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UN Women, Public Partnerships Specialist

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-25

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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; 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) is responsible for proactively driving the strategic positioning of UN Women so that the size, sources and predictability of its resources help the organization achieve its strategic goals. Advising and supporting UN Women HQ and field offices, SPD is organized into two functional clusters: Resource Mobilization & Partnerships (including Liaison Offices in Belgium, Denmark, Japan, the UAE and Washington DC), and Communications & Advocacy. Given the scope and interrelationships of SPD functional responsibilities, the work of SPD is highly synergistic, involving constant and direct interaction and information-sharing among team members, to provide high-quality advice, services and support to UN Women as it strives to achieve resource mobilization goals set by the UN Women Strategic Plans, and the Resource Mobilization Strategy, and ensure donor satisfaction in the context of an evolving range of related expectations and obligations to key donors, and necessary actions for overall strengthened donor relations.

Under the supervision of the Team Lead–Public Partnerships Team, the Public Partnerships Specialist is responsible for providing global partnership building and coordination support, managing strategic relationships with major donors, monitoring and reporting on donor relations.

Duties and Responsibilities


Provide global partnership building and coordination support

  • Coordinate, facilitate and support high-level annual consultations with top government partners;

  • Provide coordination support for the Executive Director high-level meetings and missions;

  • Develop partnership ideas, strategies, and plans for assigned governments;
  • Implement and manage plans and activities with the objective of increasing core and quality resources from the assigned group of governments;
  • Negotiate terms of agreements of funding consistent with UN Women Rules and Regulations, HQ divisions and field offices;

Manage strategic relationships with donors

  • Ensure and maintain smooth working relationships with donor counterparts in permanent missions and capitals;
  • Nurture and cultivate relations with designated donor counterparts for both governmental and non-governmental donors, as assigned;

Monitor and report on donor relations

  • Identify all possible sources of new and continued funding;
  • Monitor and evaluate existing fundraising channels to ensure achievement of resource mobilization goals to meet the objectives and financial targets of the Strategic Plan

Provide knowledge management and communication support

  • Prepare specific donor-related materials such as briefing notes, intelligence, and contact reports as needed to compliment partnership management activities for GA and pledging conference;
  • Prepare comprehensive and substantive briefs, reports, statistics, income projections and requirements for Executive Director/Deputy Executive Directors’ meetings with minister level counterparts, senior donor government officials, senior parliamentarians, or heads of major institutions;
  • Contribute to the provision of capacity development to colleagues to enable a uniform approach across the division to support for compliance with donor obligations.

Provide any other related support as requested by the supervisor

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality implementation and reporting of annual consultations

  • Development of partnership ideas and strategies as discussed with supervisor

  • Effective working relationship with donors

  • Timely and quality monitoring and reporting of donor trends on ODA and funding for gender equality

  • Quality of knowledge products, donor related materials, briefs and reports in line with annual workplan


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

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 Core Values and Competencies:


  • Very good organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure, to follow deadlines and handle numerous tasks simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with high level government officials and effectively communicate organizational priorities;
  • Focuses on impact and results for the client;
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills;
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Understanding of international development, resource mobilization, and the UN context;
  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s human rights issues;
  • Knowledge of the UN system in general, and UN Women programmes and policies in particular;
  • Strong computer skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

Master's degree or other advanced degree in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, international development, and/or communications.


Minimum of 5 years of relevant progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in the areas of partnership development and resource mobilization particularly with major government donors in an international organization.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

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