Support with drafting of the Operations Manual, Switzerland

  • Description of assignment title: Support with drafting of the Operations Manual
  • Assignment country: Switzerland
  • Expected start date: Invalid Date
  • Sustainable Development Goal: 14. Life below water
  • For how many hours per week will the volunteer be required?: 16-20
  • Host entity: UNDP – Global Fund for Coral Reefs
  • Type: Online
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Number of assignments: 1
  • Advertisement end date:27/05/2024

Mission and objectives

Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse, ecologically complex, and valuable ecosystems on the planet. Supporting a quarter of marine species globally, reefs provide vital ecosystem services valued at $2.7 trillion annually including food security, coastal protection, and livelihoods for more than one billion people globally. Despite their immense value, coral reefs are Earth’s most endangered ecosystems. Without urgent action and scaled resources, coral reefs could face extinction by 2050 as a result of climate change and local drivers of degradation. The Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) is a blended finance mechanism designed to address the SDG14 funding gap and support implementation of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework. Taking a science-based approach, this United Nations multi-partner initiative focuses on reducing local drivers of degradation in reef ecosystems that exhibit resilience to climate change (i.e., climate refugia). To facilitate blue economic transition the GFCR, with the support of the Green Climate Fund, incubates and scales investable pipelines that accelerate climate resilience for both marine ecosystems and coastal communities. Investable solutions supported by the Fund include sustainable revenue streams for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), sustainable ocean production (i.e., fisheries and aquaculture), plastic recycling, waste and sewage management, blue carbon credits, as well as sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. By scaling sustainable revenue streams to save reefs from the brink of extinction, the GFCR supports long-term ocean conservation aims, tackles food insecurity, and mobilises capital for climate adaptation and mitigation.


Entering its fourth year of operation, the Global Fund for Coral Reefs has positioned itself as one of the key players in the Marine Finance Space, with strong alignment with the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Coral Reef Breakthrough. With the financial vehicles in place and the consolidation of the UNGT in Geneva, Switzerland, 2024 marks a critical year for collective action and mobilization of resources. To support this initiative, this role will assist the Coordination Support Consultant with the consolidation of the Operations Manual. The selected Online Volunteer will be contributing to GFCR organizational goals, including transparency, operational objectives, programmatic and strategic engagement priorities.

Task type

Outreach and Advocacy

Task description

The online volunteer will provide direct support for the Coordination Support Consultant, under the guidance of the Operations & Coordination Analyst, with the Operational Manual for the Global Fund for Coral Reefs. This assignment will support the drafting of two chapters of said GFCR Operations Manual.

Required experience

– Operations – Communication – Strategic Engagement – Project Management


English, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Other information

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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