Partnership Specialist – UNDP



This position is based in NewYork. United States.


The Specialist Development Programme (SDP) seeks to strengthen UNDP’s capacity to support countries to make the 2030 sustainable development agenda a reality with a particular focus on crisis countries and the humanitarian development nexus. The Programme is implemented within the framework of UNDP’s Junior Professional Officer Programme.

The candidate will receive a UNDP Letter of Appointment under the UN Staff Rules and Regulations and will be entitled to a compensation package including among others salary based on the UN salary scale for the professional category, postadjustment, travel to/from the duty station, installation costs comprising relocation shipment/settling-in grant, and an
annual learning allowance. Furthermore, the candidate will be enrolled in medical insurance scheme and in the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund. As an international staff member, the candidate will be eligible to apply for rental subsidy, spouse and child allowance, child education grant as applicable.

UNDP is seeking to appoint a dynamic Partnership Specialist as part of the CIP Start-up Project team. The Partnership Specialist will work closely with the Communications Specialist, and will support the CIP Coordinator to engage with and consult with CIP announcing partners, as well as potential future CIP partners, stakeholders and interest groups. The engagement and consultations may take place at strategic meetings and high-level events, at the international, regional and country level, and will include development banks, the UN system, bilateral donors, inter-government bodies, research organisations and think tanks, and civil society. The Partnership Specialist will support dialogue with governments, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island States (SIDS). These partnership engagements and consultations will be country-driven, delivering concrete results in relation to the objectives and targets laid out in the CIP Start-up Phase Project Document. The Partnership Specialist is also expected to engage internally within UNDP, with the
purpose of galvanizing synergies with initiatives, projects and programmes that relate to the CIP.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Advances high-impact energy transition partnership activities with transformative potential in the climate finance arena

  • Expansion of the CIP partnership network to serve the CIP’s goals of decluttering the climate finance space, accelerating the preparation of project pipeline, aligning climate finance supply, and facilitating matchmaking in the CIP ‘marketplace’
  • Supports CIP efforts to develop partnerships, secure resources, and establish relationships to advance the CIP’s goals. Develops a partnership outreach plan. Key potential strategic partners will comprise donor country governments, key develop finance institutions, and existing climate finance initiatives.
  • Oversees the Partnerships Task Force of the CIP Start-up Phase Project activities delivering client-oriented CIP services such as technical and project preparation support to governments and project proponents at the country level
  • Spearheads coordination of the various partners’ efforts in support of the CIP, including coordination internally within UNDP and interaction with other CIP partners externally in close collaboration with IRENA, SE4ALL and GCF to mobilize resources and design high-impact thematic initiatives on energy transition and climate finance mobilization
  • Collaborates closely with the UNDP Global Energy team, including Regional Technical Advisors and Country Offices, to develop bottom-up partnership opportunities from the CIP’s country-level activities. identify, select, refine, and position for financing high-impact CIP interventions building on identified needs and based upon political will and UNDP capacity and project implementation experience at the country level

2. Positioning of the CIP for scale-up through support of various Start-up Phase activities

  • In addition to leading the CIP’s partnership function, supports other CIP Start-up Phase activities, including:
  • Communications and Outreach. Supports the Communications Associate to establish CIP’s messaging and perform outreach activities with a view on broadening its support base and awareness, particularly with regard to the engagement of partners and development of new partnerships. Capitalizing on the high-level support and visibility of the CIP deriving from its launch at the 2019 UNSG’s Climate Summit, engages in outreach to and solicit inputs and feedback from stakeholders.
  • Country-level support. Liaises with CIP partners and forms collaborations surrounding UNDP’s and other CIP partners’ country-level activities to offer and deliver services along the four Tracks. The CIP’s start-up phase will prioritize onthe-ground activities, albeit in a virtual manner in the first months (i.e. COVID19 contingency), aiming to achieve early results and impact. The CIP’s target clients are developing country governments, project proponents, and financial institutions. Country-level support will be country-driven, and will be provided for along the service offerings of the CIP’s four tracks. It is anticipated that the project will support 5 countries in year 1 and 10 countries in year 2.
  • CIP design and scaling. Working with the CIP partners and PMU team, advances the CIP’s design as an inclusive partnership, taking a light, nimble and adaptive management approach with a view towards building a viable and scalable initiative. The start-up phase will advance the CIP’s design as an inclusive partnership, adopting an adaptive
    management approach to developing the CIP, informed by learning-by-doing. The start-up phase will focus on building relationships, operational modalities, and management and implementation capacity that deliver on the CIP’s potential and create a pathway to scale. The accumulated field experience and stakeholder engagement will inform the scale-up plan and readiness for full-scale rollout in 2022 and beyond

3. Project management

  • Supports the implementation of project activities in accordance with the project document and grant from the Government of Denmark, annual and quarterly work plans and budgets, and UNDP policies;
  • Manages and monitors risks and issues related to CIP partnership development;
  • Ensures an adequate system is in place to monitor and evaluate partnership-related activities.
  • Contributes to knowledge management, innovation and community of practice networking to build the value proposition of the CIP and its transmission to the CIP network and broader climate finance community.


Core Competencies (level 5)

  • Innovation – Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Leadership – Ability to persuade others to follow
  • People Management – Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Communication – Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Delivery – Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Technical Competencies (level 5)

  • Strategic advocacy and partnership development
  • Effective Partnership and Donor Relations
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing:
  • Support to Monitoring and Evaluation, and Reporting


Required Skills & Experience

The Foundation seeks a leader with a demonstrated track record of commitment to the power of philanthropy and the common good; strong curiosity and the desire to continue learning; a collegial work style; a sense of humor; and the

dedication to work hard toward the Foundation’s mission of promoting philanthropy for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable planet for all.


  • Master’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies, environmental sciences, business administration or a related area


  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in international development, with at least 3 years in sustainable energy. A focus on sustainable energy finance is an advantage.
  • Experience in high-profile multi-stakeholder initiatives at the international level
  • Experience with the design and implementation of sustainable energy development projects is an advantage is an advantage
  • Experience with developing countries
  • Experience in the UN/multilateral system is an advantage
  • Language requirements:
  • Proficiency in English. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset
  • Willingness and ability to challenge the status quo creatively and productively


  • Under the UNDP JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to Danish nationals. For more
    information, please go to:

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Job ID: 32852
Practice Area – Job Family – Environment and Energy – , CLIMATE INVESTMENT PLATFORM, START-UP PHASE
Contract Duration: Annually renewable at least once, subject to satisfactory performance
Vacancy End Date(Midnight New York, USA)18/10/2020

Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to
commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised
to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity
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