Partnerships Analyst

United Nations Development Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th May, 2019


Job Description

Background

UNDP in Sri Lanka has reorganized internally and moving to an integrated collaborative business model. Internally, an energetic and innovative team will converge around the planning, design, implementation and quality assurance of an integrated programme in a fast-paced environment. Fostering strategic partnership and alliances with different stakeholders will require a team which consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude and has a strong client orientation. Strong UN partnerships are valued for Delivering Together in a true spirit of collaboration and teamwork.

Post Context:

This functions endeavors to focus on technical contributions for operationalizing new partnership agreements and maintaining existing partnership relationships. Further, this position supports the overall Engagement & Partnerships team in scanning the landscape for partnership opportunities consistent with UNDP’s position and value proposition. S/he will be expected to provide leadership to the Partnerships and Engagemet team in the absence of the Team Leader and support overall leadership function as well.

Under the supervision of the Business Development and Resource Management Specialist and Engagement & Partnerships team, the Partnerships and Engagement Analyst scans the local and regional landscape for partnership opportunities consistent with UNDPs work on Sri Lanka’s Grand Challenges. Strengthening UNDPs existing network of partners and expanding UNDPS reach to new and non-traditional development actors, the Partnership Analyst bridges UNDP programme efforts with a range of actors identifying opportunities for collaboration and investment. S/he will also be expected to establish, manage and strengthen the network of partners and alliances to support UNDP programmes

Duties and Responsibilities

Ideas & expertise:

  • With CO management, programme, engagement and operations teams, crafts novel messages and interventions that raise awareness of UNDPs work in Sri Lanka and facilitates continued revenue streams.
  • Collaborates across teams and with external partners to position UNDO with the Sri Lanka government and counterpart donors and partners.
  • Facilitate direct citizen engagement events that promote inclusion in development thinking, prioritizing, planning and coordination across all portfolios leading to: inclusive design and formulation of CO programme, transparent monitoring and accountability of results and expenditure tracking, greater accessibility to programme teams for increased knowledge sharing strengthening UNDPs position within the broader development community.
  • Analyze Sri Lanka budget and communicated development priorities and identify entry points for UNDP partnership expansion.
  • Identify emerging sources of potential income and investors.
  • Working closely with the Business Development and Resource Management Advisor, provide leadership to the engagement and partnerships effort of the CO, with a focus on strategic partnership development while articulating UNDP’s value proposition and varied service offer in operational and partnership engagement terms
  • Provide leadership and support contract negotiations, business development pitches, and proposals for UNDP’s value added in leveraging domestic resources for development (incl. direct support with Government Cost Sharing as well as innovative financing solutions)
  • Support the overseeing of communications, results management, youth and innovation teams.

Partnership engagement:

  • Establishment of collaborative arrangements with potential partners, a Client Relationship Management System for resource mobilization purposes and appropriate operational partnership arrangements
  • Develop strong collaborative alliances with local authorities, CSOs, NGOs and other individuals of influence
  • Partner with programme portfolio teams to integrate voices of external communities into programme design and build messaging of programme efforts that resonate with current and potential partners.
  • Analyze key development partner initiatives and identify potential linkages and partnerships that generate investment and raise UNDPs profile.

Team Collaboration

  • Asses and inventory level and status of CO engagements with donor community and identify practical efforts, tools and mechanisms for programme team colleagues to consistently conduct greater outreach.
  • Coach teams in linkages between portfolio design and implementation activities and UNDP brand perspective among potential partners.
  • Provide examples of partner institution outreach efforts and how they can be incorporated into regular portfolio management work.

Competencies

Competencies and Selection Criteria

Description of Competency at Level Required (For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)

Core

  • InnovationAbility to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

  • CommunicationAbility to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Technical/Functional:

  • PartnershipsAbility to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Advocacy and Activations: Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Collaboration and PartnershipAbility to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Relationship Management: Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships

Level 4: apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

  • Fund Operations: Knowledge of the technical and programmatic support functions normally undertaken by a fund secretariat to facilitate the work of a steering committee of a major UN or national Multi-donor trust fund

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Gender

Effective programming for gender equality

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master's or Bachelor’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies, business administration, public administration or a related area.

Experience:

  • Master’s with 2 years or Bachelor’s with 4 years’ experience in partnership development and resource mobilization in an international development context.
  • Experience in donor and UN partnerships/public relations.
  • Experience with non-traditional development actors (private sector, foundations etc) is a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of IPSAS and/or IFRS is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages,
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems and ERP financials, preferably PeopleSoft (Atlas).

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and in the national language of the duty station. Knowledge of other UN official language is desirable

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