Officer, Project Management, GPSDD

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Employment Opportunity
  • Mid Level

Overview

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (the Global Partnership), hosted at the UN Foundation, is a fast-growing, dynamic international network of more than 200 partners, sharing a vision of a world where the opportunities of the data revolution are available to and for all of humanity, helping to achieve sustainable development. Our members include governments, businesses, civil society, international organizations, academia, foundations, and statistics agencies.  Our goal is to drive better decisions and better lives for all by facilitating the production and use of better data, and we do this through strategic partnerships, advocacy, technical assistance, and pilot initiatives to support our partners at the global, regional, and national levels.

We are looking for a passionate and dynamic Project Management Officer who will assist in the implementation of a new initiative of the Partnership:

The Capacity Development Program

Pending grant approval, the Global Partnership will launch an Africa Climate and Health Data Capacity Accelerator, building on six years of work in more than 30 countries in Africa, to develop capacity where it is needed and overcome critical skills gaps. In particular, we will scale up a successful pilot program in partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) based in South Africa, that began with a general data science training for thirteen African countries and followed up with an in-depth fellowship program to entrench skills and develop solutions in five countries. The program combines data science training with experiential learning through a fellowship scheme that focuses on identified country-specific use-cases and enables training participants to work with an expert to apply learnt skills in practice. In doing so they are increasing data skills, increasing demand for data among public and social impact sectors, and building a community of data professionals to support each other and learn together. 

The program will produce a cohort of 100-200 data practitioners with subject-matter expertise in health, climate, and related topics over a three-year period, including through at least 20 students placed into paid data fellowships with 20-30 social impact or public sector organizations across a number of countries in Africa. Open-source materials from the Global Partnership and partners will be delivered online in multiple formats. Topics covered will include data science, data governance, and ethics, communicating with and about data, data leadership, and partnership building.

This job is based in London, UK.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with the Africa Program Manager in day-to-day project management and coordination
  • Monitor and update all project documentation including schedules, workplans, and budgets, ensuring alignment with GPSDD and funder timelines and goals
  • Help establish clear ownership for project tasks and provide reminders to team members and partners as needed
  • Analyze project finances, develop reports and provide regular updates to leadership and key internal stakeholders
  • Oversee logistics in event planning, including by contracting with vendors, arranging participant stipends, and processing invoices
  • Manage consultant contracts processing, including conducting due diligence, drafting contracts, and processing invoices.
  • Track progress against defined project success criteria and tasks to ensure deadlines and metrics are met appropriately
  • Work closely with the Impact and Learning team to capture and share outcomes from the project more broadly with the partnership
  • Conduct regular status meetings with all stakeholders.
  • Manage stakeholder meeting planning, preparation, and logistics
  • Support team in preparing travel arrangements for team members and event participants, including by processing travel authorizations/letters of invitation, booking transportation, and lodging, and preparing travel reimbursements
  • Establish and maintain relationships with contractors, as needed
  • Work closely with the External Relations team to ensure effective communication to external stakeholders of project achievements and announcements, as appropriate
  • Maintain working knowledge of the UNF agreement process (for both contracts and grants), and when to utilize the proper templates accordingly. (As applicable to the role)
  • Draft and review agreements and maintain an understanding of all agreement terms and applicable flow-downs, consulting with UNF’s finance/contracts team as needed. (As applicable to the role)
  • Attend training sessions provided by UNF’s contracts team to maintain and keep up to date with UNF’s current policies and procedures. (As applicable to the role)
  • Maintain strong knowledge of UNF’s Salesforce database to be able to process and track agreements, extract information and prepare reports. (As applicable to the role)
  • Other duties as assigned

Selection criteria

  • At least 4 years’ experience in project management
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, project management certification preferred
  • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Experience with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) preferred
  • Knowledge of the data for sustainable development field and/or capacity building preferred
  • Ability to work across departments and with partners from different countries and organizations to accomplish mission
  • Flexibility, with the ability to think intuitively and multitask
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and deadlines
  • Experience working with budgets and Excel
  • Communications skills (listening, speaking, and writing) and continuous learning skills
  • Team player that is interested in being part of a highly functioning, fast-paced group of professionals
  • Ability to work under pressure, handle stress, and meet regular attendance/tardiness policy
  • Ability to work well with individuals from very different cultural and institutional backgrounds
  • Knowledge of written and spoken French preferred

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • health screening
  • pension savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • back-up care
  • bereavement leave

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have paid bank holidays, 20 vacation days, 5 sick days, 6 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care. 

The above benefits are in addition to UK statutory leave entitlements.

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