Background Information – Job-speciﬁc
The EU Action ‘Lives in Dignity – EU Global Facility for Refugees’ is a strategic, exible operational structure to improve responses to forced displacement and ensure early development oriented engagement in key displacement situations. The Action builds on the EU’s successful championing of a new approach to forced displacement through their engagement in the Middle East (Syrian crisis), the Horn of Africa and South Asia.
The overall objective of the action is that refugees and other displaced persons become productive members of their host communities and participate in furthering their common resilience, socio-economic growth and development
The Facility consists of three operational components:
(1) Support to enhanced quality and use of data and evidence, notably with regard to socio-economic development impacts of forced displacement, improved national statistics relevant to forced displacement and asylum and better measurements of the quality of responses;
(2) Support to governments and key stakeholders through technical assistance, capacity-building and coordination at regional and country level;
(3) Seed funding to promote development-oriented policy approaches to new, recurrent and protracted refugee crises.
UNOPS will work with the EU and the other stakeholders to the action on delivering operational component number 3 of the action: Seed funding to promote development-oriented policy approaches to new, recurrent and protracted refugee crises. This will be done through a tailor made Fund and Grant Management facility.
The purpose of the Fund and Grant management Facility is to eciently and eectively channel funding to promote development oriented policy approaches to new, recurrent and protracted refugee crisis, focusing on early operational engagements with a development focus.
The grants will be of varying sizes depending on the specic issues they are responding to. UNOPS will be responsible for administering the grant and advising the EU on best practices and operational modalities for grant management. UNOPS will also be responsible for monitoring and reporting the grantees performances and deliverables.
The Senior Technical Expert will be part of a dedicated UNOPS Fund and Grant Management team (consisting of 5 personnel) who oversees the entire grant process. The team will be managed by a Senior Project Manager, with oversight from the Head of the UN Portfolio in Geneva and the wider UNOPS Geneva Senior Management. The team will be assisted by the wider UNOPS Geneva Support Services Team (with experts in HR, Finance/Fund Management, Procurement, Administration, Logistics etc).
The Senior Technical Expert will act as the substantive lead and subject matter expert for the project and will act as main subject matter expert for the Fund and Grant Management facility.
Under the direct supervision of the UNP Senior Project Manager, the Senior Technical Expert will be responsible for the following tasks:
Coordination and stakeholder management:
- Provide subject matter advise on forced displacement and development to the project team, the governance bodies and the wider stakeholders throughout the grant management cycle
- Be the liaison between UNOPS and key subject matter stakeholders.
- Act as resource person for translating EU policy and wider substantive policy on forced displacement and refugees for purposes of the grant facility.
- Act as substantive and technical liaison with other stakeholders to the project (including UNHCR and substantive units at the EU).
Substantive input to grant management cycle:
- Lead on drafting the substantive input for the overall Fund Strategy. This strategy will describe the vision of success for the mechanism and detail the overall results the mechanism intends to achieve. The strategy will include parameters for how and when funding will be allocated, according to what process (competitive call for proposals or direct selection of grantees) and provide guidance on budget allocations (minimum/maximum allocation amounts).
- Lead on drafting the substantive input into specic Fund Strategies related to specic funding windows and call for proposals.
- Lead on drafting substantive input into call for proposals.
- Participate, as subject matter experts, in grant evaluation committees.
- Review grantee reports and updates and provide quality control from a subject matter point of view.
- Provide input into assessment of grantee performance with regards to substantive issues.
Support to monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications eﬀorts:
- Provide subject matter advise and guidance to the monitoring, reporting and evaluation eorts.
- Act as subject matter advisor to the project’s communications eorts.
- Contribute to the production of communications eorts (press releases, op eds, press conferences, workshops, donor briengs etc).
- Support the project manager on the development of narrative reports as required in project agreement documents with inputs from the M&E Specialist and EU coordinator/advisor.
- Strategic Perspective: 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
- Integrity and Inclusion: Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to dierences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
- Leading self and others: 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.
- Partnering: Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneciary rst. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
- Results orientation: Eciently 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 beneciaries.
- Agility: Open to change and exible in a fast paced environment. Eectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reects on experiences and modies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
- Solution focused: 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.
- Effective communication: 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 conict eectively, by overcoming dierences of opinion and nding common ground.
A Master’s degree in a relevant area of International Law, International Relations or Political Science, or related area and 7 years relevant work experience. A rst level university degree in this area can be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree, with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience.
- A minimum of 7 years experience working on matters related to forced displacement required.
- A minimum of 3 years experience working on development projects, preferably in a field setting.
- Demonstrated solid understanding of forced displacement dynamics, recovery efforts, and their relevance to sustainable development
- Strong analytical, policy and programme development skills
- Proven strategic development and prioritisation skills on both forced displacement and development
- Knowledge of the UN system, Global Compact on Migration, Global Compact on Refugees, forced displacement inter-agency coordination mechanisms (e.g. UN Network on Migration), GP20 on Internal Displacement, World Bank, IMF and bilateral partners.
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Strong advocacy skills.
- Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities.
- Ability to work effectively with stakeholders in various organizations, regions and ocffes.
- Ability to coordinate across multiple units and teams to achieve a common objective.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure.
- Strong interpersonal and consultative skills
- Strong networking skills required to support fund and grant management facility positioning and relationship building with development partners.
- Fluency in written and oral English is required.
- Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICA
Contract level: I-ICA 3
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
- 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 oer several exible 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, nancial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS oers 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 qualied female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
How to apply
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(https://jobs.unops.org/pages/User/CreateProle.aspx) to ensure completeness, especially the education and experience sections.