IATI Transition Manager (Home-based with travel)

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :19-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-12
Languages Required :

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.


The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. 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.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position

Office/Unit/Project Description:

Drawing on the comparative advantages of UNDP in strengthening country capacities to manage and coordinate development cooperation, the BPPS Effectiveness Group coordinates the Secretariat of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which seeks to address challenges facing stakeholders in the sharing and use of information on humanitarian and development resources. Since 2013 UNDP has co-hosted the IATI Secretariat in a consortium with UNOPS (leading on financial management and logistics) and UK-based development organisation Development Initiatives which provides technical leadership including management of the IATI Standard, website and tools, plus support and guidance to publishers. UNDP coordinates day-to-day management of the Secretariat, and its substantive work includes improving the systematic use of IATI data for decision-making; outreach and engagement with IATI stakeholders; and provision of support and policy advice to IATI’s governing bodies, including its annual Members’ Assembly, Governing Board and Advisory Working Groups.

The consortium is mandated to host IATI to the end of 2022, after which time the IATI Secretariat will transition to new hosts, implementing a decision of the IATI Governing Board. A process led by the IATI Governing Board supported by an Institutional Working Group representing members is currently underway to identify new hosts for the Secretariat from January 2023 – December 2027, and the Governing Board will seek approval from members to transfer all funds to IATI through the transfer to the new financial manager.  The current Secretariat is preparing to transition its functions and responsibilities to these new hosts, in parallel with ongoing implementation of the IATI work plan for 2022 (revised June 2022). Current consortium hosts UNDP, DI and UNOPS have communicated their full commitment to ensure uninterrupted support to the IATI Governing Board during the transition period including into 2023, in response to their call for support.

Institutional Arrangement

The Transition Manager works under the direction and day to day supervision of the Institutional Arrangement focal point on the IATI Governing Board, and liaises with the Institutional Working Group (IWG) Chair and members. The Transition Manager works closely and directly with legal advisors, Secretariat leads from outgoing consortium organisations (UNDP, UNOPS and DI) and the relevant managers of the incoming hosts once selected and formally approved during the annual Members’ Assembly (November 9, 2022).  Further information is available through the hyperlinks at the end of this TOR.

  • This work will cover a period of 9 months (October 2022-June 2023).
  • The position is ideally full-time, though negotiable, to allow the widest pool of candidates.
  • Extensions to any milestones or to the contract itself to be agreed based on requests by the IATI Governing Board.
  • Position is primarily home-based, with travel as set out below:          
    • Official travel to attend the annual IATI Members’ Assembly (Copenhagen; November w/o 7-11), subject to prevailing travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic at that time.
    • Other travel as may be deemed useful for consultations with IATI Secretariat, Governing Board or Institutional Working Group.
    • IATI will cover the costs of such travel and make ticket purchases based on UN Regulations on travel.
  • Progress reporting on a monthly basis to Board and hosts in clear and accessible format.

Duties and Responsibilities

Transition Management Strategy and Plan:

  • Lead the smooth transition from current hosting arrangement to new hosting arrangement, ensuring minimal disruption in IATI’s operations for stakeholders including IATI publishers, data users, and external product owners and contract-holders.
  • Continually update stakeholders (IATI Governing Board, Institutional Working Group (IWG), Principals of outgoing consortium and incoming hosts) of progress in implementing detailed transition management plans, raising and managing concerns in a timely manner as appropriate, communicating regularly between all entities and the board so they are informed of progress of the transition and the management of risks.
  • Contribute to strategic external communications in relation to the transition plan to ensure buy-in and support of IATI members and the wider IATI Community

  Transition: design, implement and close:

  • Based on the assessment of the status of delivery of revised 2022 workplan, establish, maintain, and update (as needed) a detailed transition plan with an integral stakeholder plan and a monitoring plan, defining who is responsible for what by when, dependencies and milestones and success indicators identified through participatory management approach. Resources available include approved high-level transition plan, revised 2022 workplan, budget and risk log, detailed transition plan of outgoing hosts prepared for 2022/23, as well as discussions with relevant stakeholders. Define key milestones and success criteria to ensure successful delivery of the transition plan as well as a tight monitoring approach and schedule to closely track implementation progress;
  • Ensure resources are assigned and schedules agreed, and provide oversight to consortium partners and new hosts to ensure agreed milestones are met.
  • Ensure detailed transition activities (phase out and phase in) are fully incorporated in 2022 and 2023 work plans of current Secretariat entities and incoming hosts.
  • Advise Governing Board on approvals and/or revisions needed to the transition project plan, and on updates needed in the risk log, both new risks identified and ways to manage / mitigate them.
  • Assess legal and operational modalities to transfer knowledge, tools, etc., from one hosting arrangement to the next. Identify bottlenecks, limitations and help to find solutions for swift transfer.
  • Develop communication plan for different stakeholders of the transition and keep all stakeholders abreast of progress; Draft regular communications for the Board to share with members on the status of the transition, including for IATI annual Members’ Assembly and to quarterly IATI Governing Board meetings.
  • Apply adaptive management to ensure suggested action takes into account evolving context;
  • Produce quarterly reports and a final wrap up report on the transition for the Board.

Transition plan implementation and management:

  • Implement activities in the transition project plan related to winding down the existing hosting arrangement and operationalizing the new hosting arrangement, coordinating delivery of outputs and dependencies to minimise negative impacts on IATI tools or data availability and maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the handover process.
  • Working closely with the IATI Coordinator and Secretariat leads from outgoing consortium organizations, ensure key preparatory transition activities are delivered in coordination  with 2022 revised work plan with a view to full integration, and provide support to the groups or individuals responsible for execution.
  • Work with Secretariat financial manager to ensure incoming hosts are adequately resourced from the IATI Trust Fund in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with legal advisors to provide a record of legal advice for the Board.
  • Support systematic and timely transfer of the following assets (list is non-exhaustive) as part of phase out and phase in:
    • 1. Trust fund and financial records; membership contribution agreements; contracts with external vendors;
    • Access to internally and externally-managed technical tools and websites, planning roadmaps, guidance materials and technical documentation;
    • IATI knowledge networks and platform; contracts, services, tools and subscriptions; contacts.

Staffing and relationship management:

  • Work closely with IATI Secretariat Coordinator, exchanging regular progress updates for dissemination with relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide coaching to managers and other key roles to smoothly transfer leadership, strengthen relationships and gain support throughout the transition process.
  • Facilitate workshops or other activities as needed for effective joint planning and knowledge transfer between outgoing and incoming hosts.
  • Provide monthly progress reports for the Board and outgoing hosts which flags any foreseeable risks and proposes mitigations.
  • Establish a mechanism for issues, concerns and requests for clarification to be brought to attention for prompt and satisfactory troubleshooting.

Independent review of transition

  • Develop Terms of Reference for the recruitment of a consultant to undertake an independent review of the transition to include interviews with both outgoing and incoming secretariat members and consortium principals, as well as the Board, IWG, IATI members and Transition Manager. This will mark the end of the transition



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management:

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area



Business Direction & Strategy

Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized 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
  • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Business Direction & Strategy

Business Acumen

  • Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome
  • Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Business Management

Change Management

  • Ability to prepare, support, and help individuals and teams in designing and implementing organizational change

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

Project Management

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocol to achieve specific goals.

Business Management

Risk Management

  • Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks

2030 Agenda: Engagement & Effectiveness


  • IATI Secretariat

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in international development, economics, business management, public administration, international relations, or a related field is required.

Min. years of relevant work experience

Minimum of 10 years of experience in a variety of national and international organizations with at least 5 years of senior-level management responsibilities.

Required  skills

  • Solid experience and demonstrated results in leading multi-stakeholder partnership operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading change management processes.
  • Strong project management skills (Prince2 certification or similar would be an advantage).

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

  • Experience working with more than one type of organisation (government, multilateral, civil society and private sector) is an asset; experience working in both field-based and HQ settings is preferred.
  • Experience of managing multi-stakeholder partnerships and working with partners where lines of accountability are diffused, is preferred.
  • Good understanding of the multilateral and bilateral and/or humanitarian development system is an asset. Experience of starting up and/or closing projects is preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of accountability and transparency. Knowledge of data standards and/or IATI is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UN system, and its regulations and rules, policies and procedures is an asset

Required Language(s)

Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable (French preferred)

Professional Certificates

If required for specific services. For example: ACCA, CIPS, CISCO, etc.

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