Partnerships Officer – Liaison

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed


The Zambia Water Resources Development Project’s (WRDP) Project Development Objective (PDO) supported the implementation of an integrated framework for the development and management of water resources in Zambia. The project, financed by the World Bank (USD 50 M), became effective on December 24, 2013 and closed on November 30, 2018. The project consisted of three main components: A) water resources management; B) water resources development; and C) institutional support. The project was implemented by the Zambian Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection (MWDSEP).

Despite the efforts of both the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the World Bank; for an array of reasons, WRDP was closed in 2018, with non-compliance in regards to social and environmental safeguards, and dam safety issues unresolved. In March of 2020, UNOPS was engaged by Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP) Phase 1 to provide services including: planning (support of surveillance and emergency preparedness) for 10 dams and design, updating of environmental and social safeguards instruments to comply with World Bank social and environmental policies for 10 dams and tendering of the works for 10 dams. The agreement for IDSP Phase 1 is scheduled to end on 31 January 2023.

The project is proceeding to Phase 2, during which the goal is to protect local communities in the impacted area of 10 dams across Zambia and to comply with environmental and social safeguards in accordance with the Government of Zambia (GRZ) and World Bank policies. There are imminent risks posed by the 10 dams in their current state.

Due to the urgency in implementing the solutions, it has been agreed to split Phase 2 into two overlapping sequential stages that allows to implement the solution for seven (7) dams (Ngolongozya, Makaba, Ndondi, Nachibanga, Kawiko, Nabowa and Kanyika) while working in parallel to finalize the Detailed Design and procurement award for the remaining three (3) dams (Chibalashi, Katembula and Chikowa.


  • A Bachelor’s  degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Development Studies, Political Science, Communications or International Relations or other relevant discipline is required.


  • At  least  2  years  of  experience  in  programme management,  International development, partnerships or resource mobilization is required.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in project development and coordination with private or public sector organizations is required.
  • Experience   in  developing and maintaining   partnerships   with   bilateral and/or multilateral donors, UN agencies, international development organizations,  national governments, foundations, international NGOs or private sector organizations is required.
  • Previous experience in project and programme management support, reporting and/or coordination experience is an asset.
  • Knowledge  of  UN System  policies,  procedures,  and  operations is an asset,  and
  • Prior experience of working in the UN or in other International Organizations is an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge in any other UN language is desirable.

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