The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) – The Global Fund is a 21st century organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 140 countries. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we are working together to better serve people affected by the diseases.
Vacancy Code: VA/2018/B5316/15462
Department/office: AFR, GHOH, Nigeria
Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA-3
Duration: 1 Year
The Country Manager reports directly to the Operational Hub Director who provides direction and general supervision.
The Country Manager is responsible for programme development planning and preparation and for managing all stages of programming to achieve results in the area/s of responsibility.
The role contributes, as part of the Operational Hub team, to the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the competencies and position of UNOPS in sustainable project management and services to partners, stakeholders and UN system partners.
Programme Governance, Implementation and Monitoring:
Accept responsibility for project portfolio oversight as delegated by the Operational Hub/Operations Centre Director and through the role of Project Executive on Project Boards.
Establish and execute the programme implementation plans in collaboration with the team and partners, including setting objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and client oriented services.
Monitor and supervise the timely and cost-effective implementation of the programme according to UNOPS goals and partner expectations, approved budget and full cost recovery.
Supervise the Programme Management Office (PMO) to ensure that project management policies, processes and methods are followed and practiced according to the organization’s standards, best project management practices are promoted, and overall assurance of projects is provided.
Mentor and assist Project Managers in planning, execution and delivery of allocated projects, ensuring incorporation of best practice project management processes.
Facilitate timely and accurate project tracking, analysis of outputs, and reporting.
Develop and implement the programme governance framework.
Programme Development and Planning:
Support the Operational Hub Director/Operations Centre Director to ensure the financial sustainability of the programme and delivery of desired results, ensuring compliance with organizational strategies, rules, regulations and standards of performance.
Submit mandated reports and critical issues to the Operational Hub Director/Operations Centre Director and clients, to drive future process improvement and business development planning.
Analyse and keep a— of political and development trends in the geographical area, to identify and propose to the Operational Hub Director/Operations Centre Director areas for UNOPS engagement and support based on regional/country priorities, strategic areas of focus and comparative advantage.
Manage and oversee the preparation of programme documents (including business cases/strategies, policy briefs, programme plans and risk assessments).
Ensure the accurate and timely completion of programme/business recommendations for the review and approval of the Operational Hub Director/Operations Centre Director.
Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonisation of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework and standards of accountability, integrity and performance.
Manage Programme Resources:
Plan and propose to the Operational Hub Director/Operations Centre Director, required programme resources (human and financial).
Submit revenue and expenditure forecasts based on UNOPS and Operational Hub/Operations Centre financial goals.
Determine pricing strategies based on UNOPS pricing policy and models to ensure an appropriate balance between revenue and development capacity within UN mandate and spirit.
Manage programme resources in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics, integrity and accountability framework and financial sustainability.
Plan, recruit, manage and develop programme personnel/technical experts with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance and encouraging the formation of diverse teams in term of gender and geography.
Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity by providing the programme team with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
Plan, conduct and/or respond to UNOPS performance evaluation reviews and surveys.
Partnership, Networking and Advocacy:
Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of UNOPS competencies in project service delivery and management.
Support the business development function by identifying and developing new business and partnership/customer opportunities.
Collaborate with the Business Development Manager to prepare proposals and partnerships engagement.
Contribute to current and future growth plans for the Operational Hub/Operations Centre, ensuring alignment with the UNOP Strategic Plan.
[Customise as relevant] Support Communication Spe…ts to develop communication strategies to maximise communication impact and outreach and build awareness of UNOPS goals and competencies to reinforce UNOPS competitive edge as a provider of sustainable projects results.
At the request of the Operational Hub Director/Operations Centre Director participate and/or represent the Operational Hub/Operations Centre in inter-agency discussions and planning to ensure UNOPS position, interests and priorities are fully considered.
Knowledge Management and Innovation:
Keep a— of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the programme delivery and results.
Institutionalise and share best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
Draft policy papers and/or recommend policy changes to align operations with changing environment.
Lead the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, clients and stakeholders within the programme.
Act as the internal coordination point to ensure adequate coordination of UNOPS activities in the designated country.
At the request of the Hub Director, participate in relevant inter-agency and external meetings.
Maintain regular contact with stakeholders, including Government to ensure full information sharing and participation.
Collaborate with internal and external partners, colleagues and stakeholders to keep a— of evolving trends, advocate UNOPS services and build partnerships/alliances to maintain/enhance UNOPS visibility in project services in development cooperation.
At the request of the Hub Director, participate in the UN Security Management Team and in line with the UN Security Management System Framework of Accountability, support the UN Designated Official in discharging his/her mandate related to the safety and security of all UNOPS personnel, premises and assets.
At the request of the Hub Director, participate in UN Country Team initiatives to strengthen UN coherence, inclusiveness, and aid effectiveness.
At the request of the Hub Director, keep the UN Resident Coordinator informed of UNOPS activities within the country through regular communication and formal reporting on business acquisition and implementation of activities led by UNOPS as part of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
Impact of Results
The effective and successful performance by the Country Manager directly impacts on achievement of programme results and consequently reinforces the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services
A Master’s Degree in Engineering, Project Management, Public Administration, Social Science or other relevant related field is required.
Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree with additional two years of relevant working experience may also be considered in lieu of the educational requirements outlined above.
PRINCE2 Foundation/Practitioner is an asset, but required completion within first 6 months of onboarding.
Programme/Project Management Professional (MSP or PMI-PgMP/PMI-PMP) is also an asset.
A minimum of ten (10) years of experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in social development, business development, executive management and/or engineering programme management planning and operations in a large international and/or corporate organization is required for this position.
At least 3 years of leadership experience including supervising teams and managing budgets is required.
Experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is desirable.
Experience in hardship or post conflict environments is desirable.
Fluency in written and oral English is required.
Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset.
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms.
Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
Development and Operational Effectiveness;
Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Ability to liaise with a diverse set of political and technical stakeholders;
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to understand and adapt to changing client demands, and priorities;
Collaborates effectively with an ability to maintain strong working relations with people with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Ability to prioritise tasks in the context of a rapidly evolving operational environment;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
Ability to prioritise tasks in the context of a rapidly evolving operational environment;
Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to handle a range of stakeholder liaison issues;
Ability to juggle competing demands and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines;
Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honours commitments;
Ability to establish and maintain excellent contacts with colleagues, senior government officials, donors and UN agencies;
Ability to translate technical issues into language that is understandable to client and field personnel;
Ability to deliver agreed outputs within agreed deadlines. Strong analytical skills;
Excellent verbal and written communication and networking skills including strong presentation skills;
Understands the role of technology and business processes and possesses strong computer skills, including database and information management;
Ability to analyse large quantities of data and synthesize them into salient points for which clear and actionable recommendations can be made;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Vacancy code: VA/2018/B5104/15811
Partner: Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
Job categories: Project Management
Department/office: MR, AMM, Amman
Contract type: Others
Contract level: Other
Duration Fixed: Term
The Islamic Development Bank(IDB) is an international Islamic multilateral development financial institution established in 1974 that aims to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities.
The purpose of IDB is to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities individually as well as jointly in accordance with the principles of Shari’ah i.e., Islamic Law.
Being part of IDB, you will work to achieve our mission to promote comprehensive human development, with a focus on the priority areas of alleviating poverty, improving health, promoting education, improving governance and prospering the people.
Conduct day-to-day project and technical assistance operations management activities under the guidance of Project Team Leader within approved costs, timeliness and quality, to ensure efficient execution of the bank’s mandate to support economic development in the associated member and non-member countries.
Responsible for day-to-day communication, monitoring, and implementation support to the project management units and executing agencies; supervision of project contract management and financial management; preparation of implementation reports to the bank management, and proactive mitigation of project implementation issues.
In addition, provide support in: project preparation and appraisal, project and portfolio quality review, procurement review, and disbursement process.
Contribute to knowledge management agenda by identifying lessons learned from the projects.
Provide support to the Project Team Leader in the execution of project preparations and appraisals to ensure comprehensive coverage of the technical, financial, procurement, institutional, economic, social, and environmental aspects of project proposals in line with the operations manual and applicable policies/procedures of the bank.
Project Implementation and Monitoring:
Coordinate with respective Project Team Leader in all aspects across the project lifecycle.
Maintain adequate, up-to-date, and accurate project information and key records in the bank’s operations management system.
Assess implementation arrangement of Bank’s approved operations, and provide recommendation on bank’s position to relevant authorities.
Contribute to maintenance of project implementation plans to ensure ongoing monitoring of project progress, pro-active identification of issues, recommendation and implementation of action plans to resolve issues promptly.
Review implementation quality and progress of Bank’s approved operations, and provide recommendations on actions to improve to relevant authorities.
Provide input to the relevant Procurement and Financial Management staff in their respective duty ensuring procurement and financial management of projects are in line with the policies of the bank
Assess contract management and financial management activities of projects, and provide recommendation on bank’s position to relevant authorities.
Project Closure and Review:
Provide input to Task Team Leader in the development of project completion reports at the completion of each project, to ensure key issues faced and the lessons learned are documented for reference in future projects.
Compile input to Sectoral Teams in Global Practices, Knowledge Management and the Institutional Learning Unit to ensure lessons learned are recorded for reference in future projects.
General Project Management:
Provide input to Project Team Leader regarding the operational cycle of projects to ensure necessary operational policy and procedural improvements are implemented.
Support Project Team Leader in engaging external expertise according to the bank’s procurement policy, to complement internal resources ensuring quality project due diligence, implementation, and lessons mining.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Economics, Business, Social Sciences or related field, preferably with Master’s Degree or equivalent.
4-6 years of experience in project management in the development sector
Experience in facilitating project appraisals, which includes preparing project appraisal documents and reviewing the technical and financing requirement is required.
Experience in supporting project monitoring and performance reviews is required.
Experience in any Multilateral Development Institutions is desired.
Fluency in English and French languages is required.
Client Centricity and Responsiveness
Passion for Excellence
Stakeholder Management / Client Orientation
Contract type, level and duration:
Contract type: Equivalent to ICSC 8
Contract duration: Fixed Term
HOW TO APPLY
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Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
Work life harmonization: UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types.
DUE DATE: 23 June, 2018