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UN Women: Partnerships and Resource Mobilization 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
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-28

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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 for a fully productive society; 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) works to strengthen UN Women’s position as a partner of choice for gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEWE) among governments and inter-governmental actors around the world. The division is doing this by positioning GEWE in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions as policy, programme and resource partners. A key premise for SPD is that engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization. 

Under the overall supervision of the Partnerships and Business Development Team Lead and with a secondary reporting line and in daily collaboration with and support of the Director of the Nordic Liaison Office, the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Specialist will support the management of external relations and the partnership portfolio of an assigned group of countries. The Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Specialist will provide support to the Nordic Liaison Office on the government partner portfolio that includes amongst others, but is not restricted to, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Baltic states. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical and coordinate support to the external relations and overall partnership of assigned funding partner portfolio:

  • Provide inputs to and implement partnership, advocacy and resource mobilization strategies and workplans for assigned government funding partners in coordination with different UN Women divisions, and Regional and Country Offices;
  • Provide inputs to the Nordic Liaison Office Annual Workplan, and carry out the quarterly and annual reporting;
  • Implement resource mobilization activities with the objective of increasing unrestricted Regular Resources and flexible and predictable earmarked Other Resources;
  • Identify possible sources of new and continued funding;
  • Facilitate and maintain high-level contacts with senior officials of missions to the UN and departments of assigned funding governments to promote, advocate, mobilize and influence cooperation with UN Women to ensure the Entity’s resource base and the attainment of its outcomes and outputs;
  • Negotiate terms of agreements of funding consistent with UN Women Rules and Regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment and UN Women normative, coordination, and operational work in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Entity’s Strategic Plan with portfolio partners;
  • Monitor and evaluate existing resource mobilization channels to ensure achievement of UN Women resource mobilization goals to meet the objectives and financial targets of the Strategic Plan.

Capture and disseminate partner intelligence:

  • Gather data to provide real-time intelligence on partner policies and priorities and act as a central repository of this information, for support of the dissemination to offices globally, to promote partner engagement;
  • Act as focal point for the Resource Mobilization Section for the development and rolling out of partner intelligence systems;
  • Prepare comprehensive and substantive briefs, reports, statistics, revenue projections and requirements for Executive Director's meetings with minister-level counterparts, senior funding government officials, senior parliamentarians, or heads of major institutions;
  • Share knowledge on resource mobilization with colleagues outside the Resource Mobilization Section;
  • Work with other sections and offices in developing and implementing visibility products regarding partner enabling of joint results.

Proactively support field and HQ offices on resource mobilization and partnership opportunities:

  • Provide technical inputs to field and HQ offices in identifying funding opportunities for Other Resources and on their relations with assigned partners;
  • Guide and support field offices to prepare and package programme proposals for assigned resource partners;
  • Monitor donor reporting from grant-holding offices;
  • Track regular and other resources from the Nordic and Baltic states, and provide regular updates as requested, and support other offices as needed to identify recipients of donor transfers;
  • Coordinate corporate assessment, donor assessments and field visits by donors and UN Women senior leadership.

Provide capacity development and knowledge sharing support:

  • Support learning, training, and capacity development of UN Women colleagues through regular learning cafés;
  • Revise UN Women partnership and resource mobilization strategies and activities for assigned resource partners as required; take appropriate action including supporting and advising UN Women senior management.

Provide any other support as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Fulfillment of funding targets per annum, including for unrestricted Regular Resources and flexible Other Resources;
  • Timely attention and response to UN Women’s partners;
  • Timely targeting of funding opportunities and timely tracking and dissemination of partner intelligence;
  • Quality inputs to communication and advocacy, which result in increased resources and a strong investment case for UN Women;
  • Quality inputs to knowledge products and timely sharing of these with partners and within the organization for improved / enhanced holistic partner relations;
  • Regular collaboration, coordination and teamwork with colleagues globally.



Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

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 Values and Competencies Framework:

Functional Competencies:

  • Affinity with UN Women’s mandate;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States;
  • Proven networking skills, and ability to mobilize support;
  • Strong negotiating skills;
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes;
  • Strong IT skills, including databases, extranet and office software packages;
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business management, social sciences, public administration, international relations, communications, women's studies, or a related field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, communications/ advocacy, and/or business development required;
  • Experience working with international institutions and government partners required;
  • Experience working on gender equality issues is an asset;
  • Experience working with Nordic partners is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset.


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


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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