Partnerships Manager, UNDP Shared Waters Partnership at SIWI


The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is recruiting a Partnership Manager to work with the UNDP Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) program within SIWI’s thematic area of Transboundary Water Management. This is a new, manager-level position, reporting to the Director of the Transboundary Water Management Unit at SIWI. The position is for a maximum of 2 years.

As part of the SWP Coordination Unit, you will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with SWP’s current and future partners, and members of its strategic network. You will communicate the value of SWP to its partners and network, and identify opportunities to help increase its global impact.

Given the complex and sometimes sensitive nature of our work, it is critical that you have (or can quickly develop) a strong understanding of regional water cooperation and related implementation challenges. You will be working in an international context with high-level decision makers from diplomatic, multilateral, private, and bilateral organizations, specifically working in the developing world. Exceptional interpersonal and presentation skills are therefore essential.

SIWI is a multi-cultural working environment with employees from around the world. Candidates should value differences and understand how background, culture and group identity affect oneself and others.


Strategic planning and facilitation
  • In collaboration with colleagues, develop a partner engagement strategy
  • Manage its implementation
  • Act as the link between partners and the rest of the Coordination Unit, helping to ensure team efforts are streamlined.
  • Contribute to overall programme evaluation and reporting
  • Coordinate partnership meetings and related events
Partnership management
  • Initiate, develop, and maintain relationships with current and potential partners.
  • Develop and support effective communication and reporting process between the Coordination Unit and partners
  • Coordinate partnership activities.
Communications and outreach
  • Facilitate consistent and effective communication between the SWP, its partners and network
  • Represent SWP at internal and external events
  • Work with regional advisors to coordinate basin-specific outreach activities
  • Work with the Communications Manager to develop and implement a communications and outreach strategy
  • With support from communications, produce regular content and marketing material as required


  • Able to engage and build relationships with a broad set of stakeholders active in promoting transboundary water cooperation
  • Has the ability to learn and then leverage the structure, decision-making process, and market influences of potential partners.
  • Is a confident public speaker and feels comfortable presenting and interfacing with high-level decision-makers.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to operate in a complex, multi-variable system.
  • Has experience or a strong desire to work in an international environment.
  • Strong facilitation skills with experience working with multiple types of audiences.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build authentic relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • A strong team player who can also take initiative and move ahead with minimal instruction.



An advanced university degree in a field relevant to transboundary water resources cooperation and/or natural resources conflict management.

Previous experience

At least 5 years of experience in a most of the following areas are required:

  • Experience working with the various groups and sectors operating in the field of regional water management for economic growth and environmental sustainability
  • Experience in development theory, financial flows to development programs, and development aid
  • Experience working in an international context with diplomatic, multilateral, private, and bilateral organizations, specifically those working in the developing world
  • Experience working with various actors (governments, civil society, private sector) at different levels (local, national, multilateral)
  • Experience coordinating partner organizations for a program housed outside these organizations
Language skills
  • Excellent spoken, written, and presentation skills in English are required.
  • Other languages are an advantage.
Other Requirements

Must be able to travel approximately 30% of the work time.

Duty Station

SIWI Office, Stockholm (

Start date

As soon as possible.

Apply by submitting CV and a one page application letter to as soon as possible and at latest by October 15, 2015.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Therese Sjömander Magnusson, Director of the Transboundary Water Management unit at SIWI ( or Ms. Kerstin Harnesk, Human Resources (

About UNDP Shared Waters Partnership

The Shared Waters Partnership (SWP) is a mechanism that supports the cooperative management of shared waters – particularly in conflict-prone regions. Created in 2011, SWP seeks to advance peace, security, and environmental sustainability and to open new opportunities for riparian states to sustainably develop their water resources.

About SIWI

SIWI is a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards water wise policy and sustainable development. SIWI performs research, builds institutional capacity and provides advisory services in five thematic areas: water governance, transboundary water management, water and climate change, the water-energy-food nexus, and water economics. SIWI also organises the World Water Week in Stockholm – the leading annual global meeting place on water and development issues – and hosts the Stockholm Water Prize, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and the Stockholm Industry Water Award.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: SIWI - Stockholm International Water Institute
  • Location: Stockholm
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Environment
    • External Relations
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-15

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