Programme Management

United Nations Office for Project Services

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) brings together governments and philanthropies to work with partner countries in the region. We support the transition towards modern energy systems that can simultaneously ensure economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability. Enabling the transition toward greener energy systems will greatly contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement objectives.
ETP initially focuses on Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, which are the countries in the region with the highest energy demand, a substantial pipeline for fossil fuel-based projects, and a significant and cost-effective potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency. ETP provides High-Level Technical Advisory Support, Holistic Support to Governments on financing and technical needs, capacity and skill development, and facilitation of dialogues in all related areas.
Functional Responsibilities:
  • Reporting to the ETP’s Senior Programme Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for providing effective, transparent, and efficient support to the Fund’s implementation activities. 
  • The incumbent will provide support to several of ETP’s projects, with initial support to the ETP team in Vietnam to expand the network in the electricity and energy sector, with a focus on coal-fired power plants decarbonization, renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and grid development. The incumbent will also provide advisory services to ETP on developing technical assistance activities in the electricity and energy sector and provide quality control services for energy sector-related projects in Vietnam. 
  • Under the general guidance and supervision of the Senior Programme Manager, the incumbent will be a retainer to provide ad-hoc support to the country implementation team on several projects with the following broad responsibilities: 
Programme Implementation:
  • The Incumbent will provide effective technical, financial, and operational coordination of ETP’s programs in one of the countries of operation in collaboration with the country authorities and stakeholders and donor patterns active in energy transition, to ensure timely and partner-oriented services delivery and support issue resolution arising from the implementation processes. 
  • The Incumbent will provide effective support to building and maintaining of relationships with the country stakeholders in the public and private sectors as well as with political-social organizations and fostering of partnerships and collaboration with the development partners, and actors active in the energy transition domain; and analysis of political and economic developments in the country, and provision of guidance and suggestions regarding program directions, challenges and opportunities. 
  • The Incumbent will facilitate leveraging financial and other resources as well as participation in programmatic and resource mobilization activities of ETP to sustain and scale up its initiatives.
  • The Incumbent will facilitate and support knowledge management, sharing and exchanging of knowledge on lessons learnt and best practices of ETP’s programme and projects, identifying knowledge sharing and profiling opportunities for ETP and its programs, and assisting in delivery of knowledge events, and identifying communication, profiling and media coverage opportunities for ETP.
Coordination Functions:
  • In coordination with the ETP Secretariat, provide guidance and suggestions for ETP’s program and its activities and objectives, challenges and opportunities based on local knowledge and developments;
  • Promote and maintain effective teamwork within the ETP’s team and other UNOPS colleagues;
  • Support implementation of ETP’s annual work plan, striving toward the set delivery and resource mobilization targets; 
  • Support drafting of ETP’s annual administrative and operational program and budget proposals and reports;
  • Support programmatic and administrative reporting on the ETP’s activities in accordance with its monitoring and reporting requirements under its Results-based Management Framework and UNOPS reporting requirements. 
Programme/Portfolio Development and Management:
  • Regularly report on national energy transition concerns and priorities and the political and socio-economic conditions and developments as they relate to the ETP, and analyze their impact on ETP’s work and programme. The report (s) to be made should be a synthetic review/recap of the data/information already publicly by the official national institutions concerned.
  • Support formulation and implementation of the ETP’s country work plan and its periodic review and updates and ensure alignment with ETP’s regional work plan;
  • Support quality control measures in the implementation of a portfolio of project activities and concepts, and monitor the programme implementation progress and results;
  • Support organization of periodic stakeholder workshops and project development sessions among partners in energy transition, private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs) and local communities, and potential applicants and other stakeholders to inform about ETP and its initiatives;
  • Support oversight of ongoing ETP grant projects, and arrange for periodic project monitoring field visits and provide technical and operational support and guidance to ETP grantees, as required;
  • Keep the ETP Secretariat informed on emerging risks and issues in a timely manner.
  • Identify and foster programme, project, and policy linkages and coordination between ETP’s program and aligned programs under ETP, and broader programs in the energy sector funded by development partners, planned or underway in the country, and those of other governments, donors and development partners. 
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of ETP’s programs and projects, in coordination with ETP Team;
  • Perform and coordinate administrative tasks (i.e. procurement, travel) adhering to ETP’s operational manual and UNOPS’ guidelines on procurement rules and regulation; as required for programme implementation;
Resource Mobilization and Partnerships :
  • Analyze interests and priorities of key donors and other development partners, and develop/update and implement the resource mobilization and partnership strategy to mobilize resources from and develop partnerships with the government, donors, and other partners to best leverage ETP resources and develop programme level partnerships.
  • Liaise with the ETP Secretariat on emerging opportunities, due diligence processes and funding negotiations 
  • Support ETP with its resource mobilization activities, including securing co-financing, as required, and project level partnerships, and assist in identifying opportunities and resources for sustaining and scaling up projects
Knowledge Management:
  • Document programme/project stories, lessons learned, and best practices in ETP programme/project development, implementation, and oversight;
  • Identify country, regional and global knowledge relevant to ETP, and develop and distill best practices and facilitate dissemination and incorporation within ETP’s programs and to counterparts and partners;
  • Support capacity building and networking of grantees, beneficiaries, and stakeholders to facilitate knowledge exchange, and promote uptake through knowledge platforms, knowledge fairs etc
  • A detailed work plan will be developed together between the successful candidate and the ETP Secretariat.
Education/Experience/Language requirements:
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Energy Engineering, Environmental Economics, Development, Finance, Business Administration, or similar field. 
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with additional experience may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in project/programme management preferably in the energy sector, energy transition, policy development, or on advisory service for energy regulations in Vietnam. 
  • Demonstrated track record in research and experience working with international and multilateral development organizations, particularly in areas related to the energy sector is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite or similar applications is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Local language in the countries of ETP’s operation (Indonesia, Philipines, Vietnam) is an advantage.