Corporate Strategy Specialist

UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

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This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 136,010 USD and 178,095 USD.

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Background Information - Job-specific

Background Information – UNOPS UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

General Background - Corporate Strategy

Corporate Strategy reports to the Chief of Staff as part of the Strategy, Risk and Change Group established in 2023.

Corporate Strategy performs a number of functions in relation to the organizations statutory governance and oversight. It is primarily responsible for managing the development of the quadrennial UNOPS strategic plan on behalf of the Executive Director and the quadrennial midterm review of the UNOPS strategic plan in accordance with the policy on strategy setting. As of 2023, the Unit is also responsible for managing the development of the Annual Report of the Executive Director, including the key input via external thematic evaluations. In addition, it is substantively engaged in various UN reporting and engagement with the Executive Board. It is also responsible for providing substantive secretariat to the Audit Advisory Committee; as well as for providing coordination, advice and analysis on strategy and oversight matters, and other substantive executive support.

With the approval in June 2023 of the restated strategic plan, 2022-2025, UNOPS is embarking on a multi-year journey to implement its strategic objectives. CS is expected to support the organization in this regard. Its engagement in strategy deployment will particularly be reinforcing implementation based on review and reporting of performance against the expanded results framework adopted by the Executive Board along with the strategic plan.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Director, Corporate Strategy, the Corporate Strategy Specialist will be responsible for a number of inherent United Nations activities enabling the organization’ statutory governance and oversight, including:

  1. Contribute to the analysis and drafting for development of the UNOPS strategic plan and midterm review, including the expanded results framework with focus for impact and targets for contributions and management results.
  2. Contribute to strategy deployment reinforced by the expanded results framework, including design, implementation and analysis behind biannual contribution reviews and annual impact review, and relevant regional and country-level planning.
  3. Contribute to the preparation of the Annual Report of the Executive Director (AR), including identification of strategic, operational and management risks, challenges and lessons learned, and coordination of relevant annexes.
  4. Support enhancement of models for quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including automation of real-time portfolio information, as well as formats for internal reporting on impact for the most vulnerable people and country-level contributions.
  5. Support coordination of external thematic evaluation with external service providers and internal stakeholders, to further substantiate UNOPS contributions to impacts and inform internal learning.
  6. Support the provision of substantive secretariat for the Audit Advisory Committee (AAC), including coordination and preparation of meeting agendas, minutes and annual reporting; and as relevant support preparation of information and reports in relation to strategy implementation, results-based management and external thematic evaluations.
  7. Coordinate the performance monitoring of implementation of all oversight recommendations made to UNOPS, including for quarterly management reviews and external reporting; and facilitate continuous improvement of processes and tools to manage and track oversight recommendations.
  8. Contribute to the establishment and refinement of policy and standards for corporate strategy, strategy deployment and strategic evaluation.
  9. Contribute to the continuous improvement procedures and IT tools for corporate performance monitoring informing decision-making and relevant internal and external reporting on performance.
  10. Coordinate relevant United Nations statutory reporting and requests for substantive information, including the potential to leverage reporting, e.g. via UN INFO to substantiate UNOPS contributions to impacts.
  11. Support the maintenance of current records of Executive Board decisions and other information of central relevance for a coherent interphase on statutory governance and oversight.
  12. Provide other substantive executive support within the scope of the role as outlined above as requested.

The Corporate Strategy Specialist will be continuously briefed on individual and group activities and performance. Formal monitoring and progress controls on assigned work items will take place in accordance with business needs and timelines for deliverables.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education Requirements: - Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in political science, social science, business or public administration, or related field is required. - Applicants with a bachelor degree with additional two years of relevant working experience may also be considered.

Experience Requirements: - A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in organizational governance, coordination and reporting; strategy development and deployment; organizational monitoring and reporting; or management advisory services is required. - Experience with coordination in an organizational governance and reporting context is required. - Experience with business intelligence, analysis and corporate reporting is required. - Experience in change management, management consulting or related is desirable. - Experience with United Nations system frameworks and approaches for monitoring and reporting on programmatic / implementation activities is desirable. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is a strict requirement.
  • Fluency in either French or Spanish would be an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: FTA Contract level: P3 Contract duration: one year, renewable

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Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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