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Project Manager (Transactional projects)
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
IICA-1 Entry Professional Full-time Internationallly Recruited
Job Expired 30 May 2024
Expired
Posted 4 weeks ago
Job Description

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. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations. With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

UNOPS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) provides services from its main office in Kinshasa and its office in the provinces of the DRC. CDMCO's office covers 15 French-speaking countries in Central and Southern Africa such as DRC, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Rwanda, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Angola and Comoros Islands.

UNOPS helps partners achieve their project objectives, including physical and social infrastructure, elections and environmental protection.
UNOPS CDMCO recently established an office in Madagascar to support several partners in different sectors with advisory, procurement, infrastructure and project management services.

UNOPS CDMCO-Madagascar is seeking to recruit a Project Manager Transactional.
The project manager for transactional projects will be managing project(s) which ultimate goal is to provide transactional services to partners.

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Project Delivery and Performance
  • Develop, complete and update implementation plan(s)

  • Implement the approved plan (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the Project Board.

  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life span.

  • Manage the production of the required outputs, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary.

  • Ensure that quality of work packages and deliverables complies with the quality requirements defined in the Implementation Plan.

  • Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers

  • Manage acceptance and delivery of work packages

  • Monitor project progress ensuring that work packages are being executed properly

  • Control project and work packages changes

  • Identify, and anticipate in a timely manner, potential risks and issues and advises mitigating measures to senior management/ Project Board so that maximum benefit to partner(s) and other stakeholders is achieved

  • Identify and report to the supervisor potential business opportunities for UNOPS

Procedures
  • Comply with all organizational policy and specifically the Project Management Manual

  • Prepare/adapt all relevant plans for approval by the Project Board.

  • Manage the reporting obligations defined in the Legal Agreement(s) and in the Implementation Plan

  • Ensure maintenance of the project files and lessons learned are recorded

  • Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time.

  • Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges, and related corporate charges as they apply to the project

  • Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel

  • Manage expenditures against the budget (based on accurate financial reports)

  • Where the Project Manager has no delegation as a committing officer, s/he retains these responsibilities and will monitor and instruct/request others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements.

  • For project closure purposes, provide a formal handover of the project to the closure manager

  • Support project audit activities, including planning, preparation and coordination during the audits and follow up on audit observations/recommendations

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Monitoring and reporting
  • Prepare and issue regular project and/or financial reports in accordance with Partner and UNOPS requirements for reporting.

  • Regularly review project status, evaluating performance criteria (scope, cost, schedule and quality).

  • Maintain diaries and progress reports as required by the organization’s standard procedures.

  • Provide routine oversight and analysis of delivery data within the dashboard system.

  • Ensure all project team members track and regularly update milestones and targets for the duration of projects' life span

Stakeholder engagement
  • Develop stakeholder profiles and facilitate the formulation of stakeholder engagement strategies

  • Establish solid working relationships with the Project Board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders

  • Enable the formulation of project communications plans. Coordinate internal project communications. Monitor the effectiveness of project communications

  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement and communication, ensuring effective timing and interdependency management of communications. Ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover outputs

Quality assurance
  • Work with internal stakeholders to ensure projects comply with audit requirements

  • Work with procurement/purchasing staff to ensure effective interface with suppliers' quality systems

  • Coordinate quality reviews of project documents and deliverables

  • Provide quality control for management outputs (project documents, reports, etc.)

Knowledge management and innovation
  • Encourage routine and effective capacity building activities are conducted in order to build the long-term and sustainable capacity of staff.

  • Actively interact with other Project Managers and the wider PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practices

  • Contribute to the oversight of lessons learned procedures, ensuring that lessons learnt are shared in a timely and appropriate manner. Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice

  • Research and logging of lessons learned throughout the project life span.

  • Provide feedback to Practice Groups on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies

Personnel Management
  • Lead and motivate the project management team

  • Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established

  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted fairly, accurately and timely

  • Select, recruit and train team as required and taking into account gender parity and diversity objectives.

  • Ensure safety and security for all project personnel and comply with UNDSS standards



EDUCATION
  • Advanced University Degree in a relevant discipline in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Procurement, Development Studies,or other relevant discipline is required.
  • A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

EXPERIENCE

  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in project development and management, with focus on monitoring, reporting,development and coordination in either public or private sector organizations is required

  • Experience in developing countries or post conflict environments is an asset.

  • Experience in writing reports, performing data analysis, and writing technical documents is an asset.

  • Knowledge of quality assurance methodologies is an asset.

  • Experience in risk management is an asset.

  • Experience working in multicultural teams is an asset.

  • Experience in managing teams is an asset.

  • Strong analytical capabilities with the ability to manage tasks associated with the development of projects.

  • Strong Problem Solving Skills.


LANGUAGE


  • Full working knowledge of English or French


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.

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)

Contract level: IICA1 ( ICS 09)
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA - Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx


  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.

  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.

  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.

  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.

  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


UNOPS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) provides services from its main office in Kinshasa and its office in the provinces of the DRC.

CDMCO's office covers 15 French-speaking countries in Central and Southern Africa such as DRC, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Rwanda, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Angola and Comoros Islands.

UNOPS helps partners achieve their project objectives, including physical and social infrastructure, elections and environmental protection.

UNOPS CDMCO recently established an office in Madagascar to support several partners in different sectors with advisory, procurement, infrastructure and project management services

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