Fund Management Advisor- Retainer (Multiple Positions)

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This is a IICA-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as International Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's an external contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education. More about IICA-3 contracts.

Background Information - Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for some of the largest development programmes in the country. In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS also provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

Fund Management has become a recognized strength of UNOPS Myanmar and a new potential business model for other country offices in the region and beyond. UNOPS Myanmar is the designated Asia Centre for Fund Management (CFM), which aims to assist UNOPS offices globally to expand and manage pooled funds.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Head of Programme Management Office/CFM, the Fund Management Advisor will be responsible to advise and support UNOPS Programmes on a need basis, and as defined in the task notes, covering but not limited to negotiate, design, advise, start up or turn-around single and multi-donor pooled funds. Support needed will mostly be for programmes in Asia but may also include assignments from other UNOPS regions. Such assignments may be home-based or require travel to specific country offices.

The Fund Management Advisor will have a thorough understanding of the terms, conditions, and the respective roles and responsibilities of the partners/stakeholders to ensure the programmes managed by UNOPS are capable of meeting the business cases of both UNOPS and its donors.

The Fund Management Advisor will broadly carry out the following tasks, in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices based on needs expressed by country offices.

Fund/Programme design

  • Participate in donor negotiations for designing new funds/programmes when requested by country offices
  • Draft concept notes/project proposals/budgets for designing financing mechanisms
  • Draft programme/fund related documentation such as operational guidelines, governance architecture, safeguards policies and strategy
  • Support offices in designing fund’s organogram and terms of reference
  • Provide surge capacity to new funds during start up in leadership or support roles when needed
  • Conceptualize innovative financing approaches to meet donor requirements

Fund Management/Programme Management

  • Provide diagnostic assessment of ongoing funds and provide advice on turnaround, especially with regards to strategy, governance, grants model, risk management etc.
  • Provide on-going assurance/peer review on active funds to country office or regional office
  • Propose strategies to attract further funding for ongoing funds
  • Any other related tasks on programme management cycle as needed

Knowledge Management:

  • Understand and manage UNOPS pricing policy and related corporate charges as they apply to the Fund
  • Contribute to CFM’s publications and knowledge management initiatives by documenting best practices
  • Actively interact with other stakeholder to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on UNOPS Communities

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Fund Management Advisor impacts on the strategic management and performance of the programmes managed by UNOPS, demonstrating UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and consequently strengthens the credibility of the organization.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Masters’ Degree preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, International Relations, Political / Security / Development Studies, or related relevant discipline is required
  • Bachelor's Degree in combination with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • PM Certification such as MSP® foundation or P3M3 assessment is an advantage.


  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible programme implementation/fund management experience is required.
  • Experience of managing government and donor relations while working for an international organization or related experience is required.
  • Within the required 7 years of experience, a minimum of 3 years’ experience in design or management or turnaround of single or multi-donor fund is required.
  • Experience in strategic and development planning and implementation in governance, institutional capacity building, stakeholder and partners management experience will be considered as asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment, including communication skills and the ability to work independently, as well as in a team setting will be an asset
  • Knowledge of grants and blended finance is an asset
  • Prior related experience in the UN system is an asset
  • Prior knowledge of mobilizing climate/green financing is an asset


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in Arabic or French or Spanish is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International/Local Individual Contractor Agreement _Retainer Contract level: ICS11, (IICA 11 or LICA11) Contract duration: 1 year - Retainer (Total not more than 200 working days)

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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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