Knowledge Generation Officer at UNOPS, Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: 23 January 2019

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Knowledge Generation Officer in Geneva, Switzerland. The duration of this post is 1 year

The Knowledge Generation Officer will be responsible for keeping up-to-date on the latest developments in green growth and natural capital research.

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure, and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Knowledge Generation Officer will perform the following functions-

  • Manage the development and implementation of the GGKP knowledge generation work programme, including providing strategic advice to the Head of Secretariat.
  • Monitor and analyse work programme development and implementation.
  • Identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions, liaise with relevant parties, and identify and track follow-up actions.
  • Oversee the nomination and selection of co-chairs and expert working group members, including obtaining GGKP Steering Committee approval for the selections.
  • Ensure that key milestones and deadlines are met by the expert working groups.
  • Work with the expert working group co-chairs to organize committee calls and meetings as required.
  • Liaise with GGKP partner institutions in the development and delivery of the collaborative knowledge generation work programme.
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for the knowledge generation activities and establish collaboration and partnerships with key institutions and experts.
  • Identify opportunities for new partnerships, including knowledge partners, affiliated programs, or engagement with other programs of interest.
  • Assist the GGKP Knowledge Manager in the gathering and curation of new research and produce thought pieces, or syntheses, of important papers and developments.
  • Prepare fundraising strategies and proposals to support the collaborative knowledge generation work programme.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Master’s degree in economics, environment, public policy, or related field is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of accumulated work experience in an international organisation or public institution is required.
  • Experience in empirical research, data analysis and writing evidence-based reports and policy materials with practical recommendations is desirable.
  • Solid understanding of organizations and research institutions producing research on green growth internationally is desirable.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to deliver ideally across multiple international stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of managing collaborative, multi-disciplinary research programmes.
  • Proven ability to work in a ‘virtual’ team across multiple locations.
  • Strong existing network in the green growth/green economy field preferred.
  • Experience in organizing conferences, events and workshops preferred.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNOPS.