Partnership Manager

People in Need

Details / requirements:

Location: Kathmandu with regular visits to areas of presence

Duration: 12-months with possibility of extension subject to funding and performance

Reports to: Country Director


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 advocating and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations affected by disaster 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. PIN has also supported Nepal's post-earthquake reconstruction efforts ensuring that the most vulnerable people are not left behind with resilience (focused on shelter and resettlement) and inclusive education programming. PIN-Nepal 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 develop partnerships with the Government of Nepal on both central and provincial levels (ministries, SWC, provincial authorities), develop internal PIN-Nepal’s capacities and systems related to partnership management; build partnerships with other key stakeholders in Nepal on both central and provincial levels; 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 Summary of Functions

1. Develop and enhance partnerships with the Government of Nepal on both central and provincial 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 and monitoring of MoUs;
  • 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;

2. Develop internal PIN-Nepal’s capacities and systems related to 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 from perspective of financial obligations and lead on internal coordination with PIN Finance Manager and Programme Managers 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;

3. Develop and enhance partnerships with other key stakeholders in Nepal on both central and provincial levels

  • Explore opportunities for partnering with private sector, national and local partners, I/NGOs and UN agencies;
  • Lead on developing and updating stakeholder analysis (both local partners and UN agencies/Private sector/INGOs)
  • Coordinate PIN-Nepal’s engagement with AIN, clusters, technical working groups, represent PIN-Nepal’s principles during the meetings and actively lead on the agreed advocacy points
  • Identify and build relationships with other relevant CSO networks;
  • Engage with other relevant stakeholders as per PIN-Nepal’s strategic plans/direction
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with local organizations; ensure and lead LOAF (Local Organization Assessment) process in cooperation with HQ and relevant colleagues;
  • 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

4. Leads on and monitors on the context and political analysis and supports PIN-Nepal’s programming

  • Update and liaise on contextual developments and trends in Nepal in regards to general political context and to civil society operational space that might have impact on INGOs operations in Nepal;
  • Supports programmes with policy gap analysis;
  • Advice on good governance and federalism aspects in programme development stage and also for ongoing programmes;
  • Organize high level visits together with CD, HOP and PMs to PIN-Nepal’s project locations; and leads on organizing the major events both in KTM and as per need in the country;
  • If requested, supports with local authorities/municipal liaison for PIN-Nepal’s projects;

5. Ensures that PIN-Nepal’s programmes are conducted in compliance with both PIN’s and donor’s rules and regulations, especially in regards to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability principles;

6. Ensure that PIN-Nepal’s programmes are in compliance with all relevant government guidelines, (especially at the district and local level);

Critical Competencies

Our Partnership Manager 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 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.

Minimum Requirements

  • Excellent understanding of Nepali political and bureaucracy context and strong networks within relevant Nepali institutions;

  • 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 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.  

  How to Apply

Submit an updated CV and Cover Letter to the following link by September 15, 2021. 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.  No phone calls will be entertained.

PIN promotes equal opportunities. Women, Janajati and Dalit candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



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Posted Date 01 Sep, 2021
Apply Before 15 Sep, 2021
City Kathmandu