Senior Economic Development Associate

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.

Background Information – Job-specific

The OQ is seeking to recruit a Senior Economic Development Associate for the Water Team to contribute to the implementation of OQ’s development agenda. The associate will support the work of the water team to implement the objectives set in the water sector strategy.

Specifically, the Senior Economic Development Associate will contribute to the following areas:

  1. Project Management and Delivery;
  2. Project Communication and Outreach;
  3. Research, Analysis, Writing and Editing;
  4. Presentation and Communication Support;

The work is of a highly confidential nature and the contractor must maintain the highest standards of integrity.

Functional Responsibilities

The Senior EDA will deliver his/her contributions to the following areas (under the overall leadership and in full coordination with the Water and Telecom Director):

Project Management and Delivery

  1. Lead or closely support the delivery of one or more work streams of an OQ priority project including contributing to the work stream strategy development.
  2. Adapt project strategy and direction appropriately in response to changing information.
  3. Propose and agree on workstream outputs with lead Advisor and deliver workstream outputs on time and within tolerances according to the agreed strategy.
  4. Prepare Gantt charts and other planning and strategy documents for the priority project and/or workstreams as necessary.

Project Communication and Outreach

  1. Meet with internal and external project stakeholders regularly, to discuss project progress and agree and coordinate outputs or areas of cooperation, in line with the agreed project strategy.
  2. Prepare a range of written communication documents (such as analytical products, maps, reports, letters, emails and presentations) for internal and external project stakeholders as needed.
  3. Assist with the organisation of meetings, workshops and conferences relating to the project.

Research, Analysis, and Writing:

  1. Collect water-related data and other information relevant to the water team projects from public reports and stakeholders
  2. Analyse different types of data (numerical, geospatial, etc.) and produce analytical products using tools such as (Excel, R, GIS dashboards, etc.)
  3. Create visualizations (maps, charts, etc.) for reports, presentations, and meetings as required for the projects to share with internal and external project stakeholders
  4. Conduct original research and analysis related to priority projects, or other OQ strategic objectives, in response to tasking from Advisors and management. Support Advisors in conducting original and synthesised research, project or survey design, where necessary.
  5. Review analytical and technical products by consultants related to priority projects and provide feedback
  6. Prepare literature reviews and other written inputs; assist in background research and drafting of new research projects; assist in the identification of field-wide best practices and translate those into case studies.
  7. Prepare the Water Team quarterly reporting in close coordination with the West Bank and Gaza coordinators
  8. Provide detailed comments and feedback; assist in editing papers, reports, briefs and memos

Presentation and Communication Support:

  1. Assist OQ Advisors and Management in developing a variety of presentations both in response to project needs and other OQ priorities; work closely with Advisors to generate document structure, text and graphics, conduct research and analysis, and pull together a compelling set of materials.
  2. Draft and assemble materials for internal and external meetings, as required.
  3. Support preparation of other outreach activities, as required.
  4. Maintain and update Water strategic documents for communication with external stakeholders and donors
  5. Support Director and OQ management in the preparations of key communication points for external meetings
  6. Support the water team in IT-related tasks in close coordination with the IT officer

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Advanced degree (MA) is preferred. Bachelor’s Degree as a minimum in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, or related fields.


2-4 years of relevant work experience(based on academic credentials) required in water and wastewater relevant areas.

Language Requirements:
– Excellent command of written and spoken English.
– Knowledge of Arabic and/or Hebrew is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

The contract for this position will be issued by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on behalf of its Client the Office of Quartet pursuant to an agreement between both parties whereby the successful candidate’s contractual rights and responsibilities will be managed by the Office of Quartet (OQ) office and not by UNOPS.

Contract type: Individual Contract agreement

Contract level: Local Specialist ICA 9
Contract duration: 3 MONTHS, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

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


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.

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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

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Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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