Multi-Stakeholder & Programme Development Specialist, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Friday, 13 November 2020

Job ID: 33355

Practice Area - Job Family: Management

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 13/11/2020

Duty Station: New York, United States

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 7 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: P4

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.

Cognizant of the evolving landscape of international development cooperation, UNDP has been deepening its partnership with both traditional and new and emerging partners. UNDP has a strong track record with many important non-DAC partners, such as China; India; Brazil, Russia, Turkey and the Gulf States. It is important to recognize diversity and heterogeneity in emerging partners‘ political, social, economic, and ideological values and priorities. Hence, this position will be critical to strengthen UNDP’s strategic engagement with new and emerging partners, support Country Offices forge multi-stakeholder partnerships, and remove any obstacles to resource mobilization.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

In close collaboration with external partners, the GPN, BMS and Regional Bureaux, develops and cultivates opportunities and remove obstacles for UNDP to participate more actively in multi-stakeholder funding platforms.

Provides technical support to the development of funding modalities and mechanisms for emerging partners, thematic and pooled funding; including through relevant inter-agency fora, working in close collaboration with other Public Partners teams.

Creates tailored objectives, KPIs and strategies for accessing funding from multi-stakeholder funding platforms, including and focused on UN pooled funding and thematic funding targets.

In close collaboration with relevant BERA and GPN teams, assesses and matches donor interests to UNDP’s work to identify and develop new thematic and pooled funding opportunities and create offers that align with UNDP’s interest including at the country level.

Provides support, capacity building and guidance to RBx and COs on how to identify and access multi-stakeholder funding platforms.

Coordinates fund raising for thematic funding windows with high value donors.

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Monitors and reports on UNDP performance in pooled funding implementation and provides troubleshooting support to overcoming challenges.

Perform other duties within your functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.




Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement


Global Development Finance

Knowledge of global development financial trends, global financial institutions and processes, and ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations

Substantive positioning of UNDP

Knowledge of global institutions (such as the UN, IFIs), processes (such as G20 and various UN initiatives), good grasp of UNDP’s niche, and ability to engage and foster strong networks with those institutions

Multilateral Affairs

Knowledge of multilateral agencies (OECD, IFIs, EU, Regional Development Banks, etc.), including respective mandates and ways of working


Ability to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue

Thematic and Analytic

Knowledge of global theories of change, global funding environment and pooled funding instruments in specific thematic areas (humanitarian, transition, development, climate change).

Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources


Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree in political science, economics, public or finance administration, social sciences, or development related fields


Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in development cooperation, including at the country-level essential. Understanding of UN/UNDP policies and hands-on experience of operational and financial activities

Significant resources mobilization and resources management experience

Experience in public relations, partnership management, policy formulation and strategy development at the international level;
Language Requirements:

Fluency, written and oral, in English required.

Proficiency in at least one other UN working languages is as asset.


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