Project Management Specialist (Implementation & Governance)
Application deadline 6 months ago: Sunday 13 Mar 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
This is a IICA-2 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 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about IICA-2 contracts.
Background Information - Job-specific
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.
UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster (WEC) supports the design and management of multi-stakeholder initiatives by providing services in financial and grant management, procurement, human resources, and project management. The cluster has supported projects in the areas of water resource management, climate change adaptation, mitigation and transparency, energy access and distribution, and environmental conservation under the Paris Agreement. The WEC has also supported operations and financial management services, in Vienna, the rest of the ECR region, and beyond. The main partners include UN agencies, bilateral agreements (with the Nordics, Germany, and Italy), the Green Climate Fund, and several NGOs (such as CIFF and CWF).
Background Information - WEC Water and Energy Cluster
Based in Copenhagen, the UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster provides specialized project management services to partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank. Together with partners, the cluster executes projects that support sustainable development by:
● promoting international cooperation to prevent and reverse environmental degradation of international water systems
● enhancing the resilience of communities and ecosystems to climate change
● lowering emissions by bridging renewable energy solutions
● developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions to strengthen climate-resilient development
Background information – Job-specific
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society.
The CCAC is the only international body working on integrated climate and clean air solutions to reduce the rate of near-term warming. It focuses on fast action to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including methane, black carbon, HFCs and tropospheric ozone. From 2022 to 2030, this CCAC’s work is guided by its 2030 Strategy.
This role is within the CCAC Secretariat, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris, France.
Governance ● Focal point on governance matters and provide inputs and monitor processes and timelines
● Responsible for preparing background papers in coordination with CCAC Secretariat team members on a range of substantive topics for the CCAC, as well as draft agendas, draft decisions and keep official records
● Organize governance meetings, and support informal dialogues and ad hoc groups to formulate draft recommendations and decisions that contribute to the effective implementation of the CCAC’s 2030 Strategy and emerging priorities
● Manage processes such as the CCAC Call for Proposal processes, ensuring timelines and engagement of the Funding Task team
● Prepare meeting summaries and track implementation and follow-up as needed
● Takes lead on the recruitment of CCAC National Consultants and assisting in the monitoring of deliverables and tracking of performance
● Coordinate closely with team members working on developing country engagement and with those managing the Hubs to ensure activities, objectives and outputs are communicated
● Review proposals for funding against criteria set, and prepare analysis and recommendations for decisions to be taken by the CCAC Board
● Review implementation plans to ensure consistency with CCAC governance as well as approved documents such as the CCAC Monitoring & Evaluation Plan
Implementation oversight support
● Prepare updates on all implementation work for the CCAC Board and reporting purposes, ensuring highlights are communicated
● Provide regular updates on the status of consultant contracts, run reports through UN systems to support planning and monitoring of progress ● Raise programmatic and administrative issues as necessary
● Support engagement of partners, especially donors and CCAC Board members, including processing requests to join the CCAC
● Ensure high quality, clear & concise communications with all CCAC Partners, including as key manager official Secretariat communications
● Ensure good contact management across CCAC workstreams
● Coordinates and supports standard presentation development harmonizing messaging and ensuring, in liaison with the team, that the messaging is aligned to the CCAC’s mission and strategic objectives
Ad hoc support
● Review of draft project implementation plans to ensure delivery of CCAC outputs, outcomes, impacts sought
● Travel support coordination for governance meetings
- Advanced university degree related to climate change, planning, international relations and/or development is required
- Bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience is required
- Experience working in climate change and climate-related development projects is required
- Some experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable
- Fluency in English & French (written and oral) is required
- Additional knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset
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.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICA Contract level: IICA-2/LICA-10/ICSC-10 Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, fund availabilities and satisfactory performance.
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- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
- 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 (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.