Senior Project Manager

UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

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Partner UNEP
Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5106/27874
Level ICS-11
Department/office MR, JRSCO, Jerusalem
Duty station Jerusalem, with regular travel within the occupied Palestinian territory and occasional travel to other locations in the region
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P4
Duration 3 YEARS
Application period 15-Apr-2024 to 05-May-2024
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

  1. Project Delivery and Performance: 

The Project Manager’s role will be advisory. She/he will be expected to perform the following duties throughout the duration of the project:

  • Design, commission and supervise the delivery of science-based analyses of environmental risks and potential solutions relevant to the situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip;  

  • Deliver in-person briefings and expert written analyses to Palestinian entities, Israeli entities (as required and appropriate); regional and international partners, using appropriately tailored communications methods;

  • Based on consultations and on request from relevant Palestinian, regional and international stakeholders, support and co-design detailed environmental plans and policy proposals; 

  • Convene meetings, develop cooperative relationships and networks to help build consensus around science-based environmental policy and governance measures; 

  • Work with all relevant partners to promote mobilization and implementation of science-based environmental policies towards protection and restoration of the Palestinian environment and critical ecosystems.      

Performance of these tasks will be supported and evaluated by the UNEP Senior Programme Manager, Environmental Security. 

  1. Procedures 

The Project Manager will report to the UNEP Senior Programme Manager, and coordinate work closely and regularly with the RCO (second reporting line). The Project Manager will respond to requests for environmental advice from the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator. 

The Project Manager will participate in meetings (in-person where possible, and online) with Palestinian, Israeli and international interlocutors, officials of UNSCO and UNEP, and participate in meetings of the UN Country Team as appropriate. 

The Project Manager will work with UNEP Senior Programme Manager and, where relevant, other UNEP environmental specialists to identify appropriate research partners.   

  1. Monitoring and reporting

The Project Manager will also be responsible for reporting to the donor (European Commission – EU Delegation, Jerusalem) as per the requirements of the donor. 

An independent evaluation (to be undertaken by an expert consultant) is planned within the project.  

  1. Stakeholder engagement

The Project Manager will be working in a conflict-affected context. The Project Manager will need to engage with a range of national and international stakeholders, exhibiting sensitivity to and understanding of the political and institutional context. The Project Manager will work in coordination and concert with other UN entities and international partners, in line with UNEP global mandates.  

  1. Quality assurance

The Project Manager and her/his supervisor will maintain regular contact with UNEP environmental subject-matter experts, which will ensure that environmental advisory services are based on UNEP’s global expertise. The Project Manager will work closely with UNSCO to ensure alignment with UN priorities (including humanitarian, development, peace and security dimensions).  

  1. Knowledge management and innovation 

The Project Manager will be expected to manage and disseminate knowledge relating to the environment in the specific context in which she/he is working. Knowledge products (including research) will be delivered during the course of the project, and sound communication and dissemination of these products will be a critical part of the Project Manager role. She/he will also be expected to deliver innovative solutions where relevant.  

  1. Personnel management

No sustained management of personnel will be required of the Project manager. She/he will need to manage the delivery of research linked to the project

IV. Impact of Results 

Senior Project Manager directly impacts on achievement of project results by adhering to project management methods and strategies, reducing risks and improving success rates. In the current context, the Project Manager’s sustained, high quality advisory support contributes to delivering the project Outcomes, namely that Palestinian “national and transboundary environmental policy decisions and programme designs are better informed by science-based data, analysis and expert recommendations” and that “Effective action to address local and transboundary environmental and climate-related issues, including on transboundary dimensions, is increased.” These Outcomes in turn contribute to achieving the desired Impact: “Palestinian entities and regional partners /neighbours promote environmental protection and adaptation to climate change, including through nature-based solutions, leading to enhanced human and ecosystem health and climate resilience.” 

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in environmental affairs, international affairs, social sciences, economics or a related field.  A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in environmental affairs, political-economy analysis, international affairs, development studies or related area.
 Experience of work in an insecure/conflict-affected context and with UN and international partners is desirable. 

Language Requirements:

Fluency in written and spoken English is required. 

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