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Partnerships Assistant

Panama City (Panama)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Panama City (Panama)
  • Grade: LICA-4, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-12

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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Specialist for Outreach and Communications, and in close coordination with the Office of the Regional Director and the Country Offices, the Partnerships Assistant   is responsible for  supporting in the development and implementation of the partnerships & outreach strategies at the regional and national levels in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Functional Responsibilities

The Partnerships Assistant will focus on the following results
  1. Support in the development and implementation of Outreach & Partnerships strategies for the positioning of UNOPS in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  2. Support in the development and follow up of outreach & partnerships opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean with National Public Partners (NPP), donors, United Nations Agencies, private sector, academy, NGOs, media, among others.

  3. Support in the preparation of strategic outreach and communication’s material and documentation in relation to current and potential UNOPS’s partners. 

  4. Promote knowledge management, gender and innovation initiatives that increase the positioning of UNOPS at the regional and national levels.
For detailed information on above functions please review the attached terms of reference (TOR)

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • High School diploma is required
  • Technical studies, bachelor's degree or other academic certificates in  a relevant field such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, International Development, Political Science, Communications or International Relations will be considered an advantage and may replace some years of experience.

At least 4 years of experience (or less depending on academic certifications) in support roles including experience in:

  • Supporting the development of partnerships & outreach with UN agencies, international development organisations, governments, foundations, academy, international NGOs or private sector organisations.

  • Supporting the elaboration of communication material, products, campaigns. 

Desirable prior experience working in international organisations, international development.
Language Requirements

Spanish fluent level is required.

English intermediate level is required. English fluent level is an advantage.

Fluency in French or Portuguese is desirable .


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others .
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)

Contract level: LICA 4

Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

UNOPS is an inclusive employer, we invite women, men and diverse groups to apply.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Additional information
TDR Partnerships Assistant (1).pdf (226 KB) 

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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.

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