Job Description

  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. The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to organizational needs and structure:

Background Information – Philippines

UNOPS Philippines was established in early 2016 to support, develop and oversee UNOPS' growing portfolio of programmes and projects in the Philippines. The office currently provides implementation services to a range of projects where we work very closely with development partners, the Government and the Supreme Court focusing on the Governance/Justice, health and infrastructure sector.

The office is based in Manila, Philippines with a project side in the Guiuan area.

UNOPS Philippines is in the process of expanding its area of engagement in cooperation with its development partners and is looking for qualified and committed experts.

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting to the Country Manager, the Partnerships Senior Officer supports the identification and formulation of development projects for both UNOPS and the Government of Philippines (GOP) and provides advice on the identification of relevant strategic approaches when engaging with the GOP. The incumbent will assist in the Coordination of Business Development and stakeholder management activities with UNOPS, GOP stakeholders and project development consultants.

Functional Responsibilities

The incumbent will support KHMCO Cambodia in the identification of potential collaboration opportunities with the GOP. The specific duties and responsibilities include the following: Government and partner Liaison

  • Liaise with various different Government of Philippines (GOP) Ministry counterparts and provide support in the identification and development of programme opportunities in Philippines, with a focus on procurement, infrastructure development, project management and fund management;
  • Network and solidify relationships between UNOPS and GOP;
  • Support in developing, building and strengthening strategic partnerships, and identify and pursue business opportunities as per the agreed work plan;
  • Assist the supervisor in coordination of new activities with potential clients and partners, and organize targeted meetings and negotiations. Implement subsequent plan of action and follow-up for potential business acquisition and partnership development opportunities;
  • Proactively assist on all matters pertaining to relationship management with government counterparts , and follow-up as appropriate;
  • Contribute to coordinating and communicating with other stakeholders UNOPS’ value addition in view of consolidating UNOPS’ profile in country vis a vis government counterparts;
  • Provide support on any new initiatives by securing GOP support and  provide advice to MCO Philippines on strategies for obtaining such support;
Partnerships and programme development 

  • Provide assistance in a consultative process in development of the new project opportunities through undertaking discussions with all the concerned stakeholders including the government, private sector, donors, UN as appropriate.
  • Assist in the identification and negotiation of new projects and programmes under the supervision of the Country Manager and the Senior Project Managers.
  • Research events, publications and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive partnership opportunities
  • Identify potential demand for technical services and report potential leads to the supervisor for further action
Knowledge management and innovation

  • Contribute to the ongoing visibility, development and implementation of best practice and innovative approaches to maximize 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.
  • Provide regular feedback on existing systems, tools and resources to ensure its relevance to day-to-day operations.
  • Undertake other partnerships duties as required.


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.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) 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. For people managers only: 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.


  • Advanced Degree or equivalent is required. Preferably in International Relations, Public Relations, Public Policy, International Development, Engineering or related field.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.


  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in government liaison or partnership development with a focus on project or policy development or related field is required;
  • Experience coordinating work between different sectors and stakeholders, particularly with government networks is an asset;
  • Proven track record to establish and maintain strong working relations with senior officials in line ministries is preferred;
  • Prior experience in procurement, infrastructure development, project management and fund management or related field is an asset;
  • Experience in project Design and/or project document development is an asset.
  • Experience in the Philippines public service an added advantage;
  • Experience at a senior level Staff/Consultant in development cooperation and coordination with International Organizations an added advantage.
  • Prior experience in quality assurance and quality control of project documents is an added advantage.


Fluency in English is desired.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA)
  • Contract level: LICA 9/ ICS 9
  • Contract duration: Open-ended
  • Duty station: Manila, Philippines. Manila is a family duty station.
This is a local position, so only Philippine nationality is eligible to apply.

Additional Considerations

  • 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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.
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