Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Background Information - UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Background Information - Job-specific
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. In Asia Pacific, UN Environment operates through its Asia Pacific Office and works in 41 countries in the region. UN Environment's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)-financed project “Catalysing ecosystem restoration for climate resilient natural capital and rural livelihoods in degraded forests and rangelands of Nepal” seeks to build on several ongoing baseline projects, including the Leasehold Forestry Programme (LFP), the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Project (MSFP), the Tree Improvement Programme (TIP), the Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions project (BCRWMER) and the Livestock Service Development and Extension Programme (LDSEP). The project will be implemented by UN Environment and executed by the Ministry of Forests and Environment.
The Project Manager will lead the project team and provide overall operational management for the successful execution and implementation of the project. This includes the daily responsibility to manage, coordinate, and supervise the implementation of the project and the delivery of results in accordance with the project document and agreed work plans. Furthermore, the Project Manager will be responsible for financial management and disbursements, with accountability to the government and UNE. The Project Manager will report to the Technical Advisor and the Project Steering Committee.
Under the direct supervision of Global Environment Facility (GEF) Task Manager for Nepal project, the Project Manager will be responsible for the following:
The Project Manager will work closely with the Project Coordinator (PC), Project Director (PD), Project Steering Committee (PSC), Technical Adviser (TA) and Task Manager (TM) to ensure the availability of information on progress and performance regarding the implementation of the project. The PM will deliver progress reports on monthly basis to the PC, PD, TM and the TA as well as half yearly and annual progress and financial report as per the reporting format of PCA. These reports will include:
The PM will prepare a project exist strategy and prepare a replication of the ongoing project for the continuity of the available experience in the project period with the funding options in the similar ecological region in the changed context.