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Vacancy code VA/2014/B5002/5596
Position title Virtual Campus Coordinator
Level ICS-10
Department/office GPSO, Water and Energy
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration 2 days per week over one year
Application period 18-Jul-2014 to 25-Jul-2014
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This vacancy is closed.
Background Information - UNOPS

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.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
Background information - GPSO

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Global Portfolio Services Office (GPSO) develops and manages a portfolio of projects and services delivered in various locations across the globe.

GPSO supports partners such as the World Bank, the European Union, the Department of Peacekeeping operations, the United Nations Mine Action Service, the Global Fund, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, amongst others.

This global portfolio constitutes a substantial volume of UNOPS project delivery.
Background Information - IWC

International Waters Cluster


The UNOPS International Waters Cluster specializes in executing projects to prevent and reverse the degradation of transboundary water systems, including multi-country rivers and large marine ecosystems such as oceans, lake basins and shared groundwater resources. The cluster is executing over 30 projects for its partners, helping countries to work together and share knowledge to reduce ecological stress, such as that caused by overfishing and industrial pollution.
Background Information - Job-specific

As a UNDP global network of networks for capacity building for sustainable water resources management, Cap-Net has to respond to training needs from different water managers and professionals around the world. For more than 10 years, through a structure of affiliated networks at country, regional, and global levels, and with partner organisations, Cap-Net has been delivering capacity development through various types of face-to-face trainings.

For increased impact in responding to knowledge demands for sustainable water management, current technologies and connectivity offer Cap-Net the possibility to deliver virtual training, without the intention to replace face to face courses. Cap-Net has a structure of experts and knowledge in place which constitute a strong basis to start delivering virtual courses. Cap-Net has recently initiated the process of developing the web-based platform from where its virtual campus will operate.

The web based platform from where virtual courses will be delivered is referred to as a virtual campus to illustrate the expectation that the platform will eventually host a variety of on-line courses and other type of on-line based activities, such as: conferences; virtual spaces for working groups; and facilities for virtual meetings, for example.

Functional Responsibilities

The virtual campus coordinator will be responsible for the overall functioning and management of the virtual campus including its setting; proper functioning; annual work plans; guidance for course design, content preparation, and delivery; partnership development; monitoring; reporting; and strategic development and strengthening. The campus coordinator reports to and works closely with the Cap-Net Secretariat.

The position offered is a part time assignment of two days per week with a maximum of 100 days per annum.

Virtual campus development

  • Participate and supervise the platform development, monitoring the advances of the company selected to develop the platform, presenting suggestions, and identifying issues to be corrected.
  • Review existing platforms as benchmarks for the development of Cap-Net´s virtual campus.
  • Design and lead the implementation of a pilot virtual course as trial experience during the development phase.

Virtual campus management

  • Elaborate operational guidelines for the functioning of the virtual campus. These should contain, and not be limited to: type of activities which can be hosted in the virtual campus; procedures and mechanisms to use the virtual campus; roles and responsibilities; timing.
  • Elaborate guidelines and recommendations for the design of virtual courses.
  • Manage the technical team, ensuring continuous and proper functioning, response, and improvements.
  • Liaise with networks managers, providing guidance and facilitating the use of the platform.
  • Provide guidance and supervision during the design, contents preparation, and delivery of specific virtual courses.
  • Manage communications for visibility of the virtual campus and its ongoing activities.

Strategic development

  • Provide strategic leadership of the Cap-Net virtual campus, ensuring continuous attention to how the campus fits within Cap-Net´s overall objective and strategy.
  • Provide guidance for the virtual campus growth and continuous development, suggesting the need for support staff and/or decentralisation of specific activities related to the campus functioning.
  • Build partnerships with national and international institutions for increased outreach of the virtual campus.

Reporting and evaluation

  • Prepare annual reports and compile valuable information for Cap-Net´s reports and governance.
  • Design and develop consultations with network managers and partners as a means to evaluate and gather information about the virtual campus.

Additional responsibilities

The VC coordinator will perform additional tasks related to the character of these terms of reference. In particular the VC coordinator will:

  • Be involved in the development and roll-out of a special programme on capacity development in the use of new technologies in water management for improved productivity (Cap-Tec), including conceptualisation and partnership development
  • Represent and guide Cap-Net in the development and implementation of virtual capacity development tools, such as serious games and other IT related tools
  • Any activities that may occur within the competence of the VC coordinator, upon request by Cap-Net management.


  • A proven and strong commitment to capacity development.
  • Extensive working experience in the area of capacity development, preferably in sustainable water resources management.
  • Knowledge of modern tools and concepts of knowledge management and ICT.
  • Previous management responsibilities, preferably within capacity development networks and in a regional or international environment.
  • The ability to promote and inspire effective collaboration between individuals, organisations and networks.
  • A consultative, collaborative and participatory way of working.
Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • An advanced degree in education, social sciences, management, natural sciences, engineering, water or environmental management, or equivalent education.
  • At least 5-7 years experience in working on capacity development, water management issues, and knowledge management.
  • High-level and highly effective working experience of managing capacity development initiatives and/or projects in developing countries, with specific and proven experience in course design, delivery, and in training materials preparation.
  • Experience in managing relationships with academic institutions, governments, UN organizations, bilateral donors and NGOs.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in English and, preferably in Spanish and/or French, or any other official working language of the UN.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractual Agreement
Contract level: IICA-2
Contract duration: The position offered is a part time assignment of two days per week with a maximum of 100 days per annum (retainer)

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

This vacancy is closed.