Project Manager

Nauru 🇳🇷

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- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

 ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries. 

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries. 
Background Information – Small Grants Cluster

Small Grants Cluster

UNOPS executes the UNDP-implemented Small Grants Programme though the Small Grants Cluster. Funded by the Global Environment Facility, the Small Grants Programme efficiently channels direct grants to non-governmental and community-based organizations to help them cope with climate change; conserve biodiversity; protect international waters; reduce the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants; and prevent land degradation. Helping communities with their initiatives for sustainable livelihoods while generating global environmental benefits is the core inspiration of the Small Grants Programme.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Managerial Functions

  • Supervise the national SGP team members and provide necessary guidance and coaching;
  • Promote and maintain a suitable environment for teamwork within the SGP team, the National Steering Committee members, and with the UNDP CO team;
  • Prepare annual workplan, including strategic and/or innovative initiatives to be undertaken/explored, and set delivery and co-financing targets;
  • Set annual performance parameters and learning objectives for the SGP team, assess their performance and provide feedback;
  • Build and maintain an effective relationship with key partners and stakeholders, and keep CPMT, UNOPS and UNDP CO informed as appropriate.
  • Report on annual performance and results through the matrixed management system of the annual SGP Performance and Results Assessment (PRA), with inputs of CPMT, UNDP CO, UNOPS, and National Steering Committee chair
2. Programme Development and Management
  • Keep abreast of the national environmental concerns and priorities as well as the socio-economic conditions and trends as they relate to the GEF-SGP and its focal areas, and assess their impact on SGP’s work and programme. 
  • Contribute to the formulation of the Country Programme Strategy (CPS) and its biennium review and update;
  • Exercise quality control over the development of a portfolio of project ideas and concepts, and closely monitor the programme implementation progress and results;
  • Organize periodic stakeholder workshops and project development sessions for NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBO) and local communities, and other stakeholders to explain about SGP, and to assist potential applicants in making the link between local environmental problems and the global concerns of the GEF focal areas and operational programmes;
  • Work closely with NGOs and CBOs in preparation of project concepts and proposals to ensure that individual projects fit the GEF-SGP Strategic Framework;
  • Authorize and manage project planning grants as required.
  • Conduct periodic programme monitoring field visits and provide technical and operational support and guidance to SGP grantees as required;
  • Work closely and support the National Steering Committee and its deliberations during the process of project proposal selection and approval, especially the initial appraisal of proposals and assessment of eligibility.
  • Foster operational and policy linkages between the GEF-SGP and the large or medium-sized GEF projects, planned or underway in the country, as well as those of other donors and development partners. 
  • Manage the annual SGP allocations (administrative and grants), maintain the financial integrity of the programme, ensure most effective use of SGP resources;
  • Report periodically to CPMT on programme implementation status, including financial reporting, and update the relevant UNOPS and SGP databases.
3. Resource Mobilization
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with stakeholders, advocate SGP policies, comparative advantages and initiatives, and ensure visibility. 
  • Assess programme interest and priorities of key donors and other development partners, develop SGP advocacy campaigns and develop/update the SGP Resource Mobilization Strategy;
  • Identify opportunities and areas eligible for GEF-SGP support, and mobilize resources from the Government, donors and other partners to best leverage the GEF-SGP resources.

4. Knowledge Management

  • Assist in the preparation of SGP project/programme evaluation;
  • Assist in the documentation lessons learned and best practices in SGP programme/project development, implementation, and oversight;
  • Raise awareness of Programme Team on corporate strategic issues, plans and initiatives to maximize highest impact and effectiveness;
  • Access UNDP’s world-wide and regional knowledge, distill best practices and facilitate their dissemination within CO and to counterparts and partners;
  • Access global best practices, share them with other local and international stakeholders and ensure their incorporation into the SGP portfolio and project design process

Sound programme development and build up, consistency of programme focus with national needs and priorities and in the GEF-SGP Strategic Framework and the focal areas, high efficiency in the use of resources to create maximum project/programme impact.   Increased trust by clients and donors and increased opportunities for visibility, partnerships and co-financing

Education/Experience/Language requirements
  • Advanced university degree (5-6 years) in Environmental field, Environmental Economics, Business Administration, or similar field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in development work, which should include programme management, preferably with specialized experience in any of the GEF-SGP focal areas at the national level. 
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent teamwork and people management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Fluency in English. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable. 
  • Proficiency in standard computer software (word-processing, excel, presentations, databases and internet)
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: IICA
Contract level: IICA-1
Contract duration: 12 months

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Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • 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.  
  • Priority will be given to the candidates from Nauru. In the event we are not successful we will proceed with hiring nationals of the Pacific Islands.

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.