UN Women: Chief – Nordic Liaison Office, Copenhagen, Denmark 196 views


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women for a fully productive society; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Strategic Partnerships Division (SPD) works to strengthen UN Women’s position as a partner of choice for gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEWE) among governments and inter-governmental actors around the world. The division is doing this by positioning GEWE in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions as policy, programme and resource partners. A key premise for SPD is that engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Resource Mobilization, the Chief of the Nordic Liaison Office will oversee external relations and the overall partnership portfolio of an assigned group of countries, in addition to managing the office. The Head of the Nordic Liaison Office will focus on a government partner portfolio that includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Baltic States. The Chief will also facilitate growth of private sector partnerships in the assigned partner portfolio of countries, including by coordinating action with the corresponding National Committees for UN Women.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead and manage the development of external relations and overall partnership strategies of assigned funding partner portfolio:

  • Identify, develop and implement partnership, advocacy and resource mobilization strategies and workplans for assigned government funding partners in coordination with different UN Women divisions, Regional and Country Offices, and National Committees;
  • Implement and manage resource mobilization activities with the objective of increasing unrestricted Regular Resources and flexible and predictable earmarked Other Resources
  • Monitor and evaluate existing resource mobilization channels to ensure achievement of UN Women resource mobilization goals to meet the objectives and financial targets of the Strategic Plan, including by best leveraging and growing the private sector;
  • Monitor global trends in development cooperation and aid, resource partner development policies, budgets, systems and procedures, and revise UN Women partnership and resource mobilization strategies, activities for assigned resource partners as required; take appropriate action and/or advise UN Women senior management;
  • Advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment and UN Women normative, coordination, and operational work in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Entity’s Strategic Plan with portfolio partners.

Manage and lead the external relations and overall partnership relationship building:

  • Manage resource mobilization activities with the objective of increasing unrestricted Regular Resources and flexible and predictable earmarked Other Resources;
  • Act as the strategic interface between partners and the Resource Mobilization team and other UN Women sections
  • Identify and follow-up on possible sources of new and continued funding;
  • Facilitate and maintain high-level contacts with senior officials of missions to the UN and departments of assigned funding governments to promote, advocate, mobilize and influence cooperation with UN Women to ensure the Entity’s resource base and the attainment of its outcomes and outputs;
  • Negotiate terms of agreements of funding consistent with UN Women Rules and Regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings with other UN Agencies and liaise with other UN agencies on behalf of UN Women as needed.

Lead and manage the capturing and dissemination of partner intelligence:

  • Act as the central capacity for capturing real-time intelligence on partner policies and priorities for dissemination to offices globally, to promote win-win partner engagement;
  • Provide technical and policy guidance on priority issues for government, public sector, private sector in the Nordic region
  • Finalize comprehensive and substantive briefs, reports, statistics, revenue projections and requirements for Executive Director’s meetings with minister-level counterparts, senior funding government officials, senior parliamentarians, or heads of major institutions;
  • Oversee the sharing of knowledge on resource mobilization with colleagues outside the Resource Mobilization Section;
  • Work with other sections and offices in developing and implementing visibility products regarding partner enabling of joint results.

Proactively provide substantive support to field and HQ offices on resource mobilization and partnership opportunities:

  • Provide technical and coordination guidance to other sections of UN Women in developing strategic fund-raising proposals and proposal modalities as well as funding opportunities for Other Resources and in developing strategic partnerships with the Nordic countries;
  • Guide and provide substantive advice to field offices in preparing and packaging programme proposals for assigned resource partners;
  • Ensure timely and quality donor reporting from grant-holding offices;
  • Coordinate and oversee donor assessments and field visits.

Manage the Liaison Office:

  • Manage the development and implementation of workplan and budgets;
  • Oversee the financial and operations management of the office in line with UN Women policies, rules and procedures, including special programme assigned to be managed by the office;
  • Recruit and supervise staff and consultants, ensure timely implementation of performance management process;
  • Promote a healthy working environment and supervise personnel, including by supporting personnel in the achievement of their career goals, ensuring appropriate learning, training and development, and actively participating in timely planning and assessing of performance;
  • Manage the security requirements for the office.

Provide any other support as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Fulfillment of funding targets per annum, including for unrestricted Regular Resources and flexible Other Resources;
  • High quality donor strategy;
  • Timely attention and response to UN Women’s partners;
  • UN Women is well represented in meetings;
  • Timely targeting of funding opportunities and timely tracking and dissemination of partner intelligence;
  • Quality communication and advocacy, which result in increased resources and a strong investment case for UN Women;
  • Quality knowledge products and timely sharing of these with partners and within the organization for improved / enhanced holistic partner relations;
  • Regular collaboration, coordination and teamwork with colleagues globally.
  • Management of the office, performance of office personnel, positive work environment.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Affinity with UN Women’s mandate;
  • Excellent knowledge of the resource partners country political system and key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States;
  • Excellent partnerships development, networking, interpersonal skills and ability to mobilize support from a range of resource partners
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision
  • Excellent advocacy and negotiating skills;
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes;
  • Excellent people management skills and expertise;
  • Sound financial and administrative management skills;
  • Excellent IT skills, including databases, extranet and office software packages;
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business management, social sciences, public administration, international relations, communications, women’s studies, or a related field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, communications/ advocacy, and/or business development;
  • Experience working with international institutions and government partners;
  • Experience working on gender equality issues is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset;
  • Experience managing an office, including people management, and financial and administrative oversight.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Nordic languages is an asset.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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