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The Geneva Office hires 01 Senior Regional Portfolio Manager

The Geneva Office hires 01 Senior Regional Portfolio Manager

Salaire / mois
Localisation Dakar / Sénégal
Expiration 31 Aout 2017

Description de l’offre

The Geneva Office, is under the UNOPS Regional Office for Europe and CIS countries and provides management services for sustainable development ranging from full-scale management of programs and projects to the provision of selected services as required by its clients.

UNOPS was selected in April 2008 as the Trust Fund Manager (TFM) of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) in Geneva and has been re-selected through another competitivew process as TFM for EIF Phase 2 from 2016-2022.

EIF is a partnership that involves Governments of around 50 Least Developed Countries, over twenty donor countries and institutions, and eight partner Agencies: ITC, IMF, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNIDO, WB, UNWTO and WTO. The EIF aims at enabling Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to build and strengthen their trade capacities, better integrate trade in their national development strategies and use trade as a tool for growth and poverty reduction. The second phase of EIF was launched in 2016 and is fully operational.

The EIF is financed through a multilateral Trust Fund managed by the TFM who works closely with the EIF Executive Secretariat (ES) and is responsible to the EIF Board through the ES. The TFM acts as a trustee, receives funds from donors, disburses financial resources allocated to projects, provides reporting on all financial aspects of the Trust Fund, and fulfills other functions as mutually agreed with the EIF Board.

The TFM operates with its central operational office in Geneva and three field offices in Bangkok, Dakar and Nairobi.

These field offices have the primary responsibility of appraising making recommendations on the capacity of project implementing entities proposed by beneficiary LDCs, supervising the fiduciary management and implementation of projects and providing capacity building in fiduciary matters to main implementing partners of the receipient countries.

The EIF TFM Cluster in Dakar covers LDCs in West and Central African countries including about 18 countries currently benefitting from EIF Tier 1 and Tier 2 facilities.

The cluster is staffed with 2 operational staff, including one Senior Regional Portfolio Manager, and one Regional Portfolio Associate. The Senior Regional Portfolio Manager will be the head of the office and report directly to TFM Executive Officer and coordinate locally with the UNOPS Dakar Operational Hub (DOH) Director on administrative, financial and security matters.


Under the supervision of the TFM Executive Officer (TFM EO) and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the Senior Regional Portfolio Manager is responsible:

(i) From strategic and programmatic perspective, for developing in the region under the constituency of the cluster high level communication and policy dialogue within the context of EIF global program orientation and structure bearing in mind the necessity to portray UNOPS values and enhance its image;

(ii) From the fiduciary and technical perspective, for providing leadership on EIF policy, technical, institutional development and coordination matters, assessing capacity of the implementing entities, facilitating capacity building, monitoring and supervising the implementation of projects funded by the EIF in the countries assigned to him or her;

(iii) From the administrative perspective, for assuming the lead role in the management of the EIF cluster based in Dakar, human and financial resources management responsibility and coordinating on behalf of TFM with DOH (Dakar Operational Hub) on administrative and financial matters.


University master’s degree preferably in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, business administration, finance, social or political sciences, development studies or any other field relevant to international development. A first university degree in the subject areas with two additional years of relevant experience will also be considered.


• Minimum 10 years or- of progressively responsible experience in public sector, trade, development projects management in international cooperation and policy dialogue.

• Proven track record in monitoring, evaluation and supervision of programs at country levels.

• Significant knowledge and experience in the use of relevant financial rules, contracting and procurement modalities and procedures, as well as UNOPS policies.

• Important international exposure to project design, formulation and management and demonstrated managerial performance.

• Experience in managing multi-donor and multi-agency programs.

• Knowledge of donors and resource mobilization.


Fluency in both English and French is required and other UN languages is an asset.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


• Proven ability to handle a complex, multi-dimensional portfolio, particularly in challenging and complex socio-political environments.

• Ability to handle politically sensitive issues and experience in dealing with governmental institutions and high level decision makers.

• Ability to work in an environment based on UNOPS culture and work ethics that is both responsive to client needs and respectful of internal and external colleagues and partners, diligence, attention to critical details, keen sense of work priorities and resourcefulness in obtaining and researching important information.

• Proven experience in networking and developing fruitful communication with high level government officials and international development finance institutions;

• Ability to handle complex and multi-dimensional portfolios with demonstrated managerial and capacity building skills

• Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives;

• Independent judgment and discretion in arriving at complex and delicate decisions

• Ability to apply and guide staff in the application of knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNOPS

• Knowledge of UNOPS/UNDP/UN regulations, rules, procedures and practices a must

• Ability to deal with senior government officials and interest and capacity to interact with

• Implementing partners (Agencies, Private corporations, NGOs, etc…).

• Proven experience in orienting and mentoring staff and partners in dealing with government officials, clients and UN agencies

• Familiarity with African countries, particularly development challenges of LDCs

• Capability to conduct solely and/or lead missions and field visits in difficult environments

• Strong organization skills, with experience with project management tools and methodologies.

• Must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize work schedules

• Excellent oral, written, and structured presentation skills with the ability to address government senior officials (ministerial level), senior public, private, business and technical audiences.


Contract type: Fixed Term Staff Contract
Contract level: ICS12 / P5
Contract duration:One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.


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