United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Fund Director (Etp Secretariat Director)

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Description

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development. UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources. Working with us UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines. Diversity With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates. Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. Background Information - Job-specific The Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) brings together governments and philanthropies to work with partner countries in the region. We support the transition towards modern energy systems that can simultaneously ensure economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability. Enabling the transition toward greener energy systems will greatly contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement objectives. ​​​​​​ETP is initially focusing on Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, which are the countries in the region with the highest energy demand, a substantial pipeline for fossil fuel-based projects, and a significant and cost-effective potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency. ETP provides High Level Technical Advisory Support, Holistic Support to Governments on financing and technical needs, capacity and skill development and facilitation of dialogues in all related areas. A Secretariat, incorporated into UNOPS will support the Steering Committee (SC) and facilitate the implementation of SC’s decisions. The Secretariat will operate as per defined Terms of Reference approved by the SC. The Secretariat will undertake day-to-day management and operation of the ETP Fund: (1) it launches Calls for Proposal and carries out proposals assessments; (2) it provides assistance and support to implementing partners; (3) facilitates the design, development and implementation of an overall M&E strategy; (4) monitors progress made by each project during the implementation phase. ETP Secretariat is headed by the Director, responsible for the management of the secretariat, development and implementation of work plans, with a view to furthering the agenda of the ETP initiative in accordance with the strategic direction provided by the ETP Steering Committee (SC). The Director reports to the Chairperson of the ETP SC in all substantive matters and has an administrative reporting line to UNOPS. The Secretariat will work in close cooperation with the SC, the Advisory Committee and the Fund Manager, as well as UNOPS Services. The members of the secretariat will be selected following UNOPS rules and regulations. Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to organizational needs and structure: Functional Responsibilities The Fund Director/ Director of the Secretariat will be responsible for ensuring that the ETP Secretariat catalyzes, facilitates and supports effective action across the overall programme/movement, and the work that will be done under the programme mandate. The Director of the Secretariat will be primarily responsible for providing strategic advice, planning, resource use, day-to-day management of staff, reporting on the use of funds, performance management and evaluation of progress against goals. The Director reports on substantive matters to the SC chair and on administrative matters to the UNOPS line manager. This includes the following key functions: 1. Advisory Services:
  • Providing strategic and tactical advice for empowering leadership and continued enhancement of the vision and strategies pursued by the Secretariat.

  • Coordination of the development of the ETP Secretariat’s objectives and priorities and providing overall strategic planning towards their achievement.

2. Ensuring effective functioning of the programme:
  • Leading the development of the annual work-plans of the Secretariat;

  • Ensuring high standards and relevance of all outputs and communications that emanate from the Secretariat.

3. Management and coordination:
  • Strategic planning of activities in support of the Programme priorities; development and regular update of team work-plans;

  • Undertaking management and supervision of the different teams within the ETP Secretariat to ensure timely and quality outputs;

  • Overseeing the organization of high-level events and meetings.

  • Coordinating with UNOPS Fund Management and Support Services on all matters related to the Secretariat operations.

4. Oversight & planning:
  • Ensuring optimized utilization and reporting of financial and human resources:

  • Ensuring optimized budget management balancing programming, expenditures and fund raising and ensuring that resources are properly utilized;

  • Develop and implement a communication and outreach plan with regards to existing and potential donors, as well as government and other stakeholders

  • Human resources management: Performing performance evaluation of staff/personnel of the Secretariat, planning and management of recruitments;

  • Coordinating the production of activity and financial reports ensuring transparency of resource utilization and quality reporting to donors.

5. Strategic Relationship with stakeholders:
  • Maintaining effective relations with contributors to the ETP;

  • Representing the ETP in public events, task forces, working groups, intergovernmental and interagency discussions, interactions with stakeholders outside the UN system, and any other relevant situation.

  • Coordination with the Steering Committee on the engagement with potential donors to raise funding for the ETP pooled funding window.

  • Build and maintain effective partnerships with government entities in the ETP priority countries.

  • Management of internal and external stakeholder - direct engagement with high level stakeholders

Competencies 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. 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. Education/Experience/Language requirements Education:
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) is required preferably in : alternative energy development, social sciences, energy policy, international development, management, development economics, public administration, business administration or related fields.

  • PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificates are an asset - successful candidate must complete it within first twelve (12) months of onboarding.

  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation certification is an asset

  • Minimum ten (10) years of progressively professional experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in administration, business management, planning and operations or related field.

  • Relevant professional experience must include five (5) years of experience at the international level, including experience at a senior management level.

  • Professional experience in multi-sector renewable energy programmes and policies, knowledge of the political economy and experience in the region are highly desirable.

  • Proven experience in engaging with high-level stakeholders, such as government officials, donor representatives, representatives of international organizations, etc.

  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another, official UN language is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA) Contract level: ICS 12, IICA-4 Contract duration: Ongoing The position is based in a family duty station. 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.

  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types

  • 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.
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