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Spotlight Initiative – International Partnership Consultant, Home-based, Remote
Organization: UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Country: Remote
City: Home-based
Office: UN Women in Home-based

Closing date: Friday, 29 March 2024


Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. The Spotlight Initiative (SI) is a global whole of United Nations effort to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030. Launched in 2017, the Initiative invests in gender equality and women’s rights as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Initiative follows a human rights-based approach and takes into consideration the specific needs of women and girls who experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, upholding the principle of “leaving no one behind”. Spotlight Initiative has deployed targeted, large-scale investments to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in 25+ programmes that to date have spanned Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. Under the stewardship of the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Spotlight Initiative recipient agencies include UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNODC, IOM, UNHCR, WHO, UNESCO, ILO, and OHCHR. The Initiative is supported by a Secretariat to ensure coherence, alignment, quality, and strong technical support. Six years into implementation, Spotlight Initiative 2.0 is seeking to expand the number of donors supporting Spotlight Initiative and its agency and civil society partners, while leveraging additional financing in support of the wider EVAWG and Sustainable Development agenda. Data shows that gender is one of the most underfunded sectors within Official Development Assistance (ODA); ODA specific to ending violence against women and girls remains less than 1 percent of overall assistance. This role will be critical for working with stakeholders at all levels – global, national, and local – to advance the Spotlight Initiative’s comprehensive model. The Spotlight Initiative Partnerships Unit will be responsible for leading all aspects of the Spotlight Initiative’s work with partners supporting resource mobilization efforts, including Governments, UN agencies, international financial institutions, and the private sector. Reporting to the Deputy Coordinator at the UN Spotlight Initiative, the Partnership Consultant will provide support to the Spotlight Initiative’s resource mobilization and partnerships efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Coordinator, the Partnership Consultant will support the Spotlight Initiative’s partnership portfolios.

Specifically, the Partnership Consultant will focus their work in the following areas: 1. Research, analysis, and reporting

 Conducts analysis related to public and private sector donors, identifying funding trends and resource mobilization opportunities;
 Develops papers, presentations, and spreadsheets, including visualizations (graphs and charts), demonstrating funding trends;

 Writes and edits donor briefs, visibility and advocacy materials;

 Supports meetings (internal and external) by taking detailed and accurate notes for sharing with internal and external stakeholders.
2. Donor relations

 Maintains and tracks relationships with SI partners, including through email and in-person and virtual meetings, ensuring appropriate follow-up;
 Supports SI donor roundtables and other events aimed at strengthening partnerships;
 Participates in donor calls and meetings, offering technical advice and guidance where required.

 Works with and supports the SI communications unit to ensure advocacy and communications materials reflect donor interests and support.
3. Support to RM efforts within SI programme countries

 Works with UN country teams and agency partners at the country level to provide guidance on SI resource mobilization and partnership activities;
 Supports and participates in webinars aimed at SI programme countries and SI partners at country level.
4. Carries out other duties as assigned by the Deputy Coordinator and/or SI management team.


Core Values:

 Respect for Diversity

Core Competencies:

 Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
 Creative Problem Solving 
 Effective Communication
 Inclusive Collaboration
 Stakeholder Engagement
 Leading by Example
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Functional Competencies

 Good knowledge of gender equity and women’s empowerment issues
 Good knowledge of UN system and understanding of inter-agency coordination processes
 Good knowledge of results-based programme planning and management
 Ability to promote and monitor inclusion of gender-specific objectives, indicators, targets and activities in the UN agencies’ programmes
 Good analytical skills
 Ability to provide advice and support.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

 Master’s degree (or equivalent) in international development, public administration, public policy, or other relevant social science 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 2 (two) years of progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, communications/ advocacy, programme coordination, and/or business development;
 Experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
 Experience working with civil society organizations, international institutions and donors;
 Experience working in the UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

 Fluency in English is required
 Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).
Application: All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11), which can be downloaded from: 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.

Diversity and inclusion:

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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