Digital Partnerships Manager


Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :16-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-11
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jun-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year with the possibility of extension

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

Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

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.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

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.

Travel:

  1. UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
  2. Any travels related to official performance of duties will be covered by UNDP.

Office/Unit/Project Description 

Emerging digital technologies can profoundly improve the lives of those furthest behind. Recognizing this potential, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched an organization-wide digital transformation. UNDP’s 2019-2021 Digital Strategy has led to the creation of a new Chief Digital Office (or CDO), charged with leading the next wave of innovation in sustainable development.

UNDP is the development arm of the United Nations.  Present in 170 countries with over 17,000 people, UNDP works on the world’s biggest problems: extreme poverty, climate change, good governance, renewable energy, crisis prevention, and women’s empowerment, among others.

We are leveraging the power of digital to propel all people forward, starting with digital initiative development, scaling innovation, and communicating this organizational change internally and externally. To achieve this, we need a team that's nimble, passionate, and has the technical skills required to help close the digital divide. Are you one of these people? Read more about our digital strategy here (https://digitalstrategy.undp.org/).

To bring digital around the globe, we need someone who can form strong partnerships. This position will be part of the team under the Chief Digital Officer and report to the Digital Transformation Specialist.

Institutional Arrangement

This position will be part of the team under the Chief Digital Officer and report to the Digital Transformation Specialist.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work
 

Lead partner relationships for digital development

  • Manage a broad network of global-level partners including but not limited to technology companies, foundations, non-profits, alliances, etc.
  • Define the scope of partnerships through writing concept notes, terms of reference, and other foundational documents.
  • Develop and co-create mutually beneficial digital for impact initiatives with like-minded partners.
  • Actively engage partners, including (but not limited to) regular check-ins, co-hosting events, co-producing publications, etc.
  • Determine the most impactful and scalable ways to leverage partnerships and develop methods to measure the impact.
  • Track ongoing engagement partnerships, leveraging CRM and other technologies.

Build digital partnership ecosystem globally

  • Research the landscape of tech companies, think tanks, foundations, nonprofits, and other sectors that can support UNDP’s digital strategy.  
  • Source new partnership leads and build a strong pipeline of strategic relationships.
  • Connect partners to relevant stakeholders across UNDP’s focus areas including poverty, governance, crisis prevention, climate, and gender.
  • Map relevant partners to produce research and policy papers for the CDO’s thought leadership focus areas: Connectivity and the Digital Divide, Ethics and Emerging Technology, Misinformation, Digital Public Goods, Data Privacy, and Inclusive Digital Transformation.
  • Support senior leadership, including UNDP’s Administrator, in preparing for high-level engagements (panels, speeches, webinars, etc.) with partners.

Create resources that support UNDP’s country offices

  • Respond to partnership-related country-level needs (especially for covid-19 recovery) through providing relevant partner resources, including (but not limited to): software/hardware vendors, digital trainings, digital services, data resources, advisory on using data, privacy and cybersecurity, digital transformation, and others.
  • Build and maintain resources–such as a Partnerships Resource Library–that can serve country office needs.
  • Strategize, in close alignment with other workstreams of the CDO team, how to scale country-level partnerships towards global impact.
  • Contribute to UNDP’s knowledge networks related to digital partnerships

Manage operations for digital partnerships

  • Assess risk of new partners, weighed against potential benefits to the SDGs.
  • Advise the team on appropriate use of partnership modalities.
  • Correspond with other parts of the UNDP (such as legal, finance, etc) to move partnerships from informal discussions to formal workplans.
  • Create resources that support the operational effectiveness of the CDO.


Competencies

UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Required Skills and Experience

 

Min. Academic Education

  • Master's Degree or equivalent in fields related to Public Policy, Development, Communications.
  • Bachelor’s degree in above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master's degree or equivalent.

Min. years and required work experience

  • Minimum 7 years (with Master’s degree) or 9 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in the tech industry or related position.
  • Proficiency in CRM systems and ability to manage relationships effectively with digital tools.
  • Professional experience in engaging in partnerships with the private sector, government, donors and media outlets.
  • Experience of building cross-sector partnerships and cross-culture understandings.

Required skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of key players across technology and innovation space in one or more markets (i.e. US, Europe, etc.).
  • Previous demonstrated ability in putting together and managing complex partnerships in the digital space.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Professional experience with a UN agency, NGO, or other multilateral organization in mobilizing partnerships aimed at achieving a sustainable development agenda is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of the development sector is a plus.
  • Understanding of international development, international relations, or environmental and/or other relevant issues preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive within a complex multicultural and multinational environment strongly preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to build strong and sustainable relationships and capability to interact at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to deliver in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing long-term projects with the urgency of immediate demands.
  • Ability to achieve actionable results.
  • Ability to challenge, convince and manage multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively drive business, culture, and technology change in a dynamic and complex operating environment.
  • Strong conceptual thinking to develop new strategies & innovative projects.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of UNDP and the SDGs.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in English is required.



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