Partnerships Development Specialist, UNCDF

  • Added Date: Friday, 12 April 2019
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 27 April 2019

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UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: savings-led financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. UNCDF financing models are applied in thematic areas where addressing barriers to finance at the local level can have a transformational effect for poor and excluded people and communities.

By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 on eradicating poverty with a focus on reaching the last mile and addressing exclusion and inequalities of access. At the same time, UNCDF deploys its capital finance mandate in line with SDG 17 on the means of implementation, to unlock public and private finance for the poor at the local level. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs and currently to 28 of 169 targets.

The Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit (PPCU) to which this post is assigned, leads and manages the organization’s relationship with its governing body, the Executive Board. To all these ends the Unit will lead the organization in the development and advancement of relevant strategies in engaging with this wide spectrum of partners that is achieved through wide internal and external consultative processes. 

Job Context: The Partnership Development Specialist is an integral part of the Directorate/Partnerships Policy and Communications Unit supporting the whole of UNCDF’s outreach work. The PPCU works to increase core funding; ensure that UNCDF has access to predictable un-earmarked programme resources; support non-core fund-raising efforts at the country, regional and global levels; develop new partnerships and products; and achieve ambitious leveraging targets in line with stated corporate targets of un-earmarked to earmarked to domestic resources.

Under the supervision of the Partnerships and Communications Advisor, P-5 the Partnerships Development Specialist, P-4 will work with the UNCDF Directorate, the Strategic Policy Advisor and the Practice Directors (and their staff at HQ, regional and country levels) on the development of innovative financing solutions and vehicles, on cultivating relationships with a wide range of constituencies with a view to strengthen UNCDF’s resource mobilization base including traditional and non-traditional donors, UNDP, other agency partners, bi-lateral, multilateral, private sector, domestic resources etc. performing the functions as outlined below.

The work of the Partnership Development Specialist has a significant impact on the ability of the Teams, Units and Practices to make informed decisions affecting the work of UNCDF. She/he will develop a close collaboration with other colleagues from PPCU, PMSU, Practice Areas, and Management Support Unit in UNCDF.  The Policy Specialist, IGP will endeavor to develop and manage a network with colleagues from UNDP, other UN Agencies, IFIs, private sector and civil society.


Summary of key functions:

  • Strategic advocacy and partnership development;
  • Support to mobilization of core and non-core resources;
  • Effective Internal and External Donor Relations;
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing;
  • Support for creation of new innovative finance vehicles and instruments.
  • Support the development of corporate strategies tailored to specific donors;
  • Build and maintain relationships with the financial sector, private sector investors, and family offices;
  • Provide strategic advice and policy recommendations with a view to positioning UNCDF strongly;
  • Analyze donor trends in the UNCDF funding landscape.
  • Define and regularly ‘connect’ UNCDF value propositions in the LDCs in alignment, and when possible, in anticipation of the changing aid architecture and evolving resource mobilization drivers;
  • Identification of opportunities for UNCDF programmes in its relationship with other UN Agencies;
  • Implementation of PCU strategy for partnering with UN Agencies around UNDAF, MDG and other joint programming for implementation of UN Reform;
  • Identification of specific areas for support, building on UNCDF comparative advantages and UNCDF programmatic objectives in country.
  • Assist in building and maintaining relations with other UN agencies that support the effective implementation of the IF and LDF business plans, with special focus on jointly mobilization of resources;
  • Provides technical support during negotiation processes at the corporate level (HQ) with key partners (relevant to the new thematic areas such as with the EC, GEF, etc.)
  • Provides timely and professional response to COs requests for support on matters of partnerships-building.
  • Enhances capacity by UNCDF country and regional offices to pursue and capitalize on strategic partnerships and resource mobilization opportunities.

2. Support to mobilization of core and non-core resources:

  • Provide effective and efficient support to the Executive Secretary and senior management in the mobilization of core and non-core resources in all aspects of resource mobilization;
  • Support and create new partnerships with non-traditional donors, particularly corporations, the investment sector, and the financial sector;
  • Specifically, support UNCDF senior management in the mobilization of core and non-core resources through in-depth analysis of donor-specific ODA trends, political and economic developments, aid policies, practices and budget allocations in specific donor countries;
  • Identify and develop opportunities for non-core resource mobilization and advise country offices and headquarters units on appropriate strategies and approaches to seize them; and
  • Contribute to the development of corporate policies and procedures for core and non-core resource mobilization, including through strategic partners.
  • Based on in-depth knowledge of national environments, identify targeted interventions to mobilize support for UNCDF and influence positively donor countries’ national budgetary and other decision-making processes;
  • Build and maintain UNCDF’s visibility and reputation at relevant financial conferences and investor events;
  • Build, nurture and maintain effective internal and external working relations, including with relevant Representation Offices (Global or locally) and Practice Area Leaders responsible for specific donor countries and/or partners in the private sector.
  • Identification and formulation of lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader CO knowledge management efforts;
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice; and
  • Organization and conduct of trainings on RM and partnerships building in the Country Office.

Impact of Results:

The work of the Partnership Development Specialist has a significant impact on the ability of the Teams, Units and Practices to make informed decisions affecting the work of UNCDF.

The position will enhance the institution-wide capacity to identify, pursue and capitalize on strategic partnerships and resource mobilization opportunities at global and country level and enhance UNCDF’s ability to raise sufficient levels of core and non-core resources. The position will also enhance UNCDF’s visibility, brand recognition and positioning among key development partners.


Core Competencies:

  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work   

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them

  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction    

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others

  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others

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

Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions

Functional/Technical Competencies:

  • Resource Mobilizaton
  • Building Strategic Partnershios
  • Advocacy/Advancing a Policy Agenda
  • Innovation and Marketing new approaches
  • Job Knowledge & Technical Expertise


Minimum Recruitment Qualifications of successful candidate:


  • Advanced (Masters) university degree in economics, public administration, business administration, international relations or equivalent required


  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in resource mobilization, client management, impact investing, financial services, deal structuring, or a related field.
  • Proven track record of creating new partnerships and effective resource mobilisation.  Both private sector and field experience in the related field is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies’ programmes, priorities and procedures is a plus.


  • Fluency in English
  • Professional level fluency of French is strongly preferred.


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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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