UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
Background information - GPSO
Background information – Partnerships Practice Group (PPG)
The Partnerships Practice Group (PPG) supports UNOPS efforts to build closer ties with partners across the full spectrum of UNOPS activities. By forging strategic relationships and working with partners, both in the field and at headquarters, PPG seeks to not only ensure high partners satisfaction with UNOPS project implementation and support, but also to integrate best practices and innovative solutions from experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector into UNOPS operations. Based in Copenhagen, PPG has active liaison offices in New York, Geneva, Brussels, Washington DC, and Nairobi and supports partners such as the World Bank, the European Union, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations Mine Action Service, UNEP, the Global Fund, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and others.
Please note that there is one (1) open position in each of Brussels and Nairobi. As such, candidates are requested to clearly indicate their preferred duty station in their cover letter.
In Brussels, under the guidance of the Representative and Senior Partnerships Advisor, Partnerships Analyst (Intern) will be responsible for:
- Analyse strategic priorities and regional focus of key EU partners (DG DEVCO, DG ECHO and DG ELARG)
- Update and maintain partner profiles according to changing/shifting donor priorities, areas of focus, country strategies
- Help develop EU funding guidelines
- Support updating UNOPS communication materials targeted toward European partners
- Identify EU funding opportunities by scanning relevant EU websites and information-gathering and follow-up
- Conduct data collection, research and analysis in order to identify UNOPS references, methodologies and major achievements by reviewing UNOPS past project data/information
- Help organize events (and/or UNOPS presence at existing events) to showcase UNOPS achievements to relevant and potential partners in Brussels
- Identify best practices and lessons learnt and document such findings in a standardized format
- Perform other duties as required.
In Nairobi, under the guidance of the Environment and Sustainability Advisor, Partnerships Analyst (Intern) will be responsible for
- Research and develop partner profiles, specifically for global partners based in Nairobi;
- Update and maintain partner profiles according to changing/shifting donor priorities, areas of focus, country strategies, inter alia;
- Analyse strategic priorities and regional focus of identified key partners, such as UNEP and UN-Habitat;
- Research strategic areas of cooperation with key environmental partners based in Nairobi that support UNOPS’ sustainability initiatives;
- Identify best practices and lessons learnt and document such findings in a standardized format;
- Conduct data collection, research and analysis in order to identify UNOPS references, methodologies and major achievements by reviewing UNOPS past project data/information ;
- Prepare briefing materials and post-event summaries for a variety of workshops, missions and discussions with both internal and external partners;
- Help organize events (and/or UNOPS presence at existing events) to showcase UNOPS achievements to relevant partners;
- Perform other duties as required.
Learning Opportunities offered to the Intern:
- In the performance of his/her duties, the intern will gain exposure to the full-range of UNOPS operations, clients, and donors. The intern will also gain key insight into the workings of the United Nations system as well as the interplay between donor-financing, partnership-building, field-work, and the political complexity involved in working at a United Nations organization.
- The intern will also gain expose to an international and culturally diverse environment where s/he will be in a unique position to gain an understanding of the dynamics of working in a multicultural setting and the challenges and opportunities involved therein.
- To the extent possible, the intern will have full access and be able to participate in the full range of UNOPS training and educational opportunities including, but not limited to: PRINCE2 project management courses, UN field security training, International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) orientation training, sustainable procurement/infrastructure/project management workshops/seminars, and others.
- Result Orientation
- Ability to Analyze
- Creativity and Innovation
- Ability to Learn
- Teamwork Skills
- Motivation and Inspiration
- Client Focus
- Analyze and link information from different sources
- Analyze both qualitative and quantitative data in support of the identification of programme and project acquisition opportunities and development of engagement strategies
- Understand, identify, prepare and maintain databases and internal documents concerning programme and project development opportunities
- Deliver comprehensive and fact-based strategic engagement strategies aligned with fluid/dynamic donor landscape
- Offer new and/or different feasible solutions to problems/client needs
- Displays openness and flexibility in daily work
- Meet tight timelines for delivery with internal/external clients
Currently enrolled in, or recently completed, a Bachelor/Master’s Degree in a relevant area.
The applicant must be pursuing a university degree such as Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. (or the equivalent), or have graduated from such studies within three years prior to the application date of the internship.
The preferred candidate would have a combination of degrees including one in development studies, public policy and administration, international relations, economics, business, communications, engineering, or other related areas.
The ideal candidate would have a combination of private and international public sector experience, including in the following areas:
- Strategic planning and development
- Data analysis
- Market research and analysis
- Client/donor research
- Capture planning
- Programme and project acquisition/development
- Competitor analysis
- BCG and SWOT analysis
- Official Development Assistance (ODA) analysis
The candidate should also have knowledge of, and experience with, Microsoft Office programs, particularly with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Fluency in English is required.
Fluency in other UN languages, in particular Spanish and French, is an asset.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Internship
Contract level: Intern
Contract duration: 6 months
Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel and securing any necessary visas.
Flexible working schedules may be arranged.
This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.
Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time lumpsum payment of 500 USD to support intern relocation costs. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, insurance coverage and any necessary visas.
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Method of Application
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- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
- 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.
- For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
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