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Partnerships Advisor

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: LICA-11, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-21

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Background Information - Job-specific

In response to the request of the Government of Ukraine (GoU), UNOPS opened an office in Ukraine in 2017. The office currently has a portfolio of projects in the areas of the rule of law, crisis recovery, good governance, human resources management, procurement, and logistics.

On September 30, 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the Government's Action Plan that defines goals and priorities for the next five years. Human capital and economic development, European integration, safety and quality of life of Ukraine’s citizens are the main priorities announced by the Government. UNOPS is looking to support the GoU in achieving the goals and targets stated in the Government’s Action Plan and ultimately contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by the country.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Country Director, the Senior Partnerships Advisor is responsible for developing and implementing the partnership and business development activities for Ukraine. The Country Director will agree on the priorities, work plan and workload of the Senior Partnerships Advisor on a running basis.

Functional Responsibilities

  1. Partnership and programme development planning

  2. Development and follow up of partnership opportunities

  3. Knowledge management and innovation

  1. Partnership and programme development planning

  • Develop focused partnership and business development plans. 

  • Lead donor and partner mapping exercise covering both the development and humanitarian landscape;

  • Examine the risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning of the Country office and propose appropriate responses to ensure sustainable growth.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant Partnerships personnel at the Regional and HQ level, as well as Project Managers and project personnel of the office, to ensure aligned and coherent interactions with partners.

  • When requested, participate in and report on the relevant inter-agency, donor and government coordination meetings, including addressing project development issues in consultation with UNOPS project managers and technical experts. 

  • When required, take part in UN joint planning and programming processes, including strategic country analysis, UNPF, response plans, etc.

2. Development and follow-up of partnership opportunities 
  • Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends and needs to identify areas of collaboration within UNOPS mandate and existing capacity. 

  • Research events, publications and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive partnership opportunities. 

  • Contribute to the identification, design, formulation and negotiation of new projects and programs and draft concept notes and project document briefs for discussion with partners.

  • Prepare substantive briefs on specific partners, UNOPS strategic positioning, and partnership opportunities;

  • Drafts proposals, agreements and contractual documents required for the signature and implementation of new projects.

3. Knowledge management and innovation 
  • Implement standards, tools and templates provided by HQ to effectively manage partnership and project development within the team to enhance/maintain UNOPS effectiveness as a provider of project services for sustainable results.

  • Contribute to the ongoing research, development and implementation of best practice and innovative approaches to maximise performance and sustain achievements in project and partnership development. 

  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building within project and partnership development.


1. Partnership and business development plan for the UNOPS Ukraine Office, including amongst others: 

  • A mapping relevant donors and partners in the development and humanitarian landscape relevant to UNOPS 

  • Analysis of the risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning, current portfolio and capacity of the Office

  • Based on the above analysis, and the outcome of assessments of the Ukrainian public procurement and infrastructure system currently being performed by subject-matter experts, identify, assess and prioritize potential programme/project opportunities within UNOPS mandate and areas of expertise

2. Implementation of the partnership and business development plan of the Office

  • Formulation of concept notes and project/programme briefs for discussion with partners.

  • In close coordination with the Country Director, lead dialogue with partners regarding project/programme opportunities and further articulation of projects/programmes

  • Lead negotiation of UNOPS projects/programmes with partners and formulation of project/programme agreements


A Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Engineering, Political Science, Communications, International Relations or similar is required.

A combination of a Bachelor’s degree with an additional two years of relevant work experience may be accepted in place of the education requirements outlined above.


  • At least 7 years of relevant recent experience in Ukraine, in the following areas:

    • Developing and executing partnership and  business development plans required;

    • Project development and proposal writing required;

    • Establishing partnerships with government agencies, UN agencies, international development organisations,  foundations, international NGOs or private sector organisations required.

    • Prior experience working in/with international organisations, international development, post-disaster and/or emergency contexts would be an advantage

    • Knowledge / experience of Development Finance Institutions required

    • Experience in negotiating with external stakeholders is required;

    • Project and programme management experience is an asset

  • Proven, recent record of acquisition of projects desirable


Full working knowledge of English and Ukrainian is essential. 

Fluency in one or more additional official UNOPS languages is an advantage


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration



Contract duration: Up to 100 working days

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Fees earned through this contract may be liable to national taxation.  

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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