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Snr Partnership Officer - Development


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: Closed

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Senior Partnership Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
UNHCR's mandated responsibility for finding solutions to refugee situations has long required stronger cooperation with a variety of partners and the inclusion of persons of concern within national strategies and the SDGs. Notwithstanding the Office's efforts over many decades, the proportion of refugees and internally displaced persons in protracted displacement situations and/or without opportunities for integration remains high. Moreover, the diminishing number of people who have found durable solutions constitutes a worrying trend that has persisted in recent years. The increasing scale of mixed and large scale refugee movements, and its impact on economic growth vs. national cohesion have placed forced displacement high on the global agenda. These elements generated the realization that even in countries with well-developed and moderately-developed economies, humanitarian assistance alone is not sufficient to make a difference in the life of people of concern leading towards sustainable solutions and full integration in the society.  UNHCR must engage in developing a wide coalition of governmental,  non-governmental, faith based and other non-traditional partnerships  to enable a comprehensive search for solutions to refugees' and other displacement situations, including in the protracted context, which would also mobilize national communities in host countries for this purpose. 
The Global Compact for Refugees frames a new approach towards a more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing, recognizing that a sustainable solution to refugee and other displaced situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation in support of comprehensive refugee response framework that would ensure a whole of society approach.

Within the context outlined above, the role of the Senior Partnership Officer is to facilitate UNHCR's engagement and cooperation with multiple stakeholders currently implementing or who have the potential to advocate for and/or implement medium term programmes assisting local communities and UNHCR's population of concern and have the ability to positively influence the social and political environment.
It is anticipated that these programmes will grow in significance in future years due to the greater importance attached to addressing protracted displacement situations, including the expectations under the Agenda 2030. The role the Senior Partnership Officer will be pivotal to a) identifying opportunities for developing multiple stakeholder partnerships with International, Regional and State entities, municipalities, civil society, NGOs, development institutions, academia, the private sector, etc.; b) promoting UNHCR objectives and strategies with partners; c) ensuring that populations of concern are integrated within national policies and SDGs and that national actors are supported to do so; and, in doing so d) ensuring complementarity between UNHCR's work and the objectives pursued by a variety of stakeholders.
For that reason, the Senior Partnership Officer will work under the overall supervision of the senior management to ensure that the UNHCR strategies are implemented through innovative partnerships, identifying the most effective partners, proactively engaging with and ensuring the involvement of partners in the strategy and supporting the field in all these aspects.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Conduct research, analysis and advise accordingly the operation(s) on identifying partners that are able to engage with  long-term political, economic and social planning that will define the opportunities for inclusion of populations of concern to UNHCR as well as more sustainable and whole-of-society approaches to refugee and stateless protection and solutions management.
- Support building relationship in partnerships with International, Regional and State entities, regions and municipalities, NGOs, faith-based organizations, academia, workers¿ and entrepreneurs¿ organizations, development actors, private sector, etc.
- Map and develop partnerships and networks with a variety of partners to influence the policy dialogue with governments on institutional arrangements related to sectors, locations and programme content of consequence to UNHCR and persons of concern.
- Work with a variety of interlocutors to incorporate populations of concern to UNHCR into the design, implementation, monitoring and communication arrangements of projects and interventions to achieve positive impact on their situation.
- Ensure coherence, where relevant, across operations in how they engage in terms of multiple stakeholder partnerships (e.g. messaging, policies, etc.).
- Process and analyse knowledge and data from country operations to support planning, policy and advocacy at the regional and HQ level.
- Ensure that partners are provided relevant knowledge and data to influence their planning, programming and advocacy around resilience for and inclusion of UNHCR persons of concern.
- Facilitate coordination, collaboration and the sharing of knowledge, best practices and lessons learned, internally in UNHCR both within HQs and across UNHCR operations globally- and with a variety of partners.
- Support training activities for the staff of UNHCR and a variety of partners aimed at achieving greater coordination, effectiveness and synergies in terms of multiple stakeholder partnerships.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Public Policy;
Public Administration;
International Relations;
Political Science;
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
At least six (6) years of partnership management experience in international context, of which preferably at least two (2) years in field operations. Experience in managing a variety of internal and external relationships in a cross-cultural professional environment.
Experience in coordination of UN interventions with other actors, in a refugee, humanitarian or development context. Solid experience in lobbying and advocacy with Government and other institutions. Experience in drafting and editing, in particular on protection and solutions strategies, advocacy strategies, or partnership building. Experience in primary data collection, quantitative research methods and results-based management.

Functional Skills
*MG-Partnership Development
CL-Strategy Development and Monitoring
MG-Project Analysis/Development/Implementation/Management/Coordination
*SO-Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
*PO-Policy Advocacy in UNHCR
SO-Negotiation Skills
PG-Results-Based Management
*CO-Strategic Communication
*MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X007L3 - Political Awareness Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies in this addendum is Monday 7 December 2020 (midnight Geneva time).

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