Partnerships Development Senior Advisor

United Nations Office for Project Services

dakar, Senegal

UNOPS Africa Region (AFR) has approximately 300 operational projects in 40 countries and counts over 800 personnel, with an annual delivery value of more than US$400 million. The regional portfolio of programmes and projects focuses mainly on supporting fragile and conflict-affected African states in infrastructure development and procurement in support of health, peace and security, and social infrastructure interventions.

The office of the Regional Director for Africa provides strategic leadership, technical guidance, and advisory support and oversight to the operations across offices within the UNOPS  Africa region (AFR). The region’s operations are divided into five sub-regional Multi Country Offices (MCOs) and one standalone Country Office (COs). The Office of the Regional Director for Africa is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark, but will likely move to Africa in 2023.

To join the UN collective actions, to engage in developing partnerships across the Sahel and to support all development actors in the Sahel region in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals  across ten countries - Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal - UNOPS is recruiting a Partnerships Development Senior Advisor.

 Background Information 

Under the direct supervision of the Africa Deputy Regional Director (DRD), the Partnerships Development Senior Advisor will act as the relationship manager for the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel and other UN processes for the broader Sahel Region, such as the UNISS (United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel), the Great Green Wall, the UNDP Sahel Energy Task Team, and the Joint Programme for the Sahel, among others. The Partnerships Development Senior Advisor will receive strategic guidance from the UNOPS AFR Sahel Steering Committee, composed of the AFR DRD and the Directors of the Senegal, Ghana, and Democratic Republic of Congo MCOs, and will report to the deputy regional director on a day-to-day basis.

 Functional Responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with MCO directors, the Partnerships Development Senior A...

 Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An advanced university degree (e.g. Master) 
  • A first level university degree (e.g. Bachelor) in with an additional 2 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.


  • A minimum of 10  years of experience in an international development context combining 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 organizations, is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working in the Sahel and/or in post-conflict and/or fragile environments is required. 

Language Skills

  • Fluency in English and French is required.