By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Senior Programme Manager - ETP

Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: LICA-11, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-06

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.

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 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 projects; (3) facilitates the design, development and implementation of an overall M&E strategy; (4) monitors progress made by each project during the implementation phase. 

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

Reporting to the Director of the ETP Secretariat, the incumbent will be responsible for designing and implementing field programmes in accordance with the ETP Secretariat mandate and strategy, and operational management, efficient/effective use of resources and compliance against the UN and UNOPS rules and regulations.

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Director of the ETP Secretariat, the Senior Programme Manager’s responsibilities include the following:
1. Programme implementation and oversight

  • Provide regular updates on the political economy relevant to energy transition in Southeast Asia, with a focus on the countries of ETP’s operation. 
  • Develop and execute the programme implementation plans for the programme in collaboration with partners, set objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and partner oriented services.
  • Monitor and supervise the timely and cost-effective implementation of the programme according to UNOPS goals and partner expectations, approved budget and full cost recovery.
  • Accept responsibility for project portfolio oversight as delegated by the ETP Director.
  • Mentor and assist implementing partners in planning, execution and delivery of allocated projects, ensuring incorporation of best practice project management processes.
  • Prepare timely and accurate project tracking, analysis of outputs, and reporting.
  • Develop and implement the programme governance framework.

2. Portfolio development and planning support
  • Support the supervisor to ensure the financial sustainability of the assigned programme and delivery of desired results, ensuring compliance with organizational strategies, rules, regulations and standards of performance.
  • Coordinate closely with partnerships and business development team to ensure portfolio growth and diversity in the countries of ETP’s operations.
  • Submit mandated reports to the ETP Director, to drive future process business improvement.
  • Analyse and keep abreast of political and development trends in the geographical area, to identify and support strategic areas of focus based on country priorities.
  • Manage and facilitate the preparation of programme documents (including business cases/strategies, policy briefs, programme plans and risk assessments).
  • Ensure the accurate and timely completion of programme/business recommendations for the review and approval of the supervisor.
  • Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonisation of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework and standards of accountability, integrity and performance.
  • Plan and propose to the supervisor required office and programme resources for the assigned portfolio.
  • Manage programme resources in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics, integrity and accountability framework and financial sustainability.

 3. People Management
  • Plan, recruit, manage and develop programme personnel/technical experts with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance and encourage the formation of diverse teams in terms of gender and geography.
  • Supervise Implementing Partners for assigned projects.
  • Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity by providing timely guidance and supervision to the team to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed. 

4. Partnership and Networking

  • Build and strengthen partnerships through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of ETP Mandate and UNOPS competencies in Programme management.
  • Contribute to current and future growth plans of the programme, ensuring alignment with the UNOPS AR and corporate strategic plans
  • Collaborate with the Partnerships and Business Development team, donors and other stakeholders  to prepare proposals and partnership engagements.

5. Service Delivery and Quality Assurance

  • Establish and maintain appropriate arrangements for direct operational support for delivery of the programme, including leveraging regional or corporate support facilities whenever available.
  • Monitor programme/project implementation, review progress, assess constraints and take corrective action, ensuring early warning of risks to the Secretariat Director and Fund Manager.
  • Design, develop and implement an overall M&E strategy for the Secretariat that is capable of: monitoring and reporting progress of the Fund; monitoring the performance of implementing partners; and ensuring that Fund resources are used effectively. A high level of consultation and participation on M&E is expected with implementing partners and with national authorities.
  • Ensure that implementing partners fulfil their M&E obligations, including enabling the participation of beneficiaries, and that recording and reporting systems are harmonized both among implementing partners and with national systems where possible.
  • Oversee frequent project site visits and ensure that standard monitoring activities are in place and utilized for such visits
  • Contribute to overall financial control to ensure the fiscal health/sustainability of the programme, including financial reports

6. Knowledge Management and Innovation

  • Lead development and maintain oversight of the ETP online platform and relevant databases
  • Contribute to the development and introduction of innovation to ensure UNOPS is continually incorporating best practice approaches.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
  • Plan, implement and organize capacity building of personnel, partners and stakeholders.


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 encouragesothers 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


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in Project Management, Social Sciences, Administration, Economics or other related field is required.

  • A relevant first university degree (bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with two (2) additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

  • PRINCE2 Foundation is desired - successful candidate must complete it within the first 6 months of onboarding.

  • PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is an asset.

  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) certification is an asset


  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in leading/coordinating project implementation preferably in an international and/or corporate organization.

  • Experience in project management desired.

  • International experience in a related field is a strong asset. 

  • Experience managing people as a direct supervisor and/or managing an office is desired.

  • Experience in the UN system organizations is desirable.

  • Professional experience in developing Energy programmes and policies is strongly desirable.

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


  • Fluency in English is required. 

  • Working knowledge of another, official UN language is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: ICS-11,  LICA-11
Contract duration: Open-ended

The position is based in a family duty station. 

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

Additional Considerations

  • This is a local position, therefore only nationals of duty station or applicants who are legally entitled to be employed in the duty station will be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.