Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist

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Deadline: Mar 10, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: USA
Organization: UNOPS
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience:Min 5 years
Date posted: Feb 23, 2024


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Dutystation: New York, United States of America

Functional responsibilities

1. Executive Board Governance related Functions

  • Manage the work with the Executive Board, including assisting with organizing Board sessions, preparing and ensuring submission of documents, and acting as a focal point for Board members regarding decisions, negotiations, informals, and executive board briefings.
  • Coordinate UNOPS interaction with Executive Board Member and Observer States, and with other agencies sharing the Executive Board, including through preparing informal consultations and formal sessions of the Executive Board.
  • Attend meetings on behalf of UNOPS, compile materials, and prepare statements and papers, as requested.
  • Manage analysis, mapping and participate in client meetings relating to opportunities with partners in New York such as UN, Governments, foundations, NGOs, academia, think tanks and private sector.
  • Provide guidance to UNOPS Directors in developing the reports, policies and programmes for information and decision-making by the Executive Board.
  • Manage the intergovernmental Affairs analyst in the conduct of tasks in relation to supporting UNOPS’ work in connection with the Executive Board sessions.

2. Support to Intergovernmental Matters

  • Manage and Develop in-depth research and local based networking to support the on-going projects undertaken within the Office including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Provide technical assistance in the preparation of briefing notes as required.
  • Provide technical assistance in the preparation and/or participate in various international and regional events, coordination and stakeholder meetings, as needed.
  • Provide guidance for the promotion and branding of UNOPS projects at global level by producing presentations and communication materials relevant to the intergovernmental affairs work.
  • Develop concept notes and identify new strategic initiatives/events for new development collaboration and negotiate with new partners.
  • Provide guidance with Protocol matters. Note verbale, Host country agreements, Cooperation agreements, Accreditation.
  • Coordinate the provision of timely, high quality, and strategic advice and support on Executive Board relations to the Head of the Office and other senior leaders in UNOPS as required.

3. Multilateral conferences, processes, meetings and events

  • Participation within multilateral intergovernmental conferences, international processes, meetings and events of relevance to UNOPS and its mandate.

  • Provide technical support to the strategic positioning of UNOPS within international intergovernmental processes related to work areas identified within the UNOPS Strategic Plan.

  • Organization of events, dialogues and other platforms for exchange to advance the work of UNOPS as identified within the UNOPS Strategic Plan.

  • Build Relationships with member states through their Permanent Representations in New York.

4. Capacity Building innovation and strategic engagement

  • Identify opportunities for strategic engagement with partners and clients for building channels for effective knowledge sharing and capacity building in relation to intergovernmental affairs.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building in the context of intergovernmental affairs.

  • Identifies and participates in multilateral intergovernmental forums and platforms that facilitate UNOPS’ deeper engagement on issues of key relevance in delivering impactful results on the 2030 Agenda.

  • Provide regular feedback on existing systems, tools and resources to ensure their relevance.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A Master’s degree in international affairs, law, political science, communication, economics, business administration or related fields, or
  • Bachelor’s +2 additional years of experience in the same fields


  • PRINCE2® Foundation and Prince2® Practitioner an asset.


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience, particularly in intergovernmental affairs, Board secretary roles, engagement in events/initiatives, communications, or coordination roles is required.


  • Full working knowledge of English is essential with excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language, particularly French, or Spanish is an asset.
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