UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

Project Specialist, Home based

Copenhagen, Denmark

UNOPS in Copenhagen

Sat Jun 06 2020

UNEP is seeking services of two consultants to support the UNEP Task Manager in undertaking activities related to the GEF portfolio of Climate Change Enabling Activities. This portfolio supports countries to meet their reporting obligations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), through the preparation and submission of National Communications (NC) and Biennial Update Reports (BUR) to the UNFCCC.

The two home-based consultants will support the UNEP-GEF portfolio of the NCs and BURs projects for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in two regions: - (i) Africa region, and (ii) Asia & the Pacific region, respectively. The home-based consultant for Africa will provide support to the LDCs and SIDs in Africa, with a focus on the Francophone - speaking countries, while the Asia and the Pacific home-based consultant will support the LDCs and SIDs in that region.

The consultants will build the capacity of country teams on administrative and technical aspects of NC and BUR reports preparation; guide teams in setting up sustainable project institutional structures; and fast-track the review of draft reports, completion and submission of NC and BUR1 reports to the UNFCCC. The consultants will also support the Climate Change Mitigation Unit to enhance its liaison with project partners and relevant UNEP staff in the region.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Task Manager, Economy Division/Energy and Climate Branch/GEF Climate Mitigation Unit, the consultants will provide support in coordinating and expediting implementation of Climate Change enabling activities in Africa.The consultants will provide below responsibilities:

Train the project management teams in preparation of project reports (financial, technical) reports.

Support country teams during preparation of Terms of References (ToRs) and recruitment of project personnel and local, regional and international consultants/experts for the project

Support the project management teams to search for suitable national; sub-regional/ international climate change experts capable of carrying out the requisite thematic assessments in the areas of GHG Inventories, mitigation actions and their effects, establishment of domestic measurement reporting and verification processes, and effective participation in the ICA process

Participate in project meetings with a view to ensure project implementation readiness and sound and timely project implementation;
Support development of training programmes and organization of country level and/or sub-regional workshops

Help countries identify regional centres of excellence in both Annex I and non-Annex I countries to support countries access climate relevant data, information and appropriate analytical tools particularly in the areas of GHG Inventories, mitigation actions. These centres of excellence will provide technical assistance to country teams to enhance overall quality of the N Cs and BURs.

Regularly monitor project progress and performance and troubleshooting projects at risk. Informing the Task Manager of any significant risks or project problems and acting and following up on decisions made

Master’s degree (or equivalent) preferably in natural resources management, biological or physical sciences or environmental sciences/studies is required.

A relevant Bachelor’s degree in related studies, combined with an additional 2 years‘ experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.

A minimum of five years professional experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation, or related area is required.

A minimum of five years of experience working on National Communications and Greenhouse Gas inventories required.

Experience working with national governments in developing countries on project cycle is required.

Good knowledge of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is negotiations outcomes on transparency under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement will be an added advantage.

Good communication skills to manage/interact with people inside and outside of the project team will be sought is added advantage.

Fluency in English and French are required.

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.

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.

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement

Contract level: ICS 10/ IICA 2Contract 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:

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.

Kenya Multi-Country Office (KEMC)

UNOPS KEMC helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development.

UNOPS KEMC has over twenty years of experience working in East Africa, including large scale infrastructure projects. With a flexible and responsive presence throughout the region, UNOPS is able to scale up rapidly, through various mechanisms into high risk areas which have proven to be beneficial to partners.