UN Women: Partnerships and Programme Specialist

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Location : Tokyo, JAPAN
Application Deadline :05-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days


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.

Established in 2015, the Japan Liaison Office (JLO) has steadily built the partnerships with various private sector partners in Japan while maintain strong a relationship with the Government of Japan. As a result, in April 2019, UN Women and Fast Retailing Company (FR) signed $600,000 financial agreement for the new project entitled “Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls in Clothing Industry”. This initial contribution is to conduct the field needs assessment of the selected countries in Asia as well as promoting gender equality and empowerment of women within FR as the first phase. Subject to the successful conclusion of the first phase, FR is prepared to contribute additional financial resources to UN Women for expanding the first phase programme in selected countries in Asia.

Under the supervision of the Head of Office, the Partnerships and Prorgamme Specialist will strengthen the capacity of the JLO by not only coordinating with the FR and other stakeholders in implementing the initial project but also developing the second phase regional prorgramme to start sometime in 2020. The Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Head of JLO and in close collaboration with the Resource Mobilization team, Communications team as well as relevant country offices and Regional Office of Asia and Pacific.

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee the development of UN Women’s strategic partnerships with private sector:

  • Oversee the relationships with key private partners; provide substantive technical inputs to senior management’s efforts to develop new and innovative partnerships;
  • Set and monitor annual priorities, goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) for partnerships;
  • Provide substantive 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;
  • Provide strategies on building and maintaining partnerships and positioning with potential donors, including foundations, private sector and government entities, coordinate of the work required on the ground;
  • Advise on the design and implementation of effective advocacy strategies and methods for proactive and strategic targeting of partners and donors.

Oversee resource mobilization strategies and initiatives:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of differentiated, donor fund-raising strategies with private sector, aligned and coordinated with outreach activities;
  • Oversee the development of targeted products and initiatives to mobilize programmatic resources and attract additional donors’ funding;
  • Develop project proposals in line with the UN Women’s strategy and the interest of donors;
  • Identify opportunities to secure additional non-core resources;
  • Oversee 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 a variety of stakeholders:

  • Provide substantive technical support to the LO Head of Office and other senior managers at HQ 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 private sector donors, building institutional relationships;
  • Provide regular donor intelligence relating including media monitoring as relevant.

Promote the submission of high quality and timely reports to donors:

  • Promote compliance with the terms of grants and agreements;
  • Provide the preparation of high quality and timely donor reports;
  • Coordinate with HQ/ ROs/Cos for the collection of information and preparation of results-based reports for external constituencies.

Manage programme/project development and delivery:

  • Conducting field mission to assess feasibility as well as to develop proposals at the request of partners/donors, in close consultation and coordination with country/regional office and HQs;
  • Formulating proposals with respect to communicating donor’s priorities and expectations in the context of gender equality and empowerment of women;
  • Leading programme/project development, implementation, project and financial monitoring and reporting in line with results-based management;
  • Ensuring project operations (procurement, finance) to comply with corporate rules and regulations;
  • Negotiating partnership agreement/contract;
  • Provide advice and inputs to stakeholders throughout entire programme/project cycle.
  • Perform other duties as required by the supervisor.

Oversee knowledge building and sharing and advocacy efforts:

  • Oversee the development of knowledge products and mechanisms to effectively position UN Women in the region;
  • Share knowledge and enhance organizational learning among UN Women regional and field offices 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 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 regional offices, HQ on the Japanese private sector engagements;
  • 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 knowledge products and timely sharing of best practices to improve/ enhance donor and stakeholder relations.


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 the Japanese private sector partners;
  • Proven networking skills, and ability to mobilize support on behalf of UN Women;
  • Excellent negotiating skills;
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes;
  • Excellent IT skills, including databases, extranet and office software packages;
  • Strong analytical and 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 7 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.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Fluency in Japanese is a critical asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. 


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.

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.

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