UN Women: Partnerships Analyst

Application Deadline :06-Sep-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-2
Languages Required :


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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, UN Women is responsible for leading and coordinating efforts of the UN system to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world, providing strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts and building effective partnerships with civil society and other stakeholders.
UN Women’s Strategic Partnerships Division (SPD) is responsible for proactively driving the strategic positioning of UN Women so that the size, sources and predictability of its resources support the organization in achieving its strategic goals.
UN Women’s Strategic Plan (SP) for 2011-2013 requires that UN Women enhance its capacity to meet demand and seize opportunities. The significant rise in financial resources has a direct impact on the multiple processes surrounding donor relations, while the SP also requires an expansion of the range of contributions (e.g. from non-traditional donors and other innovative partnerships).  Early projections for UN Women resources critically increase related obligations; and efforts to maintain and strengthen its existing donor relationships and innovative partnerships will also need to be increased.
The private sector globally is growing in importance not only as a funding partner, but as a key driver of development, an implementer of corporate responsibility initiatives, and a collaborator with the UN to advance UN goals, including the advancement and empowerment of women. In this context, and building on the momentum created by the Women’s Empowerment Principles—Equality Means Business partnership initiative with the UN Global Compact, the Partnerships Analyst will strengthen this and other distinctive efforts of UN Women to engage the private sector to promote gender equality and support the mandate and work of the organization.
The Partnerships Analyst will support the efforts of the Resource Mobilization Director and the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships team as a whole, in developing, implementing and sustaining long-term and multi-dimensional private sector partnerships that advance UN Women’s position and raise its profile and ability to attract resources, including through the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business partnership.
Within SPD, the Partnerships Analyst strengthens capacity at HQ by ensuring improved efficiency and coherence in support of UN Women’s outreach and business development strategies, including the forthcoming strategy on non-traditional donor (i.e. business, private sector and individual) engagement and resource mobilization, as well as targets in the SP related to the Women’s Empowerment Principles initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of and reporting to the Head of Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, the Partnerships Analyst will support strategic policy and programme direction to strengthen the engagement of the private sector to advance and empower women and support UN Women’s programmatic work by contributing to: (1) coordination of all aspects of UN Women’s partnership with the UN Global Compact, including the joint Women’s Empowerment Principles initiative; (2) provision of technical expertise, support and guidance within the organization to enhance HQ, regional and country-office sustainable capacity for private sector engagement.
Specifically, the Partnerships Analyst will provide client-centred results in the following areas consistent with UN Women’s/SPD’s plans, objectives, rules and regulations:
Women’s Empowerment Principles: Strategy Implementation and Coordination
Contribute to refining and implementing the UN Women/UN Global Compact joint strategy and action plan for Year III of the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business initiative: 
  • Building on momentum and success of Years I and II of the initiative, continue work with UN Global Compact WEPs counterparts and WEPs Special Adviser to revise and roll out forward-looking strategy with strong communications and outreach component for WEPs Year III; 
  • Work with WEPs team and Communications colleagues to develop new content for enhanced WEPs web presence that offers tools, resources and other guidance materials (both internal and external) and highlights good corporate practices;
  • Contribute to development and launch of funding plan to adequately resource Women’s Empowerment Principles initiative for expansion;  
Women’s Empowerment Principles: Technical Support and Stakeholder Engagement
Support implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles by business and the private sector to encourage greater integration of gender equality concerns into core business and support the growing business case for gender equality and women’s empowerment: 
  • Help build a significant cohort of companies that use the seven Women’s Empowerment Principles to change or design policies and programmes that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Contribute to creating opportunities for companies to share good practices and advocate on behalf of the WEPs and designing and promoting interactive opportunities to support company efforts and bring together stakeholders, including the organization’s regional, country, liaison offices and other key allies (e.g. through events, teleconferences, webinars and other on-line exchanges);
  • Work with WEPs team and relevant partners to design tools and guidance for companies – based on their identified needs and priorities – to support integration of the seven Women’s Empowerment Principles into corporate policies and practices, including guidance on monitoring and reporting (and integrating WEPs into Global Compact companies’ requisite annual reporting processes);
  • Research topics relating to the business case for women’s empowerment; monitor and provide intelligence on trends and developments in gender and corporate responsibility, gender and economics and public-private partnerships; and analyze findings to demonstrate linkages to the WEPs initiative; and
Facilitate and promote engagement with the WEPs by non-corporate stakeholders, including UN Women and UN Global Compact offices and local networks:   
  • Support CSO and non-corporate stakeholders in their development of independent tools, resources and work plans focused on the WEPs for their organizations.
  • Act as UN Women focal point within SPD for the WEPs and related initiatives with UN Women Programme and Policy Divisions;
  • Identify and draw out linkages between the WEPs and UN Women’s programmatic work (e.g. Gender Equity Seal programmes, women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, etc.);
  • In collaboration with other core WEPs team members, provide tools, guidance and expertise to UN Women colleagues working with the WEPs at HQ and in the field, and facilitate collaboration with UN Global Compact Local Networks and WEPs supporters/signatories (e.g. companies, CSO networks such as BPW International, and others.
 Outreach and Positioning
  • Support organizational activities and strategies aimed at enhancing UN Women’s sustainable capacity for results-based engagement with the private sector to strengthen the organization’s position and influence on gendered corporate responsibility and raise its profile in the private sector, including by using the WEPs as an organizational platform/framework.
  • Participate in key external and/or UN inter-agency networks and working groups related to the private sector and corporate sustainability to promote inclusion of a gender perspective and inform UN Women’s approach to the private sector.
Institutional Processes and Donor Relations
  • Support, inform and contribute to guidance, expertise and tools within the organization to strengthen HQ, regional and country offices, liaison offices and National Committees capacities to work strategically and proactively with the private sector, including on processes related to corporate partner selection, screening, relationship management and evaluation.
  • Act as donor focal point (backing up Head of the section)  for management of contributions from the private sector, foundations, individuals, IFIs and the UN.

Impact of Results:

  • Expanded and strengthened partnership with the UN Global Compact for support to WEPs initiative as well as greater institutional and UN-wide coherence and collaboration related to private sector activities;
  • Enhanced support and visibility for UN Women’s work and mandate from and within the private sector, particularly the business community;
  • Increased support for and pick up of the Women’s Empowerment Principles by business and the private sector, demonstrated through number of signatories and companies submitting practices related to implementation.  


  • Integrity: Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.   
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Promotes and contributes to knowledge sharing in UN Women and a learning environment of creativity and innovation in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development; acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Promotes and contributes to an enabling environment for open communication and dialogue;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Works effectively both independently and in close cooperation with team members;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities. 
  • Substantive and technical knowledge of current trends and developments in public-private partnerships; corporate responsibility/accountability; voluntary initiatives for business/corporate self-regulation/corporate codes of conduct; and corporate sustainability reporting; 
  • Demonstrated experience in public-private partnerships and corporate relationships management;
  • Experience working with and engaging relevant stakeholders on issues of gender & business; gender & corporate responsibility; and gender & sustainability reporting;
  • Networking skills to engage with key partners and institutions working on relevant issues and strong advocacy skills to support management of growing WEPs partnership platform;
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills, with outreach and advocacy experience.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical writing skills and ability to produce high-quality briefs and reports.
  • Excellent computer and office software skills (Microsoft Office); ability to quickly learn and adapt to new and innovative project management software and other computer applications and programmes essential.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in International Relations; International Affairs; Public Policy/Public Administration; Business Management; Economics or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years directly relevant experience (in public-private partnerships, project/programme coordination, corporate sector outreach and relationships management or similar) at the national or international level. Some international organization/UN experience highly desirable.
Language Requirements:
  • Oral and written fluency in English. Knowledge of at least one additional UN working language is preferable.

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.
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