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Vacancy code VA/2012/B5103/743
Position title Results and Knowledge Management Specialist
Level ICS-10
Department/office EMO, International Waters
Duty station Nairobi, Kenya
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration One-year renewable based on performance
Application period 03-Jul-2012 to 05-Aug-2012
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This vacancy is closed.
Background Information - UNOPS

“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

UNOPS employs around 3,500 personnel annually and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
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

The geographic scope of this regional project covers the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, focusing on six Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable development in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean SIDS through improvements in natural resource and environmental management. The overall Objective is to accelerate progress on WSSD targets and IWRM and WUE plans and water supply and sanitation MDGs for the protection and utilization of groundwater and surface water in the participating countries. This will be based on best practices and demonstrations of IWRM approaches.

The project is consistent with the GEF IV strategic objective for International Waters: ‘to play a catalytic role in addressing trans-boundary water concerns by assisting countries to utilize the full range of technical assistance, economic, financial, regulatory and institutional reforms that are needed’.  It will do so through supporting and building on existing political commitments and through promoting sustainable water use and improved water management, making it easier to address the challenges of the future as climatic variability and change affects water resources further.  More specifically, the project will deliver outcomes under GEF IV Strategic Programme III (SP-3) through working with communities to address their needs for safe drinking water and other socio-economic benefits of sustainable and safe water resources, including balancing environmental requirements with livelihood needs.

Following is the link to the full GEF Project Document:

Functional Responsibilities

The Results and Knowledge Management Specialist (RKMS) position is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall results management of Component 1. This includes key tasks associated with monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, learning, reporting and communications of the demonstration projects in the context of the overall project.  The RKMS will provide support to 6 demonstration projects in their efforts on managing results at both national and regional level. The RKMS will do so applying the logframe approach with well-defined indicators. The Specialist will also assist the National Demonstration Project Managers on their reporting and communication efforts. Day-to-day monitoring of the demonstration project activities will remain the responsibility of the National Demonstration Project Managers.

The RKMS will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager (PM).  For substantive issues s/he will have secondary supervision by UNDP RTA, in close consultation with the PM.  Although s/he will assume direct responsibility primarily for the technical delivery of the demonstration component (C1) of the Project, s/he will also be expected to provide technical inputs to other project components particularly components C2 and C4. 

In particular the RKMS will:
  1. Coordinate and monitor the activities of the national demonstration projects and provide assistance to countries in developing national participatory M&E plans (especially indicator development and monitoring);  
  2. Define key performance parameters and indicators to manage and monitor progress of the demonstration activities against defined targets both for each demonstration project and for their contribution to C1;
  3. Provide technical advice and support to the Island States in the implementation of their national demonstration projects and introduction of IWRM; 
  4. Provide assistance and capacity building to all project partners to improve their understanding of participatory M&E methodology not only as a reporting function but as a means of supporting the project with the identification and publishing of best practices and lessons learned;
  5. Regularly review and assess the logframe and M&E framework in consultation with the Project Manager and key stakeholders; 
  6. Promote public awareness of IWRM, using examples and stories from demonstration projects;
  7. Support project dissemination and knowledge sharing activities between countries and across the region; 
  8. Contribute to the development of the annual work plan of the overall project to ensure clear linkage between annual work plans for the demonstration projects and the overall project; 
  9. Provide technical support and advice to the Project Manager. This may also include input to the development of technical reports and the preparation of the substantive and operational reports for the regional project; 
  10. Assist the Project Manager in collecting and disseminating information on policy, economic, scientific, and technical issues related to the IWRM implementation;
  11. Facilitate liaison and networking between and among the six country participants, in particular the relevant national and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, key stakeholders and other individuals involved in project implementation on matters related to IWRM, WUE and environmental management;
  12. Assist the Project Manager with the preparation and oversight of Terms of Reference for consultants and contractors; 
  13. Assist the Project Manager in the development of stress reduction, process, environment, socio-economic, water use efficiency, catalytic, governance and cross-cutting indicators as part of the IWRM and WUE Indicators Framework component of the project; 
  14. Assist the Project Manager with the preparation of IA and EA required progress reports concerning project activities.  

The RKMS will enhance the project’s ability to demonstrate its delivery of results both at the national and regional level.  Also s/he will enhance the project’s ability to practice adaptive management and learn and share knowledge among IWRM demonstrations within the project and beyond.  This work will result in greater efficiency in operations, the early identification of bottlenecks and problems, and the identification of practical solutions.  In addition, s/he will inform management decisions on policy and strategy, and support better coordination between demonstration projects (C1) and the rest of the project (C2-C4).

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Qualifications and Experience

a. Education 
  • The selected candidate will have a master’s degree in: environmental engineering (or a related engineering discipline) or environmental science/management
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s) with an additional 2 years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree 
  • Further qualifications in environmental management, public health, hydrology, and hydrogeology will be an advantage

b. Work Experience 
  • At least 5 years of professional experience of which 2 years are in international projects
  • SIDS experience will a strong advantage, as will experience of understanding the links between land based pollution and the impacts on receiving coastal waters 
  • Proven and demonstrated experience in project implementation and management using the Logical Framework of Analysis with SMART indicators
  • Further experience in monitoring and evaluation and in working on IW-related themes in the SIDS and direct experience with the GEF-Demonstration Project Executing Agencies and GEF-IW National Focal Points an advantage
  • Experience collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) will be considered an asset

c. Key Competencies 
  • Demonstrated technical and project management skills, including experience of working in cross sector environments; in-depth understanding of IWRM required
  • Demonstrable excellent verbal and written communications skills, both at a technical level and in the preparation of information for policy makers and wider civil society required 
  • Previous experience in the delivery of regional/multi-country projects, as well as experience with funding organizations such as the GEF will be an advantage 
  • Familiarity with the goals and procedures of international organizations, in particular of the GEF implementing agencies (UNDP, UNEP) will be an advantage 
  • Applicants with a direct experience of water and environmental management issues in the Atlantic and/or Indian Ocean regions will be highly regarded   

Other essential requirements include: 
  • The ability to manage the work of consultants
  • A proven ability to work as part of a dynamic inter-disciplinary and/or multi-cultural team
  • The ability to meet project deadlines, often under difficult circumstances
  • An ability to travel frequently to and work within Island Communities
  • Proven ability to recognize and respond appropriately to the ideas, interests and concerns of others
  • Demonstrated ability to respect individual/cultural differences
  • Proven ability to set clear performance goals and standards and execute responsibilities accordingly
  • Proven ability to provide and respond constructively to feedback

d. Languages 
  • Excellent working knowledge of both oral and written English required 
  • Good knowledge of French and Portuguese would be an advantage

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: I-ICA
Contract level: 2
Contract duration: One-year renewable based on performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

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.
  • UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below 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.  
This vacancy is closed.