Programme Officer (GEF)

International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP)
Hangzhou, China
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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About International Center on Small Hydro Power

International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) is a public and non-profit institution directly under the auspices of United Nations Industrial and Development Organization (UNIDO), China’s Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Commerce. ICSHP serves as the headquarters of the International Network on Small Hydro Power (INSHP), which is an international organization with more than 400 members from 78 countries.

About Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues.

GEF 6 Project: Upgrading of China SHP Capacity Project

The Project is situated at the heart of the water-energy nexus and aims at promoting innovation, technology transfer, and supportive policies and strategies. It will focus on green and safe Small Hydro Power (SHP) upgrading/refurbishment in China. The main objective is to support the Ministry of Water Resources to introduce new measures to SHP upgrading in China, to ensure SHP has less of an environmental impact and that safe production and management processes are introduced at the same time as reducing GHG emissions.

The total project implementation duration is about 5 years. In June 2016, the project has already been approved by GEF, and its implementation has officially started in July 2017. There is a Project Management Unit (PMU) established in ICSHP in charge of arrangement and coordination of the project implementation.

Job Description

The duty is to assist the Project Management Office (PMO) in the execution of the project (project management and execution functions) and support the UNIDO Project Manager in the implementation (reporting function). The candidate is expected to serve as the liaison between both agencies in satisfying their functions as established in the project document.

The work location is at ICSHP (Hangzhou, China) and the successful candidate will support the following tasks related to the GEF project:

Tasks include:

  • To support the day-to-day operations of the project management office (PMO),;
  • To support the PMO as a Secretariat of the NPCC by convening regular meetings to report and review project implementation progress;
  • In close consultation with project execution partners, to support the PMO prepare detailed annual working plans with human resource and budget requirements;
  • To monitor project activities execution against working plans’ milestones and outputs, and take prompt corrective actions whenever needed;
  • To assist the preparation of subcontracts’ terms of reference; identification of national subcontractors/ bidders and preparation of cost estimates and time schedules;
  • To assist the preparation of job descriptions for consultants and assist in their recruitment process through advertisement, collection of applications and short-listing of candidates;
  • To ensure timely delivery and quality of subcontractors’ and experts’ outputs and deliverables;
  • To coordinate activities of project execution partners, consultants and subcontractors including contract management, supervision of field operations, logistical support, review of technical outputs/ reports, assessment of project achievements and cost control
  • In line with UNIDO and GEF requirements and templates, to prepare the relevant reports and documents:

Job Requirement

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in one of the fields: climate change, environment engineering, renewable energy, hydrology and water resources management and related area;
  • Few years of work experience in one of the following areas is preferred: climate change, environment engineering, renewable energy, hydrology and water resources management and related area;
  • Applicant who has worked for an INGO, Governmental agency or NGO (e.g. United Nations agency, or has similar project management and coordinating experience) will be highly recognized.

Essential skills

  • Native English or very good English level, Chinese will be additionally appreciated;
  • Excellent writing skills with editing and proof-reading experience;
  • Excellent communication skills to maintain relations with other international executing agencies/partners;
  • Professional Microsoft office skills.

Desired skills

  • Other languages;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;

Salary and Visa Information

The role here is classified as 'voluntary'. Applications will therefore have to apply for the F Visa generally. While we cannot influence the outcome of any visa decision, we do provide administrative to support for your application. Free secure accommodation and basic stipend to live in the city will be provided. The applicant should cover the other related costs including the plane tickets and visa costs him/herself. The first contract will be for three months with possibilities of extension.

Application Procedure:

Submit the cover letter and a CV to copying  with ‘Programme Officer-GEF Project’ in the subject of the email. Shortlisted candidates will only be notified.