Project manager

UNOPS, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th October, 2018

Job Description

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.
Functional competencies

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:

  • Oversee and manage project implementation, monitor work progress, and ensure timely delivery of outputs.
  • Head the PMU
  • Report to the TA, PD, and PC on time basis and finally to the PSC regarding project progress.
  • Develop and facilitate implementation of a comprehensive monitoring and reporting system.
  • Ensure timely preparation of detailed AWPs and budgets for approval by PSC.
  • Organise the PSC meetings.
  • Write ToRs for National Experts (NEs) in consultation with the TA, PD and PC
  • Assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of staff, experts and other experts as required.
  • Supervise, coordinate and facilitate the work of the financial and administration officer (PO), field officers, M&E specialist, procurement specialist and technical unit (including national and international experts).
  • Control expenditures and assure adequate management of resources.
  • Prepare the guidelines to conduct the public audit and get approval from PC and conduct model public auditing in the presence of reporters, social leaders, local representatives, and local government officials and supervise further activities in the timely basis.
  • Provide a quarterly update of the expenses of the previous three months and the expenses expected for the next three months to the PC and PD.
  • Establish linkages and networks with the ongoing activities of other government and non-government agencies.
  • Provide input to management and technical reports and other documents as described in the M&E plan for the overall project. Reports should contain detailed assessments of progress in implementing activities, including reasons for delays, if any, and recommendations on necessary improvements.
  • Participate in training activities, report writing and facilitation of expert activities that are relevant to his or her area of expertise.
  • Inform in time the PD and PSC, immediately, of any issue or risk which might jeopardise the success of the project.
  • Provide on-the-ground information for UNEP progress reports.
  • Liaise and coordinate with UNEP TM on a regular basis.


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:

  • status of activities;
  • challenges encountered on the ground during project execution
  • resource use status in the centre and in the project field 
  • governance and transparency in the resource use in the ground.

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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s degree in forestry, environment, natural resources management, rangeland management and/or a closely relevant field.


  • A minimum of 10 years relevant work experience including at least 6 years’ experience as project management in forestry, environment and other relevant sectors and 2 years on the ground practical experience in forestry nursery and plantation programme.
  • Demonstrated solid knowledge of adaptation to climate change, ecological restoration and sustainable exploitation of natural resources.
  • Experience in the public participation development process associated with environment and sustainable development is an asset.
  • Experience in working and collaborating within governments is an asset as well as experience in GEF projects.


  • Fluent in Nepali and English including writing and communication skills.


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