Partnerships Development Senior Officer
UNOPS , Kabul, Afghanistan
Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission with a mandate to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.
The purpose of RSHQ is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to protect its citizens in a sustainable manner and to manage/improve security enhancements with Kabul city. The purpose of the UNOPS/RSHQ engagement is to support NATO for both the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Office (NATFO) and Kabul Security Force (KSF) funding streams; for procurement of goods and services, contract management, maintenance of equipment(s), physical security enhancements, construction projects and construction work packages, as well as coordination and facilitation of RSHQ operations, programmes and activities (non-kinetic only).
This is a complex engagement and during 2020 the project will expand significantly and convert from a project to a programme.
Purpose and Scope of Assignment
Responsible to the Senior Programme Manager, and reporting through AFOC’s Partnerships Specialist within the Partnerships Development Unit (PDU), the RSHQ Partnerships Development Senior Officer (PDSO) will support the RSHQ programme’s efforts in development of business and partnership relationships between AFOC and RSHQ, as well as help expand UNOPS’ visibility throughout Afghanistan. The PDSO will establish and maintain the programme client base and expand additional engagements, in close coordination with the PDU and Programme Unit, in particular the Head of Programme (HOP). Specific responsibilities of the PDSO include, but are not limited to:
● Act as the RSHQ programme’s primary Business Developer, ensuring engagement (programme and associated projects’) development is conducted fully in line with AFOC’s procedures and processes.
● Identify new business/partnership opportunities and facilitate programme growth by promoting quality services to maintain a competitive edge.
● Draft concept notes, programme and project documents, project briefs, proposals and presentations for further discussion with AFOC senior management and the PDU.
● In consultation with the Senior Programme Manager, and in full consultation with the PDU, establish contacts with clients and partners and attend appropriate external meetings, and prepare subsequent plans of action and follow-up for potential business acquisition and partnership development opportunities.
● Share information and knowledge, and provide proactive support and follow-up in building and maintaining effective client relations, both within and beyond the RSHQ programme environment.
● Ensure a consultative process in the development of new opportunities through appropriate discussions with relevant stakeholders, including internally within AFOC (Senior management and PDU), the client and government.
● Draft budgets, agreements and / or contractual documents in coordination with the PDU and Programme Unit, addressing questions and issues and ensuring their expeditious approval in line with UNOPS’ Project Management Manual (PMM).
● Focal point for contacts, partnership and engagement development, and maintenance within the overall ANA Trust Fund environment.
● Support the PDU in the implementation of its annual work plan.
Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the RSHQ Senior Programme Manager, AFOC Director, and / or the AFOC Senior Management Team, and AFOC PDU, including backstopping for PDU staff.
● An Advanced-level University Degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in international relations, communications, project management, security, public administration, social science or any other relevant related field is required. A combination of a Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.
● PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher) is an asset.
● A minimum of 2 years’ experience including proposal and/or report writing, business/partnership development, communications and/or reporting, and project and/or programme management support is required.
● Experience in UN system organizations, preferably in a fragile state environment, is desirable.
Fluency (oral and written) in English is essential.