Project Management Support – Specialist


The Project Management Support – Specialist will work under the supervision of the Portfolio Manager and in coordination with the ICCA GSI Global Programme Manager (UNDP) and hold specific responsibility for the implementation of the ICCA-GSI initiative. The position will be co-located with the Programme Manager in New York.

Functional Responsibilities

This position is supervised by the Portfolio Manager and works with the ICCA GSI Global Programme Manager for the implementation of the programme at the global level. This will involve liaison and coordination work with the relevant SGP country teams and UNDP Country Offices (COs) in the target countries. Support the ICCA GSI Global Programme Manager in the following functions and tasks:

Support the effective coordination and backstopping of the portfolio of activities under the global ICCA support initiative in approximately 45 countries

  • Keep track of the ICCA-GSI Work Package 1 (small grants) according to the defined indicators in the project document.
  • Monitor that all project activities are carried out on schedule and within budget, identify gaps, and propose solutions as required in order to achieve the project outputs.
  • Liaise with SGP country teams and UNDP COs to analyze national contexts and ensure smooth operational and working relationships at the country level.
  • Facilitate effective application and revision of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results as appropriate.
  • Compile and analyze data to monitor that the project utilizes the available financial resources in an efficient and transparent manner.
  • Gather, review and analyze progress reports and financial reports for submission to UNDP as required, following internal administrative processes.
  • Monitor and review the annual work plan execution and budget and, where relevant, make recommendations on the project budget.
  • Review and identify operational and financial problems, as well as propose the development of solutions.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitor ongoing SGP projects at the country level (GSI Phase 1 and Phase 2), as well for sub-contracts established with partners at the global level (ICCA Consortium, UNEP WCMC, IIED, others).
  • Support the ICCA GSI Global Programme Manager on the engagement of sub-contracts established with partners at the global level (ICCA Consortium, UNEP WCMC, IIED, others).
  • Coordinate the M&E framework for the ICCA-GSI annual reporting process. Facilitate the preparation/review of annual monitoring reports from country programmes and the compilation of an annual report, and draft the reports for review of ICCA GSI Global Programme Manager.
  • Provide peer review, comments on, and seek to improve, the technical quality of projects, policies, practices, guidelines, advisory notes, publications and the like.
  • Advise SGP country teams for the ICCA GSI in maintaining project and portfolio information and corporate information systems (SGP on-line database, PIMS+, UNDP knowledge platforms).
  • Work with the ICCA GSI Global Programme Manager on the implementation of Work Package 2 on legal and policy support, and Work Package 3 on networking and knowledge.

Improve outreach, visibility and partnerships of the ICCA-GSI initiative

  • Increase the visibility and outreach of the ICCA-GSI at various regional and global fora relevant to the biodiversity and ecosystem thematic areas, including conferences for the Convention of the Parties (i.e. CBD and UNFCCC), GEF Assembly, and other international meetings.
  • Support advocacy efforts with potential financing agencies and institutions, and contribute to outreach with existing partnerships.

Facilitate Knowledge Building and Management

  • Identify and document best practices and lessons learned linked to the ICCA-GSI work, and for sharing with UNDP, BMUV, CBD Secretariat, High Ambition Coalition (HAC) 2.0. for People and Nature, and other knowledge networks.
  • Develop information materials, communication pieces on ICCA GSI projects funded by the BMUV, at the global level.

Education/Experience/Language requirements




  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent), preferably in natural or social sciences, environment and development, economics and other disciplines with emphasis on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, protected areas, community-based conservation or other related discipline is required

Required experience:

  • Minimum five (5) years of experience providing support with programmes or projects

Desired experience: The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply

  • Experience of working in an international organization, with exposure to the issues that are governed under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is desirable.
  • Experience in a developing country in the field of conservation is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish would be desirable


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Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Individual Contract Agreement
  • Contract level: I-ICA 2 ( ICS10)
  • Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

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Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

How to apply

Deadline: 26 Mar 2023