Partnership Specialist, Oslo, Norway

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Norway

City: Oslo, Norway

Office: UNDP Oslo Governance Centre

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Job ID: 33122

Practice Area - Job Family: Management

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 20/10/2020

Duty Station: Oslo, Norway

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience

Languages: English, Norwegian(N)

Grade: P3

Vacancy Type: FTA International

Posting Type: External

Bureau: External Relations & Advocacy

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for positioning UNDP as the world’s leading global development network, promoting its global authority and thought leadership on sustainable development and the interconnected issues of poverty, inequality, and climate change. BERA leads and supports UNDP in building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances essential to achieving its mission. Creating strong political and financial backing for UNDP by providing partners and supporters with a clear understanding of what UNDP does and how our mission, capabilities and flagship services relate to them. The Bureau leads UNDP’s work on innovative and diversified partnerships and ways of financing the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also responsible for global campaigns on critical development issues, which aim to inform government policies and build partnerships around high-impact solutions. BERA coordinates and sets corporate standards across the functions of partnerships, marketing and communications within UNDP and leads on internal communications.

The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy is positioned around three service lines; Public Partnership; Advocacy, Marketing and Communications; and Private and Finance Partners, all working in close collaboration and coordination under the guidance of the Directorate and with the support of the Management Support Unit and Strategic Analysis and Engagement team.

BERA has a robust network of Representation Offices (Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tokyo and Washington D.C) and Regional Teams in five hubs (Africa, Arab States, Asia Pacific, Europe and CIS, and Latin American and the Caribbean) co-led with Regional Bureaux, all of which play a critical role in audience centric communications and management and strengthening of relationships with Public and Private Partners to help build a strong brand for UNDP within the local ecosystem.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide critical support on developing more tailored communications, outreach, resource mobilization and other strategies to deepen and broaden UNDP’s existing partnership with key Nordic interlocutors. Identifying funding opportunities, calls for proposals by scanning relevant websites, information gathering etc;
Based on political intelligence suggest entry points to help maintain/strengthen/reverse current trends in the country’s political and financial support to UNDP;
Support RO management in the development and maintenance of effective cooperation with senior officials; Brief stakeholders on UNDP’s work and results and advocate for UNDP positioning;
Identify project opportunities and seek partnerships with Nordic stakeholders where relevant, to raise awareness and mobilize support for the SDGs and UNDP’s work;
Organises visits of UN/DP senior staff and management to the Nordic countries, including in the context of annual consultations or reviews, conferences, bilateral meetings, fund-raising initiatives etc. preparing presentations, briefing notes and talking points as appropriate;
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Communicate and enhance UNDP’s public visibility, engage in public policy dialogue and support reputation management;
Perform other duties within your functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office



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.

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


Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Partnerships - Ability to engage with other agencies, donors and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relations.

Representation - Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).

Cultural Translation - Ability to translate information into the context of the culture.

Brand & Quality Management - Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level.

Knowledge Management - Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

Relationship Management - Ability to engage with other parties and forge productive working relationships.

Public Relations - Ability to manage the spread of information between the UNDP and the public.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or equivalent in Public Administration, Communications, Law, European studies, Political Sciences or related field.


A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services; communications or public relations;
Familiarity with the UN/UNDP system and UNDP-Nordic partnership an asset;
Knowledge of Nordic policies and implementation modalities for external development and humanitarian assistance an asset;
Experience in the use of computers and office software packages and handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements

Fluency in both English and Norwegian languages, is required.


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