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The UNOPS seeks to recruit a deputy project manager-retainer – Kassala, Sudan

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The UNOPS seeks to recruit a deputy project manager-retainer – Kassala, Sudan

Job categoriesProject Management
Vacancy codeVA/2018/B5312/16713
Department/officeAFR, ETOH, Sudan
Duty stationKassala , Sudan
Contract typeLocal ICA Specialist
Contract levelLICA Specialist-10
DurationShort-Term ICA
Application period26-Nov-2018 to 02-Jan-2019
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Background Information – Job-specific :

The Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project(s) and provides services to the different donors, partners and beneficiaries.  He/she is expected to meet and exceed the organizations performance and delivery goals. Purpose and Scope of Assignment :

The Deputy Project Manager shall assist the Project Manager to update the project documents, implement the Legal Agreement and shall have a thorough understanding of the terms, conditions, and the respective roles and responsibilities of the partners/stakeholders to ensure the project(s) products are capable of meeting the business cases for both UNOPS and the client. Success of the project(s) and hence the Deputy Project Manager will be based on the Success Criteria of UNOPS engagements which are linked to the below responsibilities.  The project will rely on a number of external suppliers for its successful delivery, and the Deputy Project Manager will be expected to manage tight timelines with some flexibility. The Deputy Project Manager shall assist the Project Manager in all aspects of the project life cycle. S/he must be able to apply, in conjunction with the Project Manager, the below duties and responsibilities of the project success criteria:

Functional Responsibilities :

Stakeholder Management :

  • Maintain a cordial, informative positive working relationship with the project board (Executive, Senior Users and Senior Suppliers), client and key stakeholders ;
  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products.

Delivery and Performance :

  • Develop and maintain project plans ;
  • Implement approved project plans (including the establishment of milestones) within tolerances set by the project board ;
  • Embed sustainability dimensions including social and gender inclusion, environmental and economic aspects into project life cycle ;
  • Manage the production of the required products, taking responsibility for overall progress and use of resources and initiating corrective action where necessary ;
  • Liaise with any external suppliers or account managers ;
  • Authorize Work Packages ;
  • Advise the Project Board and OC Manager of any deviations from the plan  ;
  • Identify and manage risks so that maximum benefit to client and stakeholders is achieved ;
  • Manage and review product quality and ensure products are accepted ;
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of service providers ;
  • Identify and report potential business opportunities for UNOPS to supervisor ;
  • Identify and report threats to UNOPS internal business case to supervisor.

Procedures :

  • Follow the Project Management Cycle Instructions and ensure that all organizational policy is complied with (Organizational Directives and Administrative Instructions) ;
  • Prepare/adapt the following plans for approval by the Project Board:  I. Project Initiation Documentation; II. Stage/Exception Plans and relevant Product Descriptions ;
  • Prepare the following reports :
  1.  Highlight Reports ;
  2. End Stage Reports ;
  3. Operational Closure Checklist ;
  4. End Project Report ;
  5. Handover Report.
  • Maintain the following: i. Electronic Blue File; ii. Procurement, HR and Finance files as required by those practices as per OD12 ;
  • Ensure that all expenditure comply with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR) ;
  • Manage budgets, cash flow and obligations to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and personnel are received on time ;
  • Understand and manage UNOPS overheads, allocable charges, and related corporate charges as they apply to the project ;
  • Understand the unique structures of the UN and budget appropriately for personnel ;
  • Manage and remain accountable for expenditures against the budget (based on accurate financial reports) ;
  • Where the Project Manager has no delegation as a committing officer, s/he retains these responsibilities and will monitor and instruct/request others to carry out the relevant commitments and disbursements.

Knowledge Management :

  • Participate in the relevant Communities of Practice ;
  • Actively interact with other PMs and the PM community to share case studies, lessons learned and best practice on the Knowledge System ;
  • Provide feedback to Practice Leads on policy, supporting guidance with an aim towards continuous improvement of UNOPS policies ;
  • Complete lessons learned as per reporting format ;
  • Incorporate lessons learned from others as per planning format.

Personnel Management : if applicable :

  • Lead and motivate the project management team ;
  • Ensure that behavioural expectations of team members are established ;
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted ;
  • Identify outstanding staff and bring them to the attention of the OC Director ;
  • Have a thorough understanding of UNOPS personnel contract modalities (including ICA and Staff) ;
  • Select, recruit and train team as required by project plans ;
  • Perform the Team Manager role, unless appointed to another person(s) ;
  • Perform Project Support role, unless appointed to another person or corporate/programme function ;
  • Ensure safety and security for all personnel and comply with UNDSS standards.

 Education/Experience/Language requirements :

A.  Education :

  • Advanced University Degree in Project Management, Architecture, Construction or Civil engineering or other relevant discipline ;
  • University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant professional experience  in Project Management, Architecture, construction or Civil Engineering  or other relevant discipline, may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree ;
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification – Preferred ;
  • Complete the UNOPS Project Management Foundation course (within one year after signing this TOR) ;
  • A relevant combination of academic credentials and/or industry certifications and qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the university education.

B. Work Experience :

Five years  of progressive experience in project development and management, with focus on monitoring, reporting, development and coordination in either public or private sector organizations.

C. Language :

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required ;
  • Fluency in written and oral Arabic is required.

Contract type, level and duration :

  • Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement ;
  • Contract level: Local ICA Specialist 10 ;
  • Contract duration: Short-Term ICA – ‘Short-term ICA – Maximum duration one year’].

Please note that this is a local position and it is open to nationals of Sudan only

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link :

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 ;
  • 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 ;
  • 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

SudanThe 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 – 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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