Knowledge Generation Officer

  • Added Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organisations. With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

UN Environment, in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), serves as the joint host of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Secretariat ( on behalf of the GGKP Steering Committee (UN Environment, GGGI, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank). The GGKP is a global network of 50 international organisations, research institutes, and think tanks focused on promoting a green economy transition by:

  • identifying major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice and addressing these gaps by promoting collaboration and coordinated knowledge generation; and

  • using world-class knowledge management and communication tools to provide practitioners, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to access, share, and utilize green growth policy analysis, guidance, information, and data.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The GGKP knowledge generation programme is organized around a number of collaborative expert working groups, established on priority topics identified as being crucial in a green economy transition but where knowledge and data are lacking. The expert working groups are tasked with assessing the state of knowledge, identifying and prioritizing knowledge gaps, and promoting a broader research agenda to address the identified gaps.

The primary role of the Knowledge Generation Officer is to coordinate the GGKP knowledge generation activities and support the expert working groups with a particular focus on the natural capital expert working group. S/he will provide strategic guidance to the Head of Secretariat in defining the vision and strategy for the knowledge generation programme of work.

The role requires frequent interaction with senior officers and technical staff from GGKP partner institutions and representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, and research institutes.

The Knowledge Generation Officer will be responsible for keeping up-to-date on the latest developments in green growth and natural capital research. S/he will have a key role to play through the GGKP web platform, assisting the GGKP Knowledge Manager in the gathering and curation of new research and producing thought pieces, or syntheses, of important papers and developments. The Knowledge Generation Officer will manage the web content on pages specifically dedicated to the natural capital and other expert working groups.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of Functions:

  • Strategy and planning

  • Knowledge generation management

  • Partner engagement

  • Knowledge management

  • Fundraising

1. Strategy and planning

  • Manage the development and implementation of the GGKP knowledge generation work programme, including providing strategic advice to the Head of Secretariat

  • Monitor and analyse work programme development and implementation

  • Identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions, liaise with relevant parties, and identify and track follow-up actions

2. Knowledge generation management

  • Oversee the nomination and selection of co-chairs and expert working group members, including obtaining GGKP Steering Committee approval for the selections

  • Ensure that key milestones and deadlines are met by the expert working groups

  • Work with the expert working group co-chairs to organize committee calls and meetings as required

  • Prepare background materials and meeting summaries as needed by the expert working group co-chairs

  • Commission research based on the recommendations of the expert working groups

  • Supervise preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, working papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.

3. Partner engagement

  • Liaise with GGKP partner institutions in the development and delivery of the collaborative knowledge generation work programme

  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for the knowledge generation activities and establish collaboration and partnerships with key institutions and experts

  • Identify opportunities for new partnerships, including knowledge partners, affiliated programs, or engagement with other programs of interest

4. Knowledge management

  • Assist the GGKP Knowledge Manager in the gathering and curation of new research and produce thought pieces, or syntheses, of important papers and developments

  • Manage the research committee sections of the GGKP web platform and ensure these sections are comprehensive and up-to-date

5. Fundraising

  • Prepare fundraising strategies and proposals to support the collaborative knowledge generation work programme

  • Identify and engage potential funding partners for the work programme

  • Identify possible research funding institutions and facilitate their engagement with the expert working groups


A Master’s degree in economics, environment, public policy, or related field is required.

Work Experience

Minimum five (5) years of accumulated work experience in an international organisation or public institution is required.

Experience in empirical research, data analysis and writing evidence-based reports and policy materials with practical recommendations is desirable.

Solid understanding of organizations and research institutions producing research on green growth internationally is desirable.

Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.

Strong project management skills and ability to deliver ideally across multiple international stakeholders;

Proven track record of managing collaborative, multi-disciplinary research programmes.

Proven ability to work in a ‘virtual’ team across multiple locations.

Strong existing network in the green growth/green economy field preferred.Experience in organizing conferences, events and workshops preferred.

Language (s)
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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 organization (for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above).

Integrity and 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 positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing 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 behavior. 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.

Contract Type, Level and Duration:
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Contract level: ICS10/P3
Contract duration: one year, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability'For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link*:*

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • 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.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • 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 position is based in Switzerland and the contract fee is not exempt from Swiss laws, including but not limited to laws regarding taxation, social security, accident and health insurance.

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.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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