Programme Management Advisor – Process Management – Water Utilities – UNOPS


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Office for Project Services
Job categoriesProject Management
Job TitleProgramme Management Advisor – Process Management – Water Utilities
Vacancy codeVA/2021/B5312/22963
Department/office AFR, ETMCO, Sudan
Duty stationPort Sudan, Sudan
Contract typeInternational ICA
Contract levelIICA-3
Application period25-Nov-2021 to 15-Dec-2021

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Background Information – PSC

Peace and Security ClusterThe UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Functional competencies

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Project Manager, the WUM advisor will have direct accountability on delivery of planned outputs. The Water utilities management advisor will provide technical expert support to the RSWC and the regional project coordination unit to deliver several outputs. The Water Utilities Management Specialist will liaise directly with the counterpart coordinator for day-to-day matters and reporting or his designate.  S/he will liaise with Projects’ National Focal Points and other relevant bodies and stakeholders as relevant. 

Specific Tasks and Deliverables 

In particular the Water utilities management advisor will, in close collaboration with the National focal points, the capacity building officer and the project manager, undertake the following tasks:

 1)   In Institutional reform

  • Review relevant documents and reports including project documents, National water and sanitation policy and current related legislation and plans and identify gaps
  • In consultation with the project manger and stakeholders, recommend and provide inputs on key aspects to mainstream, water demand management, performance management, organizational development and IWRM 
  • Participate in workshops and or technical committee consultations as a resource person to provide inputs;
  • Provide technical inputs to the organizational development of the RSWC
  • Provide expert inputs in development of specific policy documents and instruments including; 
  1. Analysis of national framework for IWRM and adaptation to climatic changes;
  2. Arbitration mechanism and facilitation of environmental and social conflict resolution associated with the multiple use of water, scarcity and completion regime;
  3. Water resources development,
  4. Guidelines on incentive framework for the rational use of water and;
  5. Performance management framework for water utilities management
  • Review draft Performance Indicators Monitoring Framework and provide inputs to ensure alignment with IWRM plans and national priorities;

2) Capacity building

A key responsibility is the identification of training needs and the development of training programs. The Water utilities management advisor is expected to undertake the following tasks;

  • Review Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) developed for Port Sudan and other relevant documents and reports, including project documents;
  • In consultation with the project manager and stakeholders, develop an action plan for development of the IWRM plan for Port Sudan;
  • Ensure linkages between the national Water Strategy indicator framework and the actions program, and establish current situation and future expectations in terms of improved water resources governance, management and practices; 
  • Undertake a wider stakeholder consultation process to ensure inputs from multiple categories of stakeholders involved in water resources management at federal and state levels. 
  • In consultation with stakeholders, develop draft state water demand management plan for review and inputs by stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the development of a modernization program for urban water in the RSWC
  • Facilitate two national workshops to solicit inputs and consolidate final IWRM and water demand Plan; 
  • Develop an effective implementation strategy for the implementation of the strategic plans, including coordination mechanism and capacity building program to strengthen stakeholders’ participation; and resource mobilization for the implementation of the plan
  • Insure the inclusion of gender aspects in water resources management processes

In addition, the Water utilities management advisor will provide support and expert in puts on other tasks separately implemented as follows;

  • Review draft Performance Indicators Monitoring Framework and provide inputs to ensure alignment with the Sudan Water Strategy and national priorities. 
  • Review relevant documents and participate in technical working groups and workshops to provide inputs in development of urban water framework at the federal level   


  • Stakeholder analysis          
  • Integrated Water resources management  plan,
  • Monitoring and evaluation system with level of service, Minimum service standard and performance indicators
  • Business process and roles and responsibilities within the Organisation mapping
  • Human resources needs assessment 
  • Training materials

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Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree in Water Resource Management, Hydrology, IWRM, Environmental Management, International or Environmental law, Natural Resource Planning, Environmental Engineering with IWRM focus or a directly related field is required. 
  • A first university degree (A Bachelor in one of the above mentioned fields) combined with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master degree.

Work Experience 

  • At least seven years of professional experience in Water Utilities Management, IWRM, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Planning, Environmental Engineering with IWRM focus is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in IWRM is highly desired
  • Experience working in SIDS is an added advantage


  • Full working knowledge of the English language is required. Knowledge of Arabic language will be an asset.

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Strategic Perspective

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.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Integrity & Inclusion

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

Leading Self and Others

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).

Results Orientation

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.

Solution Focused

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.

Effective communication

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.

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Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA)
Contract level: I-ICA 3
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

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Additional Considerations

  • 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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

 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.

Background Information – Job-specific

The FCDO Urban Water for Sudan (UW4S) programme is working to improve the health and nutrition, as well as to reduce the economic burden, for traditional residents as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in five state capitals in Sudan, including Port Sudan. 

The UW4S project seeks to improve the equity of water supply and complementary sanitation and hygiene behaviour change in a sustainable manner.  It focuses on holistic planning, provides basic infrastructure and helps state authorities build their ability to sustainably manage, operate and maintain their water services, with improved engagement with citizens. 

Under the first phase of the FCDO project, information of the Port Sudan water supply situation was gathered and analysed as inputs to the Strategic Investment Plan (SIP). The study resulted in the SIP and planning documents for 14 work packages under three stages; emergency rehabilitation and TA, priority rehabilitation and long term interventions.

Urban water for Port Sudan project

The project is based on the priorities identified in the SIP, specifically, SIP work packages 1 to 4 (emergency works and Phase 2 technical assistance). This project covers components of the Stage 1 Emergency works and part of the Stage 2 Priority works capacity building and technical assistance package. The project’s scope of work is aligned with the available DFID budget and takes account of work being funded from other sources or implemented by others such as the AfDB.

The FCDO UW4S programme- Port Sudan component objective is to support sustainable water provision in Part Sudan through strengthening the capacity of the Red Sea Water Corporation.

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