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Partnerships Manager

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-25

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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has a Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague, the Netherlands which is focused on increasing the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector. The Centre’s vision is to create a future where everyone involved in a humanitarian emergency has access to the data they need, when and how they need it, to make responsible and informed decisions.

The Centre is focused on four areas: data services, data responsibility, data literacy, and predictive analytics. The data services workstream includes the management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform, the development and use of the Humanitarian Exchange Language data standard, and support to the International Aid Transparency Initiative. The data responsibility workstream focuses on the development and adoption of data responsibility guidelines and different techniques for the secure management of sensitive data, both within OCHA and the broader humanitarian system. The data literacy workstream offers in-person and remote training opportunities for improving the data skills of technical and non-technical humanitarians. The predictive analytics workstream focuses on model development, including threshold and trigger design, and quality assurance of partner models through validation and a peer review process.

The Centre requires the support of a Partnerships Manager to lead our engagement with key stakeholders including donors, governments, humanitarian organizations, the private sector and academic institutions. The work will involve producing frequent events, developing and promoting outreach material, and maintaining a network of partners in support of the Centre’s mission. We are looking for a candidate who is self-motivated and can thrive in an international, multidisciplinary team. The right candidate has the skills and abilities to maintain our existing strategic partnerships and develop new ones that can strengthen the Centre’s work in the coming years.

Reporting Relationships The Partnerships Manager will report to the Lead for the Centre for Humanitarian Data who is based in The Hague. They will be expected to work closely with the rest of the Centre’s geographically-distributed team.

Functional Responsibilities

-         Manage and coordinate all in-person and remote/online events and workshops that are hosted by the Centre; support and promote events in which Centre personnel are participating.

-         Identify, assess, and secure strategic partners (funding, in-kind contributions, expertise) to ensure the successful implementation of the Centre’s results framework.

-         Develop and oversee the Centre’s partnerships with the private sector including coordinating due diligence processes and navigating legal agreements.

-         Manage ad-hoc, time-bound projects related to grant agreements with specific deliverables; support the monitoring of these projects and the Centre’s overall results framework.

-         Convene stakeholders around various thematic issues such as closing data gaps, improving access to disability data, or the application of new technologies in the humanitarian sector. 

-         Secure speaking engagements for Centre personnel and third-party coverage of the Centre’s work; represent the Centre at events and meetings.

-         Prepare blog posts, case studies, presentations and other promotional material to tell the story about the Centre’s work and our impact.

-         Participate in partner calls and team meetings as required.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


●       Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, law, communication, marketing, international affairs, public policy, or other relevant discipline; OR

●       A Bachelor's degree with additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

●       Five years of experience in partnership development and fundraising, including leading roles in managing projects.

●       Demonstrated experience in producing events and developing communication assets for diverse audiences.
Desired Experience

●       Experience in the humanitarian or development aid sectors is desirable.

●       Experience with using Wordpress, Mailchimp, Google Drive and Trello, among other collaboration tools, is an asset.


●       Fluency in English is required (both oral and written). Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA Contract level: IICA-2/LICA-10/ICSC-10
Contract duration: 6 months with the possibility of extension (Retainer contract modality)

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

This is not a position in UNOPS. UNOPS is solely providing operational support to its partner UNOCHA for this recruitment process. The selected candidate will be a personnel member of UNOCA under its full responsibility and salaries and benefits will be decided by UNOCHA.


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.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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 (if relevant to the role).
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.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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