The Partnerships and Liaison Group (PLG) supports UNOPS efforts to build closer ties with partners across the full spectrum of UNOPS activities. By forging strategic relationships and working with partners, both in the field and at headquarters, PLG seeks to not only ensure high partners satisfaction with UNOPS project implementation and support, but also to integrate best practices and innovative solutions from experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector into UNOPS operations. PLG has a unit in Copenhagen and liaison offices in Amman, Bangkok, Brussels, Geneva, Nairobi, Tokyo and Washington DC. PLG deals with partners such as the World Bank, the European Union, the United Nations Environment Programme, UNHCR, WHO, UN-Habitat,, Islamic Development Bank and national governments.
The role reports to the Director of PLG and will be responsible for developing and managing all contacts, events, and initiatives with strategic partners (governments, DFIs, UN agencies, private sector, etc) to position and engage UNOPS at the earliest and highest level of discussions. The incumbent will achieve this by leveraging the existing network of contacts, and developing new where necessary, in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade Commissions, Donor Agencies, and Diplomatic Missions of the selected target countries, in addition to sister agencies, and the existing portfolio of private sector and academic partners. In order to further develop these relationships the Head of Unit - Partnerships will work closely with the regional offices to engage the respective management teams in defining needs and matching opportunities with actors cited above. The incumbent will exercise a strong sense of commercial diplomacy, articulate the operationalization of the sustainable development goals as partnering opportunities, understand policy and operations as well as represent the value of the organization in his/her personal interaction and communications. He/she shall also manage a team of specialists and analysts to fulfill the role, and travel regularly to the partner locations and regions as required. In some occasions, he/she might be required to act as officer-in-charge for the PLG team as part of his support role to the Director.
Under the direct responsibility of the Director of PLG, the Head of Unit - Partnerships Development Copenhagen shall be responsible for:
|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.|
|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.|
Minimum 7 years of experience in the area of international development is required
Extensive knowledge of procurement or HR and partnerships policy, as well as regulatory frameworks for international organizations is an asset
Proven track record in strategy determination, in business development and in establishing cross-sector partnerships, negotiating commercial and legal agreements is required
Proven track record in external communications and/or public relations to manage high-level and diplomatic relations to improve the positioning of UNOPS is required
Capable of representing the organization in public events, debates, and external communication is desirable
People leadership skills to effectively manage a team is desirable
Fluency in English required.
Knowledge of another UN official Language (French/Spanish/Arabic) would be considered an asset)
Contract type: International Individual Agreement
Contract level:IICA 3
Contract duration:Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
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.
UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions.
Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. We are focused on implementation, with a commitment to UN values and private sector efficiency.
UNOPS is a service provider, a technical advisor and an implementer of projects. We help the UN and other partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions.
Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.
Our vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure and by the efficient, transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.
We help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.
We bring to this task the values and principles of the United Nations and the innovation, boldness, speed and efficiency of a self-financed institution.
We bring the highest international standards to what we do, while respecting local contexts. We do this as our contribution to tackling the huge challenges of the 21st century.
We provide practical solutions to assist our partners to save lives, protect people and their rights, and to build a better world.
We aspire to be a leader in the efforts to channel private sector investments for social and environmental impact while addressing the immense needs for sustainable development.
What drives us is a passion to fight inequalities and to provide opportunities to those most vulnerable. This means we often work in the most challenging environments, building foundations for communities to function and people to live with dignity and respect.
We are passionate about quality: In our people and in what we do.
We earn the trust of those we work with by caring about what they value, and by delivering on our promise to always act in the service of people in need.