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UNOPS recruiting Sustainable Project Management Adviser

Copenhagen, Denmark, 23 January 2014


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.


As a member of the Sustainable Project Management Practice Group (SPMPG) and reporting to the Project Management Practice Advisor, the successful candidate will be involved in a variety of missions globally. 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 Advisor will be responsible for representing all aspects of project management best practices. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Technical Advice and Quality Control

The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical advice and a quality assurance framework in relation to project and programme management for all mission engagements. He/she will be expected to advise and provide expertise and support in implementation of PMI, PRINCE2®, UNOPS PM methodology, procurement and contract modality selection and management.

UNOPS is fully committed to the Paris Agenda on national capacity building; the Regional Project Management Specialist will play a crucial role in advising UNOPS Project Managers on measures to strengthen national capacity building with regard to sustainable project management best practices, as well as other cross cutting issues and support a stronger focus on benefit management of projects. The incumbent will support Engagement Authorities strengthen project governance engagement governance structures and processes at the country level and review of all engagements in the region to ensure a high standard and consistent achievement of the UNOPS defined project six success criteria.

Implementation Support

The incumbent will provide substantive support to Programme Managers /Project Managers / Team Managers in the implementation of programme and project management best practices. He/she will advise project and programme management practitioners on the application, interpretation and adoption of corporate policy, guidance, tools and best practice.

The Sustainable Project Management Advisor will be required to undertake missions to project sites to report on progress and identify and solve operational problems, both within and beyond the region. He/she will drive and support world-class performance, organizational excellence and continuous improvement.

Training and Development

The incumbent will develop and deliver project management training to UNOPS partners, and liaise with other relevant industry leaders and UN agencies in training and sustainable projectmanagement initiatives.

Perform other related duties as required.

Contract duration: 1 year. Extension subject to availaibility of funds and satisfactory performance.

Deadline:  5 February 2014

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