Monday, 16 July 2012
Vacancy code VA/2012/B5308/565
Job Title National Project Manager
Department/office AFO, Sudan
Duty station Khartoum, Sudan
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-8
Duration 6 to 12 months
Application period 29-May-2012 to 31-Jul-2012
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Background Information - UNOPS
“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.
By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.
UNOPS employs around 3,500 personnel annually and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.
UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
Background Information - Sudan
The UNOPS Sudan office is based in Khartoum and works closely with the Government of Sudan and international partners to support humanitarian response, recovery and development initiatives. UNOPS is the United Nations sector lead for the Basic Infrastructure Sector in Sudan and helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: water resource management, education, census and elections, human resource management and mine action.
Under the overall supervision of Head of Office of UNOPS – SDPC, the incumbent is required to perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Establish and maintain effective structures and processes for the delivery of the Project and its Implementation Plan, within the overall SDPC structure.
Manage the time and contributions of the project team in close collaboration with the SDPC main support office, and other support centers as necessary.
Develop detailed work plans for the Project(s) with clearly defined activities and specific results-based outputs for the implementation of the Project(s) within the priorities of Government of Sudan and guided by the UNOPS.·
Prepare annual budgets to support the implementation of annual workplans based on the overall budget in the Project(s) Documents and other resources to be mobilized.
Technical and Managerial
Lead the work of the Project and oversee the implementation of specified activities in the work plans of projects in Sudan.
Ensure timely implementation and reporting by implementing partners.
Advise on and implement good environmental practices and controls during construction and mitigate environmental impacts of the works.
Advise on and implement effective gender controls in the planning and implementation of the project.
Liaises with community leaders and Government Authorities to maintain local stakeholder participation and support.
Liaises with the Project Management coordinators of other sister agencies to coordinate project activities and mobilize access to sharing of equipment and resources.
Latest project management principles are to be implemented in order that allocated projects are successfully delivered on time, within budget and to the required quality.
Actively interact with clients to solicit feedback and gauge client satisfaction.
Provide training and technology transfer to national staff and counterparts and contractor’s staff and advise on good project management and construction practices.
Promote appropriate technology and appropriate technical standards and construction methods taking social needs and requirement for technical and management capacity development of national counterparts into consideration.
Prepare and issue regular Project Reports in accordance with donor guidelines for reporting.
Maintain diaries and progress reports as required by UNOPS standard procedures.
Identify and develop new business potential.
Actively work with clients on proposed new projects, identifying client requirements and taking action to meet requirements.
Contribute to resource mobilization for the implementation of Project(s) from bilateral donors and multilateral agencies and other relevant sources where necessary.
Attend coordination meetings as required; Arrange and host donor and official site visits.
Perform any other duties deemed necessary by the Head of Office.
Professionalism, integrity and commitment to project demands.
Strong analytical skills.
Planning and Organizing.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Aptitude for political sensitivities.
Master degree in Engineering, Project management or other relevant discipline.
Competent in the use of all commonly used computer software – spreadsheets and other computer programs.
Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNOPS procedures is an advantage.
Minimum 7 years of relevant experience of which at least 4 years must be at managerial level (Additional 2 years of relevant work experience, in combination with a relevant Bachelor’s degree, can substitute for the requirement for Master degree).
Experience of working with UNOPS is desirable.
Certification in Prince2 or Project Management Professional (PMP) methodologies highly desirable.
Fluency in written and oral English and the language of the duty station(Arabic) required. Knowledge of second UN working language desirable.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: ICA
Contract level: L-ICA - 8
Contract duration: 6 to 12 months initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding
This position is a local position open to Sudanese nationals only.
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
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.
UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below 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
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