Global Project Manager - Local Data Collaboration Project - IPSA 10

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :24-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-10
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months with possibility of extension

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

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Office/Unit/Project Description

The project “Accelerating data collaboration: from local successes to global scale” aims to build and test a good practice toolkit for national/local data innovation and collaboration – based on experimentations from the ground, developed in a lean and agile manner, open by default and easily adaptable to different country contexts. As countries struggle to manage - let alone harness - increasing quantities of data, this project will address the pressing need for robust, needs-driven data collaboration & governance with people at its core.?? 

  • Running from January 2022 to December 2023, the project will be delivered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will support key objectives and activities, including:? 
  • Furthering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including by strengthening data partnerships and local capacities 
  • Promoting good governance in general, and data governance, data sharing and collaboration with the private sector specifically, including through improving the efficiency of public institutions? 
  • Supporting existing data management structures and better targeting and use of development data? 
  • Enhancing evidence-informed policymaking, including by expanding the use of non-traditional forms of data? 

Leveraging its global footprint and local presence, especially the Accelerator Labs in 91 countries, who have generated significant track records and growing portfolios of fast-track digital and data projects, UNDP will deploy a human-centered approach to develop a good practice toolkit for national and local data collaboration that is co-created with target countries and piloted in parallel. The toolkit will be focused on data collaboration for the use of non-traditional data with a special focus on private sector data. Equitable access to government services, a strict “no harm” policy and a focus on prevention of data biases are a genuine part of the project. This partnership approach will ensure that inclusion is not sacrificed for speed but is at the heart of the project.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 

Reporting into the Head of Data and technology for Chief Digital office , the incumbent will be responsible for below

Result 1.  

Facilitate the development of a good practice toolkit, communications material and online course for local data collaboration with building blocks for key enabler for success that are anchored in the real needs, demands and use-cases coming from countries and drawing on best practices and insights from UNDP’s country offices, in particular 91 Accelerator Labs, and a global expert group that will be established.?

Result 2

Coordinate the project with the two local country managers to implement the project in two countries for local data collaboration, conducted partially in parallel to the toolkit development to ensure real-time problem-solving, learning and analysis. The pilot will test the building blocks of the toolkit and aim to build long-term local capacity for data collaboration.   

Result 3.  

Ensure increased communication and knowledge exchange around good data governance, data privacy and collaboration, which will involve nurturing a Community of Practice (CoP) within the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) to promote ongoing exchange, learning and implementation in further countries, and to support the longer-term objectives, impact, and sustainability of the project 


  • Within delegated authority, the Global Project Manager will be responsible for the following duties:  
  • Lead the development of the good-practice toolkit and the nurturing of the community of practice 
  • Coordinate the global project and translate project board decisions into actionable results to ensure technically sound execution, sustainability, and ability to scale the project from the use cases. 
  • Allocate project resources, in alignment with project board, and coordinate monitoring and evaluation of project. 
  • Coordinate local project managers and collaborate with Global Communications/Partnerships Manager, Global Facilitation manager and colleagues across departments to set up and implement the project. 
  • Effectively liaise with the project board on the strategic planning and implementation of the project?and support the project board in setting up and maintaining trusted partnerships for the project. 
  • Report on developments of the project to the project board, circulate notifications of meetings, and prepare project board documentation in consultation with experts and/or leadership of the relevant units, as appropriate, when an agenda item has major policy, technology, financial, procurement, legal or human resources implications. 
  • Liaise with key external stakeholders in order to drive forward the project and establish and maintain partnerships with data experts, networks and other potential partners. 
  • Keep track of trends and developments in data best practices, tools, etc. 



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Digital & Innovation


Ability to design and facilitate  a process that enables a diverse group of stakeholders to solve a common problem, develop a practice, or create knowledge together.

Business Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking

Ability  to develop effective strategies and priority plans in line with UNDP¶s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions

Business Management

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management

Partnerships Management

Ability to build and maintain partnerships Zith Zide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Management



Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Management

Resource Management

Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical Za\ in line Zith principles of accountability and integrity

Business Development

UNDP Representation

Ability to represent UNDP and productiYel\ share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, management, law, economics, finance or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • At least 5 Years’ experience (with Maters) or 7 years (with Bachelors) of relevant professional experience

Required skills

  • Experience in working in and coordinating global public-private partnerships is required. This also includes proven experience in stakeholder management within global projects.  
  • At least two years of experience in delivering end-to-end global projects that has multiple stakeholders is required. 

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Experience in consulting and in running projects using data to advance decisions, strategies and execution is required.  
  • Understanding ethics in application of data to solve complex problems is required. 
  • Experience working with the UN or other large scale development organization is desirable.  
  • Experience in data for sustainable development and data analysis desirable 

Required Language(s)

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Professional Certificates

  • N/A

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