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Consulting, Education & Training, Government & Politics, International


To be discussed.


The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (, SDG-F) is an international multi-agency and multi-donor development mechanism created in 2014 by UNDP on behalf of the UN System to support sustainable development activities through integrated and multidimensional joint programmes. The main objective of the SDG-F is to bring together UN agencies, national governments, academia, civil society and business to address the challenges of poverty.

The SDG-F Secretariat is the operational coordination unit for the Fund and services the SDG-F Steering Committee. The Secretariat sits in the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) of UNDP headquarters. The Secretariat is delegated by the Steering Committee to ensure policies and strategies decided by the Steering Committee are implemented and adhered to.

As established in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development universities are central to achieve the SDGs. In that regard, the SDG Fund is exploring how to further its engagement with universities with at least the following three objectives: expand human capital, provide cutting-edge research and active role in implementing the agenda as development actors. With this in mind the SDG Fund established the Academic Chair on Development and Poverty Eradication in order to advance engagement of universities in SDGs.

Under the general direction and overall guidance of SDG Fund’s Director and in close coordination with the SDG-F team, Academic Partnership Consultant will contribute to advance the SDG-F partnerships with universities and provide technical support to the Academic Chair.

Duties and Responsibilities

Academic partnership management

1. Prospect potential university partners and SDG-F initiatives for collaboration with universities;

2. Identify leading scholars, academic departments and research centers across the different world regions on matters related with SDGs and particularly with the SDG Fund priorities of work;

3. Provide support and technical advice to the SDG Fund in academic engagement, particularly formalizing partnership cooperation agreements with university partners;

4. Support resource mobilization for public-private partnerships where universities play a key role;

5. Conduct research on potential new partners and maintain global partner prospect list;

6. Maintain a map of partnerships and engagements, conduct research and screening on potential new partners and maintain a global corporate partner prospect list.

Technical support

1. Draft, review and analyze partnerships proposals with universities;

2. Devise training opportunities, particularly in the form of course, MOOCs and other training modalities;

3. Assess ongoing opportunities and offers of support received from institutions, faculty, and students including for long-term research projects;

4. Assist in drafting relevant partnership documentation, including collaboration agreements, TORs, and monitoring and evaluation plans to assess the outcomes of new partnership modalities;

5. Provide inputs to and update of communication and advocacy material geared towards academic partners, including updating content on the Academic Chair’s website and support communication efforts including the organization of dialogues, events, brochures, fact sheets, videos or social media contents;

6. Dissemination of results and sharing in the form of lessons learned and best practices;

7. Contribute to relevant academic knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Expected Deliverables:

* Provide coordination with partners for the work of the Chair for SDGs located in the SDGF Secretariat;

* Provide partnerships and agreements with Universities according with the SDGF mandate on it;

* Provide an action plan with academia to promote the SDGs and the work and experience of the SDGF.

* The deliverables will be on a monthly basis, upon approval by the supervisor.


* Partnerships skills. Demonstrated ability to engage with universities and forge productive working relationships;

* Experience working with international development organiztions and proved experience in academic initiatives;

* Familiarity with SDGs;

* Superior written and oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex development concepts and recommendations in a clear and persuasive manner that is tailored to a range of audiences;

* Experience in UN-academic engagement, and particularly understanding of the SDG Fund.

Years of experience:

* Minimum of 10 years of knowledge and experience working in academic partnerships

* 7 years of experience in international development working with and for academic sector

* A track record of working on developing innovative solutions/partnerships and initiatives involving universities

* Experience in coordinating research projects in the area of international development.


* Fluency in written and spoken is required;

* Working knowledge of another UN language would be an asset

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