Chief Technical Advisor (Project Manager)

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Incheon, South Korea 🇰🇷

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 – WEC

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 eco-systems to climate change
  • lowering emissions by bridging renewable energy solutions
  • developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions to strengthen climate-resilient development
    Background Information – Job-specific


    This project builds upon four years of regional cooperation for the sustainable use of the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) put in place by China and the Republic of Korea, supported by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Yellow Sea Partnership and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The initial project completed a regional Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and finalized a regional Strategic Action Programme (SAP), the implementation of which will be operationalized by the national SAP. The project’s objective is to foster a long-term sustainable institutional, policy, and financial arrangements for effective ecosystem-based management of the Yellow Sea (YS), To achieve this objective, the project will support the formation of an YSLME Commission that will oversee the implementation of the SAP; and will support the states’ efforts to reduce the decline in biological resources and to restore depleted fish stocks in the Yellow Sea.

    In line with the GEF-5 International Waters (IW) strategic priorities, GEF will assist the countries reach an agreement on ecosystem-based joint action for the sustainable management of the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem, and to catalyse institutional reforms and support the implementation of policies aimed at reducing over-fishing and benefiting communities. There are four components of the project: 1) Sustainable national and regional cooperation for ecosystem based management; 2) Improved Ecosystem Carrying Capacity with respect to provisioning services; 3) Improved Ecosystem Carrying Capacity with respect to regulating and cultural services; 4) Improved Ecosystem Carrying Capacity with respect to supporting services. The key outcomes sought are: 1) establishment of a self-sustaining cooperative mechanism for ecosystem-based management; 2) recovery of depleted fish stocks and improved mariculture production and quality; 3) improved ecosystem health; 4) improved inter-sectoral coordination and mainstreaming of ecosystem based management principles at the national level, maintenance of habitat areas, strengthened stakeholder participation in management and improved policy making; and 4) skills and capacity significantly developed for region-wide ecosystem-based management. The project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNDP and executed by UNOPS.

    Functional Responsibilities

    The CTA shall be responsible for the overall coordination, management, monitoring and supervision of all aspects of the GEF Yellow Sea LME Project entitled Implementing the Strategic Action Programme for the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem: Restoring Ecosystem Goods and Services and Consolidation of a Long-term Regional Environmental Governance Framework (YSLME), under the policy/technical guidance of the Interim Commission Council.  He/she shall liaise directly with the Governments of the participating countries and the National Project Coordinators (NPCs) and the representatives of the GEF partners, in order to develop the annual and quarterly work plans and budgets for the project. He/she shall explore all the possibilities in involve all the coastal countries in the YSLME project if the geopolitical situation allows.

    He/she shall carry out all necessary political and technical negotiations to ensure the establishment of the YSLME Commission.  He/she shall provide necessary political and technical options to the governments of the participating countries and other project partners to facilitate necessary agreements reached necessary for establishing the Commission, including the agreement reaching, conflict solving and sustainable financing mechanisms, based on the agreements of the Interim Commission Council.

    He/she shall be responsible for all substantive, managerial and financial monitoring and reporting of the Project. He/she will provide overall supervision for all staff in the Project Management Office (PMO) as well as guiding and supervising all external policy relations. He/she is responsible for the coordination and monitoring of international inputs.  While he/she is directly accountable to UNOPS, the CTA shall consult with, coordinate closely with, and report as appropriate to the Principal Project Resident Representative (PPRR), and the UNDP/GEF Task Manager. He/she will also seek additional funding and partners, and integrate their inputs to project workplans and budgets.  Funding could be cost-shared or in parallel.  He/she should closely liaise with other complementary or parallel initiatives to ensure maximum complementarities.

    Purpose and Scope of Assignment

    The CTA is responsible for having a firm understanding of the terms, conditions, and the respective roles and responsibilities of the partners/stakeholders to ensure the project products are capable of meeting the business case for both UNOPS and the client.

    The CTA will have the following specific duties:

    (1)Project implementation and management:

    • to prepare the annual and quarterly workplans and budgets of the Project on the basis of the Project Document, in close consultation and coordination with the National Project Coordinators, Regional and National Working Group Chairs to coordinate and monitor the activities described in the work plans, and ensure timeliness and quality of outputs;
    • to review the annual and quarterly workplans and budgets of Regional Working Groups (RWGs), and collate them into overall workplans and budgets;
    • to coordinate and oversee the implementations of the workplans as approved by the Interim Commission Council, in close consultation with the Chairpersons of RWGs;
    • to prepare all the progress and financial reports of the project implementation and submit them to the Interim Commission Council for considerations and approvals;
    • to maintain the overall responsibility for the efficient, cost-effective use of project funds, in accordance with UNDP/GEF rules and regulations;
    • to prepare and oversee the development of Terms of Reference for consultants and contractors, select in consultations with UNDP PPR, NPCs, the international consultants and contractors; and

    (2)Supervisory functions:

    • to supervise the work of all other PMO staff, project consultants (long-term and short-term) to be recruited for the project implementation, and the project staff seconded by the governments of the participating countries;
    • to manage the offices of the PMO, their staff, budgets, and the imprest accounts established under the project for implementing the project activities;

    (3) Coordinating functions:

    • to liaise with the GEF National Focal Points (NFPs), the National Project Coordinators (NPCs), UNDP (both the country office in China and UNDP/GEF), UNOPS and GEF;
    • to liaise with other organization and projects to ensure maximum synergy, avoid duplication with existing efforts and initiatives. To ensure proper coordination and cooperation with other relevant organization and project in implementing the activities within the framework programme for the East Asian Seas region
    • to maintain a solid working relationship with the project board, UNDP/GEF and key stakeholders
    • to manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities and progress
    • to act as Secretary for the Interim Commission Council for its annual and special, whenever necessary, meetings, including preparing all the meeting documents and the reports of the meetings;
    • to represent the project at the events when deemed necessary, and to liaise with IW Learn to share project experiences and information.
    • to take all necessary actions to negotiate with all the coastal countries in order to involve DPR Korea into the project if the geopolitical situation allows.
    • Solid political and technical knowledge of the region, and in particular, of the Yellow Sea coastal countries would be a strong asset;
    • Familiarity with the goals and procedures of UNDP, UNOPS and other international organizations, preferred;
    • Demonstrated advanced diplomatic and negotiating skills and excellent interpersonal skills with sensitivity to cultural and political differences;
    • Good knowledge and skill in multilateral co-operation, in particular the skill in initiation and negotiation of regional co-operation particularly related to marine and coastal resource management;
    • Demonstrated skill in understanding the roles of local governments in the region and working with them to achieve project objectives assigned tasks and skill to work with the local governments in implementing the project activities
    Education/Experience/Language requirements

    a.    Education:

    • Post-graduate degree (Master’s or equivalent) in marine science, environmental management or a directly related field.

    b.    Work Experience

    • At least 10 years of experience in the fields related to the assignments, preferably within the UN system, including at least five years’ experience at a senior project management level.

    c.    Language Skills


    • High proficiency in written and oral communication skills in English.
    • Knowledge of the language of coastal country in the region is an advantage.
    Contract type, level and duration

    Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement

    Contract level: International ICA -1 equivalent to ICSC – 11
    Contract duration: The contract will be issued for one year and can be extended upon satisfactory performance & confirmation of availability of funds. The current expectations are that the position of “Environmental Mapping & Reporting Analyst” for the CLME+ Project would be required until the end of 2019

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

    Additional Considerations
    • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (18:00 New York 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.
    • 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.