UN Job Careers – Partnerships, Innovation & Development Solutions Specialist – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network.
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice,
training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with
increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.
Job Summary:  The Partnerships, Innovation & Development
Solutions Specialist will support strategic partnership building, and
implementation of innovative approaches to addressing complex development
challenges in the 21st Century.
In addition, the
specialist will contribute substantively to UNDP’s strategic engagements on SDG
acceleration through creating and promoting development solutions and providing
intellectual and strategic leadership on innovation subjects. H/she will
spearhead donor intelligence and build and sustain strategic partnerships with
the United Nations (UN) system, the wider innovation community of practice,
Government (national and sub national) institutions, Development Partners,
Private Sector, Civil Society, religious and cultural institutions, and other
The specialist will
also coordinate the development, regular updating and implementation of the CO
partnerships and resource mobilization strategy, tools and procedures.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Formulation and
implementation of CO strategies related to Partnerships Building
opportunities for the CO based on partner-specific intelligence and the
competitive landscape
implement and regularly update a detailed CO Partnership and Resource
Mobilization (PRM) Strategy and all requisite tools to implement it (in
partnership with the Resource mobilization specialist);
implement and regularly update a robust donor intelligence strategy, assessing
the level of engagement with each donor in order to position the CO as priority
emerging. new and emerging sources of funding
the quality assurance team to regularly review the level of efficiency and
effectiveness in the use of donor resources
and strengthen partnerships with stakeholders such as private sector and
and implement the CO strategy for partnering with UN Agencies around UN
Sustainable Development Co-operation Framework (UNSDCF)
tool-kits / presentations/narrative to promote financing and partnership
the planning and undertaking of regular financing and outreach engagements with
strategic partners
the negotiation, drafting and revision of agreements
Advice and Support
on Innovation Policy Development and Programme
abreast of regional discussions, developments and main events as they relate to
the innovation knowledge domain within UNDP and broader networks
the development of strategies for scaling up and uptake of innovative solutions
of the CO innovation agenda including developing and testing new concepts,
products, tools and resources
to the design of innovation activities and initiatives by developing
prototypes, analyzing and reporting their impact and assessing their scale up
at country and sub regional levels
support in innovation project design, planning, implementation, monitoring,
evaluation and results reporting in line with Results-Based Management (RBM)
guidelines, and support quality assurance, risk management and due diligence
the monitoring and management of risks across the portfolio of advisory
engagements in the innovation knowledge domain
and sustain partnerships with leading innovation organizations and experts
within country and globally to generate and promote best practices and ensure
that UNDP has access to the best available expertise
to capacity building of national counterparts as it relates to the innovation
knowledge domain in support of achieving the Strategic Plan and other
nationally and internationally agreed development goals.
Development of a
dynamic Innovation Portfolio with robust Programme Management
to the preparation of high-quality project documents and proposals and bringing
out dimensions of innovation and use of digital technologies, in consultation
with all stakeholders
the implementation of UNDP internal policies and guidelines for Program-related
substantial support to UNDP internal reporting exercises and development of
briefing Notes for the Senior Management
Act as
UNDP Focal point on digital solutions and innovations in technical engagements
within and outside of the UN system
closely with the IT Unit in the development and roll-out of digital
technologies to support implementation of various projects and interventions
under the CPD and to enhance efficiency in monitoring and reporting development
Delivery of
Technical Advice on SDG Acceleration and Programme Management support to SDG
significantly to the work of a new SDG Group focusing on support to Government
and partners on SDG Acceleration
support to SDG integration and mainstreaming into Local Economic Development
(LED) frameworks and within Local Governments
technical support to joint resource process to accelerate SDG implementation
and progress
Dialogues and Platforms for Multi-stakeholder engagement with the
implementation of the SDGs
the implementation of UNDP Integrator role through technical and strategic
advisory support to the CO’s work on SDG Integration, SDG Financing, Innovative
Approaches to SDGs including through knowledge management and South to South
co-operation, and SDG data analysis
the integration of UNDP Uganda Accelerator lab within broader national
development processes and Country Office programming
strategic advisory support to the CO Accelerator Lab and with a focus on
consolidating the gains made, scaling up strategies to accelerate
transformative results and institutionalization of the work supported by the
Accelerator Lab
Management and Knowledge Sharing
and formulate lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader
CO knowledge management efforts
to knowledge networks and communities of practice
CO access to information, key players and evidence in innovation as it pertains
to UNDP’s main area of work
capacity development of UNDP staff in application of innovation tools and
practices, including support to staff exchanges and twinning initiatives between
COs and the Regional Hub, and conducting training / organization of learning
and conduct of trainings on RM and partnerships building in the Country Office
to the capacity building and orientation of IP’s and RPs on issues related to
partnership management and innovation
other related assignment from the CO Senior Management

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
applicant for the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) Partnerships, Innovation & Development Solutions Specialist job
should hold a Master’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics,
economics, development studies or a related area.
experience at the national or international level, including experience in
partnership development and resource mobilization.
experience working on innovation and applying innovation methodologies,
including design thinking.
with a broad range of innovation approaches and methodologies, including but
not limited to alternative finance and data innovation.
experience in partnership building with non-traditional partners such as
private sector and academia.
experience working with national partners and international bilateral partners
on development projects/programmes.
problem-solving skills.
capacity in the usage of MS office package (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc).
in the UN Common System or comparable international organization is desirable.
Ability to make new and useful
ideas work Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to
implement them Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to
implement them
Ability to persuade others to
follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
Ability to improve
performance and satisfaction Level 5: Models high professional standards and
motivates excellence in others Level 5: Models high professional standards and
motivates excellence in others
Ability to listen, adapt,
persuade and transform Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by
presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others Level 5: Gains trust
of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms
to others
Ability to get things done
while exercising good judgement Level 5: Critically assesses value and
relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of
products, services, and innovative solutions Level 5: Critically assesses value
and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced
delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan nationals should submit their applications
online at the link below.
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. UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its
workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender,
nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic
backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest
Deadline: 16th July 2020
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