Project Management Support Officer (Roster) – UNOPS

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Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Office for Project Services
Job categoriesProject Management
Job TitleProject Management Support Officer (Roster)
Vacancy codeVA/2020/B5312/20814
LevelICS-8
Department/officeAFR, ETOH, Sudan
Duty stationKhartoum, Sudan
Contract typeInternational ICA
Contract levelIICA-1
Application period30-Nov-2020 to 16-Jan-2021

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

Background Information – Sudan

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.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Management Support Officer will be responsible for:

1. Project implementation

  • Preparation and maintenance of project files, including internal and external project reports.
  • Coordinate information flows and oversee change controls, risk registers and issue management by establishing document control procedures
  • Coordinate assigned delivery of work packages and take responsibility for progress.
  • Coordinate and liaise with the Project Manager on the implementation progress.  
  • Identify and escalate to the Project Manager of any deviations from the plan and update plans.
  • Work with Project manager to identify and manage risks. 

2.  Financial and procurement management

  • Maintain all supporting project financial documents for audit and review processes.
  • Support the Project Manager to ensure accurate data entry into UNOPS ERP system (OneUNOPS) and OneUNOPS Projects – as appropriate.
  • Monitor project budget and financial expenditure and all administrative procedures in line with the work-plan.
  • Facilitating processing of direct payments and advance requests and prepare project budget revisions.
  • Manage the preparation of financial reports; including developing financial monitoring and reporting formats as per UNOPS requirements.
  • Monitor budgets, cash flow and reporting on expense obligations to ensure that deliverables are met.
  • Conduct financial analysis to manage and calculate financial shortfalls and over-expenditures.
  • Conduct budget revisions and initiate corrective actions when necessary.
  • Coordinate vendor communications, meetings, and reports as necessary.

3.Stakeholder management, coordination and liaison

  • Establish a solid working relationship with the project board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders.
  • Supports the Project Manager in communication between the project and the Donor.
  • Manage communications with stakeholders and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products.
  • Supports the Project Manager to advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance).

4.Knowledge management and innovation 

  • Actively seeks advice and coordinates donor engagement with the UNOPS Partnerships Liaison Office.
  • Support the compilation of lessons learned as per defined reporting format and the PMM.
  • Actively contribute to building local capacities at every level and opportunity in Project Management Support.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building.
  • Contribute to expertise in tools and techniques.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) + 2 years of experience
  • Technical degree + 4 years of experience
  • Secondary School diploma + 6 years of experience

Certifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation or similar certification is an asset

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years relevant and progressive professional experience (or more, depending on the academic credentials), specifically in the field of Project Management or Project Management support, preferably with focus on planning, stakeholder management, monitoring and reporting is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing reports for donors and partners is required.

Languages

  • Fluency in English is required.

Competencies

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.

Partnering: 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.

Agility: 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.

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
  • 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 (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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 – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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