Work with us: Senior Programme Manager

The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) is currently recruiting a Senior Programme Manager to support the overall coordination of ICAT’s country and regional work. Representing the Initiative at country, regional and global meetings, the incumbent will establish new and build existing relationships with ICAT partner country governments, partnering regional organizations, donors, and climate change stakeholders to improve the overall quality and relevance of programme implementation.

Duty station: Bonn, Germany

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract level: ICS-11/P4

Duration Ongoing: Ongoing

Application closes: 9 May 2021 (Midnight Copenhagen time – CET)


  1. Programme development planning and coordination
  • Coordinate the development and articulation of the ICAT Strategy for country support and the development of regional climate action transparency hubs under the overall strategic guidance of the ICAT Director.
  • Translate the ICAT country and regional engagement strategy into implementation/results in line with approved work plans and associated monitoring mechanisms and draft project documents.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant stakeholders, in particular ICAT’s implementing partners and the partner countries, to ensure aligned and coherent planning and implementation processes.
  1. Stakeholder coordination and ICAT representation
  • Represent the Initiative at external meetings at country, regional and global level, including at forums such as the UNFCCC COPs. This will entail country visits and may include high-level meetings at ministries and international organizations that lead ICAT engagement in the country or region.
  • Establish and build relationships with ICAT partner country governments and partnering regional organizations, including at high level, as well as relevant actors at the UN, international organizations, NGOs, donors, and climate change stakeholders for the purposes of facilitating activities and improving the quality and relevance of programme implementation.
  • Coordinate, participate in, and/or contribute to the Initiative Coordination Team (ICT) and Country Tool Box Group (CTG).
  • Support the development of communication strategies, including the resource mobilization strategies, where relevant, to maximise communication impact and outreach and build awareness of ICAT objectives and impacts.
  • Support design, coordination and dissemination of public information products and communication activities as well as gather and draft content for communications products and platforms.
  • Support preparations for official meetings, events, briefings, and field visits, and prepare talking points, briefing notes, presentations and speeches for the Director and other senior UN officials.
  1. Initiation and follow up of programme development opportunities
  • Stay abreast of climate change issues and policies, and cross-cutting priorities, such as gender, diversity and sustainability to be included in programme design as relevant.
  • Coordinate the identification, design, and formulation of new activities to meet ICAT objectives.
  • Coordinate preparation of programme documents, including concept notes, proposals, and associated budgets.
  • Draft and/or review funding agreements and other project documents required for the signature and implementation of new project activities.
  • In coordination with UNOPS Resource Mobilization personnel, support the review, submission, negotiation, and signature of funding agreements.
  1. Programme management
  • Analyze project agreements and adopt work plans and budgets, and develop compliance plans and monitoring frameworks to guide relevant colleagues.
  • In collaboration with relevant personnel, establish monitoring mechanisms to measure delivery and impact against approved targets and indicators.
  • Provide review/input to scopes of work for grantee selection and procurement processes to ensure the requirements of the project agreements are reflected in agreements with implementing partners. Review implementing partner reports to ensure requirements are being met.
  • Track programme results against targets, alert management if delivery is not on track, compile data and draft reports to internal and external stakeholders and support the Director to prepare for internal reviews.
  • Coordinate information flow between implementation teams, management and donors, particularly related to any deviations that would require revisions to the relevant legal agreement; when required, coordinate budget and work plan revisions.
  • Prepare, and provide editing support for high quality summaries and analytical reports, including, but not limited to, project reports, annual reports, situation reports, briefing notes, and other UN reports. Prepare written summaries of meetings/visits and ensure relevant team members implement follow-up actions, as appropriate; research and prepare input for analytical, and sometimes sensitive, documents for the Director and the Donor Steering Committee.
  1. Knowledge management and document management and innovation
  • Maintain records of programme files and other necessary programme documents such as documentation of decisions and actions taken on programme issues.
  • Implement relevant standards, tools and templates to effectively manage programme development and implementation.
  • Identify, contribute to, record and share the ongoing development and implementation of best practice, lessons identified, and innovative approaches to improve overall programme performance.
  • Contribute to the management and upkeep of risk management and issue management logs and processes.
  1. People management
  • Perform programme team management tasks as assigned.
  • Ensure the effective planning, recruitment and development of a flexible workforce with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance, and ensure gender and geographical diversity.
  • Lead and motivate the programme team.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
  • Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff).
  1. Other responsibilities
  • Act as OIC for the ICAT Secretariat in the absence of ICAT Director.
  • Carry out any other related duties as needed.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management/sciences, international relations, economics, education, development studies, and/or other relevant fields relevant for climate action transparency and capacity-building, OR
  • First-level University degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) combined with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.


  • At least ten years of progressive professional experience in project / programme management and/or coordination.
  • Of which, at least seven years of this experience relevant to climate change or environmental management required.
  • Relevant experience is defined as progressive experience in programme/project development or management related to climate change and/or environmental management/assessment, in either public or private sector organizations.
  • Experience in international cooperation and in working with developing countries and/or capacity building is desirable.
  • Good understanding of global aspects of environmental protection and urban planning a distinct advantage.
  • Good understanding of the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and/or the New Urban Agenda is desirable.
  • Relevant experience in representing national or international delegations in UN and international fora would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Proficiency in another UN language (Arabic/Chinese/French/Spanish/Russian) is required.
  • Working knowledge of a third UN language would be a valuable asset.

To Apply

Applications are open until midnight Copenhagen time (CET) 9 May 2021. To apply, please visit UNOPS website and click ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the vacancy announcement.