bonn with a satellite office set up in Berlin. A Partnership Analyst is required to support partnerships building efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support ongoing analysis of potential partners for UNDP in Germany, such as private sector, think tanks, civil society, academia, research institutes, think tanks, civil society, NGOs, youth organizations, etc.

Track current political and development trends in German ministries, organizations, and businesses relevant to UNDP’s mandate and partnership building initiatives with the above mentioned actors.

Support research on thematic, regional and strategic interests of select partners, cross-referencing these with areas of mutual interest of UNDP and preparation of related briefs

Assist in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of external partnership engagements, including meetings, workshops, deep dives, dialogue and networking events

Support implementation of activities funded by BMZ ”FiT” funds

Support visibility and communication opportunities, including the creation of content such as articles and translations for the website as well as contributions to social media.

Support the drafting of briefing notes, concept notes, meeting minutes, etc. 

Institutional Arrangement 

The post will be supervised by the Deputy Director.

The candidates must have legal rights to live and work in Germany as this is an office-based National vacancy.



Core – applicable to all personnel. Select the relevant level for each competency based on the required behaviours.

People Management – if the personnel has people management responsibilities, insert the standard text with the link to the people management competencies list. 

Cross-functional & Technical : Insert up to 7 competencies from the approved UNDP Cross-functional & Technical competencies list uploaded on the the competency framework site.

People Management 


UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area



Partnership management

Emerging partnerships

Ability to engage with emerging partners, develop and

manage a strategy and develop approaches to

developing and managing these new strategic


General (across the functions)

General (across the functions)

Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and

private events to ensure that they support and amplify

individual communications and advocacy initiatives,

as well as UNDP's overall brand and mandate.


Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful NPSA

Min. Education requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. political science, international relations, international development, etc.

Min. years of relevant work experience

At least 2 years professional work experience at the national or international level in the development field or other relevant programmes

Experience working with UN organisations or other international development organisations an asset

Experience with partnerships building an asset

Communications experience an asset

Experience working with UN organisations or other international development organisations an asset


Required  skills

Good interpersonal skills, ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a broad range of partners

Experience with partnerships building an asset

Experience working with UN organisations or other interntional development organisations an asset

Communications experience an asset

Solid overall computer literacy (MS office applications)

Self motivated, able to work under minimum supervision

Required Language(s)

Fluent English and German (oral and written)

Professional Certificates


  The following documents shall be required from the applicants:


  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.