Engagement & Partnerships Development Specialist

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  • Added Date: Thursday, 07 April 2022
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
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Job title: Engagement and Partnerships Development Specialist

Reports to: Head of Global Development

Salary Category: F-G Specialist/Sr Specialist

Duty station: Stockholm, Sweden (possible other locations/flexible)

Contract duration: Two years, with potential renewal

Eligibility: All Nationalities

Salary: โ‚ฌ3000 - โ‚ฌ5,800 base monthly net (cost of living adjustment may apply if decided duty station is in another country)

Deadline: As soon as possible

Starting date: As soon as possible


Partners, donors, and investors represent a powerful force in accelerating the shift to a sustainable management of the worldโ€™s water resources. Our vision is that by 2025, leading partners and donors will be coordinated and collaborating for water leadership and using their influence and capital to drive change and scale investment in water and water related segments of sustainable development. As a leading IGO water, GWP envisions to deliver its global strategy for a water secure world, and shape new ways of engaging and mobilizing donors and partners across governments, donor agencies and private sector funders, to achieve scaled impact.

The Engagement and Partnerships Development Specialist (EPDS) will be an integral part of a small team focused on the strategic development and management of relationships with government, development/donor agencies, as well as private sector and foundations. Reporting to the Head of Global Development, this person will coordinate closely with staff and partners across GWPโ€™s internal and external networks to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of strategic partners that increasingly provides significant support for GWP to carry out its worldwide mission.

This position is part of the growing Global Development team within the GWP Headquarters in Stockholm. To be successful, the person will demonstrate a strong spirit of collaboration, communicate with trust and transparency, and have a laser focus on achieving results, while building and maintaining durable partnerships.


  • Contribute to the Global Development Unit to develop a partnership and fundraising strategy and funding pipeline, raise funds and build partnerships with new and existing public sector and government donors, as well as the private sector, investors, and foundations.
  • Contribute to our comprehensive plan to build out GWP's partnership strategy to raise the profile of GWP and its expertise
  • Prepare and support the Head of Global Development and GWP senior staff to be strong representatives with public and private development partners and participate in introductory or follow up meetings, to advance GWPโ€™s profile and diversify the GWP. financial menu.
  • Participate in strategizing for and raising funds, by defining donor engagement goals and creating strategies for achieving results
  • Manage a portfolio of public sector and government donors and private sector funders serving as a liaison and informational contact between GWP and granting agency staff
  • Develop and/or identify, research and evaluate sources of public and private funding, including foundations and corporates as assigned, and provide strategic guidance to programmes on alignment/fit, eligibility, and competitiveness and programme/proposal development
  • Write and produce relevant materials needed to engage partners and donors, including proposals, briefings, reports, and other communications, in close coordination and collaboration with the GWP Communications unit
  • Actively contribute to GWPO and regional network entities as they seek to improve best practices and procedures and develop new cultivation strategies and tools.
  • Provide extensive internal communication with the Global Development unit, program, finance, and administration staff, and at times the Executive team.
  • Develop and maintain strong knowledge of GWPโ€™s global programme work to represent independently and effectively, through both written and oral communications, a wide array of regional, national, and global environmental programmes.



  • Masterโ€™s degree in social or natural science, communications, international development; international relations, sustainability, and/or business administration field.
  • Minimum of 7 yearsโ€™ experience within international development cooperation and sustainable development, working with developing partnerships, fundraising and programme development/, with a focus on climate, environmental or water issues.
  • Documented ability to develop strategy and arguments and enable access to leverage an existing global network of key public and private potential partners and donors
  • Broad insights into global opportunities and challenges, and an understanding of global public relations and development cooperation
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated competence in engagement and managing relationships
  • Proven track record in public and/or private sector fundraising (within the last 3 years) and experience with programme design and proposal development aligned with donor language, priorities, strategies, and interests
  • Fluency in written and spoken English a must, knowledge of other languages preferred


  • Professionalism: Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity. Demonstrates corporate knowledge, self-development, and initiative-taking. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and international environment based on mutual respect and tolerance.
  • Planning and Organizing: Excellent organizational and task management skills, CRM system skills, with appropriate attention to details and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands, and under tight deadlines.
  • Teamwork: Support colleagues, contribute to team culture, and share responsibility for decision-making and results.
  • E-literacy: Excellent e-skills, including the ability to use modern office technology and related software. Practical knowledge of human resources software and applications is an advantage
  • Personal: A good sense of humor. Willingness to 'get the job' done with a positive attitude to take on a wide range of tasks. Availability for travel as needed.
  • Actively contribute to building a learning culture within GWPO by modeling good learning practices and supporting others in doing so.


  • Applications must be submitted in English only and only via the online application system
  • Email applications will not be accepted.
  • Maximum 2-page CV and 1-page cover letter (required) describing how your experience, qualifications and competencies match this position.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Professionals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • GWP offers competitive remuneration, good benefit package as well as an attractive work environment, with flat hierarchies, and with great opportunities for professional exposure and skills growth.
  • Questions can be directed to hr@gwp.org.

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