Senior Partnerships Advisor

UNOPS , Copenhagen, Denmark
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Job Summary

Job Description

Background information - AFR

Africa Region

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Africa Region supports UNOPS country offices in the region, providing financial oversight of projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.
The Africa (AFR) region currently consists of Operational Hubs (a cluster of neighboring countries) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tunisia and Kenya, and 2 major Country offices Somalia and South Sudan. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Office of the Regional Director (RD) for Africa (AFR) manages a geographically defined portfolio of engagements, including leading strategy and business development for the region, overseeing the management of operations, and ensuring appropriate risk management.

AFR helps ensure that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between projects across the entire region.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions

  • Partnership, Business acquisition and growth
  • Knowledge management, innovation and technical support
  • Efficient partner relationships and organizational work ethics and culture

* The selected candidate would be required to travel extensively in an out of the region.

1. Partnerships development, business acquisition and growth include the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinate implementation of AFR business plan 2018 - 2021 and lead the annual updates of AFR as well as hubs and offices business plans;
  • Coordinate donor and partner mapping exercise covering both the development and humanitarian landscape;
  • Advise the AFR RD and Senior Management Team on the possibilities for UNOPS strategic positioning, vis-à-vis the potential partners;
  • Coordinate preparation of substantive briefs on specific partners, UNOPS strategic positioning, and partnership opportunities;
  • Establish working relationships with key potential partners and attend relevant meetings in an effort to position UNOPS as a partner of choice;
  • Lead, manage and coordinate agreement negotiations, drafting of project proposals, budget and other partnership and program development communication;
  • Coordinate and maintain regular communication with the Corporate Partnership Group (PLG) in UNOPS HQ in Copenhagen;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant partnerships and programme personnel at the country, regional and UNOPS HQ level, to ensure aligned and coherent interactions with partners.

2. Knowledge management, innovation and technical support, including the following

  • Advise on the policy-level issues related to partnerships and programme development for UNOPS AFR;
  • Assess and keep abreast of the emerging trends in the development and humanitarian spheres in Africa, as related to UNOPS services;
  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learnt as related to partnership and programme development.
  • Implement standards, tools and templates provided by PLG to effectively manage partnership and programme development within AFR;.
  • Contribute to UNOPS capacity development as related to partnerships, including promoting learning, coaching and mentoring the team members, field staff on UNOPS policy and practices for effective management of partnerships;
  • Participate in and conduct the relevant training for the operations/ projects personnel, and participate in field missions, as required.
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Supervise the activities of junior staff within the AFR partnerships team.

3. Efficient partner relationships and organizational work ethics and culture, including the following responsibilities:


  • Actively engage with partners to solicit feedback and gauge their satisfaction with UNOPS services;
  • Coordinate implementation of partner surveys within AFR as appropriate.
  • Undertake advocacy, public information and communication activities in collaboration with PLG, when required.
  • On behalf of the AFR Regional Director, participate in and report on the relevant inter-agency, donor and government coordination meetings, international conferences, summits, etc;
  • Actively engage with internal stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate professional and personal ethics, transparency and openness.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually and to translate these into concrete results.
  • Ability to identify, initiate and maintain good relationships with key client / partner organisations, including building professional relationships with senior decision-makers and influencers / leaders.
  • Proven organisational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks while fostering quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with colleagues.
  • Strong interpersonal relationships and demonstrated ability to leverage business networks and partnerships for continued growth.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office.
  • In-depth knowledge of development issues, with particular regard to the Africa region
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice.
  • Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities



  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Business Administration, Political Science, International Relations, International Development, Social Sciences or a related discipline is required;
  • A First-Level University Degree (Bachelor’s) in combination with 2 years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
    Work Experience


  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in an international development context combining the following:

  • strategy development and execution

  • acquisition of new business and establishment of partnerships with UN organizations, development finance institutions, governments, foundations, international NGOs or private sector organisations

  • In-depth knowledge of development issues and current donor and sectoral trends, with emphasis on deep understanding of Africa partner / donor landscape as well as Africa’s humanitarian and development challenges is required;

  • Knowledge / experience of Development Finance Institutions particularly of the Africa Development Bank is required

  • Experience in dealing and negotiating with external stakeholders is required;


  • Demonstrated experience working in project and programme management, international development, post-disaster and/or emergency contexts;
  • Experience in the private sector and/or social impact investing ;
  • Experience in International Organizations is an asset, particularly current and targeted partners for AFR (e.g., donor governments, African regional entities, UN);
  • PRINCE2® Foundation Certification and PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification ∙ Experience with SharePoint, PowerBi, Outlook, and Microsoft Office suite. Strong Excel skills

Language requirements:

Fluency in English and French is required.

Contract type, level ad duration

Contract type: ICA
Contract level: I-ICA 3 level
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.