UN Women: Chief, Public Partnerships
New York City
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; 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 private sector actors around the world. The Division does this by positioning GEWE in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora, and engaging with governments and private sector corporations, foundations and individuals as policy, programme and resource partners. A key premise for SPD is that engagement with partners should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization.
The Chief, Public Partnerships reports to the Director, Strategic Partnerships Division. The Chief, Public Partnerships is responsible for relations with donor governments and public institutions. This includes inter alia the development and implementation of the fundraising and resource mobilization strategy and implementation plans to ensure the continued growth and predictability of both regular (core) resources and providing support to mobilization of other (non-core) resources, as well as advocating for and encouraging preference for high quality other resources within the spectrum of other resources contributions. This includes: 1) planning, formulating, and implementing resource mobilization strategies and activities in close coordination with the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services Section; 2) leading and nurturing a corporate network for public-sector resource mobilization; 3) leading donor intelligence generation and supporting systems for effective reporting and increasing donor visibility and meeting donors’ visibility requirements; 4) representation duties; 5) collaborating with internal partners across the UN system and leading corporate efforts, under the Funding Compact, to increase UN Women’s involvement in joint programmes and United Nations pooled funds; 6) overseeing the building and maintenance of relationships with IFIs, multilateral development finance providers and intergovernmental bodies including the G7 and G20; 7) leading and managing the public partnerships team, including UN Women Liaison Offices in Brussels, Copenhagen, UAE and Japan; 8) working with other parts of the house including Legal to ensure that mechanisms and procedures for securing of donor funding are as streamlined and efficient as possible.
Duties and Responsibilities
Plan, formulate, and implement public partnership strategies, activities and systems:
- Lead the development of the corporate public partnership strategy;
- Manage the implementation of resource mobilization activities to ensure accelerated growth, diversification and predictability of UN Women resources (regular and other resources).
Lead and nurture a corporate network of partnership focal points for public-sector resource mobilization:
- Ensure that there are adequate corporate systems to support RM and donor relations and partnerships through a “one UN Women”/ matrixed approach that delivers joined up and coherent partner relationship management across the entity;
- Ensure production of knowledge-sharing materials to promote matrixed working;
- Designate relationship managers for major groups of donors;
- Work closely with other partners in house to ensure a coherent “One UN Women” approach.
- Ensure that persons in the network receive capacity building and career opportunities through a talent management approach.
Coordinate and support efforts across UN Women on resource mobilization:
- Advise and coordinate with UN Women Senior Management Team and other internal partners and stakeholders to facilitate their engagement with key public donors’ resource mobilization purposes; ensure coherent messaging and advocacy to facilitate adequate access to funds and resources in support of UN Women;
- Coordinate UN Women global, regional and country level implementation of resource mobilization strategy;
- Establish mechanisms and processes to facilitate and support UN Women stakeholders to submit and prepare funding proposals and applications for special/interagency/multi donor trust funds that prioritize the UN requests;
Coordinate across UN Women on communications and advocacy efforts:
- Work closely with the communications and advocacy unit in SPD and other Divisions to collaborate on the development and use of effective communications, advocacy, outreach, branding and other resource mobilization mechanisms and tools.
Lead donor intelligence generation and support systems for effective reporting, including sharing information on good donor proposals and Donor Portal:
- Coordinate the timely dissemination of relevant donor and partner intelligence (including interests, priorities, political and aid environment) to UN Women divisions to enable stakeholders to take advantage of business development opportunities;
- Lead the development of related training modules, templates, toolkits, mechanisms and guidelines to build internal fundraising and donor relationship management capacity and knowledge. Evaluate impact of guidelines and tools in enhancing resource mobilization initiatives and activities.
- Working with the Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division set (global) guidelines and tools for donor reporting and quality assurance and monitor compliance, as well as sharing good practice and facilitating knowledge exchange;
- Working with the Programme and Policy Division collaborate to ensure the development and maintenance of high-quality donor portals to promote transparency and show results.
Manage representation and external relations support with public partners:
- Represent UN Women in UN system-wide inter-agency task forces to contribute to strategic and policy discussion on resource mobilization including with regard to the Funding Compact;
- Represent UN Women in inter-agency and inter-governmental fora and other key meetings and events, as designated/appropriate to speak on UN Women issues, participate in policy dialogue, discuss initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present papers/ideas to influence the agenda to assure donor interest and commitment on UN Women mission and objectives;
- Maintain active relationships/partnerships with Member States, UN system and agency partners, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, major financial and donor institutions to enhance collaboration and resource mobilization.
Collaborate with internal partners across the UN system and lead corporate efforts, under the Funding Compact, to increase UN Women’s involvement in joint programmes and United Nations pooled funds:
- Lead UN Women’s engagement in interagency dialogues and collaboration around resource mobilization including with regard to the Funding Compact;
- In collaboration with the Policy and Programme Division lead corporate efforts to increase UN Women’s access to resources available through joint programmes and pooled funding mechanisms.
Oversee the building and maintaining of relationship with IFIs and other intergovernmental bodies including the G7 and G20:
- Serve as corporate focal point for relations with the IFIs, working in close collaboration with other parts of the house;
- Working with the Executive Director’s Office, coordinate UN Women’s engagement with the G7, G20 and other bodies as assigned.
- Ensure sharing of information across UN Women on collaboration with such bodies to promote relationships across the entity.
- Ensure that the Public Partnerships team has capacity and knowledge and is provided with information on work with IFIs.
- Work with Legal and other parts of UN Women as appropriate to address bottlenecks in receipt of funds from IFIs.
Leadership and overall management of the public partnerships team:
- Establish the work plan/s in line with the UN Women annual work plans and set objectives, performance measurements, standards and expected results in collaboration and discussion with the Team;
- Supervise and assess and provide feedback on work in progress to ensure delivery of results according to performance standards, overall objectives and accountability framework;
- Provide technical guidance, supervise team and oversee progress of implementation of activities.
- Provide functional supervision to resource mobilization personnel at regional level;
- Recommend and set the standards, policies, procedures, guidelines and tools for resource mobilization;
- Oversee compliance across the PP team including liaison offices;
- Ensure that the systems (financial and administrative) are available to support the PP teams;
- Ensure that adequate policies, procedures and guidance is in place to support operations and RM.
Support other priorities of the Strategic Partnership Division or UN Women, as assigned by the supervisor.
Key Performance Indicators:
The key results have a major impact on the overall effectiveness of UN Women’s strategic business development and resource mobilization leading to enhanced impact of the whole UN system in its work on gender issues, increased size, scope and predictability of the UN Women resources and enhanced visibility and image in the UN system and global/external stakeholders and constituencies, as an effective leader on gender equality and women’s rights and empowerment.
- Increased income from core and non-core resources;
- Higher quality other (non-core) resources (less earmarking);
- Number of governments and agencies supporting UN Women;
- Quality of implementation and coordination of resource mobilization strategy at the regional and country level which leads to increased funds;
- Increased UN Women funding from interagency financing mechanisms;
- Strengthened partnerships with the IFIs, the G7 and G20 and other relevant bodies as assigned;
- Quality technical advice and intelligence to the senior management team and other colleagues which enables them to raise funds;
- Influence of networks engaged and contacts established to accelerate resource development.
- Respect for Diversity.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
- Affinity with UN Women’s mandate
- Proven track record in identifying, negotiating and securing multimillion dollar support from various donor segments;
- Demonstrated strategic mindset in identifying opportunities, crafting strategies, and prioritizing action as well as getting significant financial results;
- Proven track record of achieving agreements in interagency collaboration;
- Ability to provide leadership in engaging with funding partners, aid agencies and other contributors;
- Solid expertise in aid policy and demonstrated knowledge of development donors’ expectations and practice;
- Proven leadership abilities to engage partners internally and manage change, and to engage external partners;
- Ability to lead a multi-cultural team, willing to nurture and develop expertise on the team, and able to succeed in a demanding, fast paced environment;
- Excellent oral and written communications skills;
- Ability to create and communicate strategic vision.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in international relations, economics, business, or related social sciences.
- 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 15 years of experience in fundraising, business development, strategic partnerships, or resource mobilization;
- At least 5 years of senior level management responsibilities of similar complexity in a large international and/or corporate organization;
- Fundraising from public partners and hands-on knowledge of global aid architecture required;
- Experience on meeting challenging revenue targets required;
- Experience working on gender equality issues is an asset;
- UN System experience an asset.
- Fluency in oral and written English is required;
- Proficiency in another official UN working language is desirable.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/2022-07/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form-en.doc 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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