UNOPS Partnerships and Liaison Group (PLG) has the mandate to support: (1) the development and expansion of new and existing partnerships, in collaboration with UNOPS headquarters groups, regions and countries; and (2) the strengthening of UNOPS positioning across the United Nations System, Member States, intergovernmental, and inter-agency bodies as required. The Group creates and maintains strategies, policies, standards, tools and templates and facilitates training related to partnerships. PLG supports the Director, Regional Portfolios to operationalize approved partnerships strategies across UNOPS regions and countries.
PLG consists of a network of liaison offices spread globally; as well as a central team based in UNOPS Headquarters in Copenhagen. Liaison offices manage relationships with UNOPS key global partners and provide support to offices managing relations with these partners throughout the project cycle. The Washington Liaison Office (WLO) represents UNOPS in Washington, D.C. The office's mission is to strengthen the partnership with the World Bank, the US Government ( the State Department, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation), the International Development Finance Corporation, other DC-based institutions, and the Government of Canada.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Office and, in close collaboration with the WLO team and the Partnerships Group, the Partnerships and Communication Officer will be supporting:
Outreach and Communication:
Partnership Development and Analysis
Office Management Support
Outreach and Communication:
Support the preparation of a local communication and partnership strategy for Washington based partners, which aligns with UNOPS global communications and partnership themes;
Act as the focal point for local office communication vis a vis UNOPS headquarters;
Prepare and coordinate high level visits and other activities to support the strategic positioning of UNOPS with the Liaison office partner base;
Organise and/or coordinate events in Washington (or elsewhere) for Washington based partners;
Develop and prepare communications and partnerships materials (e.g. factsheets, brochures, presentations about UNOPS and liaison office’s partner base) for communications, briefings, meetings, trainings and other events;
Lead the preparation and update of partnerships content for the office (e.g newsletter, guidance, lessons learned, best practices) to be published in UNOPS internal platforms
Guide and advise country offices on visibility and communications strategy (related to partner’s requirements) when requested.
Partnership Development and Analysis:
Monitor partner development trends for Washington partners, and support the Head of Office in the identification of areas of collaboration which intersect with UNOPS mandate and capacity;
Advise colleagues during formulation, contracting and negotiations of projects for Washington based partners. Review reports upon request;
Develop guidance on partner engagement and contractualisation and disseminate in country offices;
Maintain institutional databases and information systems such as directories of key contacts, projects portfolio and proposals pipeline; provide data to HQ as requested;
Conduct field missions or support the preparation of field visits upon request.
Office management support:
The incumbent will be requested to lead administrative tasks including minor procurement, office related payments, travel support and liaising with HQ on administration duties.
|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.|
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.
A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
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.
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.