The Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia Region plays a vital role in building and maintaining relationships with key regional partners to facilitate effective representation of UNOPS capabilities and deepen regional partnerships through in-depth understanding of partner needs. They provide overall supervisory guidance to UNOPS Country Offices and Multi-Country Offices to support their delivery results and targets. Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director (Delivery and Partnerships) who provides broad supervision and guidance, the Regional Director also serves as an advisor to the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Managers on corporate strategic planning, organizational development and management and regional business development strategic priorities, engagement and representation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of functions:
- Corporate function and services
- Regional leadership
- Representation and inter-agency partnership
- Knowledge management and innovation
Corporate function and services
- Contribute to the formulation of UNOPS overall strategies and policies through advisory services to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director and participation in senior management deliberation on current and future business operations and strategy development and planning.
- Keep abreast of organizational changes to align regional strategy and approaches to business development and management of regional project portfolio and delivery of sustainable results. Assess the performance and efficacy of the regional operations and take decisions and/or recommend to the Deputy Executive Director appropriate changes in operations to enhance/maximize results for regional portfolio delivery and regional business development.
- Collaborate with senior UNOPS colleagues and stakeholders, other Groups, especially Communications Group and the Partnership and Liaison Group to exchange ideas on strategies for communications and public relations to optimize strategic outreach and results for business development in the region.
- Represent UNOPS, at key global/regional events (including media and public relations events) and meetings to speak on regional or organizations goals, interests and competencies, build and maintain alliances and to promote/advocate UNOPS position as a partner of choice in sustainable development in the region.
- Develop the regional strategy, establish priorities, and supervise the implementation of the annual business plan for the regional portfolio including business development initiatives/activities.
- Regularly review organizational structures in the region to ensure optimal structural set up for delivery of current business objectives. Make recommendations (to the DED and in consultation with PCG) for establishment of new/ revised organizational structures, such as Country Offices.
- Establish the Regional Office annual work priorities in collaboration with the team and partners, set objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and partner oriented services.
- Monitor implementation, oversee progress toward annual objectives and take decisions to ensure the delivery of results as planned and according to partners’ expectations.
- Evaluate overall regional activities/initiatives to ensure alignment with organizational strategic plans, framework and standards of accountability, ethics and integrity and to ensure that portfolio delivery and business development are mutually reinforcing.
- Plan and allocate resources (human, financial and administrative) to achieve goals and ensure the cost effective and appropriate use of resources in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics, integrity and accountability framework.
- Promote teamwork and collaboration by providing the team with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
- Plan, recruit and develop a diverse and flexible regional workforce with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance, and ensure gender and geographical diversity.
- Foster a positive work environment, respectful of all, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
- Provide oversight on safety and security within the region of operation for UNOPS personnel.
- Create, foster and role model a culture of respect and zero tolerance for discrimination, abuse of authority, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse. Ensure accountability for actions and perform duties in accordance with protection mechanisms and action plans, as expected by UNOPS policies, standards and commitments.
- Provide oversight on safety and security within the region of operation for UNOPS personnel [and their eligible dependents].
- In consultation with the UNOPS Chief of Security act as the UNOPS Security Focal Point (SFP) within the country of operation including participating actively in the Security Management Team (SMT) and perform duties on security as outlined in the Framework of Accountability in the UN Security Management System Policy manual.
Representation and inter-agency partnership
- Represent UNOPS in senior inter-agency and external meetings/bodies in the region to promote the organization, influence policy discussion and to identify potential areas for UNOPS partnership and engagement.
- Contribute to the regional assessment exercise for UN Resident Coordinators.
- Collaborate with internal and external partners, colleagues and stakeholders to keep abreast of evolving trends, advocate UNOPS services and build partnerships/alliances to maintain/enhance UNOPS visibility in project services in development cooperation.
- Build and maintain (regional) public/media relations to actively engage their interest/support in promoting and communicating UNOPS achievements, competencies and interest in global development.
Knowledge management and innovation
- Oversee the successful implementation of regional policies, standards and tools to effectively manage business development within the regional portfolio to enhance/maintain UNOPS competitive edge as a provider of effective project services for sustainable results.
- Drive knowledge sharing and strategic communication across the region and with corporate functions, ensuring collaboration and continuous feedback through the regional communications network and other channels, as appropriate.
- Lead the ongoing research, development and implementation of best practice and innovative approaches to maximize performance and sustain achievements.
- Lead the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, partners and stakeholders for strategic business development and engagement.
Impact of Results
The effective and successful achievement of results by the incumbent directly impacts on effective management and operational integrity of UNOPS. Consequently, it affects the visibility and image of the UNOPS brand, as an effective service provider in project services and management, strengthening UNOPS competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.
- Strategic Perspective: 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 organisation. (Applicable only for levels ICS-10 and above).
- Integrity & Inclusion: 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.
- Leading Self and Others: Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as a positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilising appropriate leadership styles.
- Partnering: 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).
- Results Orientation: 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.
- Agility: 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 behaviour. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
- Solutions Focused: 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.
- Effective Communication: 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.
Education, Qualifications & Experience
- A master’s degree in a related field is required.
- A Bachelor degree (or equivalent) combined with 2 additional years of relevant work experience can be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree (total of 17 years of experience).
- A minimum of 15 years of experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in public affairs, management, business development planning and operations in a large international and/or corporate organization.
- Proven ability to manage, supervise and lead a team.
- Experience establishing partnerships with UN agencies, international development organizations, governments, foundations, international NGOs or private sector organizations is desirable.
- Experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable. Language requirements: Excellent knowledge of English is essential. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
Terms of Appointment
2 years initially, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.
Based in Geneva, the Regional Director also serves as UNOPS Representative to Switzerland.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please ensure you complete the Application Form provided below by 31 December 2023. It is essential that you submit your CV in English, specifically in Microsoft Word format (.doc /.docx).
Applications in other languages or formats will not be considered.
Rest assured, all information will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by UNOPS to undertake this assignment.