The Partnerships Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing the partnership and programme development plan for the office managed by the Country Director. This may also include new countries where UNOPS is planning to initiate or broaden operations.
She/he impacts on the performance of the Country Office by maintaining a robust and diverse pipeline of project opportunities, which leads to sustainable growth of the UNOPS’ presence and strengthens the achievements of UNOPS management results and the fulfillment of its mandate.
The position will be based in Nairobi as the main donor communities for Somalia are mostly based in Nairobi. The Partnerships Specialist will also be required to frequently travel to Mogadishu as part of her/his responsibility to the Somalia Country Office.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Country Director, and in close coordination with the Regional Office and the Partnerships Group, the Partnerships Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing the partnership and programme development plan for the office managed by the Country Director. This may also include new countries where UNOPS is planning to initiate or broaden operations.
1. Partnership and programme development planning
- Develop a comprehensive partnership and programme development plan in line with UNOPS Strategic Plan and Regional Strategies. This includes country context, analysis of the regional and national development and humanitarian landscape, identification of main partners, strategic positioning of UNOPS in the potential operational niches identified for the Somalia Country Office. Ensure plan reflects in-house capacity, typology of projects, and the internal tools and knowledge resources.
- Examine risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning of the Country office and propose appropriate responses to ensure sustainable growth.
- Coordinate and collaborate with relevant Partnerships personnel at local, liaison, and HQ level, as well as Project Managers and project personnel of the country offices covered by the office, to ensure aligned and coherent interactions with partners.
2. Develop opportunities
- Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends and needs to identify areas of collaboration within UNOPS mandate and existing capacity.
- Research events, publications, and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive partnership opportunities.
- Provide advice and feedback to UNOPS HQ and Regional Office on the development of framework partnership agreements that can increase opportunities at the regional level.
- Contribute to the identification, design, formulation, and negotiation of new projects and programs and draft concept notes and project document briefs for discussion with partners.
- Create and maintain oneUNOPS opportunities and engagement functionalities in alignment with UNOPS corporate guidelines.
- Coordinate technical and financial requirements, and negotiate proposals to close new project opportunities.
- Drafts agreements and/or contractual documents required for the signature and implementation of new projects.
- Understand and clearly explain UNOPS pricing policy to partners.
- Contribute to the diversification of the Country Office in line with UNOPS strategic and Regional objectives.
- In coordination with the Communications and Reporting personnel, when available, gather content for communications and outreach materials for any countries managed within the scope of the UNOPS office or by the Partnerships Group.
3. Representation and inter-agency partnership
- Establish and further develop partnerships with UN agencies, international organizations, governments, foundations, international NGOs, and private sector organizations to diversify project opportunities within the Country Office or Partnership Group.
- Undertake advocacy, public information, and communication activities in collaboration with the Communications Officer, when required.
- On behalf of the Country Office Director and/or Head of Programme, participate in and report on the relevant inter-agency, donor, and government coordination meetings including addressing project development issues in consultation with UNOPS project managers and technical experts when required. Take part in UN common planning and programming processes, including strategic country analysis, UNDAF/UNSDF, response plans, etc.
- Build a network of key partners, keeping abreast of evolving trends (social, economic, and political), including the application of innovation to project and partnership development.
4. Knowledge management and innovation
- Implement standards, tools, and templates provided by HQ to effectively manage partnership and project development within the team to enhance/maintain UNOPS effectiveness as a provider of project services for sustainable results.
- Contribute to the ongoing research, development, and implementation of best practices and innovative approaches to maximize performance and sustain achievements in project and partnership development.
- Help build partnerships capacity and negotiation skills among project managers
- Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building within project and partnership development.
- Provide regular feedback on existing systems, tools, and resources to ensure its relevance to day-to-day operations.
Impact of Results
The effective and successful achievement of results by the Partnerships Specialist impacts on the performance of the Country Office by maintaining a robust and diverse pipeline of project opportunities, which leads to sustainable growth of the UNOPS’s presence and strengthens the achievements of UNOPS management results and the fulfillment of its mandate.
Qualification and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Engineering, Political Science, Communications, International Relations, or other relevant disciplines is required.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Engineering, Political Science, Communications, International Relations, or other relevant disciplines with an additional two (2) years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.
B. Work Experience
- A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in either International Development or Partnerships Development including demonstrated experience in:
- Developing and executing partnership and programme development plans;
- Project development and proposal writing;
- Acquisition of projects in either public/private or international organizations is required.
- At least two (2) years of experience in managing partnerships with different donor organizations such as the World Bank, European Union (EU), African Development Bank (AfDB), etc is required.
- Experience in establishing partnerships with UN agencies, international development organizations, governments, foundations, international NGOs, or private sector organizations is an asset.
- Prior experience in Project and Programme management is an asset
- Prior experience working in international organizations, international development, post-disaster, and/or emergency contexts would also be an advantage.
- Experience /knowledge of Google Suite and web-based Management Systems is a plus
C. Language requirement
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
About the Organization
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.