Panel Member (Multiple positions)

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

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UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peace building, 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. 

Panel members contribute substantively to delivering the work programme. 


The Panel Members should perform their duties and provide intellectual and innovative leadership in formulating high quality advice, which challenges conventional thinking, and brings intellectual rigor to strategic and operational issues.

Specific Responsibilities

1. Demonstrate leadership and initiative in delivering the best available relevant scientific and technical advice in a timely manner;

2. Mobilize scientific and technical networks and partnerships;

3. Take an active part in developing and implementing STAP’s work programme, including drafting analytical papers, reports, and making presentations, and attending and convening meetings of experts;  

4. Undertake screens of projects and programs in biannual GEF work programs;

5. Participate in two face-to-face STAP meetings a year, with monthly STAP teleconferences; and

6. Provide contributions to the Chair’s report to twice-yearly GEF Council meetings, and STAP’s quadrennial report to the GEF Assembly;


1. Advanced degree, preferably a PhD, in a relevant area;  

2. Minimum 15 years of experience in scientific research, and in the application of results to real world issues in developing countries;  

3. Peer-reviewed publication record relevant to the GEF;

4. Demonstrated ability to work in an integrated, interdisciplinary manner across GEF focal areas, with experience of systems thinking;  

5. Capable of bridging scientific, technological, economic, social and policy issues in the public and private sector;  

6. Familiarity with and understanding of multilateral environmental agreements;   

7. Experience of working in developing countries, including applied research; design and implementation of programs involving multilateral environmental agreements, ideally in coordination with multilateral and bilateral agencies;

8. Access to, and ability to engage with, and tap into, extensive scientific networks and partnerships globally, in both developed and developing countries, in environmentally sustainable development, and GEF focal areas;

9. Fluency in oral and written English, and a demonstrated ability to communicate, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise, and structured manner; and

10. Demonstrated experience in the facilitation of learning and knowledge management.


1. Demonstrated expertise and leadership in global environmental issues and sustainable development, supported by the candidate’s peer-reviewed publication record;

2. Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage scientific research with multiple stakeholders in multiple geographical settings; and

3. Knowledge of the scientific processes required for the implementation of MEAs in developing countries.

In addition, the following competences will also be considered:

1. Enthusiasm and commitment to dealing with global environmental issues, sustainable development, and transformational change;

2. Team work – ability to collaborate effectively and remotely in a multicultural team and share responsibilities;

3. Able and willing to travel globally to attend meetings and events; and

4. A good sense of humour.