Programme Management

United Nations Office for Project Services

Apia, Samoa

UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development projects.  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.

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP). It provides Services to partners' programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners headquartered in New York.  The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

UNOPS has signed an agreement to implement the project activities for Small Grants Programme (SGP).

SGP grant making supports community-based innovation in addressing global environmental issues and improved, more sustainable livelihoods through initiatives led by civil society and community organizations, with special consideration for indigenous peoples, women, youth and persons with disabilities. SGP has supported over 25,000 community-based projects in over 125 countries aimed at biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable land management, protection of international waters, and sound chemicals and waste management. Over the years, SGP has developed extensive partnerships at global, national and local levels. 

The incumbent of this position will be a UNOPS supervised personnel.

Post’s Organizational Accountability:

Effective day-to-day technical, administrative, financial, and knowledge management support to the SGP country programme to ensure effective and efficient operation and management of the GEF-SGP country programme portfolio with partners.

 Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Senior Officer (National Coordinator) and the UNDP Resident Representative, and with close coordination with the SGP Country Programme team, the National Steering Committee members, UNDP Country Office team and GMS team, the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions: 

Support to Programme implementation

  • Contribute to day-to-day support to programme/project implementation and ensuring conformity to expected results, outputs, objectives and work-plans;
  • Assist the National Coordinator (NC) in prescreening project concepts and project proposals, and evaluate the financial part of the project proposals;
  • Assist the NC in development and revision of grant application forms and other management tools, requirements of the programme and other SGP documents;
  • Advise potential grantees on project preparation processes and guidelines, and report to NC and NSC on project development activities, as required;
  • Provide day-to-day support and guidance to new and ongoing projects and its grantees, as required;
  • Assist the NC in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including participation in fiel visits;
  • Support on organization and preparation of minutes of NSC meetings and other SGP events;
  • Maintain contacts and professional working relationship with NGOs, governmental institutions donors, other SGP stakeholders;
  • Assist NC in reporting regularly to the Central Programme Management Team (CPMT), UNOPS an
  • United Nations Development Programme Country Office (UNDP CO), and assist NC in timel preparation of annual monitoring survey, and other CPMT / UNOPS surveys and reports as required;
  • Draft memos and other operational documents on behalf of NC, and respond to queries on SGP programme matter;
  • Regularly update and maintain SGP project database as well as stakeholders’ database;
  • Financial Management
  • Provide guidance, review, and control the accuracy of supporting documentation of projects’ interim and final financial reports, such as invoices, and advise the NC as required
  • Process payment requests from grantees and vendors through obtaining necessary clearances and authorizations and ensuring payments are effected promptly, and in accordance with SGP Standard Operating Procedures ;
  • Maintain close working contact with respective UNOPS Regional Focal Point and seek her/his support, advice and guidance on how better to operate OneUNOPS in accordance with SGP SOPs, if needed.
  • In collaboration with the NC, maintain financial integrity of the programme, implement and monitor accounting system and databases of SGP country operational budget;
  • Prepare and maintain the grant disbursement table and calendar; as well as track the Country Operating Budget to ensure compliance with the approved yearly budget. Draft annual SGP Country office administrative and project budget proposals;
  • Management of the Petty Cash account with proper documentation and proper tractable records.
  • Enter, extract, transfer data from OneUNOPS and SGP database and produce reports as required;
  • Follow up of travel arrangements and DSA payments for NC and NSC members. 
  • Provide other financial reports as required.

Administrative Functions

  • Procure office supplies, equipment, and furniture adhering to SGP SOPs procurement rules and regulation;
  • Manage and organize everyday office work.
  • Establish a proper filing system, maintain SGP country office administrative, financial, and management files and update them with original documentation or copy of the original documentation as necessary. Special focus on:
  • Establish and maintain a separate folder with all NSC meetings signed minutes that approve new SGP granted project.
  • Establish and maintain projects filing system containing original MOAs and amendments, original or copies of interim and final reports with all supporting documents, and mission reports or evaluation documents.
  • Establish and maintain financial folder for all SGP country office financial transactions.
  • Maintain personnel files, performance evaluation reports, leave records, and other pertinent personnel/consultant records.
  • Draft routine correspondence and communications and establish filing system to record communications with local stakeholders;
  • Prepare background information and documentation, update data relevant to the programme areas and compile background material for the NC and NSC;
  • Ensure flow of information and dissemination of materials with all concerned;
  • Maintain an updated inventory of all physical assets and register all inventory in the asset inventory sheet.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to visiting missions, travel arrangements, and meetings for the NC, NSC, adhering to SGP SOPs procurement rules and regulation;
  • Knowledge Management and Communication
  • Actively support the SGP country office in the efforts on knowledge management, knowledge networking and visibility of SGP;
  • In accordance with SGP branding guidelines, support NC and NSC in the efforts towards proper recognition of SGP in any KM & Communication material produced by SGP grantees or stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the organization of SGP advocacy events, workshops, stakeholders’ dialogues and round-tables;
  • Assist in drafting articles and publications with proper recognition of SGP;
  • Participate at events for SGP information dissemination purposes
  • Maintain, update or provide valid SGP information for the SGP website, SGP Global database and UNDP CO website.
  • Monitoring and Progress Controls

Performance Evaluation Report

 Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education Requirements: 

  • A high school diploma is the minimum academic requirement of this role.
  • University degree, preferably in Business Administration or an environmental science field is desirable.

Required Work Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience in office management, including financial reporting;
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office, database and Internet use.
  • Desirable experience (the following experience is optional candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply)
  • Previous working experience with a UN agency is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English required. 
  • Fluency in the official national language is required. 
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is considered asset.

Source: https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=24943#2