Partnerships Management Specialist

UNOPS, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th November, 2018

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS Pakistan (Project Office) is part of the Nepal Multi Country Office in the Asia Region. With a steady growth of the project portfolio in the recent years and a new strategic direction, UNOPS Pakistan is looking to strengthen the relationships with existing partners as well as build new alliances and diversify the portfolio of work, in line with UNOPS strategic and Asia regional objectives.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Pakistan Country Manager, and in close coordination with the Regional Office and the Partnerships Group, the Partnerships Management Specialist will be responsible for developing and implementing the partnership and programme development plan for UNOPS Pakistan, with the ultimate aim of enabling a sustainable portfolio growth, efficiency and quality of its delivery as well as enhancement of UNOPS visibility in project services in Pakistan.

Functional Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Partnership and programme development planning
  • Development and follow up of partnership opportunities
  • Inter-agency collaboration
  • Knowledge management and innovation

Partnership and programme development planning

  • Develop a comprehensive partnership and programme development plan in line with UNOPS Strategic Plan and Regional Strategies. This includes country context, analysis of the regional and national development and humanitarian landscape, identification of main partners, strategic positioning of UNOPS in the potential operational niches identified, as well as grow a pipeline opportunities across different locations in scope for the office. Ensure plan reflects in-house capacity, typology of projects and the internal tools and knowledge resources.
  • Examine risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning of the Project Office (UNOPS Pakistan) and propose appropriate responses to ensure sustainable growth.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant Partnerships personnel within the Region, liaison and HQ level, as well as Project Managers and project personnel of the Project Office, to ensure aligned and coherent interactions with partners.

Develop opportunities

  • Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends and needs to identify areas of collaboration within UNOPS mandate and existing capacity.
  • Research events, publications and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive partnership opportunities.
  • Provide advice and feedback to UNOPS HQ and Regional Office on the development of framework partnership agreements that can increase opportunities at the regional level.
  • Contribute to the identification, design, formulation and negotiation of new projects and programs and draft concept notes and project document briefs for discussion with partners.
  • Create and maintain oneUNOPS opportunities and engagement functionalities in alignment with UNOPS corporate guidelines.
  • Coordinate technical and financial requirements, and negotiate proposals to close new project opportunities.
  • Drafts agreements and/or contractual documents required for the signature and implementation of new projects.
  • Understand and clearly explain UNOPS pricing policy to partners.
  • Drive the diversification of the pipeline, in line with UNOPS strategic and Regional objectives.
  • Coordinate the work involved in the communications and outreach materials content developing and activities at the Project Office level. Ensure it is of high quality

Inter-agency collaboration

  • Establish and further develop partnerships with UN agencies, international organisations, governments, foundations, international NGOs and private sector organisations to diversify project opportunities within the Project Office.
  • Undertake advocacy, public information and communication activities in collaboration with the Communications Assistant, when required.
  • On behalf of the Country Manager, participate in and report on the relevant inter-agency, donor and government coordination meetings including addressing project development issues in consultation with UNOPS project managers and technical experts when required. Take part in UN common planning and programming processes, including strategic country analysis, UNDAF, response plans, etc.
  • Build a network of key partners, keeping abreast of evolving trends (social, economic, and political), including the application of innovation to project and partnership development.

Knowledge management and innovation

  • Implement standards, tools and templates provided by HQ to effectively manage partnership and project development within the team to enhance/maintain UNOPS effectiveness as a provider of project services for sustainable results.
  • Contribute to the ongoing research, development and implementation of best practice and innovative approaches to maximise performance and sustain achievements in project and partnership development.
  • Help build partnerships capacity and negotiation skills among project managers
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building within project and partnership development.
  • Provide regular feedback on existing systems, tools and resources to ensure its relevance to day-to-day operations.

Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Partnerships Management Specialist impacts on the performance of the Project Office by maintaining a robust and diverse pipeline of project opportunities, which leads to sustainable growth of the Project Office and strengthens the achievements of UNOPS management results and the fulfilment of its mandate.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Engineering, Political Science, Communications or International Relations.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.


At least 5 years of experience in the area of international development, including demonstrated experience in:

  • Developing and executing partnership and programme development plans;
  • Project development and proposal writing;
  • Acquisition of projects;
  • Project and programme management experience is an asset
  • Establishing partnerships with UN agencies, international development organisations, governments, foundations, international NGOs or private sector organisations.
  • Prior experience working in international organisations, international development, post-disaster and/or emergency contexts would also be an advantage.


  • Full working knowledge of English is essential.
  • Fluency in one or more additional official UNOPS languages is an advantage.


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