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The ‘Global Executive Leadership Initiative’ (GELI) is a project hosted under UNOPS Geneva. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

GELI is an innovative program for senior field leaders from across the system that focuses on development of leadership skills. GELI is a multi-donor initiative through which senior field leaders will engage in a highly interactive cutting-edge learning with an approach of bringing leaders from multiple organizations on a leadership development training. Senior field leaders will also have a unique opportunity to participate in peer exchange with other senior field leaders from across these pillars, as part of the GELI alumni.

GELI will offer a platform for senior field leaders across the international system to enhance their skills and impact, manage complexity, deliver results, and lead and engage across the humanitarian-development-peace and security spectrum, taking into account the global socio-political and economic trends that are influencers.

The Global Executive Leadership Initiative is located in Geneva, Switzerland. More information on the GELI programs can be found on the website at

This position is located in the Global Executive Leadership Initiative (GELI) which is hosted under the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The GELI Deputy Executive Director directly reports to the Assistant Secretary-General / Executive Director (ASG/ED), GELI.

GELI supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s ambition to achieve 50/50 gender balance in senior positions and diversity. To this end GELI strongly encourages female candidates and those from under-represented states, from the international NGO community, to apply for this position.

** Functional Responsibilities

Under the leadership and direct supervision of the Assistant-Secretary-General/ Executive Director (ASG/ED) for the Global Executive Leadership Initiative (GELI), the Deputy Executive Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of the GELI programmes. The Deputy Executive Director will partner closely with the ASG/ED to chart GELI’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for GELI’s services across many countries as the scale of the GELI programmes will substantially increase in 2022 and onwards.

Primarily, this position entails coordinating all aspects of the GELI’s programmes across the three learning pillars to ensure synergies and complementarities, as well as advising the GELI ASG/ED on programme status and providing recommendations to ensure GELI delivers on its programmes and its future programmatic growth.

This key position requires outstanding leadership, management, and strategic implementation capabilities to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of GELI programmes. The position also requires an in-depth understanding of the GELI high-level participants and partners who provide expert input into the development of the programmes.