Job Description 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 4,000 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.
Background Information - Job-specific
The Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) brings together governments and philanthropies to work with partner countries in the region. We support the transition towards modern energy systems that can simultaneously ensure economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability. Enabling the transition toward greener energy systems will greatly contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement objectives.
ETP is initially focusing on Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, which are the countries in the region with the highest energy demand, a substantial pipeline for fossil fuel-based projects, and a significant and cost-effective potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency. ETP provides High Level Technical Advisory Support, Holistic Support to Governments on financing and technical needs, capacity and skill development and facilitation of dialogues in all related areas.
A Secretariat, incorporated into UNOPS will support the Steering Committee (SC) and facilitate the implementation of SC’s decisions. The Secretariat will operate as per defined Terms of Reference approved by the SC. The Secretariat will undertake day-to-day management and operation of the ETP Fund: (1) it launches Calls for Proposal and carries out proposals assessments; (2) it provides assistance and support to implementing partners; (3) facilitates the design, development and implementation of an overall M&E strategy; (4) monitors progress made by each project during the implementation phase.
ETP Secretariat is headed by the Director, responsible for the management of the secretariat, development and implementation of work plans, with a view to furthering the agenda of the ETP initiative in accordance with the strategic direction provided by the ETP Steering Committee (SC). The Director reports to the Chairperson of the ETP SC in all substantive matters and has an administrative reporting line to UNOPS.
The Secretariat will work in close cooperation with the SC, the Advisory Committee and the Fund Manager, as well as UNOPS Services. The members of the secretariat will be selected following UNOPS rules and regulations.
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to organizational needs and structure:
The Fund Director/ Director of the Secretariat will be responsible for ensuring that the ETP Secretariat catalyzes, facilitates and supports effective action across the overall programme/movement, and the work that will be done under the programme mandate. The Director of the Secretariat will be primarily responsible for providing strategic advice, planning, resource use, day-to-day management of staff, reporting on the use of funds, performance management and evaluation of progress against goals.
The Director reports on substantive matters to the SC chair and on administrative matters to the UNOPS line manager.
This includes the following key functions:
1. Advisory Services:
2. Ensuring effective functioning of the programme:
- Providing strategic and tactical advice for empowering leadership and continued enhancement of the vision and strategies pursued by the Secretariat.
- Coordination of the development of the ETP Secretariat’s objectives and priorities and providing overall strategic planning towards their achievement.
3. Management and coordination:
- Leading the development of the annual work-plans of the Secretariat;
- Ensuring high standards and relevance of all outputs and communications that emanate from the Secretariat.
4. Oversight & planning:
- Strategic planning of activities in support of the Programme priorities; development and regular update of team work-plans;
- Undertaking management and supervision of the different teams within the ETP Secretariat to ensure timely and quality outputs;
- Overseeing the organization of high-level events and meetings.
- Coordinating with UNOPS Fund Management and Support Services on all matters related to the Secretariat operations.
5. Strategic Relationship with stakeholders:
- Ensuring optimized utilization and reporting of financial and human resources:
- Ensuring optimized budget management balancing programming, expenditures and fund raising and ensuring that resources are properly utilized;
- Develop and implement a communication and outreach plan with regards to existing and potential donors, as well as government and other stakeholders
- Human resources management: Performing performance evaluation of staff/personnel of the Secretariat, planning and management of recruitments;
- Coordinating the production of activity and financial reports ensuring transparency of resource utilization and quality reporting to donors.
- Maintaining effective relations with contributors to the ETP;
- Representing the ETP in public events, task forces, working groups, intergovernmental and interagency discussions, interactions with stakeholders outside the UN system, and any other relevant situation.
- Coordination with the Steering Committee on the engagement with potential donors to raise funding for the ETP pooled funding window.
- Build and maintain effective partnerships with government entities in the ETP priority countries.
- Management of internal and external stakeholder - direct engagement with high level stakeholders
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) is required preferably in : alternative energy development, social sciences, energy policy, international development, management, development economics, public administration, business administration or related fields.
PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificates are an asset - successful candidate must complete it within first twelve (12) months of onboarding.
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation certification is an asset
Minimum ten (10) years of progressively professional experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in administration, business management, planning and operations or related field.
Relevant professional experience must include five (5) years of experience at the international level, including experience at a senior management level.
Professional experience in multi-sector renewable energy programmes and policies, knowledge of the political economy and experience in the region are highly desirable.
Proven experience in engaging with high-level stakeholders, such as government officials, donor representatives, representatives of international organizations, etc.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: ICS 12, IICA-4
Contract duration: Ongoing
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The position is based in a family duty station.
- 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
- 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.
About the Organization
UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Working in more than 80 countries, UNOPS supports partners in the implementation of approximately 1,000 projects, which range from managing the construction of roads in South Sudan to building shelters in Haiti to procuring educational computers in Argentina. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects it supports.
Working with UNOPS
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We’re looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in many disciplines, from project management, to procurement, infrastructure, finance and human resources. The work we do is fulfilling and offers opportunities for professional and personal development.
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With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce as a means of better understanding and addressing the needs of our partners, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates. Moreover, the vast majority of our personnel are nationals, working in their own country and developing local capacity.
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, such as flexi-time, compressed work schedules and telecommuting. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types across the globe.