Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Background - UNOPS
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of peace, humanitarian and development partners throughout the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the role of the United Nations, the government and other partners in managing projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Working in a number of the most challenging environments in the world, we strive to encourage sustainable implementation practices and always provide services that exceed the expectations of partners.
With more than 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS provides knowledge about logistics, engineering and management whenever partners need it.
Our flexible structure and global reach enable us to meet the needs of partners quickly and deliver the benefits of economies of scale.
The Thailand Operations Hub (THOH) is a UNOPS business unit under the UNOPS Asia Regional Office and it was established to better support, develop and oversee the UNOPS portfolio of projects in South East Asia and the Pacific.
The Hub comprises three main portfolios - THOH Thailand, THOH Indonesia and THOH Pacific and provides a wide range of services including Project Management, Transactional HR, Financial, and Procurement to clients that include other UN entities, INGOs and governments / government agencies donors.
Peat Restoration Agency Results Enabling Facility (BRG REF)
Seasonal peatland fires are now compromising Indonesia's economic and social development by creating considerable threats to health, the environment, and the economy. In 2015 peat fires and their related haze resulting in the hospitalization of more than half a million people due to acute respiratory infections. These fires are raged through 2.6 million hectares of forest and peatland areas in the islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra released 1.6 Gts of CO2e, surpassing the annual CO2 emissions of advanced industrialized nations such as Germany, France, and others. Direct and indirect damages cost the Indonesian national economy and an estimated USD 16 billion, about 2% of its annual GDP.
In recognition of the importance of climate change mitigation, the Government of Indonesia through Presidential Regulation No 1/2016 constituted the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG). BRG has an important mandate: prevent forest fires, especially in peatland areas, as well as restore 2 million hectares of peatlands devastated by forests and land fires. The Agency identified 7 target provinces for peatland restoration and fire prevention activities in Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and Papua.
Since its establishment in 2016, Norway has been supporting BRG, as current support to the BRG by the Norwegian Government falls within the wider partnership between Norway and Indonesia established in 2010 through the Letter of Intent (LOI) to reduce emissions from deforestation and land degradation of forests and peatlands. The support is part of an international climate mitigation initiative (UNFCCC) supported program that uses international aid to counter forest degradation in various parts of the world, and this is one of the largest ever contributions made to reduce deforestation.
In the framework of this background, Norway and BRG have asked UNOPS to develop a flexible multi-year administrative support mechanism for managing Norway's financial support to BRG through the establishment of the BRG Results Enabling Facility (BRG REF). The mechanism has within its scope a back-office management component and a service, procurement, grants management and a delivery component.
In the context of the BRG-REF, UNOPS is hiring for the position of Administration Assistant - Head of BRG.
The Thailand Operations Hub (THOH) is a UNOPS business unit that works under the UNOPS Asia Regional Office. This hub was established to better support, develop and oversee the portfolio of UNOPS projects in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region.
The hub consists of three main portfolios - THOH Thailand, THOH Indonesia, and Pacific THOH which provide a range of services including Project Management, Transactional Personnel, Finance and Procurement to clients involving other UN agencies, International NGOs, and government / donor agencies government.
Support Facility Results / Result Enabling Facility BRG (BRG REF)
Seasonal peatland fires jeopardize Indonesia's economic and social development given the magnitude of the threats they pose to health, the environment and the economy. In 2015, more than half a million people had to be hospitalized for suffering from acute respiratory infections due to fog produced by peat fires. The fires that struck 2.6 million hectares of forest and peatlands on the islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra produced 1.6 gigatons of CO2, exceeding the annual CO2 emissions of developed industrial countries such as Germany, France and others. Direct and indirect damage caused national economic losses estimated at US $ 16 billion or around 2% of Indonesia's annual GDP.
Given the importance of peatlands for climate change mitigation, the Government of Indonesia through Presidential Regulation No.1 of 2016 established the Peat Restoration Agency (BRG). Important tasks of BRG include: preventing forest fires especially in peatland areas and restoring2 million hectares of peatlands damaged by forest and land fires. BRG identified 7 provinces as targets for fire prevention and peatland restoration activities, namely Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and Papua.
Since it was founded in 2016, BRG has the support of Norway. The Norwegian Government's support to the BRG is part of the collaboration between Norway and Indonesia carried out in 2010 through an Interest Letter (LOI) to reduce emissions caused by deforestation and degradation of forest and peatlands. This support is part of a program supported by international climate change mitigation (based on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change / UNFCCC) that utilizes international assistance to address forest degradation in various parts of the world. This support is one of the biggest contributions in history to reducing deforestation.
Based on this background, Norway and BRG have asked UNOPS to create an administrative support mechanism that can be utilized for a certain period and is flexible to manage financial assistance from Norway to BRG through the establishment of the BRG Result Enabling Facility (REF BRG). The mechanism includes the administration office management component; service management, procurement, and grants; and shipping components.
In the context of BRG-REF, UNOPS recruits for the position of Administrative Assistant - Head of Agency.
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