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Global Partnerships , Strategice Partnerships

Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Organization: GWP - Global Water Partnership
  • Location: Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-11

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JOB TITLE:         Global Coordinator, Strategic Partnerships (Senior Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Specialist)

CONTRACT:          Full time

STARTING DATE:  February 1 2020 – January 31 2022

LOCATION:           Stockholm, Sweden or elsewhere: virtual work arrangements possible

DURATION:          24 months


The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a globally operating multi-stakeholder action network dedicated to working with countries towards the equitable, sustainable, and efficient management of water resources. The network is hosted by an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and it comprises of 3,000+ partner organisations in over 180 countries. Organised across 67 Country Water Partnerships and 13 Regional Water Partnerships, GWP convenes, brokers and delivers coordinated action by government and non-government actors, including the private sector. GWP’s vision is a water-secure world. A long-time advocate for integrated water resources management, GWP draws on implementation experience at the local level and links it across the Network and to global development agendas. More information:

In January 2020, GWP is embarking on a new strategy “Moblising for a Water Secure World 2020-2025”.  It is a strategy of urgency, seeking to respond to the global water crisis, committing to ambitious targets. Reaching these ambitions will be possible by identifying new opportunities together with GWP’s partners, by leveraging new ideas emerging through collaboration, by building new alliances, and by identifying and creating new resources.  The position of Global Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships will be tasked with coordinating efforts across the Network to mobilise ideas and opportunities, alliances, and resources. This will include developing a suite of funding partners interested in a strong and growing programmatic portfolio while retaining a focus on core funding to ensure a solid backbone of Network functions.


The Global Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships will drive mobilisation of funding partnerships and collaboration alliances for the Global Water Partnership, both for the global team and the regional water partnerships. S/he will develop and deliver new prospects for such partnerships across multilateral, bilateral, corporate and philanthropic foundations at a global level and regional levels, as appropriate. Directly reporting to the Executive Secretary/CEO, the Global Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships will be part of the Executive Secretary’s Office team and work in tandem with others across GWPO and Regional Water Partnerships, opening up opportunities for programmatic and regional teams’ proposals and collaborative alliances, and fostering and maintaining an effective and sustainable fundraising culture. Specifically, the Global Coordinator will work closely with the GWP Strategy Specialist and the Proposal Writer, as well as with the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance team, and with the Chief Communications Specialist and the entire Communications team. Close collaboration will also involve the Senior Water and Climate Specialist – Global Processes, as well as the GWP Network Specialists.

The Global Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships will be responsible for (i)) building alliances and strategic partnerships for GWP, (ii) representation and external relations with partners and alliances, (iii) coordinating the development and implementation of a Resource Mobilisation strategy involving thematic and regional teams across the GWP community; and (iii) supporting the CEO to establish a working environment that is conducive to delivering results and fostering a spirit of collaboration.


Building alliances and strategic partnerships for GWP

  • Lead the development of a partnership and stakeholder management strategy, and support the      CEO to direct the implementation of all activities for strategic partnership and alliance building with key stakeholders including governments, bodies such as EU, EC, media leaders, corporate leaders, foundations, high net worth individuals and other influential opinion shapers, to advance GWP’s mission/mandate and to enhance GWP’s visibility at the global, regional and country level.
  • Support GWP and the CEO in maintaining effective partnerships with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and regional financial institutions, such as the World Bank, IMF, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank through advocacy and the promotion of GWP’s interests.
  • Support the CEO in overseeing the expansion and strategic direction of GWPs global presence and work with the GWP Communications team on the development and implementation of strategic global communications in support of resource mobilisation strategies and advocacy, ensuring these are aligned with the vision of the organisation
  • Increase the visibility and outreach of GWP and promotes the organisation’s areas of expertise, with governments, think tanks, academic institutions, the private sector, and civil society to enhance public awareness of water-related issues and GWPs mandate and impact.
  • Forge strategic partnerships with key stakeholders around development areas and issues of mutual interest and frequently represent water issues in various fora related to global development.

 Development and implementation of Resource Mobilisation strategy

  • Lead organisational process on mapping, researching, prospecting and securing new funding prospects.
  • Support the CEO to direct and oversee the development and implementation of effective and innovative resource mobilisation strategy, initiatives, and activities to increase growth in financial resources (all sources) and to ensure a predictable funding base.
  • Provide advice to the CEO and the Regional Executive Secretaries on tactics for strategies to leverage access to heads of state, ministers, heads of public and international financial institutions to promote, advocate and mobilise political will and financial resources to advance the agenda of GWP.
  • Contribute to enhancing GWP’s resource mobilisation/business development with current and new donors and partners and increase organisational capacity.

Representation and external relations

  • Represent GWP across different types of fora and contexts, in a way that positions the organisation as a leader in water governance and sustainable development, as well as a key partner in delivering results in the water sector as an integrated nexus for Agenda 2030.
  • Work with Regional GWP leadership in developing and nurturing active  external relationships/partnerships with governments, IOs, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations, regional commissions, institutes and academia, including organisations working with women’s issues, in order to: grow political will to achieve gender equality, enhance collaboration, increase resource mobilisation, and/or share ideas to influence agenda and priority setting.
  • Represent GWP in external fora that further fundraising and external relations goals; as well as in UN system-wide inter-agency forums, relevant task forces to contribute to strategic and policy discussions on key crosscutting and fundraising issues, as well as in inter-agency and intergovernmental forums and other key meetings and events, as designated/appropriate.
  • Develop and manage partnerships, projecting a positive organisational image.
  • Work with the Communications team in guiding the development of event-specific, integrated strategies to advance GWP’s advocacy and visibility for international conferences, launches of International flagship reports, etc. 



 Functional Competencies 

  • Ability to develop a vision, concepts and strategies for corporate planning in strategic partnerships and resource mobilisation
  • Effective leadership in fundraising strategies and activities, and proactive engagement with the multilateral and bilateral donor community to ensure a stable resource base
  • Demonstrated political savvy and intellectual capacity in representing organisations effectively at high level national and international fora to advocate for and promote organisational priorities and initiatives and a better understanding of the organisational strategic agenda, and to build consensus
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with international partners to promote partnerships and build alliances to advance organisational interests and competencies
  • Advanced analytical, problem solving (issue identification and prioritisation) skill
  • Fluency in oral and written English and French is required. Fluency in Swedish is desirable. Proficiency in another UN working language is desirable, in particular Arabic and/or Spanish.

Technical Education and Experience (required)

  • Advanced degree in public or international relations, communications or related social sciences.
  • 10+ years of related experience, with a focus on progressively responsible development and fundraising
  • Demonstrated success in positioning, negotiation, influencing and engaging culturally diverse audiences and partners; experience in strategy development for trans-national processes that drive transformation and the implementation of integrated policy mechanisms
  • Strong existing relationships with EU Member States and EU institutions, in particular with the EU Commission, and excellent understanding of EU funding mechanisms and processes
  • Strong existing relationships with GWP core country donors, in particular with Sweden as the GWP host country and other Nordic countries
  • Existing and documented access and ability to leverage a high-level network of stakeholders, including governments, private sector, civil society and academia
  • Experience in working across sectors and themes in the context of Agenda 2030, reflecting the integrated position of water governance as nexus in the global development agenda
  • Experience in working with policy advocacy, strategic communications and strategy implementation on the local, national and international levels, complemented by field experience in a development context

 Not-technical requirements

  • Professionalism: Demonstrates/safeguards ethics and integrity. Demonstrates corporate knowledge, self-development and initiative-taking. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and international environment based on mutual respect and tolerance.  Ability to exercise good judgement, discretion and tact in handling sensitive issues.
  • Way of working: Proactive in driving partnerships with external organisations. Comfort in working in global processes with a large number of global partners under significant levels of uncertainty. Mixing capacity to work autonomously with being a team player, supporting colleagues and embracing group decisions.  Ability to build effective and sustainable relationships internally and externally.
  • E-literacy: Excellent e-skills, including the ability to use modern office technology and related software. Ability to use social media for online engagement.
  • Teamwork:   Support colleagues, contribute to team culture, and share responsibility for decision-making and results. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility.   Ability to “lead from behind” and work without direct authority to deliver timely and high quality products. 
  • Personal: A good sense of humor. Love for nature, its beauty and its resources. Willingness to get the job done with a positive attitude and to take on a wide range of tasks.
  • Travel: Availability for longer travel to attend international meetings.

Please note:

Professionals with a background originally from Asian, African, Eastern European, Latin American, or Middle Eastern countries are encouraged to apply.

GWP offers competitive remuneration as well as an attractive work environment, with flat hierarchies and agile decision-making, and with great opportunities for professional exposure and growth.

This contract is initially offered for 2 years with possibility for extension. The appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 2 weeks after the application deadline.

Applications are accepted only through the online application system and not via e-mail.

Questions can be directed to

Deadline: 11 December, 2019 - midnight Stockholm time





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