Innovation Centre Manager

UNOPS, Lund, Sweden

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd April, 2019


Job Description

Background Information - UNOPS:

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Global Innovation and Technology, and in close coordination with the stakeholders, the Innovation Centre Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the Global Innovation Center in Lund, Sweden.

Background Information - Job-specific:

By joining us, you will have the opportunity to enhance the impact of a transformation project UNOPS is currently developing, focused on creating new innovative solutions to help our partners achieve the Agenda 2030.

UNOPS has started creating a global system of innovation centers. Currently two innovations centers are already up and running in China and in Antigua, and more centers are going to be opened. This position will be located in the new center UNOPS is opening in Sweden, at Ideon Science Park in Lund, Scandinavia’s first science park founded 35 years ago.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Global Innovation and Technology, and in close coordination with the stakeholders, the Innovation Centre Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing the Global Innovation Center in Lund, Sweden.

Functional Responsibilities:

Partnership and programme development planning:

  • Develop a comprehensive partnership and programme development plan in line with UNOPS Strategic Plan and Regional Strategies. This includes identification of main partners, strategic positioning of UNOPS in the potential niches identified, as well as growing a pipeline of opportunities. Ensure plan reflects in-house capacity, typology of projects and the internal tools and knowledge resources.
  • Examine risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning of the Innovation Centre and propose appropriate responses to ensure sustainable growth.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant Partnerships personnel at HQ level, as well as Project Managers and project personnel, to ensure aligned and coherent interactions with partners.

Develop opportunities:

  • Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends and needs to identify areas of collaboration within UNOPS mandate and existing capacity.
  • Research events, publications and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive partnership opportunities.
  • Provide advice and feedback to UNOPS HQ on the development of framework partnership agreements that can increase opportunities.
  • Contribute to the identification, design, formulation and negotiation of new projects and programs and draft concept notes and project document briefs for discussion with partners.
  • Create and maintain oneUNOPS opportunities and engagement functionalities in alignment with UNOPS corporate guidelines.
  • Coordinate technical and financial requirements, and negotiate proposals to close new project opportunities.
  • Drafts agreements and/or contractual documents required for the signature and implementation of new projects.
  • Understand and clearly explain UNOPS pricing policy to partners.
  • Contribute to the diversification of the Innovation Centre in line with UNOPS strategic objectives.
  • In coordination with the Communications and Reporting personnel, when available, gather content for communications and outreach materials.

Representation and inter-agency partnership:

  • Establish and further develop partnerships with UN agencies, international organisations, governments, foundations, international NGOs and private sector organisations to diversify project opportunities.
  • Undertake advocacy, public information and communication activities in collaboration with the Communications Officer, when required.
  • On behalf of the Head of Global Innovation and Technology, participate in and report on the relevant donor and government coordination meetings including addressing project development issues in consultation with technical experts when required. Take part in common planning and programming processes, including strategic analysis.
  • Build a network of key partners, keeping abreast of evolving trends (social, economic, and political), including the application of innovation to project and partnership development.

Knowledge management and innovation:

  • Implement standards, tools and templates provided by HQ to effectively manage partnership and project development within the team to enhance/maintain UNOPS effectiveness as a provider of project services for sustainable results.
  • Contribute to the ongoing research, development and implementation of best practice and innovative approaches to maximise performance and sustain achievements in project and partnership development.
  • Contribute to the ongoing research, development and implementation of best practice and innovative approaches to maximise performance and sustain achievements in project and partnership development.
  • Help build partnerships capacity and negotiation skills among team members
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building within project and partnership development.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building within project and partnership development.
  • Provide regular feedback on existing systems, tools and resources to ensure its relevance to day-to-day operations.

Education:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Engineering, Political Science, Communications or International Relations.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in an international development field including demonstrated experience in at least two of the following areas:
  • Developing and executing partnership and programme development plans;
  • Project development and proposal writing;
  • Acquisition of projects;

In addition, the following experiences will be considered:

  • Project and programme management experience is an asset
  • Establishing partnerships with UN agencies, international development organisations, governments, foundations, international NGOs or private sector organisations would be a strong asset.
  • Prior experience working in international organisations, international development, post-disaster and/or emergency contexts would also be an advantage.
  • Experience from the Innovation ecosystem is a strict requirement, either as investor, founder, Incubator/accelerator manager or early in.

Source:https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=17547#1


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