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Private Sector Development Project Manager

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Sustainable trade and development
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-11

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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. 

UNEP, in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), serves as the joint host of the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) Secretariat ( on behalf of the GGKP Steering Committee (UNEP, UNIDO, GGGI, the OECD, and the World Bank). The GGKP is a global network of over 70 international organisations, research institutes, and think tanks focused on promoting a green economy transition by:

  • identifying major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice and addressing these gaps by promoting collaboration and coordinated research; and 

  • using world-class knowledge management and communication tools to provide practitioners, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to access, share, and utilize green growth policy analysis, guidance, information, and data.

A consultant is sought to support the GGKP in the execution of a Coordination, Communication, and Knowledge Management (CCKM) project for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) initiative, “Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States” (ISLANDS). The GGKP will serve as the Executing Agency for the GEF ISLANDS CCKM project and the consultant will be tasked with management and coordination of project activities. This work includes: overseeing and coordinating with regional child projects being executed in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, ensuring that the programmatic approach is undertaken on gender, stakeholder engagement and knowledge management. The consultant will convene project steering committee meetings and perform Secretariat functions for these meetings. The consultant will also coordinate project activities being executed directly by GGKP in accordance with the agreed work plan. This includes recruiting and overseeing the work of technical consultants. They will also ensure financial and technical progress reports are submitted to the Implementing Agency on time. The consultant will establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts at all levels.

The consultant will also lead the conceptualization, development, organization, and launch of partnerships with the private sector both within the context of the GEF ISLANDS CCKM project project and to support the GGKP Green Industry Platform.

Functional Responsibilities

The objective of the consultancy is to assist the GGKP in the execution of the GEF ISLANDS CCKM project and other strategic work, and is expected to include the following tasks:

  • Ensuring timely management of the project and implementation of all activities listed in the Work Plan (WP) in accordance with the rules of the partners and all project agreements; 

  • Oversee the finalization and dissemination of the GEF ISLANDS Programme visibility guideline

  • Oversee the finalization and execution of the GEF ISLANDS programmatic stakeholder engagement plan and the GEF ISLANDS programmatic Gender action plan 

  • Finalize and disseminate programmatic reporting templates 

  • Development of TORs for the recruiting of consultants to conduct work on specific activities and objectives set forth in the WP; 

  • Reviewing all deliverables and reports to be submitted to the Implementing Agency prior to submission and liaise with staff members and consultants to ensure that the quality of the deliverables and reports submitted are according to relevant guidelines, TORs and meet the expected standard of quality; 

  • Ensuring accurate and timely submission of quarterly and annual activity progress reports, financial reports to the Implementing Agency; 

  • Collecting data and conducting monitoring activities of ISLANDS programme activities according to the WP; 

  • Monitoring project funds, approving project disbursements according to the WP and liaise with the Project Steering Committee on budgetary changes if required; 

  • Establishing operating arrangements for financial management and accountability, including ensuring all supporting documents are maintained and an orderly filing system is in place; 

  • Monitoring that recommendations made as a result of the annual audits are implemented; 

  • Ensuring transparency and adherence to procurement regulations in procurement processes; 

  • Leading the preparation of the annual Project Steering Committee meetings; 

  • Ensuring operational and financial closure of the WP according to UNFPA procedures at year end; 

  • Coordination with ISLANDS partners and stakeholders; 

  • Synthesis of the Midterm Reviews shared with GEF ISLANDS stakeholders and monitoring of corrective actions taken;

  • Conceptualization, development, organization, and launch of partnership with private sector actors to make accessible free shipping for SIDS participating in the ISLANDS Programme to facilitate recycling;

  • Conceptualization, development, organization, and launch of partnership with private sector actors in support of the GGKP Green Industry Platform;

  • Any other tasks deemed necessary to achieve the project objectives. 

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Successful finalization and dissemination of GEF ISLANDS gender action plan, stakeholder engagement plan and programmatic reporting templates; 

  • Successful finalization and dissemination of GEF ISLANDS visibility guide;

  • Successful submission of four quarterly financial reports per year;

  • Successful organization of the first CCKM project steering committee meeting (and project inception meeting);

  • Successful launch of a partnership with private sector shipping stakeholders;

  • Successful execution all project activities as elaborated in the project workplan;

  • Efficient monitoring of the overall progress of GEF ISLANDS in accordance with the gender action plan and stakeholder engagement plan.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) preferably in development studies, economics, or relevant field.

  • A combination of a first university degree (bachelor’s or equivalent) with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

Work Experience 

  • Minimum 5 years of accumulated work experience in project management or project coordination or related fields in an international organization or public institution is required. 

  • Experience in the implementation and execution of environmental or health related programmes, projects and activities would be an asset.

  • Proven ability to liaise with external stakeholders in Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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. 
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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement 
Contract level: I-ICA 2

Contract duration: Six Months

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 
This position is based in Switzerland and the contract fee is not exempt from Swiss laws, including but not limited to laws regarding taxation, social security, accident and health insurance.

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.

Background Information - UNOPS

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.


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.

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