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  • Posted: Jul 26, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • The United Nations Office for Project Services is an operational arm of the United Nations, dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners in the aid world.
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    Project Management Support (Country Grant Analyst)

    Functional Responsibilities:

    Portfolio Planning and Implementation

    • Act as the secretary of the Grant Approval Panel and facilitate the decision making process of the panel through coordination with Primary Recipients/Implementing Partners and all relevant teams to avail quality documentation in a timely manner;
    • Review grant budgets, and financial reports against approved budgets, to provide critical feedback to the Primary Recipients/Implementing Partners, programme teams, operations and support services, as relevant;
    • Verify reporting requirements are adhered to and ensure teams liaise closely with relevant teams in UNOPS and SHF on any delays or other difficulties;
    • Review disbursement requests and ensure payments are processed based upon the grant agreement, agreed disbursement schedules, and agreed targets and results;
    • Communicate with and provide guidance/advice to Primary Recipients/Implementing Partners on grant-related and financial matters, in collaboration with the Operations Team;
    • Resolve operational and process issues related to grant management, and refer complex issues to the supervisor with recommendations for courses of action;
    • Contribute to the coordination and follow up on spot checks, reviews and audit recommendations of Primary Recipients/Implementing Partners;
    • Drafting Terms of Reference for subcontractors and consultants, suitable firms/institutions and support the evaluation of proposals received and recommendations for contract awards and negotiations as per UNOPS procurement policy;
    • Support the design and formulation of new processes including risk management, quality assurance and quality control;
    • Highlight risks and delays to the supervisor and team as appropriate.

    Capacity assessment and capacity building

    • Organize and support Primary Recipient’s/Implementing Partner’s capacity development and training in financial and any other organizational management aspects that may arise from the Country Monitoring Agent’s capacity assessments and recommendations;
    • Provide day-to-day help and guidance to the Primary Recipients/Implementing Partners to ensure their understanding of, and compliance with, any relevant operational guidelines, terms and conditions of the grant agreement, and UNOPS requirements;
    • Actively liaise with UNOPS grants teams to align to the extent possible Primary Recipient/Implementing Partner capacity development efforts as well as streamlining and harmonizing of practices and tools with UNOPS Geneva;
    • Actively compiling lessons learned and best practices, and sharing knowledge and best practices within the UNOPS Geneva Office and with Primary Recipients/Implementing Partners, on financial and organizational management.

    Research, analysis and knowledge creation

    • Support the identification and preparation of bankable projects and country investment cases through desk research and data analysis;
    • Review collate and analyze data on potential investors for selected bankable projects to inform SHF investor engagement and contribute to an ongoing catalog/database of identified entry points for SHF engagement with potential investors;
    • Support the assessment of strategic partnering opportunities for SHF at the financing phase;
    • Support development of knowledge assets around innovation scaling from analyzing lessons learnt and good practices;
    • Contribute to strategic communications and resource mobilization.
    • Draft and finalize talking points, including for the Directorate, and contribute to the drafting and development of documents, articles, and publications.
    • Support organization of events, workshops and conferences as required.

    Education/Experience/Language requirements:

    Education

    • A Master’s degree in political science, international development, social sciences, environment related sciences, water and sanitation engineering, economics, business or related field is required.
    • A Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, International Relations.
    • Bachelor’s degree in combination with relevant additional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

    Work Experience

    • Minimum 2 years’ experience as Project Officer/Coordinator or related role with development organization, public health, finance institution or comparable experience in the private sector is required
    • Experience in budgeting, accounting and/or procurement is required
    • 1 year exposure to innovative financing modalities is desirable
    • Good knowledge of UN contractual and accounting principles and modalities is strongly desirable;
    • Previous experience with UNOPS is desirable
    • Additional experience of project support functions (finance, human resources, procurement & logistics) is desirable
    • Strong computer skills, including internet navigation and office applications (Google Workspace/MS Office); good knowledge in the use of Excel spreadsheets/Google sheets is desirable;
    • Experience in collating and analyzing complex information and preparing concise reports for decision makers is desirable
    • Fluency in English (i.e. writing, reading and speaking) is required.
    • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language, particularly French, is an asset.

    Closing: 10 August 2022

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