Director, Strategic Partnerships Division

UN Women
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Nov 23

Position description


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The UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads, coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, by building effective partnerships amongst other activities.

The Strategic Partnership Division (SPD) develops, leads & coordinates implementation and reports on UN Women’s strategy for interacting with external partners for the mobilization of political will and financial resources in pursuit of gender equality and women’s empowerment all over the world.



Duties and Responsibilities

The Strategic Partnerships Director is responsible for:

  • Building alliance and strategic partnerships for UN Women;
  • Directing and overseeing the development and implementation of Resource Mobilization strategy;
  • Leadership and overall management of the Division;
  • Representation and external relations.

Building alliance and strategic partnerships for UN Women:

  • Lead the development of the partnership and stakeholder management strategy, and direct the implementation of all activities for strategic partnership and alliance building with key stakeholders including governments, bodies such as EU, EC, media leaders, corporate leaders, foundations, high net worth individuals and other influential opinion shapers, and  including the organization of strategic fundraising events, to advance UN Women mission/mandate and to enhance UN Women visibility at the global, regional and country level;
  • Direct and oversee the effective delivery of advice and other services by SPD to UN Women offices to build their capacity for developing, establishing and/or coordinating building effective partnerships, outreach and resource mobilization;
  • Support all Policy and Programme Divisions in maintaining effective partnerships with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and regional financial institutions, such as the World Bank, IMF, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank through advocacy and the promotion of UN Women’s interests.

Directing and overseeing the development and implementation of Resource Mobilization strategy:

  • Lead organizational process on mapping, researching, prospecting and securing six-seven figure+ funding prospects across all sectors
  • Direct and oversee the development and implementation of effective and innovative resource mobilization strategy, initiatives, and activities, against high-level annuals targets, to increase growth in financial resources (all sources) and to ensure a predictable multi-year funding base
    • Support the all Divisions on the implementation of the corporate innovative resource mobilization strategy including activities to increase growth in core and high-quality non-core resources and on timely and quality donor reporting;
    • Develop fundraising tactics for each targeted donor segment and lead corporate wide implementation
    • Develop and implement an innovative strategy for diversifying UN Women’s financial support base, including non-traditional donors, the private sector, National Committees, individual support and NGOs and other constituency groups to dialogue with governments to generate enhanced financial support for UN Women.
    • Develop and implement a strategy to revitalize the National Committee network, for advocacy and resource mobilization
  • Lead the development of partnership and resource mobilization policy, procedure and guidance and support implementation, including due diligence policy
  • Develop organizational capacity to prospect, pitch and secure funding agreements of more than $5 million
  • Lead the development of fundraising assets including impact stories, public campaigns, pitch materials, and other fundraising tools and communications materials
  • Lead and implement team adoption of revenue generating and customer relationship management fundraising platforms and systems
  • Lead the negotiation of partnership agreement and advise the legal team of adjustments that would benefit UN Women in ways that keep risks managed
  • Provide advice to the Executive Director on tactics to strategies to leverage access to heads of state, ministers, heads of public and international financial institutions to promote, advocate and mobilize political will and financial resources to advance the agenda of gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Contribute to UN Women’s Strategic Plan to enhance resource mobilization/business development with current and new donors and partners.

Leadership and overall management of the Division:

  • Provide intellectual leadership and technical guidance and make as well as communicate timely decisions to help the team meet objectives and deliver for impact.
  • Establish the Divisional annual work plans and set objectives, fundraising targets and other performance measurements, standards and expected results in collaboration and discussion with the Team.
  • Ensure adequate management of human resources including vacancy management, performance management, training, team building and talent management.
  • Manage and oversee the recruitment of qualified human resources and plan for their continuing learning and development to maintain expertise.
  • Manage and oversee the recruitment of qualified human resources and plan for their continuing learning and development to maintain expertise.
  • Provide staff members with sufficient information, guidance and support to perform and deliver results according to the organizational, personal and professional standards of efficiency, accountability and integrity.
  • Determine and submit budget proposals for financial, human and other required resources to ensure the Division operates effectively and efficiently. Decide on the optimum and appropriate allocation and management of resources.
  • Supervise and assess work in progress to ensure delivery of results according to performance standards, overall objectives and accountability framework.
  • Recommend and/or set the standards, policies, procedures, guidelines and tools for partnership building, resource mobilization, advocacy and communications. Oversee compliance in all SPD offices. UN Women offices in Headquarters and liaison offices
  • Promote teamwork to ensure harmonization, linkages, collaboration and synergy across SPD and with other Divisions and, through the Senior Managers and Directors, ensure that staff members are provided sufficient information, guidance and support to collaborate and support other Divisions.

Representation and external relations:

  • Develop and nurture active and excellent external relationship/partnership with Member States, UN system and agency partners, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, regional commissions, institutes and academia on women’s issues to grow political will to achieve gender equality, enhance collaboration, resource mobilization and/or share ideas to influence agenda and priority setting.
  • Represent UN Women in ways that position the Entity as the leader in gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as a key partner in delivering results for women and promotes their rights globally.
  • Represent UN Women in external forums that further fundraising and external relations goals; as well as in UN system-wide inter-agency forums, relevant task forces to contribute to strategic and policy discussions on key crosscutting and fundraising issues.
  • Represent UN Women in interagency and intergovernmental forums and other key meetings and events, as designated/appropriate to speak on UN Women’s mandate, participate in policy dialogue, discuss initiatives.
  • Report on progress achieved and/or present papers/ideas to influence setting of agenda and/or advocate UN Women competencies and mandate.

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