Governance Liaison and Partnership Lead

People in Need

People in Need is a Czech NGO that provides relief and development assistance in over 20 countries around the world, while at the same time working to defend human rights and democratic freedom. In the Czech Republic PIN also works on social integration and provides educational activities.

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Location: Kathmandu with travels to the field

Reports to: Head of Systems and Operations


People in Need (PIN) is a non-governmental, non-profit, international organization founded in the Czech Republic in 1992. PIN arrived in Nepal as part of a humanitarian response to the April 25, 2015 earthquake. Since its inception in Nepal, PIN has had a strong role in designing and facilitating systemic solutions advocating for and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations affected by disasters including person categories who live in geographically remote areas of the country, historically marginalized ethnic groups, and those marginalized because of their age and/or gender identity. Currently, PIN Nepal is implementing programmes under three strategic pillars 1) Emergency response and recovery, 2) Climate resilience, and 3) Civil society and inclusive governance. PIN Nepal team works in and promotes strong partnerships with civil society, Government of Nepal, academia, private sector and other key stakeholders in Nepal. Together with them, PIN Nepal has been for example one of the pioneer organizations advancing programmes such as landslide disaster preparedness and anticipatory action, climate and flood resilient housing, durable local solutions, climate change modelling for more inclusive and efficient local decision-making, girls and inclusive education, waste management and circular economy approaches. PIN is strongly committed for safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, including persons with disabilities, in line with its safeguarding framework and child protection policy.

Scope of Work

The purpose of this position is to maintain and develop partnerships with the Government of Nepal on central, provincial levels (ministries, SWC, provincial authorities) and LG level, develop internal PIN Nepal capacities and systems related to partnership management; build partnerships with other key stakeholders in Nepal on both central and provincial levels, as well as on LG level; lead on and monitor on the context and political analysis and support PIN Nepal’s programming in this regard; and ensure that PIN Nepal’s programmes are conducted in compliance with both PIN’s and donor’s rules and regulations, as well as governmental obligations. The position involves travel within Nepal, and is expected to operate with a high degree of autonomy.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and enhance partnerships with the Government of Nepal on both central, provincial and local levels
    • Lead on PIN Nepal relationships with relevant Govt officials/authorities, liaise and follow up for GA, PA, reporting and other administrative requests (lead on SWC PA process, CPAC meeting coordination, LPAC meeting support and any other important agendas required by SWC or Country Programme);
    • Lead for development of MoUs, pre-consensus;
    • Plan and facilitate meetings with relevant Govt officials/authorities as per Country Programme requirements;
    • Prepare and develop status reports if required;
    • Represent PIN Nepal in discussions with Govt of Nepal on the mandate and status of INGOs, leading principles in programme development and partnership building;
    • Lead on liaison aspects of any potential cases or investigations against PIN Nepal;
  • Develop internal PIN Nepal’s capacities and systems related to Government Liaison and Partnership Management
    • Maintain Gov't liaison calendar and archive communications;
    • Monitor legal and policy developments relevant to the CP in cooperation with PIN Nepal lawyer, and lead on internal discussion together with CMT and SMT on how PIN Nepal should integrate them;
    • Monitor SWC guidelines regularly in terms of financial perspective and lead on internal coordination with Finance manager together with PM on budget structure.
    • Develop capacity staff in skills related to Govt liaison (including for partners), especially around government’s requirements (regular coordination, reporting, documentation); PA management with local partner(s) and their compliance to contract clauses;
    • Contribute to development and implementation of internal procedures and systems, including Govt liaison SOP;
  • Develop and enhance partnerships with other key stakeholders in Nepal on both central and provincial levels
    • Lead on developing and updating stakeholder analysis (both local partners and UN agencies/Private sector/INGOs)
    • Develop and maintain partnerships with local organizations; Lead on new and existing Local Partner’s assessment process cooperation with HQ and relevant colleagues;
    • Guide Local partner &A Liaison coordinator to assess/ organize PAT, CPAC/LPAC in terms of coordination among PIN colleagues, local NGO and other stakeholders.
    • Support CP to create Local Partner’s roaster and provide inputs regularly.
    • Ensure good partnership practices with existing partners according to PIN global and PIN Nepal’s standards; organize regular coordination calls with senior management of partners.
  • Lead on and monitor on the context and political analysis and supports PIN Nepal’s programming together with CSN lead:
  • Ensure that PIN Nepal’s programs are following all relevant government guidelines, (especially at the district and local level);

Any other task assigned by Line manager

Required Competencies, Skills and Experiences

Critical competencies

Our Governance Liaison and Partnership Lead should have a strong knowledge and understanding of bureaucracy structure and political situation in Nepal; and possess a comprehensive set of competencies enabling the successful candidate to immediately contribute to the Government Liaison and Partnership building agenda, primarily – strategic, integrity, results-orientation, team-work, strong networking skills and good interpersonal skills, well-developed communication skills, sound judgement, analytical skills, flexibility, proactive approach & engagement, innovation, gender & cultural sensitive, ability to work under pressure, and embraces both change, and complexity, but also experience in partnership capacity assessments and following capacity development management.

Minimal requirements

  • Excellent understanding of Nepali political and bureaucracy context and strong networks within relevant Nepali institutions;
  • Proven track record of successful Government Liaison and Partnership building for non-profit organizations;
  • Strong analytical and representation skills;
  • Educated to Bachelor degree level or above preferably in a related field (communications, management, political science, humanitarian/development work);
  • A minimum of 5-years relevant management and representation experience in civil society/INGO sector;
  • A minimum of 3-years’ experience in Government liaison and partnership management and building;
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian/development standards and principles; excellent orientation in UN cluster system and in the existing international legal and conceptual frameworks;
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills using evidence-based methods;
  • Solid knowledge of accountability processes;
  • Proven strong interpersonal, negotiation, promotion and diplomacy skills;
  • Fluent in both English and Nepali.

Behaviour competencies

  • Results orientation;
  • Strategic thinking;
  • Initiating action and change;
  • Team-work, interpersonal skills;
  • Communicating with impact and respect;
  • Analytical skills, sound judgement;
  • Flexible, proactive approach;
  • Gender and cultural sensitivity;
  • Handling sensitive data.

How to Apply

Submit an updated CV and Motivation letter to the following link on or before 4th June 2023. Please note, applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis and should a suitable candidate be found before the official closing date, the advertisement might be withdrawn prior to the deadline, thus early submissions are strongly encouraged. Nepali as well as international candidate can also apply for the position. No phone calls will be entertained.

PIN promotes equal opportunities. Women candidates are highly encouraged. 


Job Overview

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Posted Date 23 May, 2023
Apply Before 04 Jun, 2023