Associate Project Officer

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our 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 some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information – Job-specific

The purpose of the REACT project is to promote the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability in the UN system, focusing in particular on peacekeeping operations, by supporting the United Nations Department of Field Support (DFS) in their efforts to improve their own environmental and energy performance. Peacekeeping operations are international missions mandated by the UN Security Council to operate in specific countries and parts of countries for specific periods. The operations usually take place in locations with a fragile environment and a serious lack of infrastructure. The environmental footprint of UN Peacekeeping Operations is not benchmarked against any specific standard or other organization but it is considered to have significant room for improvement in a large number of critical areas. UN Peace operations represents over 50% of the current UN system Climate Footprint and as such are instrumental in reaching the UN wide target of Climate Neutrality by 2020 that is demanded by the Secretary General and the UN Chief Executives’ Board.
Functional Responsibilities

The associate project officer will work under supervision of the REACT project manager and support her in the implementation of the project. 

He/she will:

a)      Assist REACT project manager

i)        Draft, submit for approval and ensure administrative follow up to related contracts (SSAs, SSFAs, procurement) and payments;

ii)       Prepare and follow up as necessary with funding documents (allocations, budget revisions), PIMS, IMDIS and donor reporting;

iii)      Collate and follow Consultants Roster, intern selections and travel plans, etc.;

iv)       Organise team updates and team meetings;

v)      Organise and collate team contributions for the delivery of regular reports to donors and partners;

vi)     Assist the REACT project manager in project revisions as necessary;

b)     Assist the REACT project manager with the coordination between REACT and the IMG sustainability focal points

i)       Organise the team meetings and meetings between RZ+EACT and the IMG network (agenda, speakers, connection details for on-line events and hosting details for the face to face events, final reports);

ii)       Ensure the project databases such as the REACT focal points in missions, and the IMG focal points list, the documentations that is useful to both groups  are up to date (possibly with the help of interns);

iii)     Collect and dispatch to the appropriate team members queries and contributions;

iv)     Organise and issue the bimonthly REACT Bulletins;

c)      Act as GHG emission help desk for the UN GHG emission inventory

i)       Assist in compiling the annual GHG Inventory in view of preparing its release by October, coupled to the yearly UNFCCC COP;

ii)    Collaborate with the REACT and the IMG at further improving the quality and quantity of data collected, as well as the quality of the UN GHG emission inventory;

iii)    Assist in the design of the annual Moving Towards Climate Neutral UN report with graphic and narrative information on the GHG emission data;


Professionalism – Proven ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend solutions. Familiarity with UN rules, regulations and policies. Ability to work systematically, accurately and under pressure.

Planning and organizing – Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision.

Result-oriented – Ability to focus on the result for the clients and respond positively to feedback.

Communication – Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally. Good report writing skills.

Teamwork – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and different stake holders with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Analyzing Skills – Ability to make rational judgments for the available information and analysis and probe for further information or greater understanding of a problem and present with alternative options.

Technological awareness – Excellent computer skills and ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely; Good working knowledge of MS Office applications including proficiency in Excel, Spreadsheets & Database Software.


  • Environmental Engineering
  • Climate Change
  • Mapping
  • Project management/Proposal writing
  • Knowledge management
  • Capacity building
  • Result Orientation
  • Network facilitation

Master’s degree or equivalent in engineering is required. Bachelor’s Degree with additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.   Specialized education on Corporate GHG Inventories is desirable.                                           


Minimum 2 years of direct working experience in the development and/or reporting of Corporate Green House Gas (GHG) Inventories. Experience in using internationally accepted guidance such as the GHG Protocol of World Resources Institute / World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) or equivalent. Working experience with UN Agencies desirable.


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and Spanish is desirable.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: ICA Specialist level 1 (IICA 1)
Contract duration:1 year initially, possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations
  • 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.
  • 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.