Partnerships Senior Advisor - Liaison

UNOPS , Geneve, Switzerland
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Job Description

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary of key responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Director of the Partnerships Group (PLG) the incumbent is responsible for the development and implementation of the partnership strategy with Geneva based partners, including UNHCR, WHO, Gavi and the Global Fund. He/she will also work closely with the Swiss Government. He/she will build on existing partnerships and ensure that actions and initiatives undertaken are aimed at achieving long-term success as a self-financing UN organization that provides value generating services to our Swiss-based-partners. The initiatives to be undertaken by the incumbent include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Deepen and expand the strategic engagement with Geneva based partners through the implementation of partnership engagement strategies, with a view of being: (1) known as a solutions organization, (2) recognized for the value of our services, and (3) a resource in helping our partners deliver their vision.

  • Lead and expand the development of UNOPS partnerships with the Geneva’s health and humanitarian clusters, positioning UNOPS to offer support that enables key partners to deliver on their mandates.

  • Meet and build working relationships with key staff working with our Switzerland- based-partners. In particular, maintain and develop a large network amongst relevant WHO, the Global Fund, Gavi and UNHCR personnel and within the Swiss Government.

  • Provide advice and assistance to the Regional Directors, Country Directors and Heads of Programme in regard to partnering with Geneva based partners, including through field support missions, and provide continuous analysis and guidance on funding trends and opportunities.

  • Spearhead the sharing of knowledge related to Geneva based partners across the organization, including identification and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned, with a view of continuous improvement of our partner engagement in the field.

  • Facilitate the negotiation of new Framework Agreements, and/or MOUs with Geneva based-partners and maintain existing ones. Coach UNOPS offices globally on appropriate engagement modalities, including through targeted training.

  • Facilitate high-level meetings between UNOPS senior management and Geneva based partners, including during key events such as relevant conferences and other forums.

  • Provide quality assurance of UNOPS portfolio with Geneva based partners with a view to ensure that projects are delivered effectively and efficiently.

  • The incumbent will set up a two-way regular communication process with UNOPS ECR leaders based in Geneva.

  • Develop the annual work plan, budget and targets for the liaison activity from Geneva and manage its implementation.

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  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent), preferably in Political Science, International Relations, Social Affairs, Law or other related field is required.


  • A minimum of 10 years of International development experience with a focus on client relationships, is required.

  • Within these 10 years, at least 2 years progressive responsibility for partnerships development is required.

  • Within these 10 years, a minimum of 4 years of experience working with a network of development partners, governing bodies, and donors, is required.

  • Experience working in the health sector (either public or private) and an established network in Geneva would be a strong asset.

  • Prior experience with the UN is desirable.


  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.

  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset.