UN Women: Chief, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services (MPAS)

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Location : Istanbul (TURKEY), New York (USA) or Brussels (Belgium)*
Application Deadline :24-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :D-1
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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.


*Note: The duty station for the post will be determined at a later stage. 

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 for a fully productive society; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Strategic Partnerships Division (SPD) works to strengthen UN Women’s position as a partner of choice for gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEWE). The Division does this by positioning GEWE in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora, and by engaging with private sector, corporations, foundations and individuals. A key premise for SPD is that engagement with partners should be complementary and synergistic, based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including knowledge exchange, policy enhancement, resource mobilization and advocacy. 

As the lead for UN Women’s corporate engagement with the private sector, corporations, foundations and individuals  - both in terms of substantive/content component of partnerships and resource mobilization  - the Multi Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services (MPAS) Section drives the range of UN Women’s special programmes (Unstereotype Alliance, Women’s Empowerment Principles, HeForShe and Global Innovation Coalition for Change) as well as the work with its National Committees and individual giving with the aim to achieve maximum global impact for gender equality and contribute to financial sustainability for UN Women.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director, the Chief of Multi Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services (MPAS) leads several teams working within the framework of joint and clearly defined global strategy of UN Women’s engagement with the private sector. The Chief leads the development and manages the implementation of the strategy to ensure that UN Women develops and sustains high impact partnerships with a specific focus on resource mobilization. The Chief oversees the overall partnership portfolio and private sector relations, including the partnerships developed through the network of National Committees and the work related to individual and digital giving, and new advisory business lines developed with the private sector. The Chief also oversees UN Women’s efforts around the integration of Women’s Empowerment Principles through the various partnerships and initiatives UN Women undertakes. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead a dynamic and strategic approach to delivering long-term growth and financial sustainability plans as related to private sector, corporations, foundations, and individuals (pledge giving and high net-worth), including the development of advisory services business lines for the private sector:

  • Lead and oversee the development of UN Women’s Global Multi Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services Strategy 2022 -2025 as relevant to the engagement with private sector, corporations, foundations and individuals, including the development of advisory services business lines for the private sector.
  • Oversee implementation, lead trends analysis as relevant to objectives and set targets and provide advice to UN Women Senior Management Team on the organization’s performance, results, opportunities, risks and risk mitigation as it relates to the implementation of the Global Partnership Strategy.
  • Lead monitoring and regular review/s of the implementation impact and if needed, ensure relevant adjustments to the Strategy.
  • Create industry-specific alliances of private sector partners similar to the Unstereotype Alliance for other sectors, such as Finance.
  • Develop private sector business lines for advisory services, including through an analysis of experiences that can be replicated at the global, regional and/national levels, for example, products and initiatives successfully implemented through the WEPs partnerships.
  • Lead and guide UN Women’s consolidated and coordinated technical support and provision of advisory services to all partners on the issue of gender equality.
  • Oversee and guide efforts to grow and support UN Women’s network of National Committees and individual/pledge giving as a significant source of regular resource revenue. Oversee implementation of a membership retention programme with the aim to grow partnerships, maintain donor loyalty.
  • Ensure a close relationship with the (public sector) Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations Team to ensure the coherence of approach to overall resource mobilization of UN Women.
  • Enhance organizational understanding of challenges, opportunities and needs of private sector partners, corporations and foundations to meet UN Women mandates and to support its programmes.
  • Oversee implementation of UN Women’s due diligence process as related to selection of corporations, foundations, individuals into a partnership network or special initiatives, and their adhesion to the network’s principles or criteria for association.
  • Promote integration and coherence between UN Women’s partnership initiatives that engage the private sector.
  • Implement approaches to strengthen value proposition of UN Women.

Lead Efficient Partner Account Management:

  • Ensure adequate, efficient and effective management and servicing of all relationships/donor accounts with private sector, corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
  • Create whole-of-partner holistic account management in team, to fully leverage portfolio of partnership options.
  • Oversee the stewardship of funds and ensure efficient client relations including monitoring of partner/donor interest, planning and execution of visibility plans, development of fundraising activities and senior leadership engagement.
  • Lead the creation and implementation of strategic fundraising campaigns and donor events in collaboration with all relevant partners and UN Women teams.
  • Ensure adherence to UN Women due diligence framework and all relevant policies, procedures, guidance and legal requirements in line with UN system-wide standards.
  • Oversee the coordination of partnership network/s meetings and events.

Establish the proper infrastructure and best practices for effective partnership development and management:

  • Jointly design an integrated fundraising, advocacy and communication systems and modality to achieve enhanced relationship management in collaboration with the key business units of UN Women including Regional Offices, Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division, Communications and Advocacy Section, the Heads of a newly-established UN Women global network of private sector partnership across the organization and global Funds managed by UN Women.
  • Co-lead the development and implementation of a client relationship management system to support effective partnership support and management, as well as effective internal collaborations for UN Women worldwide, including with public-sector partnership teams.
  • Identify and implement appropriate data and benchmarks to measure success in alignment with UN Women’s overarching strategic plan.

Lead Knowledge Management and Capacity Building:

  • Provide intellectual leadership and oversee development of initiatives for dialogue and knowledge exchange in overall advocacy for global allocation of private sector, corporations and foundations resources in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Oversee the relationship and work closely with UN Women Regional and Country offices to ensure coherence of approaches and strategies related to UN Women’s strategic growth of partnerships and lessons learned.
  • Lead and oversee development of training on fundraising and effective and ethical partnership development /management in the Section and across the organization.
  • Lead the expansion of knowledge management strategies and methodologies as related to partnership development in support of the long-term growth and sustainable management.
  • Oversee development and effective sharing of evidence briefs, studies, reports, background papers and advocacy materials on a range of issues as related to advocacy with and impact of UN Women partnerships with private sector, corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
  • Maintain partnerships with the UN system and agencies to keep abreast of/share ideas on best practices and lessons learned and to collaborate on the development of joint strategies and approaches.

Manage the strategic direction and personnel of the Section: 

  • Oversee and ensure sound and results oriented operational, financial and personnel performance and management of the section under the framework of the Strategic Plan.
  • Supervise senior staff members leading different workstreams within the partnerships initiatives cluster.
  • Set annual forecast, revenue target, activity goals and create a culture of high achievement and accountability. Use a data-driven approach to measuring performance and holding staff accountable.
  • Manage the development of and oversee implementation of the annual work plans, objective setting, performance management, standards and expected results and  budget monitoring, in collaboration and discussion with the team;
  • Manage, guide develop and coach personnel, ensure an enabling and positive work environment, foster teamwork.
  • Provide technical guidance and oversee progress of implementation of activities.

Support other priorities of the Strategic Partnership Division or UN Women, as assigned by the supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Development of the UN Women’s Global Multi Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services Strategy 2022 -2025 and subsequent workforce alignment.
  • Effective establishment of the partnership initiatives cluster that leverages UN Women’s various indicative in a holistic and synergistic way.
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) in private sector impact partnerships, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropic engagement advanced.
  • Funding targets per annum, including for Regular Resources and Other Resources fulfilled.
  • Timely attention and response to UN Women’s partners.
  • Timely targeting of partnership opportunities and timely tracking and dissemination of partner intelligence.
  • Quality communication and advocacy, which result in ‘alliances’ and a strong investment case for UN Women.
  • Quality knowledge products and timely sharing of these with partners and within the organization for improved / enhanced holistic partner relations.
  • Regular collaboration, coordination and teamwork with colleagues globally.


Core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

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 Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Affinity with UN Women’s mandate;
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to create enabling and positive work environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States;
  • Excellent networking skills, and ability to mobilize support;
  • 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;
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to create a clear and open communication environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise diverse professional teams of senior level and technical staff;
  • Demonstrated project management skills; responsiveness to partner needs; and ability to drive projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current theories and practices in corporate fundraising trends;
  • Ability to create and communicate strategic vision.

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 15 years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, communications, advocacy, and/or business development;
  • Experience in developing targeted multi-stakeholder strategies for purpose of partnership building and resource mobilization.
  • Experience in coordination of multi-stakeholder initiatives at the global level across a geographically and functionally diverse organization;
  • Experience working with private sector corporations and foundations at a senior level;
  • Experience in managing global private sector partnerships with fundraising, capacity building, advocacy and brand building elements;
  • Experience in leading and managing a multi-cultural global team is required.
  • Direct experience and proven success in developing and managing individual giving programmes (direct mail, online giving, SMS giving and face to face donor acquisition programmes);
  • Proven track record of meeting challenging revenue targets;
  • Experience working on gender equality issues is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset.


  • 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 https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. 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.

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