Programme Management

United Nations Office for Project Services

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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. See for further background information.

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

The incumbent of this position will be a UNOPS supervised personnel and overseeing the SGP country Programme in Sri Lanka which is in the Operational Phase 7 Phase working in the landscapes of Knuckles, Colombo Wetlands and the Coastal regions from Mannar to Jaffna.

Post’s Organizational Accountability:

  • Effective technical, financial, and operational management of the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme and its portfolio.
  • Effective managerial function, by building an effective SGP Country Programme team and foster teamwork within the SGP Country Programme team, the National Steering Committee members, and with the UNDP Country Office team
  • Mobilize and leverage financial and other resources as well as establish strong partnerships at the programme and project levels for sustained and scaled up initiatives.
  • Effectively facilitate knowledge management, share and exchange knowledge on lessons learnt and best practices of SGP programme and projects.

 Functional Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the SGP Regional Focal Point and the UNDP Reside...

 Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Education Requirements: 

  • Advanced university degree preferably in environment or natural resource management, environmental economics, development, business administration or similar field.

Required Work Experience:

  • At least three (3) years of relevant experience in environment and development work, which should include programme management.
  • Proficiency in standard computer software (word-processing, excel, presentations, databases and internet) is required. 
  • Desirable experience (the following experience is optional candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply)
  • Working experience in any of the GEF-SGP thematic areas at the national level. 

Language Requirements:

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