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UNOPS recruiting Project Management Practice Adviser

Copenhagen, Denmark, 19 March 2015


UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peace building, humanitarian and development operations.

As a member of the Sustainable Project Management Practice Group (SPMPG); our aim is to develop Projects and programmes which comply with strict criteria concerning environmental, social scope and planned results before initiation. We want to do this by ensuring our teams are embedded in cross-cutting initiatives which gain strong community support in the project planning and implementation phases.

Functional Responsibilities

The Sustainable Project Management Practice Group (PMPG) leads the organizations project management centre. The.The selected candidate will  be responsible for the following functions:

  • Providing strategic direction and enhance professionalization and success in project delivery through improved project management policies and processes and implementation, provision of expert corporate advice and guidance and strengthening the knowledge, skills and competencies of a cadre of project management practitioners.

  • Establishing UNOPS leadership and credibility in project management through delivery of cutting edge knowledge, innovation and best practices in project management to clients and partners.

  • Supporting opportunities for project management services for partners and clients and appropriate resources for service delivery.

  • The PM Practice Adviser will be essential to developing and maintaining Project, Programme, and Portfolio Management Methodology, tools, techniques that directly and concretely improve the ability of project managers and teams to deliver projects that have more impact with thesame amount of funds.

  • The Practice Adviser will work in close collaboration with the Management and Delivery  Practices, Programme/Project Managers and operational personnel in the various unitsacross UNOPS and liaise with Regional Office, OC/PC/Cluster(s).

  • S/he will be expected to contribute to the Project Management by capturing best practice, liaising with and developing policy recommendations with the Management and Delivery Practice Leads, supporting information technology improvements to relevant UNOPS Corporate ITsystems and contributing to the PM Community of Practice and the Knowledge Management.

  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Advisery Services Capacity Building, Training, Knowledge Management 

  • Advise project staff on the application, interpretation and adoption of corporate policy, guidance and best practice.

  • Provide expertise and support in implementation of PRINCE2, UNOPS PM methodology, Project Implementation standards and frameworks, procurement and contract modality selection and management, Quality Control, OH&S etc.;

  • Provide training and internal consulting in project and programme management;

  • Contribute to development of guidance material and tools, and document best practice;

  • Be a surge capacity for special initiatives of the Project Management Practice;

  • Advise on preparation of plans for projects and OH/OC/PC/Clusters;

  • Provide Advisery support to the Regional Offices, OH/OC Directors, PC Managers and Portfolio Managers on UNOPS business case, engagement risks, management models, selecting the appropriate methodology for a given engagement and managing start up and closure, UNOPS physical infrastructure standards, procurement planning, contract modality selection and management etc.;

  • Provide Advisery support to Project/Team Managers (P/TM) on templates and tools, engagement formulation, approval and closure with focus on risks, management oversight, budget/finance, costing, etc.;

Support to Projects 

  • Where required provide support to Developers/ Programme /Project/ Team Managers in the preparation of work plans, project documents, project proposals;

  • Be prepared to travel to other regions, OH/OC/PC/Cluster(s) to assist in project development/ negotiations with Project Implementing Partners and clients where and when requested;

  • Work with Project Personnel to establish measurable long/short term targets and monitor progress to measure performance; 

  • In close consultation and coordination with the Regional and Deputy Regional Director, OC Directors, Project Center Managers and Portfolio Managers advise on effective use and delivery of Direct Support Costs, and of resources against the Administrative Budget; 

Project Management Practice Support 

  • Actively coordinate and contribute to the Project Management Practice by capturing case studies, best practice and client profiles;

  • Contribute to the community of practice, make recommendations on policy and tools to the Practice Leads;

  • Provide necessary advice and support during the “formulation phase” of new initiatives with focus on quality assurance and quality control of project documents,

  • Costing and cost implications, implementation plan, milestones and benchmark indicators and adherence to UNOPS project approval processes and procedures;

  • Support quality development and institutionalization of all project documentation;

  • Support Developers, OC/PC/Cluster(s) to focus on maximizing value for clients while negotiating the most cost-effective and mutually beneficial terms for UNOPS services by providing institutional knowledge of fees and project services with clients;

  • Undertake missions to project implementation facilities to report progress and identify and solve operational problems;

Organizational Work Ethics and Culture;

  • Model leadership behavior of professional and personal ethics, transparency and openness;

  • Provide verbal and written periodic reports where required across a range of activities;

  • Actively interact with internal partners at appropriate levels to solicit feedback and gauge client satisfaction.

Contract duration: 1 year, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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