Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Resident Representative, the Partnership Specialist will be required to :
Support and maintain strong relationships with donor and government partners;
Support Senior Management in ensuring compliance with donor agreements and requirements;
Facilitate reporting and communications with donors and development partners;
Support Senior Management’s engagement with donors;
Support resource mobilization for the Stabilization Facility and NE Projects in general.
Support and maintain strong relationships with donor and government partners
Assist Senior Management in UNDP Nigeria and the Programme Team for the Stabilization Facility Nigerian Window in facilitating partner dialogues to market UNDP’s comparative advantages and obtain buy-
in from the partners for their support to UNDP’s Stabilization Facility.
Ensure that all donor partners are well-informed on the progress and issues related to the Stabilization Facility in Nigeria and NE Projects in general, by providing pertinent and timely information, responding to the inquiries, and producing ad-
hoc reports / information brief whenever required.
Collect donor intelligence information and conduct donor actor mapping for identification or establishment of innovative partnership and potential partners (e.
g., emerging donors, the national / local government, CSOs, academic institutions, private sector);
Support Senior Management in ensuring compliance with donor agreements and requirements
Support Senior Management in UNDP Nigeria and the Programme Team for the Stabilization Facility to meet the requirements of donors, especially those relating to earmarking or special conditions outlined in agreements;
Facilitate partnership agreement / formalization process with new potential partners to determine concrete areas and modality for the partnerships (e.
g., financial, in-kind contribution, information sharing, technical cooperation).
Facilitate management of donor agreements in collaboration with the respective offices (e.g., PMSU, Finance, NE Sub-Office) to ensure compliance with donor agreements, including the contribution deposit schedule, fund earmarking / restrictions, and due diligence / validation exercise.
Support the Programme Team in NE Sub-Office for preparation and organization of donor site visits
Ensure the government and donor visibility, including organization of the donor visibility occasions and issuing the public announcement on the partnerships (e.
g., press release) in close collaboration with Communication Team.
Facilitate reporting and communications for donor partners on the Stabilization Facility
Oversee donor-specific and corporate reporting, ensuring reporting is in line with donor agreements and corporate standards;
Harmonize communications and reporting products in collaboration with M&E Officers, PMSU, and Communication Team;
Ensure linkage and synergy between public outreach with donor / partner outreach and communication needs in collaboration with Communication Team
Support Senior Management’s engagement with donors
Support Senior Management meetings with high-level officials or donor meetings;
Support content development for presentations, briefing notes, or other documentation required for Senior Management donor engagement and meetings;
Support senior management outreach to regional donors and host national government to communicate developments, the strategy of the Country Program Document, and priorities.
Support for resource mobilization for the Stabilization Facility in Nigeria
Assist in drafting proposals to current or potential donors in line with the donor’s interests and requirements.
Develop materials, strategies, and other communications or products to support resource mobilization with donors;
Support engagement with regional donors and with the host-country government to contribute resources to UNDP.
Functional Competencies :
Advocacy / Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
Monitors specific stages of projects / programme implementation
Analyzes country situation to identify opportunities for project development
Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly
Building Strategic Partnerships
Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
Documents and analyses innovative strategies / best practices / new approaches
Analyzes information / databases on potential and actual donors
Develops a database of project profiles. Identifies opportunities for project proposals for presentation to donors
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches
Job Knowledge / Technical Expertise
Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences
Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for UNDP’s mandate
Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly
Core Competencies :
Demonstrating / safeguarding ethics and integrity
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
Creating synergies through self-control
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management / sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
Informed and transparent decision making
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree or equivalent in Development, International Relations, Business, or related field.
Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience at the national or international level in stabilization, partnerships, including demonstrated experience in partnerships with donors and people management.
Previous experience of working in donor institutions in either humanitarian or development assistance can be an asset;
Knowledge about the UN coordination systems, particularly on humanitarian or early recovery, would be an advantage;
Previous experience with UN or international organization working in crisis-affected country, would be an advantage;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
Language Requirements :
Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Proficiency of French is an asset.
Highly effective written and verbal communications skills;
Effective organizational skills;
Ability to work under pressure;
Demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability.
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