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PAMAD Project Manager (Re-advertisement)


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

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.

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS is host to several projects, including the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), a state-led initiative to follow up on the work started by the Nansen Initiative on cross-border disaster-displacement and to implement the recommendations of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda. The overall objective of PDD is:

To support States and other stakeholders to strengthen the protection of persons displaced across borders in the context of disasters and the adverse effects of climate change, and to prevent or reduce disaster displacement risks in countries of origin.

 To work towards this objective, the Steering Group of the PDD has set the following four strategic priorities based on the recommendations of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda for the period 2019-2023:

  • Support integrated implementation of global policy frameworks on human mobility, climate change action and disaster risk reduction that are relevant for disaster displaced persons;
  • Promote policy and normative development to address gaps in the protection of persons at risk of displacement or displaced across borders;
  • Facilitate exchange of knowledge and strengthen capacity at the national and regional levels to implement effective practices and instruments that can prevent, reduce and address disaster displacement;
  • Strengthen evidence and data on disaster displacement and its impacts.

To support the PDD Objectives, in November 2021, UNOPS and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [Norad](referred to as ‘donor’ hereunder) signed a grant agreement for the implementation of a project on “Action and support to avert, minimize and address displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change” (PAMAD). The overall objective of this joint project is to enhance action and support for measures aimed at averting, minimizing and addressing displacement related to the adverse effects of climate change, including through developing a better understanding of displacement in the context of climate change as loss and damage. The overall approach is situated within the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 2015 Paris Agreement, including the work of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM), its Task Force on Displacement (TFD), and the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage (SNLD).

More specifically, the project is set up to have one global component with a focus on research and analysis, policy development and engagement, and communication, but will primarily be implemented in four countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and disaster displacement. The project was set up to consist of an inception period that ends in September 2022 and an implementation period of 30 months. During the inception period, individual country needs have been identified based on consultations, needs assessment, priority-setting and development of country-specific National Project Plans (NPP) setting out the workplans for each pilot country, for the implementation phase. Consultations during the inception have takes place within the national context, as well as through relevant mechanisms for collaboration and coordination in the UNFCCC framework. 

The objective of this position is to provide project management and coordination support to the PDD Secretariat to implement and deliver required activities during the period of the project in line with the purpose outlined above as well as contribute to the project management structure that will guide the implementation of the project until 30 November 2024 (an extension until March 2025 is likely). 

Overall responsibility for project management, coordination and implementation of this project will be with the PDD Secretariat (hosted by UNOPS).

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the PDD Secretariat and with support of the PDD Secretariat and PDD Regional Advisers, the PAMAD Project Manager will be responsible for the following activities and tasks during the implementation of of the project:

I. Project Governance 

  • Lead establishment of a Project Management Committee (PMC), including drafting and development of PMC Governance tools (e.g. Terms of Reference); 

  • Serve as the Secretary of the PMC and convene PMC meetings as appropriate and applicable during the implementation period;

  • Lead the preparation and drafting of background documents for an annual consultation with representatives of the Donor, UNOPS, the PDD Secretariat and partners..

  • Manage and deliver on reporting obligations under the project.  

II. Project Delivery and Coordination 

  • Coordinate and lead implementation of National Project Plans (NPPs), and update plans when applicable;

  • Coordinate and lead monitoring and review of overall Project Work Plan, Result Framework and Budget. 

  • Prepare and support the organization of a Global Stakeholder Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland during the implementation period. 

  • Coordinate with project partners and support the organization of in-country national stakeholder consultations;.

III. Knowledge Development and Communication  

  • Support overall project management and work with the PDD Secretariat to facilitate the successful completion of tasks ranging from background research to information and communication-related activities.

  • In close coordination with the PDD Secretariat Communication Officer and project partners, support implementation of the overall Project Communication Strategy and country-specific National Communication Plans. 

  • Attend relevant meetings (Covid-19 pandemic situation permitting) and consult with relevant stakeholders as appropriate; 

IV. Personnel Management 

  •  Lead the project team 

  • Select, recruit and train team as required

Expected Results

At the end of the project period, the incumbent is expected to have delivered and/or supported the delivery of:

  • Establishment and coordination of the Project Management Committee (PMC)

  • A detailed overall Project Work Plan, Results Framework and Budget

  • National Project Plans with corresponding Results Frameworks and Budgets for each country

  • Draft Project Communication Strategy and country specific Communication Plans; 


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.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant area of International Law, International Relations or Political Science or a  closely related field. A Bachelor’s degree in this area can be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree, with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience.

Work Experience


  • A minimum of 5 years (or more based on educational credentials) of work experience in project management and coordination in one or more of the following areas: displacement, forced migration, international migration, international protection, climate change adaptation/climate change policy, loss and damage, disaster risk reduction and management and/or human rights;

  • Experience in managing donor relationships, including preparing donor reports.

  • Experience in project management, drafting workplans, budgets and results frameworks

  • Experience designing, convening and coordinating workshops/consultations


  • Familiarity with the UN system and mandates

  • Familiarity with the Nansen Initiative/ Platform on Disaster Displacement

  • Familiarity with the UNFCCC including the Warsaw International Mechanism Task Force on Displacement

  • Experience in intergovernmental settings and experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder and inter-agency processes


  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. Spanish, French or other UN languages are an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Staff
Contract level: ICS-10 / P-3
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 

  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

  • Geneva, Switzerland is a family duty station.

Terms and Conditions 

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post. 

  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.

  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.

  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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