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) among governments and inter-governmental actors around the world. The division is doing this by positioning GEWE in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions as policy, programme and resource partners. A key premise for SPD is that engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization.  

Under the supervision of the Chief for Public Partnerships, the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Consultant will manage external relations and the overall partnership portfolio Canada, the United States of America, and International Financial Institutions (IFIs), such as the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the external relations and overall partnership of assigned funding partner portfolio:

  • Further develop and implement partnership, advocacy and resource mobilization strategies and workplans for assigned funding partners in coordination with different UN Women divisions, and Regional and Country Offices;
  • Implement and manage resource mobilization activities with the objective of increasing unrestricted Regular Resources and flexible and predictable earmarked Other Resources;
  • Identify possible sources of new and continued funding, including innovative financing mechanisms with the IFIs and others;
  • Monitor and evaluate existing resource mobilization channels to ensure achievement of UN Women resource mobilization goals to meet the objectives and financial targets of the Strategic Plan;
  • Monitor global trends in development cooperation and aid, resource partner development policies, budgets, systems and procedures, and revise UN Women partnership and resource mobilization strategies, activities for assigned resource partners as required; take appropriate action and/or advise UN Women senior management;
  • Facilitate and maintain high-level contacts with senior officials to the UN of assigned funding partners to promote, advocate, mobilize and influence cooperation with UN Women to ensure the Entity’s resource base and the attainment of its outcomes and outputs;
  • Negotiate terms of agreements of funding consistent with UN Women Rules and Regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment and UN Women normative, coordination, and operational work in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Entity’s Strategic Plan with portfolio partners.

Lead and oversee the capturing and dissemination of partner intelligence:

  • Act as the central capacity for capturing real-time intelligence on partner policies and priorities for dissemination to offices globally, to promote Win-Win partner engagement;
  • Prepare comprehensive and substantive briefs, reports, statistics, revenue projections and requirements for Executive Director's meetings with minister-level counterparts, senior funding government officials, senior parliamentarians, and heads of IFIs;
  • Share knowledge on resource mobilization with colleagues outside the Resource Mobilization Section;
  • Work with other sections and office in developing and implementing visibility products regarding partner enabling of joint results.

Proactively support field and HQ offices on resource mobilization and partnership opportunities:

  • Advise field and HQ offices of funding opportunities for Other Resources and on their relations with assigned partners;
  • Guide and support field offices to prepare and package programme proposals for assigned resource partners,
  • Encourage timely and quality donor reporting from grant-holding offices;
  • Coordinate donor assessments and field visits;
  • Work especially closely with the Regional Offices and Liaison Offices, as well as National Committees.
  • Provide any other support as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Fulfillment of funding targets per annum, including for unrestricted Regular Resources and flexible Other Resources;
  • Timely attention and response to UN Women’s partners;
  • Application of innovative financing solutions;
  • Timely targeting of funding opportunities and timely tracking and dissemination of partner intelligence;
  • Quality communication and advocacy, which result in increased resources 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.

Functional Competencies:

  • Affinity with UN Women’s mandate
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States;
  • Proven 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;
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience

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;


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in public partnerships, resource mobilization, and communications/ advocacy;
  • Experience working with international institutions and with government partners. Experience working on partnerships development with US and Canadian government entities an advantage;
  • Experience working with partnerships development with IFIs an advantage;
  • Experience working on gender equality issues is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset, especially French and/or Spanish.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from 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.