A Programme Management Advisor (Senior Coordinator) – Retainer is needed to work from home

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Programme Management Advisor (Senior Coordinator) – Retainer, Home based, Remote

Closing date: Thursday, 7 March 2024
Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. 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. New York Portfolio Office (NYPO) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners’ programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York. The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries. UNOPS hosts the Global Centre for Climate Mobility (GCCM), a global entity advancing regional Climate Mobility Initiatives (CMIs) and the Rising Nations Initiative (RNI): The CMIs currently consist of the Africa Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI), the Greater Caribbean Climate Mobility Initiative (GCCMI), and the Pacific Climate Mobility Initiative. The ACMI is a joint undertaking of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations, and the World Bank to support the African continent in addressing climate-forced displacement and migration while harnessing climate mobility to advance its development agenda and political & economic integration. The ACMI’s people-centered & evidence-based approach aims to generate political momentum, a common policy agenda, and resources to advance comprehensive and locally anchored solutions for climate mobility. The GCCMI and the PCMI pursue similar objectives and are joint undertakings of the Association of Caribbean States and the Pacific Islands Forum Member States, respectively, together with the United Nations and the World Bank. The Programme Management Officer will have the primary responsibility coordinating the GCCMI and the ACMI. The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager, the incumbent will carry out the following activities: Strategy development & coordination

 Drive the planning and implementation of national climate mobility deep dives in collaboration with partner institutions and stakeholders
 Prepare climate mobility country profiles in consultation with the findings of modeling and field research results

 Conduct technical assessments of frontline communities to identify solutions and adaptation measures needed to address their challenges in the context of climate mobility

 Conduct mapping exercises to identify and build a policy ecosystem consisting of regional, national, and local partners and stakeholders
 Guide the construction of a digital platform based on the data and knowledge from the modeling and field research
Project coordination Ensures the alignment of the project efforts to build partnerships for advancing the agency of frontline communities with the overall programmatic efforts of the Climate Mobility Initiatives.
 Support the knowledge management efforts and drive synergy across various regional Climate Mobility Initiatives

 Track project progress and ensure deliverables are on schedule and fully support the project objectives
 Support the implementation of flagship projects that advance innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by communities at the frontline of climate crisis
Expert approach Brings expertise in building communities of practice and in particular supporting the participation of youth groups in policy ecosystems and stakeholder consultation processes
 Ensures the appropriate policy and subject-matter expertise is incorporated in programmatic activities.

 Oversees the preparation of reports on the project activities.
 Designs and organizes strategic engagements, including the Conference of the Parties (COPs) and other conferences, meetings, side events and activities.
Communications Advises and leads on relevant communication efforts that help advance the project objectives.
 Oversees relevant website content, social media activities, and publication activities, including outreach materials, to raise global awareness and build global momentum. 
 Drafts relevant speeches and statements for high-level public appearances, media engagements, and publications.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


 Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) preferably in Economic Development, Engineering, Data Science or other relevant fields is required.
 Two (2) additional years of relevant experience, in combination with a relevant first-level university (bachelor’s degree or equivalent), may substitute for the requirement of a master’s degree.
Required Experience: At least seven (7) years of relevant professional experience in environment, migration, water security, green solutions and skills, socio economic issues, public policy, climate mobility, and/or programme/project management is required.
 Proven track record of active participation and engagement in the UN work related to climate change and/or migration is required.
Desirable experience (the following experience is optional candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):

 Experience in advocacy and organizing events in international fora such as the COP, is desired.
 Experience effectively synthesizing, communicating and presenting technical and policy findings in a clear and concise manner to colleagues internally and to external non-technical audiences, including through producing briefing, speeches and strategy papers for seniors is desired.
Language: Fluency in oral and written English is required.
 Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.


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: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) Retainer – A retainer contract is issued for a period of time during which the services of the individual contractor are required intermittently. The individual contractor agreement on retainer basis will specify a “unit price” per day worked. For budgetary purposes, a monetary cap will be determined when the contract is awarded and issued. Please note that the retainer contract will not provide for a minimum, and payment will be made only after completion of work Contract level: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA-3) or Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA-11) Even if the level of the position is indicated as IICA-3, depending on the incumbent’s personal situation (candidate with national ID or resident permit), a local fee scale (LICA-11) might be applied in determining the contractor’s fee. Contract duration: Until the 31st of December 2024 with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

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 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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