Program Officer - GEF project

Organisation :

International Centre on Small Hydropower (ICSHP)

Location : China

Function : project proposals, research

Organisation type : Non-governmental Organization (including non-profits and not-for-profits)

Industry : Nonprofit Organization Management

Posted on : 12 Jun 2018

Application Deadline : 15 Jun 2018

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 

There is an opportunity for 2 self-motivated members to join the PMU to work on project reports now. The work location is at ICSHP (Hangzhou, China) and successful candidates will support the report writing related to the GEF project.

Tasks include:

- Writing project reports related to the GEF project (project proposals, inception/progress/result reports, etc.);
- Promoting and other support of the project (translations, newsletter, website contributions);
- Concept development and follow-up research for the project;
- Maintaining contact with other international executing agencies/partners.

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;
- 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 IGO, 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.

The successful candidate will be provided, in return for full time hours (8.30-16.30 Monday to Friday) the following:

- Free and secure accommodation at the Secretariat with cooking facilities
?-Lunch from Monday to Friday
- Pocket money of 3000 RMB every month initially, with rising potential

Given the voluntary nature of the position, it is important to note that any applicants have the financial means to purchase the flight tickets and obtain the “F” visa. ICSHP does not reimburse these costs. Length of contract is for 3 months initially (with the option to extend).

Preferred starting date: ASAP.


Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter to Lucia/the International Centre on Small Hydropower. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Job Email id: lucia(at)