Private Sector Partnership Advisor for UNFPA

Location : Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
Application Deadline :09-Dec-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year, with the possibility of renewal

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.


The new UNFPA country programme for Brazil was approved by the Executive Board for a five-year period of 2017-2021 and covers 4 strategic areas: Sexual and Reproductive Health; Adolescents & Youth; Population Dynamics which includes South-South Cooperation in support of the ICPD agenda. The CPD is based on a total resource plan of USD 37.5m of which USD 4,5m regular resources and USD 33m to be mobilized.

At the same time, the UN in Brazil signed a new Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) covering the same 5-year period as the UNFPA CPD (2017-2021). UNFPA Brazil was nominated to coordinate one of the 5 strategic areas, the People pillar. In addition, UNFPA is chairing the Government/Interagency working group on Youth and the Government/Interagency working group of HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, UNFPA is co-chairing the Brazilian Chapter of the Global Health Partnership - H6.

The Private Sector Partnership Advisor serves as a corporate focal point and interface in expanding UNFPA engagement with the private sector in the context of the ICPD and the Agenda 2030, with a focus on – but not necessarily limited to - the advancement of the “Private Sector Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Brazil”. As a part of the UNFPA Brazil Country Office, the advisor will be based in Sao Paulo and will work in close collaboration with Programme, Operations, as well as Communications units, to drive a coherent and strategic approach to partnerships building and management, and private sector engagement.

The incumbent will lead strategic planning of existing and new partnerships as well as identify innovative modes of collaboration with non-traditional development stakeholders from the private sector, professional associations, multi-sectoral platforms and already existing public private partnerships, among others. UNFPA is particularly interested in expanding partnerships that enhance visibility and awareness of key sexual and reproductive health and rights issues (advocacy partnerships); secure additional resources to address these issues (resource mobilization partnerships); and provide competencies and skills (brainpower partnerships).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative in Brazil, the Private Sector Partnership Advisor acts as the primary focal point and advisor to Senior Management on partnership-building and fundraising, with attention to innovative engagements with the private sector. Major duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Strategic Planning and Coordination of UNFPA Partnerships with private sector;
  • Partnership Building and Outreach;
  • Management of current key Corporate Partnerships;
  • Knowledge Generation and Management.

Description of key functions

Strategic Planning and Coordination of UNFPA/Brazil Partnerships with companies:

Provide guidance and support to UNFPA Brazil to develop and implement corporate partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives;

Design innovative proposals to strengthen UNFPA reputation in the corporate sector and to generate avenues for greater financial resources from it.

Manage the implementation of selected projects, in coordination with UNFPA staff members and consultants.

Lead internal processes regarding program planning, budgeting, risk assessment, monitoring, evaluation and reporting related to selected projects.

Partnership Building and outreach:

Serve as focal point for corporate partnerships in harnessing and strengthening strategic partnerships for UNFPA. Act as a key resource of real-time partner intelligence for UNFPA/Brazil senior management.

Determine the partnerships landscape to ensure optimal win-win partnerships for UNFPA/Brazil.

Identify and mobilize key strategic partnerships to enhance impact and influence for UNFPA/Brazil strategic priorities.

Outreach and Management of key corporate partnerships:

Manage and provide oversight of all existing corporate/company partnerships and relationships, with particular focus on the “Private Sector Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Brazil”.

Ensure effective and efficient positioning and packaging of the ICPD and UNFPA mission and programme 2018-2021 in alignment with private sector objectives to engage long-term support and partnership.

Knowledge Generation and Management:

Manage the development, maintenance and sharing of knowledge and intelligence, to ensure UNFPA is informed and positioned to effectively generate and harness opportunities to partner with non-traditional donors from the private sector in Brazil and elsewhere.

Contribute to strengthening the UNFPA Brazil team capacities´ and promote professional growth, learning opportunities and knowledge sharing on corporate fundraising.

Identify and formulate lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into the Organization knowledge management efforts on corporate and private sector fundraising, including through contributions to Knowledge Networks and Communities of Practice.

Support the Communications unit in the development of materials related to partnerships with the private sector.

Work relations

Internal contacts include the Operations Manager, the CO’s programme/technical team and the Senior Management Team.


Corporate Skills

Integrity, Ethics and Values

Act in accordance with UNFPA and UN values, administrative rules, code of conduct and ethical principles.

Exercise critical judgment when handling operational data focusing on the better fulfillment of UNFPA's mandate and securing information confidentiality.

Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements

Client/Partner Orientation

Contribute to the achievement of positive results for clients and partners by anticipating needs and concerns, and responding to them efficiently.

Sensitivity to cultural diversity

Demonstrate inclusive behavior with colleagues and stakeholders by successfully developing cross-cultural relationships.

Be adaptable and sensitive to political, religious and cultural differences.

Actively promote equity and gender diversity in all activities.


Demonstrate curiosity and creativity when solving administrative problems.

Communicating Information and Ideas

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence

Be tolerant with different points of view and understand the role of operations as an evolving area of ??UN reform which contributes to a more effective and efficient implementation.


Be accountable for handling confidential information in support of UNFPA's work in Brazil.

Ensure information is correctly collected, recorded and used to minimize errors and strengthen implementation.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making

Basic Skills

Achieve results

Seek ways to optimize the use of resources and ensure the correct execution of policies.

Promote actions to ensure that daily activities are executed on time.

Focus on problem solving

Actively support operational services and promote exchange of information with programme units.

Support the implementation of appropriate solutions in support to UNFPA operations, focusing on practices that have the potential to enhance existing systems and that can lead to the identification of corrective measures to solve problems.

Working in a Team and Managing Relationships

Promote team harmony by collaborating with colleagues and paying due consideration to ideas from other members.

Stay calm and focused even under pressure.

Take advantage of team diversity to achieve better and more innovative results.

Demonstrate resilience when dealing with complex and urgent tasks.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Communication for impact

Encourage and actively engage in open, objective discussions demonstrating the ability to see problems and situations from the perspective of team members.

Express ideas clearly and encourage open dialogue in order to develop better solutions without undermining peer relationships.

Excellent writing and communication skills.

Good research skills and ability to synthesize information.

Good writing, communication and interpersonal skills.

Functional skill set

Leadership ability to provide strategic direction and management of fund-raising/corporate development initiatives.

Knowledge of and work experience on the ICPD, Agenda 2030 and their intersections with the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda.

Knowledge of public health governance and policies, especially regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, including the involvement of private sector and civil society.

Experience in project management.

Outstanding communication skills (both written and oral); ability to eloquently articulate ICPD and UNFPA case for support.

Proven networking skills, and ability to mobilize support on behalf of UNFPA.

Good negotiating and people skills.

Knowledge and understanding of UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes.

Excellent IT skills, including databases, extranet and office software packages.

Familiarity with UNFPA and with the Sexual and Reproductive Health Constituency.

Excellent organization skills, capacity to work independently and autonomously under remote supervision.

Availability to travel within Brazil and elsewhere.

Required Skills and Experience

Professional with master’s degree.

At least 8 years of professional experience in public or private sector, preferably in a health-related field.

Fluency in Portuguese and English.

How to apply

Complete the P11 form available at

Procedure: On the vacancy announcement page, click "Apply Now". After completing the necessary data, click on "Submit Application". In "Attach Resume", click "Browse" to include your already filled in P11. In "Upload Resume", submit your P11.

Important notes

Only applications made using the P11 form and submitted within the deadline will be considered.

UNFPA is committed to human diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Indigenous people and people with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the selection process. All applications will be analyzed with complete confidentiality.

Due to the high volume of applications, individual receipt confirmation is not possible. Only a limited number of pre-selected candidates will be contacted.

Candidates must be of Brazilian nationality or have legal authorization to work in the country.

UNFPA does not charge any type of fee to participate in this process. UNFPA does not solicit or search for individual information about HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate against HIV-positive people. UNFPA offers equal opportunities to all applicants and encourages Afro Descendants and women to apply.

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