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10+ years ongoing experience delivering results in the UN across multiple duty stations including UNHQ-New York, Nairobi, Copenhagen and currently Brussels. Extensive experience managing processes for global grant programmes as well as grant portfolios and designing/re-designing grant systems for global thematic programmes with multiple, diverse stakeholders. Managed regional grant portfolios covering 20 – 30 country programmes each for the highly successful, UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme implemented across 126 countries. Helped strengthen Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual for the effective administration of the GEF Small Grants Programme using lessons learned. Currently serving as Programme Officer for the Cities Alliance Secretariat on UNOPS platform, focused on urban sustainability, urban poverty reduction and resilience. Helped successfully lead the transition of the Cities Alliance Secretariat from the World Bank to UNOPS platform – improving and integrating processes to allow for efficiency gains. Helped re-design Cities Alliance grant systems/processes and re-write guidelines resulting in faster and more consistent grant results. Highly accustomed to training staff on policies, procedures and ensuring effective administration in a global UN, multi-partner/donor context. Published writer – including multiple articles in Harvard Academic Journal.


  • Managed successful projects across: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean, Pacific
  • Served in duty stations in: New York, Nairobi, Copenhagen and currently Brussels
  • Partner/client exposure: World Bank, Norway, Gates Foundation, DFID, UNDP, GEF, SECO, Sida, Comic Relief


  • Management and continuous improvement of processes and administration for global grant-based programmes
  • Grant systems/processes: in-depth advising and helping redesign and update grant systems for improved efficiency
  • Results-based planning, management and reporting (RBM / RBR) within UN context using best practices
  • Communication: producing presentations, briefs, talking points for Senior Management
  • Project management: Prince2 Practitioner & Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certifications
  • Leading quality assurance of all core processes contributing to effective programme administration
  • Coordination: liaising between internal and external stakeholders as well as with regional offices and corporate
  • Implementation: co-leading implementation of multi-country projects and programmes including grants
  • Monitoring: data gathering across units & analysis to produce recommendations for Programme Management
  • Strategic operational planning, financial and administrative management including results based budgeting
  • Data analysis for benchmarking, programme performance metrics and efficiency assessment & improvement

Work experience


Project Manager / Programme Officer

Cities Alliance Secretariat, UNOPS

The Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development.

Brussels, Belgium & Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Ensuring that UNOPS systems, processes and tools help the Cities Alliance Secretariat deliver its mission
  • Transitioned the Cities Alliance Secretariat from World Bank to UNOPS systems integrating and updating processes
  • Re-drafted the Cities Alliance grants guidelines – simplified/streamlined version for optimized efficiency/usage
  • Serving as lead advisor on Organizational policies and their application, compliance and capturing lessons learned
  • Drafting inputs to improve policies based on lessons learned from grant programme implementation
  • Serving as Committee Secretary for the grant Project Review Committee – involved in process optimization efforts
  • Reviewing and drafting grant award documents & agreements based on thorough review and assessment processes
  • Aligning Cities Alliance and UNOPS grant procedures to ensure consistency balanced with efficiency
  • Leading the annual Results based Reporting exercises – coordinating with Programme Specialists
  • Led the startup and co-leading implementation of $8m DFID-funded resilience program across 4 African countries
  • Facilitating the formalization of new partnerships including with national and municipal leadership including ministries
  • Serving as part of the design & implementation team for grant Country Programme in Liberia funded by Comic Relief
  • Led the participatory process resulting in a SMART 2015 Annual Work Plan and co-led the 2016 AWP process
  • Setup and contributing to management of ~$25m Multi-Donor Trust Fund comprised of large multi/bi-lateral donors
  • Organizing strategic meetings, note-taking, leading follow-up actions and coordination across stakeholders
  • Serving as lead on corporate reporting exercises, involving data gathering, analysis & briefing Senior Management
  • Designed team workflows and distribution of responsibilities across team members to sustainably deliver results
  • Facilitated business acquisition of $25m from an array of partners in less than 1 year
  • Writing analytical summaries, briefs, guides to facilitate effective decision-making by Secretariat leadership
  • Serving as lead on Cities Alliance corporate reporting to UNOPS – financial and quality reporting
  • Re-designing procedures to drive greater programme efficiency while conforming to organizational policies
  • Capacity building of Secretariat and support team – in turn improving consistency, quality & efficiency

Associate Portfolio Manager

UNOPS (UNDP-implemented) GEF Small Grants Programme

The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical assistance to grass-roots projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's livelihoods, GEF SGP promotes equitable development & poverty reduction.

Nairobi, Kenya & New York, USA

  • Managed complex regional grant portfolios of 30+ country programs across Africa, Latin America & Pacific
  • Used lessons learnt to provide continuous input in strengthening Standard Operating Procedures Manual
  • Ensured effective communication between units and offices including UNDP Country Offices and Senior Leadership
  • Oversaw timely, quality delivery of > $13m/year worth of grants to community-level grantees across multiple regions
  • Indirectly managed and built capacity of approximately 40 country program staff of varying levels
  • Facilitated 80 country audit program including program design, communication, follow-up and implementation
  • Prepared and monitored 30+ country program budgets, liaising with HQ and coordinating with other managers
  • Managed startup and operationalized new country programs in Bahamas, Sierra Leone, Paraguay and VenezuelaEstablished program (grant) delivery targets for each country program within assigned portfolios
  • Liaised with country staff at various levels including UNDP CO staff and managers to gather inputs for evaluation
  • Continuously monitored inputs across 30 country programs to draw conclusions & produce guidance/conclusions
  • Ensured consistency and effective delivery in line with established program targets & KPIs
  • Maintained quality assurance / quality control of core program processes with inputs from field and HQ
  • Captured and normalized best practices through lessons learnt from HQ and field experiences/feedback
  • Drafted and presented proposals for new business/funding opportunities with UN and external potential partners
  • Coached and mentored national, country staff – encouraging learning, development, knowledge-network building
  • Visited SGP Projects in Guatemalan Highlands and wrote results-based “success story” for UNOPS Annual Report

Procurement Assistant

United Nations Procurement Division

The UN Procurement Division provides responsive, effective, and quality procurement services and advice to UN Headquarters, peacekeeping missions, and other UN organizations, while achieving best value for money.

New York, USA

  • Guided (UN) clients on budgeting, planning, sourcing of ICT requirements based on knowledge of processes
  • Supported the management of team information flows and forward planning & progress monitoring
  • Managed purchasing and created SOP to improve use of $40M long term agreement for field missions
  • Trained and supervised 3 junior staff and provided orientation and guidance to 3 incoming professional staff
  • Provided superlative procurement advising and sourcing to clients including DFS, DPKO, DM, UNJSPF
  • Supported the coordination of the team’s work and communication with stakeholders/clients

Field Director

New York State Assembly Campaign: Charles D. Lavine

New York, USA

  • Led field operations of successful campaign - defeating a 13 year incumbent in primary election
  • Organized, managed and ensured success of town hall meetings in a majority of targeted districts
  • Reached a diverse constituency with effective communication & ground strategy & effective plan implementation
  • Developed strategy based data analysis, available project resources and timeline for deliverable achievement
  • Continuously collected, filtered and analyzed field/voter outreach and operations data for targeted districts
  • Created systematic canvassing approach, recruited and managed volunteers to sustain canvassing/field/operations
  • Used constituent feedback & lessons learned to update strategy/plan to continuously improve efficiency
  • Wrote speeches, created presentations, drafted talking points for partner meetings and guiding message delivery

Facilitator of Disaster Risk Reduction DRR/DRM Community of Practice

World Bank Institute

Co-Chair of Chapter at College of the Holy Cross, MA

Amnesty International



M.A. International Political Economy & Development

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

  • Specialization: Development Economics

Advanced Certificate Emerging Markets & Country Risk Analysis

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

  • Sigma Iota Rho International Relations Honor Society
  • Ricci Fellowship (full scholarship)

B.A. Economics

College of The Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Certifications and Training


Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)


I Know Gender

UN Women

Safe & Resilient Cities advanced certification

World Bank Institute

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Acuity Institute

Introduction to Innovation Policy for Developing Countries

World Bank Institute

PRINCE2 Projects in a Controlled Environment (Practitioner level)


PRINCE2 Projects in a Controlled Environment (Foundation level)


  • Daepp, David, "Urban Mining: From Environmentally Harmful Waste to Huge Opportunities,” ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Volume XIII, Number 2. p. 69. Winter 2014.
  • Daepp, David, "Water Access: An Inalienable Human Right and Critical Development Goal,"ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Volume XII, Number 2. pp. 48-50. Winter 2013.
  • Daepp, David, "Bolivia’s Lithium Potential: Opportunities Deeper Beneath the Surface,"ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Volume X, Number 3. pp. 54-56. Fall 2011.
  • Daepp, David, "Two Paths to Development: Distinct But Convergent,"ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Volume X, Number 1. pp. 57-59. Fall 2010/Winter 2011.
  • Daepp, David. “Access as Development,” Américas Vol. 62, No. 1, January/February 2010: 4 -5.
  • Daepp, David, "A 1960s Economic Perspective,"ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Volume VIII, Number 19. pp. 46-48. Winter 2009.
  • Daepp, David. “The Invisible Hand and Giving You a Hand at the Pump,” The Long Term View, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2008.


  • English: Native
  • Spanish: Advanced
  • Portuguese: Working Knowledge


  • Switzerland & USA (dual)